camp life in Texas
march to the Rio Grande
I was born in Edgefield District, South Carolina, on the 8th of January, 1821.
On the paternal side the family was from New Jersey; on my mother's side, from Maryland.
My earliest recollections were of the Georgia side of Savannah River, and my school-days were passed there, but the appointment to West Point Academy was from North Alabama.
My father, James Longstreet, the oldest child of William Longstreet and Hannah Fitzrandolph, was born in New Jersey.
Other children of the marriage, Rebecca, Gilbert, Augustus B., and William, were born in Augusta, Georgia, the adopted home.
Richard Longstreet, who came to America in 1657 and settled in Monmouth County, New Jersey, was the progenitor of the name on this continent.
It is difficult to determine whether the name sprang from France, Germany, or Holland.
On the maternal side, Grandfather Marshall Dent was first cousin of John Marshall, of the Supreme Court.