--Gen. P. G. Toutant Beauregard
, the Commander-in-Chief
, was born on his father's plantation, near New Orleans.
He is a descendant of the most aristocratic Southern families.
His father was a wealthy and influential Louisiana
His mother was of Italian origin, and descended from the ducal Reggio
family of Italy
entered the United States Military Academy at West Point
, at an early age, where he graduated in 1838, taking the second honors in a class of forty-five graduates, and was appointed to the corps of engineers.
He was promoted to a First Lieutenancy in June, 1840, and in that capacity served with great distinction during the Mexican
war. He was twice brevetted ‘"for gallant and meritorious conduct"’ in the field, the first time as Captain
for the battles of Contreras
, to date from August 20, 1847; and again as Major
for the battle of Chepultepec
, to date from the 13th of September of that year.
is about forty-three years of age, in prime of life and vigorous health, erect as a soldier, well made and remarkably active.
There is great spirit and determination in his look, and he evidently possesses great muscular power.
The great characteristic of the General
is perfect method in all his plans.
He is regarded one of the ablest officers that ever was in the American