Beauregard In The Civil War Essay

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When you think about the Civil War, you usually think about people like Robert E. Lee or Ulysses S. Grant. They aren’t the only important people in the war, there are many more. One of these important people is Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard, mostly known as PGT Beauregard. Beauregard was a huge help to the Confederate in the beginning of the war. He helped at a lot of the major battles. PGT Beauregard was born on May 18th, 1818 in St Bernard Parish, Louisiana. He was raised on a sugarcane plantation. His family was descendents of an Italian noble family. PGT went to a private school in New Orleans, until his parents sent his to a French School in New York City, New York. In New York he learned how to speak english and he eventually enrolled at West Point. Beauregard graduated from the U.S military Academy at West Point in 1838. He was second in his class at West Point.mIn 1861 he resigned from the U.S army to serve in the Confederate army. On April 12th, 1861 Beauregard’s troops fired and 2 days later made Robert Anderson surrender. Robert Anderson was actually one of P.G.T’s instructors at West Point. Beauregard helped win the…show more content…
Petersburg was the first battle Beauregard actually fought in since Shiloh. At Petersburg, he led a crucial defense. Robert E. Lee and P.G.T Beauregard surrendered to William T. Sherman at Appomattox. This ended the Civil War with a victory for the Union. After the war, Beauregard was pursed a position in the Brazilian Army, but he declined the offer. He said, “I prefer to liver here, poor and forgotten, then to be endowed in honor and riches in a foreign country.” His first job after the war was working for the Louisiana Railroad. He helped rebuild the state’s railroads. He served as adjutant general of Louisiana from 1879-1888. In 1888 Beauregard was elected Commissioner of Public Works in New Orleans. He then began to supervise the Louisiana
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