Here’s a sneak-peek at an ECWS book set for release in early 2022. It’s heading to the printer now!
Beauregard has long been a figure of some interest to me, but it was in writing The Battle of Petersburg, June 15-18, 1864, that I appreciated him more as a commander and a man. What others saw as overheated rhetoric, I saw as the kind of eccentric theatrics that have a home in New Orleans.
The removal of his statue and the arguments for and against him also drew me in. Most did not consider him as an individual, but rather a piece in a culture war.
Rather than praise or bury him, I wrote Dreams of Victory as a way to understand him, and to that end I considered him as a product of an elite Creole background, tempered by West Point training, and colored by his obsession with Napoleon. With that in mind most of his successes, failures, strengths, weaknesses, virtues and vices made sense.
Dreams of Victory: P. G. T. Beauregard in the Civil War
by Sean Michael Chick
Savas Beatie, 2022