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LT. GENERAL JAMES "LEE'S WAR HORSE" LONGSTREET - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 04/08/1871 - HFSID 46864

JAMES LONGSTREET After the war, re: leasing a Louisiana state armory. ALS: "James Longstreet", 1p, 5x8. New Orleans, 1871 April 8th. To Col. W.M. Owens (his business partner).

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JAMES LONGSTREET
After the war, re: leasing a Louisiana state armory.
ALS: "James Longstreet", 1p, 5x8. New Orleans, 1871 April 8th. To Col. W.M. Owens (his business partner). In full: "I (sic) did not occur to me to-day, in discussing the subject of an armory, that you were thinking of making a permanent lease. Since I saw you, it has occurred to me that you were. I write,-as I am going up the country tomorrow-to say that I cannot agree to undertake a lease of more than a year, without a definite understanding with the Governor." After the war, former Confederate General Longstreet settled in New Orleans, where he was a partner in an insurance firm and engaged in cotton brokerage in the firm of Longstreet, Owens and Company. The Owen brothers had been members of his old command, the famed Washington Artillery. General Longstreet had commanded a corps at 2nd Bull Run, the right wing of Lee's Army at Antietam, a Corps at Gettysburg and the left wing at Chickamauga. Second in command to Lee, he surrendered with him at Appomatox. After the failure of his insurance company, he left New Orleans. He returned in 1869 after President Grant, an old friend who had appealed to President Johnson for a pardon for Longstreet, appointed him Surveyor of Customs of that city's port. Longstreet held the position until March 1871, the month before he wrote this letter, when he resigned disillusioned over the scandals in Grant's administration. Browned at vertical fold, stained at top and bottom margins, else fine.

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