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Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard

Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard



Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard (18151893)
CLASS OF 1838

Beauregard chose the Corps of Engineers after graduating West Point, serving first in his home state, Louisiana, then as a staff officer during the Mexican War. Appointed West Point superintendent in 1861, he remained just five days before removal for his outspoken Southern sympathies. Soon thereafter he resigned his commission to join the Confederate Army.

As commander of Confederate forces in Charleston, Beauregard launched the attack on Fort Sumter that triggered the Civil War. He and Confederate President Jefferson Davis (Class of 1828) were often at odds. Within months, Beauregard became more administrator than combat leader.

After the war, Beauregard returned to New Orleans to head the New Orleans, Jackson & Mississippi Railway. He later served as the city’s commissioner of public works.


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Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard
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Class of 1838





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