Friday, January 28, 2011

Beauregard forced out at West Point

Beauregard in US unif
  • After being Superintendent only five days, P.G.T. Beauregard has his orders revoked as head of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, by General Joseph G. Totten, Chief Engineer for the U.S. Army. The reason? Beauregard’s state of origin, Louisiana, had seceded from the Union. Beauregard will protest to the War Department that they had cast "improper reflection upon [his] reputation or position in the Corps of Engineers" by forcing him out as a Southern officer before any hostilities began/1861 
  • The Republic of Georgia adopts a Bill of Rights similar to the one in the US Constitution/1861

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