Named after General James Longstreet
James Longstreet was born in Edgefield District in South Carolina on Jan. 8, 1821. He graduated at West Point in 1842, became second Lt. July 1, 1842 and served in Texas during 1845-1846. He also served in Mexican War 1846-1847. He was promoted to First Lt. Feb. 23, 1847. Served in the West until 1861. Made Captain, Dec. 7, 1852 then Major Gen. Confederate Army in 1861 served in Northern VA until April 1863, served in Tennessee until 1864. Minister to Turkey in 1880.
General James Longstreet died Jan. 2, 1904. He was hardheaded, solid, and he looked it. His mood was usually somber. He seldom spoke unnecessarily. His weather stained clothes, splashed boots and heavy black hat gave a certain fierce aspect to the man. General Lee said ” the iron endurance of General Longstreet is most extraordinary: he seems to require neither food nor sleep.” As a fighter he was superb, the best fighter in the Army of Northern Virginia, the soldiers called him. His soldiers believed in him and trusted him. He spoke straight out to them, as if he meant it. Sometimes it was with a heavy sarcasm, as at Gettysburg, to an officer who complained of not being able to bring up his troops: “Very well, never mind, then, General; just let them remain where they are; the enemy’s going to advance, and will spare you the trouble.” More often he gave them sound, direct, practical advice, of the kind to put heart into a man: “Let officers and men, even under the most formidable fire, preserve a quiet demeanor and self-possessed temper. Keep cool, obey orders, and aim low. Remember, while you are doing this, and driving the enemy before you, your comrades may be relied upon to support you on either side, and are in turn relying upon you.” The same imperturbable coolness that distinguished Longstreet in actual fighting characterized him as a leader. He was never anxious, never flurried. Victory could not over excite him with triumph, nor defeat with confusion. He made every preparation, took every precaution, was ready for difficulties and indifferent to dangers. He led a Georgian regiment in a charge against a battery, hat in hand and in front of everybody.”