Stripped of command

Beauregard's defeat at the Battle of Shiloh tarnished his reputation, but the general's self-confidence never wavered. A few months later, he traveled to Mobile, Alabama, in hopes of receiving treatment for a nagging throat ailment. He left General Braxton Bragg in temporary command of the army, believing that he would soon return. But Beauregard had made these decisions without receiving authorization from Jefferson Davis or anyone else. When Davis learned about the general's actions, he permanently stripped Beaure-

gard of his command and ordered him to take over the defense of the Atlantic coastlines of Georgia and South Carolina.

Defending the Confederate coastline was an important responsibility, but everyone knew that Beauregard's new assignment was a demotion (moving down to a lower rank). Beauregard's dislike for Davis thus became even greater. In fact, the two men remained hostile toward one another for the remainder of the war.

Beauregard reluctantly reported to his new command on September 15, 1862. Over the next eighteen months he successfully fended off repeated Union assaults against the South Carolina and Georgia coasts. But despite his skillful direction of the South's coastal defenses, Davis refused to give him another opportunity to command a Confederate army in the field. Beauregard's vanity and egotism, meanwhile, prevented him from accepting offers to serve under the command of other Confederate field generals.

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