The Biography of P.G.T Beauregard By: Kinzie E. Norton

Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard

May 18, 1818, St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana

P.G.T Beauregard was born on a Sugarcane Plantation in Louisiana. His father was of French-Welsh descendant, and his mother was of Spanish-Italian descendant. So his first language was French until his early teenage years when he started learning English. He attended college at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and graduated 2nd in his class (after William H. Wright, whom did not partake in the Civil War).

P.G.T Beauregard later married Marie Antoinette Laure Villere in 1841, she was the daughter of a renown Sugarcane Plantation owner. They had three children together- Henri Toutant Beauregard (SON), Rene Toutant Beauregard (SON), Laure Toutant Beauregard (DAUGHTER). Sadly, Marie died giving birth to her youngest daughter-Laure in 1850. Ten years later he married Marguerite Caroline Deslonde in 1860, but she didnt make it through the war: she died form a disease

P. G. T Beauregard faced many challenges before and during the Civil War. He had a very argumentative spirit which got him in a lot of trouble with the President of the Confederacy- Jefferson Davis. Jefferson Davis did not agree with his "Napoleon" desires to destroy all things in his way to save the Confederacy. Because of this he was removed from his post as Full General to Commander of Defenses in Charleston, South Carolina.

P. G.T Beauregard ordered the first shots of the entire Civil War, was was Commander at Fort Sumter and held his position until the Union surrendered. This victory was important to the South and marked the beginning of the Civil War.

P.G.T Beauregard was one out of seven Confederate Generals promoted to Full General that survived the entirety of the war, along with Robert E. Lee, Nathan Forrest, Braxton Bragg, George Pickett, John Mosby and Richard Ewell. Beauregard used his families ties and connections to promote himself up ht e ranks, this made him disliked among his peers.

He helped secure early Confederate victories sch as the 1st Battle of Bull Run (Battle of Manasses), Battle of Shiloh, and Siege of Corinth. P.G.T Beauregard had a very outspoken personality made his relationship with the President of the Confederacy Jefferson Davis complicated and strained. After he was removed from his position because he abandoned his soldiers during the war for personal reasons, he was made Commander of Defenses in South Carolina. He became most famous for withstanding multiple naval assaults made by the Union . He then regained his status and returned to the battlefield and led the vital defense of Petersburg.

The most admirable aspect of P.G.T Beauregard in my opinion is that he always stood up for what he believed in, no matter the consequences. He had such a strong and outspoken personality (which did get him in trouble sometimes) but also got him the achievements he was most proud of in life. P.G.T Beauregard was also a loving family man, when his child fell ill he left his position in the Army knowing the consequences but caring more for those he holds dearest.

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