His Confederate assignments included: brigadier general, CSA
(March 1, 1861); Placed in charge
of the South Carolina troops in Charleston Harbor, he won
the nearly bloodless victory at Fort Sumter. "The Little
Creole" was hailed throughout the South. Ordered to Virginia,
he commanded the forces opposite Washington and created the
Confederate Army of the Potomac.
style, he drafted the attack orders for Shiloh and took command
when Johnston was mortally wounded on the first day of the
battle. On the evening of the first day he let victory slip
through his fingers by calling off the attacks. Controversy
over his decision has raged to this day.
north, he took command in North Carolina and southern
Virginia while Lee faced Grant in northern Virginia.
Gradually the two forces were pushed together in an
awkward command arrangement.
Beauregard managed to bottle up Benjamin F. Butler
in the Bermuda Hundred lines after defeating him at
Drewry's Bluff. This was Beauregard's finest performance
of the war.