James Longstreet 1886 Autograph Letter Signed


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Confederate general (1821-1904) who distinguished himself at Bull Run, Fredericksburg, and Chickamauga.

Autograph letter signed “James Longstreet”, March 8, 1886, Gainsville, Ga., 8th March 1886, writing in response to an inquiry from J. T. Richard of Chambersburg, Pa. concerning a particular officer: “I have no recollection of Mr. [?]erogin. He was not at my Headquarters at the time to which you refer…” Signed, “James Longstreet” at conclusion.

Robert E. Lee called General James Longstreet his “old war horse.” Longstreet served under Lee as a corps commander for most of the battles fought by the Army of Northern Virginia and briefly with Braxton Bragg in the Army of Tennessee. He surrendered with Lee at Appomattox. After the war he accepted Reconstruction and worked for the U.S. government as a diplomat, civil servant, and administrator. Longstreet and his family moved to Gainesville, Georgia, from New Orleans in 1875.

Tape repairs to verso at folds.