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The General in command of forces in Charleston, South Carolina, it was P. G. T. Beauregard who ordered the bombardment of Fort Sumter, April 12, 1861, generally held to mark the beginning of the American Civil War. He fought in the First Battle of Bull Run, in which Confederate forces were victorious, and the Battle of Shiloh, where he took command when General Johnson was killed. A competent soldier it is thought animosity between Beauregard and Jefferson Davis prevented him from accomplishing even greater achievements for the South during the war. In the end he survived the obstructions put in his path by both comrade and foe and lived long. He died in New Orleans in 1893.
Back mark: "E. and H.T. Anthony - 501 Broadway, New York, Manufacturers of the best Photographic Albums." Gold double-line border, corners clipped, as was commonly done to CDV's for inserting them into the paper frames of albums. A few small, light surface scratches visible under magnification and light foxing. Two tiny droplets of ink on the front by his left arm (right side of image), which are barely noticeable and a few more on back side of the card. Otherwise appears to be in very good condition. Inscribed, "Beauregard" in pencil below the image.
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