McArdle to General Beauregard, May 13, 1892
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May 13th '92.
Genl G. T. Beauregard.
Long years ago, you
courteously aided me in the matter of my
painting of "Lee in the Wilderness": and ac-
cording to the "ways of the world" — which takes
advantage of the generous — your gracious
service must be my excuse for trespassing on
the privacy of your honorable retirement.
After fifteen years of study, collect-
ing data, making sketches, studies etc. etc.
and several years of active work on the canvas,
"The battle of San Jacinto" is nearing completion.
And while I am
encouraged to believe it is a success artistic-
ally, I have the written endorsement of the
surviving veterans (last year, headed by their
McArdle to General Beauregard, May 13, 1892, The Battle of San Jacinto Notebook, The McArdle Notebooks, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.