Historic Markers Across Georgia

Lt.-Gen. James Longstreet

Marker ID: GHS 069-1
Location: Courthouse square in Gainesville, GA
County: Hall
Coordinates: N 34° 17.919    W 083° 49.524
  34.29865    -83.8254
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM3YA9
Lt.-Gen. James Longstreet Marker  


This was the post-war home of General Longstreet, whom General Lee called his ´Old War Horse´.

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.

GHM 069-1 Georgia Historical Commission 1953