2012-11-22 / News

Pilcher will speak of Longstreet at CWRT meeting on Monday

Richard Pilcher of the Longstreet Society in Gainesville, Georgia, will present “Lt. Gen. James Longstreet, ‘Lee’s Old War Horse’” to the Washington Civil War Round Table meeting on Monday evening, November 26, at 6 p.m., at the Talk of the Town Café located in the Fitzpatrick Hotel on The Square.

A veteran of the Mexican War, James Longstreet, born in Edgefield County, South Carolina, resigned his commission in the U.S. Army on June 1, 1861, and 16 days later was appointed a Brigadier General in the Confederate Army. He commanded a brigade at First Manassas and was promoted to Major General in October 1861. After the Sharpsburg (Antietam) Campaign, he was promoted to Lieutenant General in October 1862. He served as the Commander of the I Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia. Throughout the war, Lt. Gen. Longstreet remained a strong supporter of a defensive strategy, perhaps from his personal experience with the high cost of frontal attacks in the Mexican War.

After the war, Lt. Gen. Longstreet moved to Gainesville, Georgia, where he owned and operated the Piedmont Hotel. Many of his Civil War friends would come by the hotel to visit with him. He died in 1904 and is buried in the Gainesville City Cemetery. Part of the Longstreet’s Piedmont Hotel still exists and has been wonderfully preserved by the Longstreet Society. It is open for tours.

Claibourne Darden, Round Table President, says that the public is invited and welcomed. The cost of the meeting is $10 per person and includes dinner. Make reservations by email at claibourne@darden-atlanta.net or by calling 404-210-5811 and leaving a message. After noon Friday, make reservations by calling 404- 210-5811 and leaving a message.

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