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Mrs. John A. Logan, Reminiscences of a Soldier's Wife: An Autobiography, Chapter 10: (search)
but a short time. One of the first appointments made by President Grant was that of General James Longstreet as surveyor of the port of New Orleans as a recognition of the reconstructed Confederathis wish to encourage those lately in rebellion to renew their loyalty to the government. General Longstreet, who had nobly stuck to a bad cause, and more nobly acknowledged his error when defeated, was therefore a fitting representative of his section. General Longstreet has since occupied other honorable positions and always to the credit of himself and the United States. I saw not long sinceing description of a banquet given in Atlanta, where a meeting between General Sickles and General Longstreet was the initiative of a most enthusiastic and delightful reunion of survivors of the two great armies. The speeches were eloquent, the music fine, and the picture of Sickles and Longstreet clasped in each other arms, with tears trickling down their cheeks, must have touched the sternest h
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 1: the Ante-bellum life of the author. (search)
s Courtship annexation of Texas Army of observation Army of occupation camp life in Texas march to the Rio Grande Mexican War. 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 D
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 3: battle of Manassas, or Bull Run. (search)
ictly accurate, are justified by returns so far as they have been officially rendered. The Confederate Army in this battle was organized as follows: Army of the Potomac (afterwards First Corps), under Brig.- Gen. G. T. Beauregard:--Infantry: First Brigade, under Brig.-Gen. M. S. Bonham, 11th N. C., 2d, 3d, 7th, and 8th S. C.; Second Brigade, Brig.-Gen. R. S. Ewell, 5th and 6th Ala., 6th La.; Third Brigade, Brig.-Gen. D. R. Jones, 17th and 18th Miss., 5th S. C.; Fourth Brigade, Brig.-Gen. James Longstreet, 5th N. C., 1st, 11th, and 17th Va.; Fifth Brigade, Col. P. St. George Cocke, 1st La. Battn., 8th Va. (seven compalies), 18th, 19th, 28th, and 49th Va. (latter, three companies); Sixth Brigade, Col. J. A. Early, 13th Miss., 4th S. C., 7th and 24th Va.; Troops not brigaded: 7th and 8th La., Hampton Legion, S. C., 30th Va. (cav.), Harrison's Battn. (cav.); Independent companies: 10th Cav., Washington (La.) Cav.; Artillery: Kemper's, Latham's, Loudoun, and Shield's batteries, Camp P
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 4: the Confederates hovering around Washington. (search)
Chapter 4: the Confederates hovering around Washington. An Early War time amenity the Author invited to dine with the enemy stove-pipe batteries J. E. B. Stuart, the famous cavalryman his bold dash on the Federals at Lewinsville Major-General G. W. Smith associated with Johnston and Beauregard in a Council Longstreet promoted Major-General fierce struggle at Ball's Bluff Dranesville a success for the Union arms McClellan given the sobriquet of the young Napoleon. After General McDowell reached Washington my brigade was thrown forward, first to Centreville, then to Fairfax Court-House, and later still to Falls Church and Munson's and Mason's Hills; the cavalry, under Colonel J. E. B. Stuart, constituting part of the command. We were provokingly near Washington, with orders not to attempt to advance even to Alexandria. Well-chosen and fortified positions, with soldiers to man them, soon guarded all approaches to the capital. We had frequent little brushes w
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 5: Round about Richmond. (search)
Fortress Monroe. Magruder was speedily reinforced by a detachment from Huger's army, and afterwards by Early's brigade of Johnston's army, and after a few days by the balance of Johnston's army, the divisions of G. W. Smith, D. H. Hill, and Longstreet, with Stuart's cavalry, General Johnston in command. General McClellan advanced towards the Confederate line and made some efforts at the dams, but it was generally understood that his plan was to break the position by regular approaches. t Norfolk; but the Confederate authorities interfered in favor of Norfolk, giving that garrison time to withdraw its army supplies. The divisions of G. W. Smith and D. H. Hill were ordered by the Yorktown and Williamsburg road, Magruder's and Longstreet's by the Hampton and Lee's Mill road, Stuart's cavalry to cover both routes. Anticipating this move as the possible result of operations against his lower line, General Magruder had constructed a series of earthworks about two miles in fron
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 6: the battle of Williamsburg. (search)
greater part of the day Hancock called the superb by McClellan Johnston pays high tribute to Longstreet. Before quitting his trenches at Yorktown, Johnston anticipated a move of part of McClellanJones's and McLaws's divisions, to be followed by the divisions of G. W. Smith and D. H. Hill; Longstreet's division to cover the movement of his trains and defend Stuart's cavalry in case of severe pohnston said,--The action gradually increased in magnitude until about three o'clock, when General Longstreet, commanding the rear, requested that a part of Major-General Hill's troops might be sent tis aid. Upon this I rode upon the field, but found myself compelled to be a spectator, for General Longstreet's clear head and brave heart left no apology for interference. Franklin's division was rds Richmond, Smith's and Magruder's divisions by the road to New Kent Court-House, Hill's and Longstreet's nearer the Chickahominy. General McClellan's plans were laid according to strict rules o
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 7: Seven Pines, or Fair Oaks. (search)
H. Hill's and Longstreet's divisions, under Longstreet, from James River to White Oak Swamp; the leg it by the division of D. H. Hill; withdrew Longstreet's division from its position, and A. P. Hilldivision, as well as the line left vacant by Longstreet's division. At nightfall the troops tookuctions,--viz., Smith, Magruder, Stuart, and Longstreet. When we were assembled, General Johnston a the Mechanicsville and Meadow Bridge roads, Longstreet's near the city at the Nine Miles road; D. Rision on the Williamsburg road, supported by Longstreet's division. Huger's division, just out of g the Williamsburg road to the enemy's front; Longstreet's division to march by the Nine Miles road ais ground for you, that he may reinforce General Longstreet. Most respectfully your obedient serivouac near the Casey intrenchment; those of Longstreet between the Williamsburg road and railroad. s absent. Two brigades and two regiments of Longstreet's division5700 --14,600 Two lines of i[2 more...]
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 8: Sequels of Seven Pines. (search)
els of Seven Pines. The forces under command of G. W. Smith after Johnston was wounded the battle of the 1st Longstreet requests reinforcements and a diversion Council held McLaws alone sustains Longstreet's opposition to retiring severLongstreet's opposition to retiring severe fighting Pickett's brave stand General Lee assigned to command he orders the withdrawal of the army criticism of General Smith Confederates should not have lost the battle Keyes's corroboration. Major-General G. W. Smith was of the highestortunity so inviting, and reported to his commander at half after six o'clock,-- 1 am going to try a diversion for Longstreet, and have found, as reported, a position for artillery. The enemy are in full view and in heavy masses. I have ordereof the river, and strike him and beat him to disorder, and change the lost battle to success. He shows that Hill's and Longstreet's divisions could have gained the battle unaided,--which may be true enough, but it would have been a fruitless success
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 9: Robert E. Lee in command. (search)
iscussion and was common talk between the generals, so that the position and its approaches became a familiar subject. Then Stuart's famous ride had correlative relation to the same, and drew us to careful study of the grounds. For the execution of his orders General Stuart took twelve hundred cavalry and a section of Stuart's horse artillery. The command was composed of parts of the First, Fourth, and Ninth Virginia Cavalry. The Fourth, Fayetteville, Ark., February 4, 1879. General James Longstreet: My Dear General,-- I never heard of the proposed abandonment of Richmond at the time General Lee took command. I had charge of one of the four divisions with which the retreat from Yorktown was effected, and was called several times into General Lee's most important councils. I never heard any officer suggest such a course in these councils or in private conversations. I feel sure that General Johnston always intended to fight the invading force, and so far as I know no of
General James Longstreet, From Manassas to Appomattox, Chapter 10: fighting along the Chickahominy. (search)
rates' loss at Mechanicsville Gaines's Mill A. P. Hill's fight Longstreet's reserve division put in McClellan's change of base Savage Station Longstreet engages McClellan's main force at Frayser's Farm (or Glendaleļ¼‰ President Davis on the field testimony of Federal Generals ed, and, after a little delay repairing breaks, D. H. Hill's and Longstreet's divisions crossed. A. P. Hill's battle soon became firm, buer. A. P. Hill marched by the direct route to Gaines's Mill, and Longstreet, in reserve, moved by the route nearer the river and Dr. Gaines'ss to less than six thousand, had to contend with the divisions of Longstreet and A. P. Hill (considered two of the strongest and best among maked and failed of progress. General Hooker claimed that he threw Longstreet over on Kearny, but General McCall said that by a little stretch of the hyperbole he could have said that he threw Longstreet over the moon. To establish his centre, Hill sent in J. R. Anderson's brigade as
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