Quote of the Day April 21 2012

Ambrose Powell Hill

“a gallant, good soldier….There was a good deal of ‘curled darling’ and dress-parade about Hill.” James Longstreet. From A Glorious Army by Jeffry D. Wert. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2011 page 215.

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Quote of the Day April 20, 2012

Ulysses S. Grant

“Grant seems to be a fighting man and seems determined to fight. Pemberton seems not to be a fighting man.”  James Longstreet in a letter to Senator Louis T. Wigfall describes the situation around Vicksburg on May 13, 1863.  Longstreet and Grant were old friends from West Point, Mexico, and the old Army and would resume their friendship after the war. From A Glorious Army by Jeffry D. Wert. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2011 page 211.  Originally letter from James Longstreet to Louis T. Wigfall, May 13, 1863, Wigfall Papers, LC.

Quote of the Day April 5, 2012

Confederate artillery behind the Sunken Road

“Gen. Longstreet working like a man god in center.” Thomas Goree describing Longstreet’s herculean efforts to hold the center of the Confederate line at Antietam.  From A Glorious Army by Jeffry D. Wert. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2011 page 140. Originally from Longstreet’s Aide: The Civil War Letters of Major Thomas J. Goree by Thomas W. Cutrer, editor. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1995 page 26.