Thursday, February 11, 2010

Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard

We continue to explore the greatest generals who ever lived this week on OPOD. Today, we feature P.G.T. Beauregard. Beauregard was an author, engineer, inventor, and masterful general. As tensions rose in 1861 between North and South, Beauregard was in command of the area around Charleston surrounding Ft. Sumter. The south was adamant that Sumter should not be resupplied by Union Ships. As it became apparent that the North intended to both supply and hold Ft. Sumter, Beauregard's men completely surrounded Ft. Sumter and Charleston Harbor. Always the gentleman though, he would send regular supplies of Brandy and Cigars to Union Major Anderson, who was in command of the fort. Anderson had known Beauregard at West Point, and wrote Lincoln that Beauregard was in command of Southern men, and that he could be assured that Beauregard would attack with "skill and sound judgment". That he did, and on April 12, 1861, Beauregard gave the order to attack Sumter. And the War Came.

9 comments:

  1. So Beau. is a great general because of Ft. Sumter?

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  2. It's ironic that a lot of these guys went to West Point together and knew each other before the war.

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  3. This is the week of great generals? looks to me like this is a scrapbook of rebel generals. YOU LOST GET OVER IT!!!!

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  4. Not to change the subject, but have your chickens started to lay eggs yet?
    Has Handsome Jack's tail grown back yet?
    R

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  5. From the ashes of a bankrupt nation, the south SHALL rise again.

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  6. May the South rise AGAIN!!!

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  7. Rise to what? I don't get it.

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  8. It would appear from the comments this week that the war rages on.

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