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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1838

Vol. I

(Born La.)

P. G. T. Beauregard

(Ap'd La.)


Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard: Born May 28, 1818, St. Bernard, LA.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1834, to July 1, 1838, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, July 1, 1838.

Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, July 7, 1838.

Served: as Asst. Engineer in the building of Ft. Adams, Newport harbor, R. I., 1838‑39, — of the defenses of Pensacola harbor, Fla.,

(First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, June 16, 1839)

1839‑40, — of Survey of Barataria Bay, La., 1840‑41, — and of repairs of Ft. Jackson, Mississippi River, La., 1841; as Superintending Engineer in the building of Tower Dupré, and of the repairs of the defenses of the eastern passes to New Orleans, La., 1841‑44, and 1845‑46, — and of repairs of Ft. McHenry, Md., 1844‑45; in the War with Mexico, 1846‑48, being engaged in the construction of the defenses of Tampico, 1846‑47, — Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — Reconnoissance and Battle of Cerro Gordo, Apr. 17‑18, 1847, — Reconnoissance of the Pedregal, Aug. 19, 1847, — Battle of Contreras, Aug. 19‑20, 1847, — Reconnoissance

(Bvt. Capt., Aug. 20, 1847, for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct
in the Battles of Contreras and Churubusco, Mex.)

of the approaches to the City of Mexico, Sep. 9‑13, 1847, — Battle of Chapultepec, Sep. 13, 1847, — and Assault and Capture of the City of

(Bvt. Major, Sep. 13, 1847,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Battle of Chapultepec, Mex.)

Mexico, Sep. 13‑14, 1847, where he was wounded in storming the "Causeway Battery," and again near the Belen Gate; as Superintending Engineer in the building of Ft. Gaines, Mobile harbor, Ala., 1848‑49, — of the repairs of Fts. St. Philip and Jackson, La., 1849‑52, — and building of Ft. Livingston, La., 1849‑52; as Member of a special Board of Engineers for the improvement of the Delta of the Mississippi, and construction of a harbor on Lake Pontchartrain, La., 1852‑53; as Superintending engineer

(Captain, Corps of Engineers, Mar. 3, 1853, for Fourteen Years' Continuous Service)

 p698  of New Orleans Custom-House, La., 1853‑60; in general supervision of opening of S. W. Pass into Mississippi River, and construction of a harbor on Lake Pontchartrain, La., 1853; as Member of a special Board of Engineers for projecting the defenses on the Gulf Frontier of Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas, 1857, — and for the protection of the site of Ft. McRee, Fla., 1858; as Superintending Engineer of New Orleans Marine Hospital and Quarantine Warehouses, 1859‑60; and as Superintendent of the U. S. Military Academy, Jan. 23‑28, 1861.

Resigned, Feb. 20, 1861.

Civil History. — Chief Engineer for Drainage of the site of New Orleans, La., 1858‑61.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States.​a

Civil History. — Civil Engineer since 1866. Tendered the Chief Command of the Army of Roumania, 1866 (declined); and that of the Egyptian Army, 1869 (declined). Adjutant-General of the State of Louisiana, 1878 to 18–––. Commissioner of Public Works of New Orleans, La., 1888 to 18–––.

[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Vol. IV
Died, Feb. 20, 1893, at New Orleans, La.: Aged 75.

Buried, Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans, LA.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record, which was outstanding; there are of course many websites that cover it. An excellent summary is given at Civil War Home. His name appears more than 300 times in Freeman's biography of Robert E. Lee (onsite); and another 40 times in the section of this site on the History of Louisiana.

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