Do you remember who General Robert E. Lee's senior subordinate officer was in America's Civil War? And don't even whisper the name Stonewall Jackson within my hearing. I mean it.
It happens to have been James Longstreet. If you got it right and are NOT a Civil War re-enactor or historian, I'm very impressed!! If not, please rush to your local book seller, purchase the book Killer Angels by Michael Shaara and read it this weekend. It may start you on the road to Longstreet appreciation. Trust me, his life is a fascinating story.
And no, you can't borrow my books.
Actually it was the Longstreet after the War that clinched the deal for me.
Below are some of the pictures I have hanging around our house, a mini course in Longstreet Appreciation. Some are prints by artists; others are actual photographs from various sources.
The collage I made with pics of the General, his first wife, and two of his children who died in the winter of 1862 from scarlet fever, pics I took at the battlefield at Gettysburg, a couple newspaper articles, a pic of Longstreet as Minister to Turkey, and a pic of Longstreet with those most unbecoming mutton chop whiskers and his new and much younger wife Helen. Then, of course, there's Wishbone in his little Confederate uniform and cap I made for him, a pic of the Longstreet Memorial at Gettysburg, and the one of our three youngest kids when we had a Longstreet birthday party. Yes, Dänika, there was a time when you were loyal to the General. :-)
I had a special frame made for this print. I wanted one that looked kinda like tooled leather, and it does.
This is a portion of a print by Don Stivers, one of my favorites
Here are Longstreet and Hood
Longstreet and staff
There are more upstairs, but this probably gives you more pics of General Longstreet than you've seen in your life to date.
Happy Birthday, General Longstreet.
January 8, 1821-January 2, 1904
and Happy Birthday to Kimmy's mother, Martha!!!!! (she's much younger than the General.) :-)