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    James Longstreet Archive, including one autograph letter signed by the Confederate general; several other typed letters signed by his widow, Helen Longstreet; various images; and a copy of Longstreet's From Manassas to Appomatox: Memoirs of the Civil War in America. The autograph letter signed "James Longstreet" (one page, 3.5" x 5.5", January 14, 1891, San Antonio) is written to an undisclosed recipient. It reads, "I find myself obliged to forgo the pleasure of the reception tonight. A severe cold taken last night has confined to the house all of the day. Please express my salutations and respects to Leolo and Mrs. Black and the officers and Ladies of Department HeadQuarters."

    Also, three typed letters signed "Helen D. Longstreet" to J. F. McKendrick of Pennsylvania. In the first, dated 1909, Mrs. Longstreet notifies the recipient that she is "forwarding by this mail a copy of 'Lee and Longstreet at High Tide.'" In the second, dated 1910, Mrs. Longstreet asks McKendrick for "your criticism of the Gettysburg chapters." The third, typed on the letterhead of "Slaves of the Southern Confederacy Monument Association" (an association dedicated to memorializing the southern slaves), was dated January 18, 1911, thanking McHenrick for a Christmas gift. Interestingly, in the left margin is printed a memorial to "the old black mammy of the slave days."

    From Manassas to Appomattox: Memoirs of the Civil War in America. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1896. Octavo. 698 pages. Frontispiece portrait of Longstreet late in life with facsimile inscription, plates, and colored maps. Handsome with tight binding.

    Plus, a printed Christmas greetings "from the South 1910" bearing a quotation from the Gettysburg Address above the printed name of Helen Longstreet. Four images, three of General Longstreet (one a carte de visite featuring an engraving and trimmed at the corners), are also included, along with one photograph of Helen Longstreet sitting beside Union General Daniel Sickles at a Gettysburg reunion in 1913.

    After the war, Gen. Longstreet joined the Republican Party, thus becoming a scalawag, which cost him the favor of many Southerners. Helen Longstreet was his second wife, marrying him in 1897 when she was thirty-four and he was seventy-six (Longstreet's first wife, Louisa, died the previous year). When the general died in 1904, Helen was childless (Louisa and James had ten children). After Longstreet's death, Helen, who had many accomplishments before she met her husband, directed her energy toward the preservation of his memory. In 1905, she published Lee and Longstreet at High Tide. She also devoted her energies to conservationism, politics, and Confederate memorialism. All items are in this archive are in fine condition.


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