Gainesville in Hall County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Lt.-Gen. James Longstreet
Born in South Carolina January 8, 1821, Longstreet grew up at Augusta. The family moved to Alabama, and he entered West Point from that state, graduating in 1842. He played a gallant role in the Mexican War, and in 1861 resigned from the United States Army to serve the Southern Confederacy.
Under Lee his capable performance of duty caused Longstreet’s rapid promotion to Lieutenant General.
After the War President Ulysses S. Grant, who had married Longstreet’s cousin, Julia Dent, made him Surveyor of Customs at New Orleans. He also served as Supervisor of Internal Revenue, Postmaster at Gainesville, Minister to Turkey, United States Marshall and United States Railway Commissioner.
He married first Maria Louise Garland of Virginia on March 8, 1848; Second Helen Dortch of Atlanta, September 8, 1897. He died January 2, 1904.
Erected 1953 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 069-1.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 34° 17.919′ N, 83° 49.524′ W. Marker is in Gainesville Touch for map. The marker is in the plaza between the Hall County Courthouse and the Gainesville City Hall. Marker is at or near this postal address: 116 Spring Street, Gainesville GA 30501, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lyman Hall (here, next to this marker); Dedicated to the Veterans of 1898 - 1902 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Henry O. Ward (about 300 feet away); Federal Building (about 500 feet away); U.D.C. Confederate Soldiers Monument (about 500 feet away); First Private Mint Templeton Reid Mint (about 600 feet away); George Washington (about 700 feet away); Dr. Emmett Ethridge Butler (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gainesville.
Also see . . . General Longstreet. An interesting biography of Gen. Longstreet. (Submitted on December 8, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
Categories. • Government • Notable Persons • War, Mexican-American • War, US Civil •
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