Came across this statue of 'Old Joe' in the town square. Our original intention of spending 4 weeks visiting battlefields in the Southern states changed when we heard about the Retreat from Gettysburg get together. As our flights were already booked from the U.K to Atlanta we decided to visit as many sites in the 2 weeks before getting to Gettysburg as we could, spending a week in Gettysburg before using our last week driving back to Atlanta. Here's a day by day account of what we achieved. Day 1 ... After landing at Atlanta in the late afternoon we collected our hire car and drove North for roughly an hour to Gainesville GA ( the post war home of General Longstreet ). The lease and state law make it difficult for anyone to legally remove the Confederate statue — as does the ghost of Helen Dortch Longstreet. Helen Dortch Longstreet - photo by Times file “As long as my heart continues to beat, I will defend the legal and moral right of the Longstreet Chapter U.D.C. to hold the Confederate Monument on the public square of Gainesville under a 99-year lease, dating from date of erection of the Monument,” Helen Longstreet wrote in a 1953 letter to the Gainesville News. But it’s what came next in her letter that matters now. “After I am dead, my released spirit will come back to stand guard beside the heroic figure in Gainesville’s square and say to all coming betrayers of a people’s honor, ‘You shall not pass!’” . More to follow . Cheers Ken.