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    Jubal A. Early Autograph Letter Signed "J. A. Early." Three integral pages, 4.5" x 7", Lynchburg [Virginia], March 10, 1871. In 1870, Confederate General Jubal Anderson Early was elected to lead the Association of the Army of Northern Virginia and used it to launch his attack on his fellow general, James Longstreet. After the war, Longstreet held the belief that the people of the South should put the past behind them and embrace their black brothers and sisters as equals. He further scandalized the South by becoming a member of the Republican Party. Early, one of the earliest promoters of the Lost Cause movement, was disgusted and attacked Longstreet in the papers, calling him a disgrace to the Southern cause.

    Writing to the Reverend John William Jones (1836-1909), friend and personal minister to Robert E. Lee known as "the Evangelist of the Confederacy" and a postbellum Lost Cause apologist, he discusses Longstreet's latest rebuttal, in part:

    "I send you ten copies of my reply to a communication of Genl Longstreet, in which he pitched into you, Fitz Lee, Genl Pendleton, & myself . . . He has said very little about you, except to clap you with Pendleton & myself, and to make you my mouthpiece. File two or three copies . . . among the papers of the . . . Historical society, and 'place' the others 'where they will do most good' - that is distribute them among those likely to take an interest in the matter. I wish you would get the Dispatch to publish the whole reply, but I suppose it is too long for that paper."

    Early later escalated the hostility by claiming that the Confederate loss at Gettysburg, which turned the tide of the war, rested squarely on the shoulders of Longstreet. According to Early, Lee ordered Longstreet to attack at dawn on the morning of July 1, 1863, but Longstreet delayed the attack until 4 that afternoon giving the Union time to reinforce the center and repel the attack. The Longstreet-Early feud lasted decades. Folds, else fine.


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