Essay on General James Longstreet

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General James Longstreet

Longstreet was born in Edgefeild District in South Carolina on January eighth, eighteen
twenty one. He graduated from West Point in eighteen forty two and went straight to
service. There he served until eighteen sixty one. He first saw action in the Mexican War,
he was wounded in Chapultepec Mexico. For his services he received two brevets and the
staff rank of a Major. He resigned his commission on June first eighteen sixty one and

joined the Confederacy. He became a General in the Civil War. His nickname was Old Pete
meaning sturdy and trustworthy. He led most of the major battles in Virginia including
Bullrun, Freddricsburg, and Chickmauga. He was under Robert E. Lees command, and led the
First Corps under Lee also. Longstreet was a General in Gettysburg. but lost because he
did not follow Lees plan of action.Gettysburg was the bloodiest battle and that had the
most casualties ever fought on American soil. He was blamed in the south for the loss of
the battle at Gettysburg. Gettysburg was the most

crutial mistake. Many things caused the outcome of the battle like Longstreets soldiers
and officers got confused and were backtracking for half the day. Longstreet saw the union
position as nearly impregnable. Lee saw

believed his army was invincible. One of his officers Jeb Stewart went on a wild goose
chase, he was sospost to inform Lee but didnt. Lee had no eyes and ears to tell him what
was going on.
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