I rank as one of Longstreet’s fans but not because I think he was some kind of super hero but because his strengths and weaknesses are evident to anybody with an interest in the history of the Civil War and it’s aftermath. Old Pete had been lobbying to go west for some time and arrived in time to play a decisive role in the victory at Chicamauga however this was his high water mark and he made mistakes. In my opinion the most important of all was to join the ‘rebellion’ ,against Bragg. I think that had he stayed above the fight he might have found himself in charge of an army.


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