One of the most notable Louisianans to serve in the Civil War was General P. G. T. Beauregard, a graduate of West Point and the Confederacy's first brigadier general. As commander of Confederate forces at Charleston, South Carolina, 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 1846-48.

Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard


Date & Place of Birth

May 28, 1818
St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana


Jacques Toutant-Beauregard
Hélène Judith de Reggio


Roman Catholic


Marie Laure Villeré 1841-1850
Caroline Deslonde 1860-1864


Laure (all with Marie)

Date & Place of Death

February 20, 1893
New Orleans, Louisiana

Place of Burial

Tomb of the Army of Tennessee
Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans



United States Military Academy
West Point, New York
Class of 1838; graduated 2nd

Branch of Service

United States Army
Confederate States Army

Years of Service

1838–61 (USA)
1861–65 (CSA)

Highest rank awarded

Major (USA)
General (CSA)

Commands held

Provisional Army of the Confederate States

Battles participated in

Fort Sumter
1st Bull Run
1st Fort Wagner
2nd Fort Wagner
2nd Fort Sumter
Bermuda Hundred Campaign
2nd Petersburg

Post-war career

Local politician
Railroad president
Author of Principles and Maxims of the Art of War (1863)

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