james longstreet

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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. gentlemanrob

    Question of Interest on Longstreet family

    I have saw with my research on the General that the Longstreet family moved west to Alabama and Mississippi. I was wondering was this before the civil war and what was the main cause for the Longstreet family to move west. I have been to Edgefield and Augusta and you see nothing that has the...
  2. lelliott19

    On Dangerous Ground: Did Longstreet Really Say This About Lee?

    ON DANGEROUS GROUND In October 1895, as General James Longstreet was putting the finishing touches to his manuscript, he visited Lippincott Publishers in Philadelphia about the new book "From Manassas to Appomattox: Memoirs of the Civil War in America." Either while he was there, or on his way...
  3. gentlemanrob

    When did you first learn about Lt. General James Longstreet?

    I remember learning about General Longstreet at a young age being from Georgia in the Northern Georgia Area around Gainesville originally I remember hearing the Name General Longstreet at a young age. I remember learning that I had several relatives that served under his command in the Georgia...
  4. gentlemanrob

    Mary Ann Dent Longstreet - Mother of Lt. General James Longstreet

    Mary Ann Dent Longstreet: Born: March 13, 1792 Birthplace: Prince Georges County Maryland Father: General Thomas Marshall Dent 1761 – 1823 (Buried: Unknown Burial Spot) Mother: Anne “Nancy” Magruder 1760 – 1807 (Buried: Unknown Burial Spot) Husband: James Longstreet Sr. 1783 – 1833 (Buried...
  5. gentlemanrob

    James Longstreet Sr. - Father of Lt. General James Longstreet Jr.

    James Longstreet Sr.: Born: 1783 Birthplace: New Jersey Father: William Longstreet 1759 – 1814 (Buried: Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church Augusta Georgia) Mother: Hannah Fitz Randolph 1765 – 1837 (Buried: Summerville Cemetery Augusta Georgia) Wife: Mary Ann Dent 1792 – 1855 (Buried: Odd Fellows...
  6. Stiles/Akin

    J.C. Gaither

    An elderly man sat in his parlor, his eyesight too poor to read the newspaper, listening to his son voice the words written by Reverend William Pendleton, Robert E. Lee's head of artillery during The Civil War. The prose was harsh, some would say vicious, as it repeated the charges he, Jubal...
  7. Eleanor Rose

    Rhodes Hall: A Mansion in Atlanta Showcasing the History of the Confederacy

    Rhodes Hall Thanks to the Longstreet Society, I just discovered Rhodes Hall in Atlanta, GA. Per their website: “The interior of Rhodes Hall is one of the finest intact expressions of late Victorian architectural design in the city. The grandest feature is a magnificent series of painted glass...
  8. gentlemanrob

    Ideas for the Longstreet forum

    List some ideas you would like to see on the Longstreet forum this year. Some I personally would like to see are listed: 1. Posts and biographies of the Generals family 2. Posts of the horses the General had during the war 3. Posts of the General's Life outside of the War remember he had a life...
  9. Stiles/Akin

    Rhodes Hall

    This granite mansion in Midtown Atlanta has a series of stained glass windows that show the history of the Confederacy, including key battles and portraits of generals and statesmen. The windows were reinstalled at the home in 1990 after spending 25 years in storage at the Georgia Archives...
  10. gentlemanrob

    Welcome from the new host

    When I saw that the General I most admire had his forum needing a host I know I had to volunteer. General Longstreet has been my civil war hero ever since I can remember I love studying and learning about the General. I have had the pleasure to visit his home in Gainesville Georgia and visit his...
  11. lelliott19

    Requiem to James Longstreet - Eulogy Poem: Atlanta, 1904

    LONGSTREET'S HOME With muffled drum and the flag unfurled With the cause that was lost, when the last smoke curled. From the last old gun, at the last brave stand, His soul marched on with the old command. And the step was slow, as they bore away, To await the eternal muster day, Their old-time...
  12. Stiles/Akin

    Wall plaque in the Thayer Hotel corridor at West Point Military Academy in NY

    Wall plaque in the Thayer Hotel corridor at West Point Military Academy in NY
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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"...
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. Stiles/Akin

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

  20. 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...
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