P. G. T. Beauregard facts for kids
|P. G. T. Beauregard|
General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard (1860s)
|Birth name||Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard|
|Nickname||The Little Creole, The Little Napoleon, Bory, Felix, The Hero of Fort Sumter|
May 28, 1818|
St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, U.S.
|Died||February 20, 1893
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
|Place of burial||Tomb of the Army of Tennessee, Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans, U.S.|
|Allegiance|| United States of America
Confederate States of America
|Service/branch|| United States Army
Confederate States of America Army
|Years of service||1838-61 (USA)
|Rank|| Brevet Major (USA)
|Commands held||Confederate Army of the Potomac
Army of Mississippi
|Other work||Author, civil servant, politician, and inventor|
Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard (May 28, 1818 – February 20, 1893) was an American military officer, politician, inventor, writer, civil servant. He was the first prominent general of the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. Today, he is known as P. G. T. Beauregard, but he rarely used his first name as an adult.
After the South seceded, he resigned from the US Army and became the first Confederate brigadier general. He commanded the defenses of Charleston, South Carolina, at the start of the Civil War at Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861. Three months later he won the First Battle of Bull Run near Manassas, Virginia.
Beauregard was married to Marie Antoinette Laure Villeré from 1841 until her death in 1850 after giving birth to their third child. They had three children, René, Henri, and Laure. Then he was married to Caroline Deslonde from 1860 until her death in 1894. They had no children.
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The 1861 George Peter Alexander Healy portrait of Beauregard in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.. One of the most notable Louisianians to serve in the Civil War was P. G. T. Beauregard, a graduate of West Point and the Confederacy's first brigadier general. As commander of the Confederate forces at Charleston, S. C., Beauregard ordered the bombardment of Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, firing the first shot of the Civil War. Like many Civil War troops and officers, Beauregard received his early combat experience in the Mexican War of 1846-1848.
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