Longstreet makes his breakthrough here

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Longstreet was actually aided by Tom Brotherton, who had lived on his father's farm in northem Georgia before joining the Confederate army. Brotherton played a key part in Longstreet's reconnaissance and the placement of his troops. He turned out to be a very effective scout, based on his knowledge of the ground.
 

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I haven’t studied Chickamauga yet. From the very little I’ve gleaned from here, is it an example of Longstreet’s aggressiveness, where it’s usually understood that he was a “defensive” commander?

That he was a defensive commander is a canard probably brought about by people taking popular fiction as fact. He commanded successful pile drivers assaults at 2nd Bull Run, Chickamauga and the Wilderness and on the 2nd day of Gettysburg his corps, down a division, did perhaps the finest example of offensive fighting in the entire war.
 

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That he was a defensive commander is a canard probably brought about by people taking popular fiction as fact. He commanded successful pile drivers assaults at 2nd Bull Run, Chickamauga and the Wilderness and on the 2nd day of Gettysburg his corps, down a division, did perhaps the finest example of offensive fighting in the entire war.
When the situation called for it. Longstreet was among the most aggressive of offensive opponents. The sledgehammer and the anvil as he and Jackson were known.
 

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That he was a defensive commander is a canard probably brought about by people taking popular fiction as fact. He commanded successful pile drivers assaults at 2nd Bull Run, Chickamauga and the Wilderness and on the 2nd day of Gettysburg his corps, down a division, did perhaps the finest example of offensive fighting in the entire war.
Great points. Funny how he's blamed for Gettysburg... yet it was his corps that almost won the battle. Longstreet called that charge on July 2nd "the best three hours fighting, done by any troops on any battlefield. "
 
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