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James Longstreet was a U.S. Army soldier who graduated from the West Point Military Academy, and was a Veteran of the Mexican-American War. He resigned his U.S. commission in June of 1861 to join the Confederate Army, becoming one of the most prominent generals of the Civil War and the principal subordinate to General Robert E. Lee, who called him his "Old War Horse". Longstreet served under Lee as a corps commander for many of the famous battles in the eastern theater. However, his most controversial service was at the Battle of Gettysburg in July of 1863, where he openly disagreed with the offensive tactics ordered by General Lee, and reluctantly commanded multiple unsuccessful attacks on Union positions, including the famously disastrous Pickett's Charge. Afterwards, he served in the Western Theater with Braxton Bragg in the Army of Tennessee.

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  1. CivilWarTalk

    Lieutenant General James Longstreet Monument (Gettysburg)

    Gettysburg NMP, ©Michael Kendra, 2003.Longstreet's most controversial service was at the Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863, where he openly disagreed with General Lee on the tactics to be employed and reluctantly supervised several unsuccessful attacks on Union forces, including the disastrous...
  2. M

    Longstreet and the Battle of Fort Sanders.

    Longstreet planed to use artillery to soften up Fort Sanders at Knoxville Tennessee before he sent in the infantry. Longstreet changed his mind and launched a surprise attack. This surprise attack did not proceed as well as Longstreet wanted and in the end failed to capture Fort Sanders. If...
  3. Stiles/Akin

    Throw your snowballs, men,

    Winter after the Fredericksburg Campaign. --"Between Longstreet's headquarters and Forest Hill was the winter campsite of the Texas Brigade. Each morning the corps commander passed through under a barrage of snowballs from the playful Texans. He endured the joke "with his usual imperturbability"...
  4. gentlemanrob

    Augustus Baldwin Longstreet

    Augustus Baldwin Longstreet Born: September 22, 1790 Birth Place: Augusta, Georgia Father: William Augustus Longstreet 1759 – 1814 (Buried: Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church, Augusta, Georgia) Mother: Hannah Fitz Randolph 1765 – 1837 (Buried: Summerville Cemetery, Augusta, Georgia) Wife...
  5. RLowe

    Longstreet in Chattanooga

    Lee’s Old Warhorse got caught up in the anti-Bragg bloc that festered inside the Army of Tennessee. He really became the ad hoc leader upon his arrival from Virginia and was the first to speak when Davis came down and questioned the commanders, with Bragg in the corner. October 1863 was...
  6. lelliott19

    In their words: The Assault on Fort Sanders Knoxville November 29, 1863

    Captain Wyatt R. McClain, Company A, 51st Georgia, Bryan's Brigade Commanding 51st Georgia, Bryan's Brigade, McLaws' Division, Longstreet's Corps. "...With a gallantry unsurpassed, and an enthusiasm which should have met a better fate, the Regiment rushed through an almost impenetrable abattis...
  7. Stiles/Akin

    Letter From General Robert E. Lee To His Most Trusted Lieutenant General James Longstreet

    LETTER FROM GENERAL ROBERT E. LEE TO HIS MOST TRUSTED LIEUTENANT GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET ON AUGUST 29,1864, FROM CAMP PETERSBURG, VIRGINIA LONGSTREET WAS CONVALESCING AT THIS TIME AFTER HAVING BEEN SEVERELY WOUNDED IN BATTLE ON MAY 5,1864. "General J. Longstreet: My Dear General, I received...
  8. Stiles/Akin

    The only relic of the Confederacy

    REUNION IN ATLANTA, 1898. Longstreet was asked to attend and wear his old uniform, but that was burned up in the fire that destroyed his home. He agreed to attend with just his old trunk of a body, which he called "the only relic of the Confederacy" remaining to him. But his Augusta veterans had...
  9. Tom Elmore

    Capture of General Longstreet at Gettysburg - July 2 or July 3?

    [Preface: Normally I rely more heavily on eyewitness accounts than post-war analysis, but this case is clearly an exception. Of course we know Longstreet was not captured during the battle, but evidently at the time it was widely believed within the Union army, as well as by the local...
  10. gentlemanrob

    ⋆L★G⋆ Longstreet, James

    James Longstreet Jr. James Longstreet was a U.S. Army soldier who graduated from the West Point Military Academy, and was a Veteran of the Mexican-American War. He resigned his U.S. commission in June of 1861 to join the Confederate Army, becoming one of the most prominent generals of the Civil...
  11. Stiles/Akin

    My old nurse

    Of all the people alive I still know and meet, probably no one carries me farther back in recollections of my long life than does my "old nurse." Most of the family servants were discharged after the war at Macon, Mississippi, where some of them still reside, among them this old man, Daniel, who...
  12. Eleanor Rose

    General Longstreet and Helen at Chickamauga

    (Courtesy of the Chattanooga Public Library) This picture was taken at the dedication of the Georgia State monument at the Chickamauga Battlefield (Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park) on May 4, 1899. General and Mrs. Longstreet were among the dignitaries present along with...
  13. Stiles/Akin

    Longstreet attended the Gettysburg reunion, 1888.

    Longstreet attended the Gettysburg reunion, 1888. "It was impossible to restrain the boys, who crowded around the platform...Gen. Chamberlain stepped to the front and proposed three cheers for Longstreet which were given with a will by some 10,000 veterans.... So great was the pressure to...
  14. ami

    Brass Napoleon Award Voting ~ Longstreet

    Please vote for the one you think most deserves this award! About the Award --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Interview: Longstreet says Lee's pugnacity got the better of strategy at Gettysburg While Eleanor's Away, Some Longstreet Each Day
  15. FarawayFriend

    "General Longstreet is wonderfully like the pictures of Emperor William"

    I found this article while looking for something else, but found it interesting that the autor thinks Longstreet and Emperor William I are lookalikes. Apparently Mrs. Longstreet's cook also thought William I and "Marse Jeems" looked like twins. Hmmmm... would you agree @Eleanor Rose , @War Horse...
  16. lelliott19

    Say What Saturday: James Longstreet Quote that Should be Famous But Isn't

    Recitals of such bravest deeds are perhaps usually confined to active battles, where by the touch of elbows and the sense of comradeship, and amid the inspiration of horse artillery and the rattle of musketry, and the cheers of comrades, soldiers are deeply moved to do and dare for country... I...
  17. lelliott19

    The Old Soldier's Memory: Longstreet's Power of Recall

    In the corridor of his hotel, the white-haired old man encountered United States District Attorney Henry S. Foote, whom he had not seen for more than thirty years. The last time they had met General Longstreet was in command of a division of the southern army at the battle of Chickamauga. Foote...
  18. Stiles/Akin

    Captain Charles Blackford

    Late September 1863 Captain Charles Blackford, who came west with Longstreet's troops saw enough to be convinced as he wrote his wife that “ Bragg ought to be relieved or disaster is sure to result. The men have no faith. The difference between this army and Lee's is very striking. When the men...
  19. M

    Flint Michigan and Longstreet.

    It is said that Longstreet owned land in the area of Flint Michigan prior to the Civil War. Does anyone know where. Also his youngest daughter was born in Flint. I might be going to the Flint areas and could visit these.
  20. Stiles/Akin

    We will stay here…if we must all go to hell together

    “We will stay here…if we must all go to hell together . Tell General Longstreet to send me some ammunition. I have not a cartridge in my command, but will hold my position at the point of the bayonet. “ John R. Cooke of the 27th NC responding to orders to Genl Longstreet to hold the...
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