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Beauregard, G. T. (Gustave Toutant) (1818-1893) General orders, no. 44

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00666 Author/Creator: Beauregard, G. T. (Gustave Toutant) (1818-1893) Place Written: Corinth, Mississippi Type: Document signed Date: 19 May 1862 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: General Beauregard's order rallying Confederate soldiers, in response to Benjamin F. Butler's infamous General Order number 28, signed by Smith as Assistant Adjutant General. Butler's order number 28, stating that New Orleans women showing contempt for Union soldiers will be treated as prostitutes is reprinted here, as well as Beauregard's words rallying the men to "drive back from our soil, those infamous invaders of our homes and disturbers of our family ties."

People: Beauregard, Pierre Gustave Toutant, 1818-1893.
Butler, Benjamin Franklin, 1818-1893.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Women's History, Military History, Civil War, Confederate General or Leader, Confederate States of America, Union Forces, Union General

Sub Era: The American Civil War