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    Confederate General James Longstreet Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages, 5.25" x 8"; Fairfax Courthouse, Virginia; August 25, 1861. A letter to his Uncle, Augustus Baldwin Longstreet, concerning a Union Army attempt to drive back his picket line at Falls Church, Virginia. At the time of the letter, Longstreet was leading the Confederate advance through Northern Virginia. He had taken control of Fairfax Courthouse from the Union Army on July 22, 1861, the day after the Confederate victory at the First Battle of Bull Run. In part: "A report reached me that it was likely the enemy were about to drive in my advance guard with the view of occupying that point themselves. In a very few minutes I had about fifteen thousand troops under arms and many on the road to Falls Church: where our advance guard are. After reaching there however we found that the enemy had retired. The only interesting feature in the affair, was the weeping of the women as the troops passed, and the yelling and excitement of the men at the prospect of soon meeting the enemy..." Signed, "J. Longstreet," adding his rank as "Brig. Genl," which is then crossed out, presumably by his own hand.

    He adds a postscript: "Louise and the children except Garland are at San Antonio. I have written her to try and make her way to Oxford or Columbia."

    Born in South Carolina, Longstreet at the age of nine went to live with his uncle Augustus Baldwin Longstreet in Augusta, Georgia, and spent eight years on there while attending school. When his father died in 1833, Longstreet continued to live with his uncle.

    Condition: The letter has two horizontal folds and some minor foxing. The left edge is uneven resulting from the removal of an integral page.


    More Information:

    James Longstreet (1821-1904) was one of the leading Confederate generals in the Civil War. Appointed to West Point in 1838, he became friendly with many men who became well known during the Civil War, including Ulysses S. Grant (Grant would later marry Longstreet's fourth cousin, Julia Dent). In 1848, Longstreet married Maria Louisa Garland. He served in the U.S. Army in the Mexican-American War and later joined the Confederate Army when the Civil War broke out. He served under General Robert E. Lee as a corps commander for many of the famous battles of the war fought by the Lee's army of Northern Virginia.



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