The Civil War, Day by Day

Gen. James Longstreet


General James Longstreet, CS, born

Robert E. Lee affectionately called James Longstreet “My old war-horse,” an apt description of this corps commander who held an unbreakable defensive line at Antietam and Fredericksburg. He was the senior corps commander in the Army of Northern Virginia - a huge man with accompanying strong-mindedness. Lee relied heavily on James Longstreet (1821-1904). Yet “Old Pete” proved to have off-setting qualities: patriotic but petulant, aggressive but ambitious, self-confident but at times self-righteous.




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