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General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard

The "Hero of Fort Sumter," General P. G. T. Beauregard commanded forces at Manassas, Shiloh and Petersburg

Dashing General Beauregard was much feared in the Union. After winning Manassas and almost destroying Grant at Shiloh, Beauregard was assigned duty in Charleston mostly because of an inability to get along with his commanding officer, Jefferson Davis. Lee suggested that Bearegard be called to supervise a small force in northern Virginia while he advanced into Pennsylvania in 1863 simply because the Union would worry more about the force in the vicinity of Washington. In charge of defending Richmond and Petersburg in 1864, Beauregard prepared the defenses of the cities for the ten-month siege from June, 1864 to April, 1865. Initially he helped defend Petersburg but was assigned overall commander of the Department of the West in September, 1864. He surrendered with Joe Johnston in April, 1865.

Image added on:February 19, 2006


P. G. T. Beauregard
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