Peter F. Stevens (c. 1860)

20 January 2024

This stunning portrait of Major Peter Fayssoux Stevens (1830 – 1910), Superintendent of the South Carolina Military Academy – the Citadel – was painted by his granddaughter Grace Annette DuPré (1894 – 1984, NYT obit).

Miss DuPré and grandson Paul Stevens donated the painting to the Citadel in 1959. The original resides in the archives there and a copy hangs on campus in Bond Hall. Thanks to Citadel Archivist Major Tessa Updike for kindly providing this.

The plaque at the bottom reads:

Peter Fayssoux Stevens
Class of 1849 – Superintendent 1859-1861
Colonel Confederate States Army
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Directed the fire against the Federal steamer Star of the West
in Charleston Harbor January 9, 1861. This being
the first shot of the War Between the States
Painted by Grace Annette Du Pre
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Presented to the Citadel May 31, 1959 by
Grace Annette Du Pre and Paul Stevens, grandchildren of Colonel Stevens

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