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Beauregard, Pierre Gustave Toutant (28 May 1818–20 February 1893), soldier, was born at “Contreras,” his family’s plantation in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, the son of Jacques Toutant-Beauregard, a planter, and Helene Judith de Reggio. At age eight he was sent to a private school in New Orleans for three years, and for four years after that he attended the French School, a private institution in New York City. Beauregard entered the U.S. Military Academy in 1834 and graduated second in the class of 1838. Commissioned a second lieutenant of engineers, he worked on various fortifications in Florida and in his native state during the years prior to the Mexican War. In 1841 Beauregard married Marie Laure Villere; they had two sons. Laure died in March 1850, giving birth to a daughter....

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Lee, Robert E. (19 January 1807–12 October 1870), soldier, was born Robert Edward Lee on the Stratford estate in Westmoreland County, Virginia, the son of Henry “Light-Horse Harry” Lee, a soldier and political leader, and Ann Hill Carter. The promise of affluence implied by his birth at his father’s ancestral estate was not fulfilled in Lee’s childhood. Neither family, nor military distinction in the Revolution, nor political success as governor of Virginia (1792–1795) could save Major General Henry Lee from the penalties of financial recklessness, aggravated by broken health. As a result, Robert’s childhood was shadowed by the frequent absence of his father, seeking to escape his creditors and to promote his physical rehabilitation, while his mother supported herself and her five children on the income from her Carter legacy, which was adequate but by no means lavish. The family moved to Alexandria, Virginia, in 1810. For an unknown period, Robert attended a school at Eastern View in Fauquier County that was run by the Carters for their children. By 1820 he was a student at Alexandria Academy, where he finished his secondary school education no later than 1823....

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Twiggs, David Emanuel (1790–15 July 1862), army officer, was born near Augusta in Richmond County, Georgia, the son of John Twiggs, a brigadier general, and Ruth Emanuel. John Twiggs had won renown as the “Savior of Georgia” during the American Revolution. David Emanuel Twiggs began his army career in 1812, appointed on 12 March of that year to the rank of captain in the Eighth U.S. Infantry. He served in the War of 1812 and was promoted to major in the Twenty-eighth Infantry in September 1814. Peace came soon thereafter, however, and the Twenty-eighth Infantry was disbanded, leaving Twiggs without a commission. Army expansion in the 1820s restarted his flagging military career. In 1825 he became a major in the First Infantry, in 1831 a lieutenant colonel in the Fourth Infantry, and in 1836 colonel of the Second Dragoons. He took part in the ...