CDV OF C.S. GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET

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Three-quarter standing view of Longstreet in civilian clothes. Image is clear but slightly light. Southern Publishing Co., Baltimore, backmark.

James Longstreet (January 8, 1821 – January 2, 1904) was one of the foremost Confederate generals of the American Civil War and the principal subordinate to General Robert E. Lee, who called him his "Old War Horse". He served under Lee as a corps commander for most of the battles fought by the Army of Northern Virginia in the Eastern Theater, and briefly with Braxton Bragg in the Army of Tennessee in the Western Theater.

After graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point, Longstreet served in the Mexican–American War. He was wounded in the thigh at the Battle of Chapultepec, and during recovery married his first wife, Louise Garland. In June 1861, Longstreet resigned his U.S. Army commission and joined the Confederate Army. He commanded Confederate troops during an early victory at Blackburn's Ford in July and played a minor role at the First Battle of Bull Run.

Longstreet made significant contributions to several important Confederate victories in the Eastern Theater as one of Robert E. Lee's chief subordinates in the Army of Northern Virginia. After Gettysburg, Longstreet was sent to the Western Theater to fight under Braxton Bragg. He returned East and commanded troops during the Battle of the Wilderness in 1864, where he was seriously wounded by friendly fire. He later returned to the field, serving under Lee in the Siege of Petersburg and the Appomattox Campaign.

Longstreet enjoyed a successful post-war career working for the U.S. government as a diplomat, civil servant, and administrator. He contracted pneumonia and died in Gainesville on January 2, 1904. Longstreet's remains are buried in Alta Vista Cemetery, in Gainesville.  [jet] [ph:L]

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