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Military operations of General Beauregard.

Chapter 1:

  • Major Beauregard appointed Superintendent of the United States military Academy.
  • -- his determination to resign should Louisiana withdraw from the Union. -- takes command at West point, but is immediately relieved.–Returns to New Orleans. -- is offered the rank of Colonel of Engineers and artillery in the Louisiana State forces, -- Declines. -- plan to obstruct river near Forts. -- floating booms. -- is summoned to Montgomery by President Davis. -- ordered to Charleston, S. C., to assume command and direct operations against Fort Sumter.
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while in charge of the military defences of Louisiana, and of the construction of the New Orleans custom-house, in the fall of 1860, General Beauregard, then brevet Major of United States Engineers, received the following order from Washington:

Special order, no. 238.

War Department, Adjutant-General's office, Washington, November 8th, 1860.
By direction of the President, brevet Major Peter G. T. Beauregard, Corps of Engineers, is appointed superintendent of the Military Academy, and will relieve the present superintendent at the close of the approaching semi-annual examination of cadets.

By order of the Secretary of War.

S. Cooper, Adjutant-General.

This was not only an honorable position, much coveted, and justly so, in the army, but it was also a highly responsible one, to which none but officers of the Engineer Corps of acknowledged merit had, up to that time, been appointed. Yet, under existing circumstances, to Major Beauregard it had more than one objection. Mr. Lincoln had just been elected President of the United

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