Harper's Weekly 07/09/1864


GENERAL LONGSTREET.

In our last Weekly was engraved a portrait of
General Lee, and in this we give that of General
Longstreet, who is perhaps, since the death of
Stonewall Jackson, second only to Lee in the
military reputation he has achieved by the cam-
paigns between Washington and Richmond during

THE REBEL GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET.

the last three years. General James
Longstreet
, who is a native of Ala-
bama, was regularly educated for the
profession of arms. He entered the
United States army in 1838. He was
attached first to the Fourth and then
to the Eighth infantry regiments. He
served in all the battles of the Mexi-
can war, and, like General Lee, was
wounded at Chapultepec. He was
twice brevetted for distinguished serv-
ices in that war. In 1858 he obtain-
ed a post in the Paymaster's depart-
ment, to which he belonged, with the
rank of Major. When the civil war
broke out, in 1861, he at once joined
the army of the Confederate States.
The brigade which he commanded at
the fight of Bull Run, in July of that
year, was one of the first bodies of
Southern troops that came into actu-
al collision with the Federals; and in
the sanguinary battle of Manassas,
which soon afterward ensued, Gener-
al Longstreet led the main attack,
though General Beauregard was in
chief command. As a General of
Division, Longstreet acted under
General Lee throughout the Virginia
campaigns of 1862 and 1863. Long-
street
is forty-three years of age—a
thick-set, determined-looking man.
His corps, who are devotedly attached
to him, often complain that he is al-
ways with General Lee. He is in
the habit of exposing himself in a
careless manner, and it was perhaps
in this way that he got his wound in
one of the battles in the Wilderness.
At Gettysburg he is said to have led
a Georgian regiment in a charge
against a battery, hat in hand, and in
front of every body. A few hours
later a Colonel found him seated on
the top of a snake fence at the edge
of the wood, and looking perfectly
calm and unperturbed, while some of
his troops passed by. The gallant
Colonel, who scarcely knew what had
been the result of the battle, observed
to General Longstreet, “I wouldn't
have missed this for any thing.”
Longstreet replied, laughing, “The
devil you wouldn't! I should liked to
have missed it very much; we've at-
tacked, and been repulsed; look
there!”



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