GROUPING OF LARGE PHOTO OF LONGSTREET MONUMENT SITE ON GETTYSBURG BATTLEFIELD, WITH PRESS RELEASE - 1941

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This grouping consists of a large black and white photo of the land on the Gettysburg Battlefield that was originally purposed for the placement of the General James Longstreet monument. The photo looks across the field at West Confederate Avenue, at the area near the Alabama monument. Photo measures 46” wide x 24”high, is printed on canvas and rolled. Wooden dowels are mounted at the top and bottom of canvas. Image is clear. Canvas is free of tears.

Also included in this grouping are four documents. One is the press release from the Department of State, dated July 1, 1941. It contains the speech by Breckinridge Long, Assistant Secretary of State, delivered at the dedication of the Longstreet monument site on July 2, 1941. In his speech, Breckinridge states that Longstreet was an outstanding military leader who helped to reunite the country after the war. He then focuses on the national emergency that President Roosevelt has called because of the war in Europe, and that Americans need to contribute to this effort. Helen Longstreet, widow of the General, and actress Mary Pickford were in attendance for this ceremony. A parade through the town of Gettysburg was held that afternoon, and airplanes flew over the site as a band played Dixie. That evening a reception was held at the Gettysburg Hotel.

Second is a booklet titled, “THE BULLDOG, LONGSTREET AT GETTYSBURG AND CHICKAMAUGA”, by Sears Wilson Cabell, Treasurer of the Longstreet Memorial Association”.  It is a defense of Longstreet’s actions at the battles of Gettysburg and Chickamauga against claims of any mistakes that the General was accused of making.

Third is a publication called, “TRUTH, THE ETERNAL YEARS OF GOD ARE HERS”, issued by the Longstreet Memorial Association. Cover features an image of the proposed Longstreet equestrian monument for the Gettysburg Battlefield by sculptor Paul Manship. Inside are photos and information of the various events the Association has been involved in to honor Longstreet.

Lastly is a program for the July 2, 1941 “CEREMONIES OF DEDICATING THE SITE ON THE GETTYSBURG BATTLEFIELD FOR THE EQUESTRIAN STATUE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET”.  This ceremony was organized by The Longstreet Memorial Association. Inside is the schedule and information of the various events the Association has planned, such as a reception at the Gettysburg Hotel, a parade, and the unveiling of the proposed equestrian monument of the General by Mrs. Longstreet. The plan for this original monument at Gettysburg would never come to fruition, and a different monument to Longstreet was erected in 1998 at Pitzer’s Woods on West Confederate Avenue.

The plan for this monument at Gettysburg would never come to fruition, and a different monument to Longstreet was erected in 1998 at Pitzer’s Woods on West Confederate Avenue.  [SM/LD]

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