James Longstreet

 

Bio:

Born: February 8, 1821 in Edgefield District, South Carolina

Died: January 2, 1902 in Gainesville, Georgia

Political Party: Republican

Religion: Roman Catholic (Christian)

Wife: Maria Garland (Then Married Helen Dortch years after Maria's death)

Allegiance: United States (USA) Confederate States of America (CSA)

Highest Rank: Lieutenant General (CSA)

Other: One of Robert E. Lee's most trusted generals, became a U.S Commissioner of Railroads after the war, and a U.S. Ambassador

Involvement in the Civil War:

Longstreet like many other Generals in the American Civil War had previously served in the American Civil War. Longstreet sided with the south where he lived, but he was not to excited about secession. Longstreet started off in the Civil War as a Lieutenant Colonel. On June 25, 1861 he had accepted the rank of Brigadier General. Longstreet commanded Virginians at the battle of Bull Run in July 1861. On October 7, 1861 Longstreet was promoted to Major General. Longstreet went on to serve under Lee, and commanded at several battles across the Eastern Theater. Longstreet fought at major battles including the Seven Days Battle, Fredericksburg, Second Bull Run, and Antietam where he gained much respect for holding his line. When the Battle of Gettysburg Longstreet played an enormous role, especially during Picketts charge. Although Longstreet was one of Lee's most trusted generals they had conflicted at the Battle of Gettysburg, Longstreet did not like Lee's orders but went with them any ways. After the major loss of the Battle of Gettysburg, Longstreet went on to serve in the Western Theater. He commanded at several battles across Tennessee such as Chickamauga. Longstreets final service in the Civil War was back in the Eastern Theater where he fought at The Wilderness and the Appomattox Campaign, soon after the war ended in 1865.

Engagements (Civil War):

- Longstreet was a unique General because he fought in nearly all American Civil War Campaigns and served in both the East and Western Theaters of War.

 

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