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Near Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Lieutenant General James Longstreet
Commanding First Corps Army of Northern Virginia

January 8, 1821 - January 2, 1904
 
Left Side Plaque Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, August 16, 2008
1. Left Side Plaque
 
Inscription. (Left Side Plaque):
Lieutenant General James Longstreet
Commanding First Corps Army of Northern Virginia
January 8, 1821 - January 2, 1904

Born in Edgefield District, S.C. Graduated from West Point 1842. Served as Lieutenant with the 8th U.S. Infantry in the Mexican War and brevetted major for gallantry, Battle of Molino del Rey. Resigned commission as a major, U.S. Army, May 1861. Appointed brigadier general, Confederate States Army, June 1861. Promoted to Major General, CSA, October 1861. Promoted Lieutenant general, CSA, October 1862. Gen Robert E. Lee's second in command and ranking lieutenant general in the Army of Northern Virginia. Gallantly led troops in battles at First Manassas, the Peninsula, Second Manassas, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Chickamauga and Knoxville. Wounded at Battle of the Wilderness, May 1864. Returned to duty during the Union siege of Petersburg, and present with Gen. Lee at surrender of army at Appomattox. Buried at Alta Vista Cemetery, Gainesville, GA.

"Ah! here is Longstreet, here's my 'Old War-Horse.'"
Gen. Robert E. Lee (September 17, 1862)

(Right Side Plaque):
Lieutenant General James Longstreet
Commanding First Corps Army of Northern Virginia

Soldiers of Gen. Longstreet's command held and
 
Right Side Plaque Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, August 16, 2008
2. Right Side Plaque
 
protected the right wing of the army July 2-4, 1863. His First Corps attacked and dislodged Union forces at the Devil's Den, the Wheatfield and the Peach Orchard on July 2. As a portion of his infantry secured the Peach Orchard, Gen. Longstreet advanced on horseback with them. The following day, Gen. Longstreet was ordered by Gen. Robert E. Lee to coordinate an attack against the Union center on Cemetery Ridge. On July 3, "Longstreet's Assault" was repulsed with great loss after penetrating the enemy's battle lien on Cemetery Ridge. During the march back to Virginia, Gen. Longstreet and his First Corps played a prominent role in protecting the retreating army.

"By the soldiers he is invariably spoken of as 'the best fighter in the whole army.'" - Lt. Col. Arthur J. Fremantle, Her Majesty's Coldstream Guards (June 27, 1863)
 
Erected 1998 by Longstreet Memorial Fund.
 
Location. 39° 48.334′ N, 77° 15.389′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on West Confederate Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Blount's Battery - Dearing's Battalion (within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing); Macon's Battery - Dearing's Battalion (within shouting distance of this marker); Dearing's Battalion (within shouting distance of this marker); Caskie's Battery - Dearing's Battalion - (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Patterson's Battery - Lane's Battalion (about 500 feet away); Stribling's Battery - Dearing's Battalion (about 500 feet away); Norcom's Battery - Eshleman's Battalion (about 600 feet away); Richardson's Battery - Eshleman's Battalion (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Longstreet Statue Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, August 16, 2008
3. Longstreet Statue
The Statue was created by Gary Casteel.
 

 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Gettysburg Markers and Monuments near Pitzer's Woods.
 
Also see . . .
1. General James Longstreet. A short biography. (Submitted on October 1, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Memorial Dedication. Photos from the July 3, 1998 dedication ceremony. (Submitted on October 1, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. Longstreet Monument. Gettysburg Daily article. (Submitted on December 2, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Close Up of the General Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, August 16, 2008
4. Close Up of the General
 
 
General Longstreet Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, August 16, 2008
5. General Longstreet
The statue depicts Longstreet riding up to direct the battle. He is looking out of Pitzer's Woods toward the Peach Orchard.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on October 1, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,094 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 1, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
 
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