Talk:P. G. T. Beauregard

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Wierd how he was in favor of slaves afterwards... Hippocrit?

It may seem that way from a 21st century perspective, but possibly not. He seems to have joined the Confederacy because he considered his country to be Louisiana, not from a personal desire to promote slavery. Of course it's hard to second guess how someone thought in such a very different time and place. -- Infrogmation 16:01, 2 Jun 2005 (UTC)
Ditto. And, let's face it, people back then knew slavery was wrong... Beauregard was a professional soldier, doing what the other professionals were doing. Engr105th (talk) 07:42, 14 January 2008 (UTC)

Virginia has a street named after Beauregard[edit]

Virginia should stop naming its streets after Confederate bigots like Beauregard. Virginia has a street named "Lee Highway." This is a traitorous thing.

Did you bother to read the article? Unlike many other prominent Confederates, Beauregard was fairly progressive, at least by 19th century standards. And if you don't like having something named after a Confederate General, say the street commemorates him as the inventor of the cable-car. :-) Cheers, -- Infrogmation 16:01, 2 Jun 2005 (UTC)


P.G.T. Beauregard
Pierre Gustave Toutant de Beauregard

I moved two of the images previously illustrating this article to talk. -- Infrogmation 15:59, 20 July 2005 (UTC)

The Civil War Was Not About Slavery[edit]

Just like World War II was not about Anti-Semitism, or the Iraq War being fought to 'free' the Iraqis from Saddam Hussein. Wars are usually fought for economic dominance. Just because Beauregard fought for the south, does not necessarily make him a bigot or in favor of slavery. What reasons he chose to fight for the Confederacy are not exactly clear in this article, the truth may be a little more complicated than you may understand.(TAGE)


Can the people that are calling Beauregard a "bigot" and a "hippocrite" perhaps get a life (and a history lesson). This is a professional article not a blog so keep your stupid opinions to yourself, nobody wants to hear your ranting. But you do have a right to have an opinion just try to be civil about it ok?

P.S. I'm a decendent of the so called "bigot" —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:41, 19 September 2007 (UTC)

I read somewhere (will try to find it) that his first language was French; he didn't speak English until in his teens. Is that correct? Things were much more regional in those days...By the way, I think he is underappreciated today - best I can tell he never lost any battles...Engr105th (talk) 07:46, 14 January 2008 (UTC)

I bet his first language was probably French because his name is a French name. So that one is probably correct.(Apocalyptica1234 (talk) 23:10, 12 April 2016 (UTC))

Best I can tell, you haven't read Battle of Shiloh. :-) Although I agree with you that he was underappreciated, he actually fought a lot fewer battles than other generals of his rank [other than Cooper]. Hal Jespersen (talk) 23:01, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
DOH ! Yeah, got me - I forgot that one. (but, I think he shared command w/ Johnston..?)...Anyway, PGTB coulda/shoulda been used more than he was. His work in Va showed his talent. Engr105th (talk) 23:27, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

Category: Louisiana Creole people[edit]

He was a Creole of Louisiana, please place the category at the top of the page. Or tell me how to do it. --Margrave1206 (talk) 17:46, 3 February 2008 (UTC)

The article already is within category:Louisiana Creoles. -- Infrogmation (talk) 23:12, 3 February 2008 (UTC)

4th Alabama[edit]

I have removed the passage about Beauregard leading a charge of the 4th Alabama at First Manassas. Although a citation was provided for this claim, a look on Amazon implies to me that this is a children's book. In Lee's Lieutenants, volume 1, page 65, Douglas Southall Freeman goes into a bit of detail about this incident. Johnston and Beauregard found men of the Alabama regiment scattered among others. "Johnston found its flag bearer, put the boy by his side, called for the soldiers and rode forward. ... Beauregard designated one of Bee's staff officers to act as their Colonel; around these steady soldiers and the Virginians [i.e., Jackson's men] on their left, others quickly gathered. Soon the line was restored in the face of federals who were moving up the slope in front and on the right for another assault." In Beauregard's report, he wrote that Johnston "impressively and gallantly charged to the front, with the colors of the fourth Alabama by his side." Years later, writing in Battles and Leaders, he indicated that both he and Johnston charged forward. Since we are talking about putting men into a defensive line, I don't believe that any of this post-battle bluster on Beauregard's part is worth including in this brief biography. Hal Jespersen (talk) 22:45, 2 June 2008 (UTC)

Dates for his family members[edit]

I have obtained the birth and death dates for Beauregard's wives from the Keyes novel, however, she obtained them from indisputable sources such as tombstones, Beauregard's personal diary, genealogical records, and copies of his marriage banns. The RootsWeb site merely re-enforces her findings.--jeanne (talk) 11:22, 29 September 2008 (UTC)

I assume the information you're adding may be correct, but we need to have verifiable secondary sources. I do not have familiarity with Rootsweb, but it appears that anyone can post info there (like Wikipedia or Findagrave). Hal Jespersen (talk) 16:50, 29 September 2008 (UTC)
I see what you mean. I'll check out the New Orleans Parish records, they should have all the dates, names, etc.--jeanne (talk) 16:53, 29 September 2008 (UTC)
Yes, Hal expressed my concerns would be good to discover the underlying reliable sources. With Rootsweb, it is hit & miss...some people do a very good job and document quite well while other folks will publish about anything and it can be terribly wrong so you have to take it with a grain of salt. Sorry for the delay in responding, I was unable to post from work today.⋙–Berean–Hunter—► ((⊕)) 21:00, 29 September 2008 (UTC)

P.G.T. Beauregard Junior High School[edit]

In addition to other place names, Beauregard had a public school in New Orleans named after him: P.G.T. Beauregard Junior High School. The school is located at 4621 Canal Street in the Mid City area, not far from Metarie. The school has since been renamed Thurgood Marshall Middle School. The school name appears in the Warren Commission testimony, as Lee Harvey Oswald attended this school. Web links: Mediasponge (talk) 22:53, 12 April 2010 (UTC)

The "Ladies Dresses" Flags[edit]

That the flags made by the Cary girls were fabricated from their dresses is an old myth, denied by the girls themselves, and should be deleted. --Al-Nofi (talk) 16:57, 5 May 2010 (UTC)

Convinced Cabinet to Surrender?[edit]

At the end of the article lead, it is stated that Generals Beauregard and Johnston convinced Davis and the Confederate Cabinet of the need to end the war in April, 1865. Is there a source on this? I understand that statements in the lead don't have their own source in that section, but that's because the lead is supposed to be summarizing what will be in the rest of the article, so those sources should exist elsewhere. The problem is that the claim regarding convincing the Confederate government of the need to end the war is not made anywhere else in the article that I can find, and thus does not have a source anywhere else. --OuroborosCobra (talk) 19:43, 3 April 2011 (UTC)

Thank you for pointing that out. I have added a sentence describing the meeting with Davis. It is from Williams, p. 255, so the existing footnote covers it. It was a pretty colorful meeting from Johnston's standpoint, but Beauregard did little more than agree with Johnston on his negative assessment. In my opinion, considering how much Davis disliked both of these two generals, it is remarkable that he took their final advice. Hal Jespersen (talk) 00:18, 4 April 2011 (UTC)
Great, thanks so much! --OuroborosCobra (talk) 01:56, 4 April 2011 (UTC)

Beauregard in New Orleans[edit]

A bit of trivia, perhaps, but may interest some: The article states that Beauregard's residence in New Orleans wss the "Beauregard-Keyes House". It is true that that was one of his residences, and it is promoted as such because it is a Bed & Breakfast in the French Quarter. His last residence, however, is on the corner of Esplanade Avenue and N. Derbigny St., in the 1600 block of Esplanade. He died in an upstairs bedroom there, and Beauregard Circle, where his equestrian statute sits, is about fifteen blocks down Esplanade Avenue heading away from the river and the French Quaerter. When I last checked, the smallish stone marker in front of the house had been pushed over. The house continues to deteriorate and there does not seem to be any interest in trying to protect it or otherwise mark its existence. (It is also in a somewhat rough neighborhood, so I wouldn't advise walking there, especially after dark.) While the retired confederate general was living in that house, Homer Plessy lived less than three blocks away, on the other side of N. Claiborne Avenue, in the second block away from Esplanade - on the edge of Faubourg Treme. The year before Beauregard died, Mr. Plessy travelled from his residence to the train station on Press Street where, as planned, he boarded the train to Abita Springs and was duly cited and arrested for refusing to leave the "whites only" car. That resulted in the (in)famous case of Plessy v. Ferguson, which established the doctrine of "separate but equal" until the case was overturned in 1955 by Brown v. Board of Education. Both Beauregard and Plessy were "creoles", both spoke French, and it is not unlikely that they may have been aquainted with one another.[1]Norphan (talk) 00:45, 27 July 2011 (UTC)

Brazilian Army?[edit]

The article says that he was given a comission in the Brazilian Army but he declined the offer. This is impossible, since the Brazilian Imperial Army did not accept nor seek foreign soldiers after 1852. Could someone explain better what Beauregard had in mind? --Lecen (talk) 17:52, 11 November 2011 (UTC)

I am away from my sources, but will check this out next week. Hal Jespersen (talk) 01:36, 15 November 2011 (UTC)
Perhaps he considered offering his service to Brazil during the Paraguayan War? --Lecen (talk) 20:50, 19 November 2011 (UTC)
I checked Williams p. 262 and it said that the Brazilians responded with "some kind of offer," which Beauregard declined, but he provides no additional detail. Perhaps the Brazilians offered a post in a civilian capacity. I will reword the article to make it more appropriately vague. Hal Jespersen (talk) 18:55, 22 November 2011 (UTC)
Don't worry about it. I just thought how odd it was, since Brazil had plenty of experienced officers to command its own troops. Regards, --Lecen (talk) 14:52, 29 November 2011 (UTC)

Date of Surrender[edit]

"On April 1865, Beauregard and his commander..."

April what? April 1st? April 35th?Beetfarm Louie (talk) 16:32, 10 May 2014 (UTC)

It was supposed to be "In April...", which I have just fixed. The surrender occurred on April 26, but the sentence in the article lead section is talking about the process of convincing Jefferson Davis about the surrender, so a less specific date is necessary. Hal Jespersen (talk) 16:41, 10 May 2014 (UTC)
By the way, the actual surrender date is already in the main part of the article. Hal Jespersen (talk) 16:41, 10 May 2014 (UTC)

The Civil War was a War of Southern Slave Owner Aggression[edit]

The North had consistently cooperated with the South. Though in many ways as racist as the Southerners the North wanted to halt the spread of slavery as the Kansas Nebraska Act and the Taney decision in the Dred Scott case threatened the promotion of slavery in the entire United States. Southerners sought further to gain new lands aggressively in Central American and the Gulf and encouraged filibusters in those areas. The southerners were frustrated that their "peculiar institution" was threatened. One need look no further than the Articles of Secession to see that the breakaway states primary obsessions was the preservation of slavery i.e. "Their property". The South cared not a fig for "States Rights" prior to the Civil War and were contemptuous of Northern mitigation of their slavery "rights" to extending lands outside of the South. The South did not care a fig for "States Rights" when pushing the fugitive slave laws. Emancipation of the slaves was the result of the moral decision making on the part of President Lincoln. The execution of the war simply became much easier as slavery was the singular institution that was the foundation of a corrupt and morally sick South. The North was forgiving to the point of sainthood. Any other country at the time would have executed the entire political and guilty business leadership of the south. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:00, 3 January 2015 (UTC)

Sure, that explains why the South invaded the North in 1861 and all the battles were fought in the North (sarc). Bottom line is the North invaded the South, and that's what started this evil and unnecessary War. (talk) 16:05, 11 February 2015 (UTC)
    • ^ Medley, Keith W. (2003). We as Freemen - Plessy v. Ferguson. Gretna, LA: Pelican Publishing. p. 33. ISBN 1-58980-120-2.