Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard

Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard

Civil War (Confederate) · Confederate Army · General

A prominent Confederate general who served in the US Army before the war.

Mexican-American War (1846 - 1848)
Branch

Confederate Army

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Rank

Brevet Major

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Conflict Period

Mexican-American War

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Service Start Date

1838

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Major battles

Battle of Contreras, Battle of Churubusco, Battle for Mexico City, Battle of Chapultepec

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Service End Date

1861

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Served For

United States of America

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Civil War (Confederate) (1861 - 1865)
Rank

General

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Major battles

Battle of Fort Sumter, First Battle of Bull Run, Battle of Shiloh, Siege of Corinth, First Battle of Fort Wagner, Second Battle of Fort Wagner, Second Battle of Fort Sumter, Bermuda Hundred Campaign, Second Battle of Petersburg, Battle of Bentonville

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Service Start Date

1861

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Service End Date

1865

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Conflict Period

Civil War (Confederate)

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Branch

Confederate Army

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Served For

United States of America

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Stories about Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard

Creation of the Confederate Flag

    Beauregard was a key figure in the creation of what we today know as the Confederate flag. After the First Battle of Bull Run, Beauregard noticed that it was too easy to confuse the American flag with the Confederate “Stars and Bars” in battle because they looked similar from a distance. He worked with a few others, namely William P. Miles and Joseph E. Johnston, to create the battle flag, with a blue X with white stars (representing the states of the Confederacy) on a background of red. The flag was modified from the design of a South Carolinian secessionist flag and made into a square (rather than a rectangle) to save materials. The flag, known as the flag of the Army of Northern Virginia or “Beauregard’s flag,” was disbursed to the Army of Northern Virginia on 28 November 1861 and soon became identified with the entire Confederacy and eventually the South.

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