He appears to us now to be precisely the same as when, on the second day of the battle of Shiloh
, he led, flag in hand, one of the charges of the 18th Louisiana regiment.
A hail-storm of minie-balls was then pouring into that gallant corps.
One of his staff, expostulating with him, and almost rebuking his too-rash exposure of his person, he said: ‘At such moments as these, the order must not be “go,”
’ And he still tightly grasped the battle-flag.
The whole man is portrayed in this brief sentence.
His words were ever few at headquarters or on the field, but terse and to the point.
One could read, by the flash of his eyes, that he meant what he said.
If, as we firmly believe, traits of character, scope of mind, even tastes and prejudices, can be transmitted from generation to generation, we can understand how and why Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard
displayed the capacity for command and the inspiring influence which so distinguished him during our four years war, when we glance back over the long line of his ancestors, where, love of liberty and soldierly qualities were so conspicuous.
We very much mistake, or there is still a goodly current of the Celtic Tider
's blood running through General Beauregard
's veins, and the high-toned chivalric courtesy, coupled with irreproachable integrity, so remarkable in him, must certainly be derived from the stately old Dukes
, the heads of the House of Este