General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard

Oil on wood
17 ½ x 20 inches
Credit Line:
Private Collection

When the Confederate general Albert Sidney Johnston was killed at the Battle of Shiloh, Beauregard commanded the rest of the fighting, which ended in retreat. Grooms portrays this general, who hailed from Louisiana, as a man of action, who, here, leads a charge in the plumed hat worn by cavalry officers. Beauregard had not only trained at the United States Military Academy at West Point, he was also its superintendent when Southern states began seceding from the Union. He resigned and rushed to take up a command in Charleston, South Carolina, in time for the opening shots at Fort Sumter. In 1864 Beauregard protected Petersburg, Virginia, and the Confederate capitol of Richmond from Union attacks.