Today I am going to be writing about two Confederate Civil War generals; Nathan Bedford Forrest and Pierre Gustave Toutant-Beauregard (PGT Beauregard)
Nathan Bedford Forrest
Nathan Bedford Forrest was a Confederate commander during the civil war. He survived the war and afterwards went on to be one of the earliest members of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK).
Forrest was born on July 13, 1821 in Chapel Hill, Tennessee. When he was 17 years old, his father and twin sister died from scarlet fever and he became the oldest man in the family. Once he was grown up, Forrest became a wealthy plantation owner. He made a fortune on real estate investments and slaves (he was a slave trader in addition to running a plantation and buying and selling land). When the Civil War started in 1861, his first position was in Captain Josiah Whites Tennessee Mounted Rifles. His 15 year old son William joined along side him. Forrest was soon promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, and from there he was told to go and recruit and train a group of mounted soldiers. Then, he was put in charge of the 3rd Tennessee Cavalry. Forrest was a natural at leading men in battle. He didn’t have any major military training, but he used common sense and was an outstanding leader and a good tactician. He was an excellent swordsman and rider also. He fought at Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Murfreesburo, Chickamauga, Tupelo, Nashville, and many more. Throughout the course of the war, Forrest was promoted many times. By the end, he was Lieutenant General. After the war, Bedford Forrest became a member of the Ku Klux Klan. He died on October 29, 1877 in Memphis, Tennessee.
Also called “Little Napoleon” and the “little Frenchman”, Pierre Gustave Toutant-Beauregard was a Confederate General in the Civil war. He was the commander in the first battle of the war; Fort Sumter.
Beauregard was born on May 28, 1818, at the Saint Bernard Parish in Louisiana. He entered the West Point Military academy when he was a teenager, and graduated second in his class. The things that he was best at during the academy were military engineering and artillery.
Beauregard fought in the Mexican-American war, so by the time the civil war broke out, he already had a bit of experience. He fought at Fort Sumter (he was the general, actually), Bull Run, Shiloh, Charleston Harbor, Corinth, Petersburg, Fort Wagner, Bentonville, and at many other battles in the Civil War. After the war, Beauregard became a railroad executive in Louisiana. He died on February 20th, 1894, in New Orleans, Louisiana.