General James Longstreet: The Confederate's Most Controversial Soldier

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GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET James Longstreet, a man who began his military career as a paymaster in the Union army ended the same career as one of the most successful and controversial generals of the Confederacy. Longstreet first offered to aid the Confederacy after resigning his commission as a Major in the Union army. He signed on expecting a job as paymaster, his previous job in the Union military, but instead he received a general’s commission commanding infantry. At the first battle of Manassas he was in command of three Virginia infantry regiments which held Blackburn's Ford during that battle. General Longstreet was supported by the brigade under Colonel Jubal Early who wrote in his official report of the action at the ford, and…show more content…
Though he became politically active in the North as a Republican and in New Orleans as a business man, it was these decisions coupled with what he said about the strategy employed by Lee at conflicts like Gettysburg that would eventually ‘crucify’ him in the eyes of the southern people. Bibliography Wert, Jeffery D. General James Longstreet: The Confederacy’s Most Controversial Soldier, Simon and Schuster, 1993 Alexander, Edward Porter. Military Memoirs of a Confederate: A Critical Narrative, Morning Side Reprints. Longstreet, Helen D. Lee and Longstreet at High Tide: Gettysburg in the Light of the Official Records, Broadfoot Publishing, 1989, 1904. Longstreet, James. From Manassas to Appomattox, Da Capo Press, 1992, 1895. Piston, William Garret. Lee's Tarnished Lt. , James Longstreet and His Place in Southern History, University of Georgia Press, 1987. Sorrel, G. M. Recollections of a Confederate Staff Officer, Konecky Konecky, 1994. Tucker, Glen. Lee and Longstreet at Gettysburg, Glen Tucker, 1968; Morningside Books, 1982. Horn, Stanly F. The Army of Tennessee, University of Oklahoma Press, 1953, 1941. Cormier, Steven A. The Siege of Suffolk: The Forgotten Campaign, April 11-May 4, 1863, Lynchburg, VA: H.E. Howard, 1989. Foote, Shelby. The Civil War: A Narrative, Vintage
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