P.G.T. Beauregard: Napoleon in Gray

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LSU Press, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 345 pages
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First published in 1955 to wide acclaim, T. Harry Williams' P.G.T. Beauregard is universally regarded as "the first authoritative portrait of the Confederacy's always dramatic, often perplexing" general (Chicago Tribune). Chivalric, arrogant, and of exotic Creole Louisiana origin, Beauregard participated in every phase of the Civil War from its beginning to its end. He rigidly adhered to principles of war derived from his studies of Jomini and Napoleon, and yet many of his battle plans were rejected by his superiors, who regarded him as excitable, unreliable, and contentious. After the war, Beauregard was almost the only prominent Confederate general who adapted successfully to the New South, running railroads and later supervising the notorious Louisiana Lottery. This paradox of a man who fought gallantly to defend the Old South and then helped industrialize it is the fascinating subject of Williams' superb biography.
  

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Don't read unless you want exhaustive detail of Beauregard's battlefield maneuvers. Super informative/super dry. Read full review

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I wish I could rate it more highly, but Williams to too dry as a writer. Read full review

Contents

The Creole
1
The Halls of Montezuma
13
To the Shores of Charleston
34
The Guns of Sumter
51
Napoleonic Planning at Manassas
66
Beauregard Felix
81
Pity for Those in High Authority
96
With Albert Sidney Johnston
113
Return to Virginia
197
On the Petersburg Line
212
Commander of the West
236
Reconstruction
257
Painting the Monkeys Tail
273
The Louisiana Lottery
291
Ghosts and Ghostwriters
304
Death of a Hero
319

Shiloh
133
Cock Robin Is Dead
150
Return to Charleston
166
The Big Bombardment
185
Critical Essay on Authorities
330
Index
339
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T. Harry Williams (1909--1979) was Boyd Professor of History at Louisiana State University. He won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for Huey Long: A Biography. Among his other works are Lincoln and His Generals, With Beauregard in Mexico, Romance and Realism in Southern Politics, and Americans at War: The Development of the American Military System.

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