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Object Name Letter
Catalog Number 1955.006.00001a
Date October 23, 1885
Scope & Content James Longstreet to R. F. Smith, October 23, 1885

Physical Appearance: October 23, 1885 - James Longstreet at Gainesville, G[eorgi]a, to R. F. Smith, Esq[uire], [C/o Meyer Brothers Drug Company], Kansas City, M[iss]o[uri] - Encloses a newspaper article [not present] from "The [Weekly] Philadelphia Times" in response to a letter dated October 18 from Smith. States that the he had the articles published in his own defense, against those who were trying to place the blame for the defeat at Gettysburg on him. Notes that his purpose was not to criticize [General Robert E.] Lee but "repeated attacks forced me to publish my own account." Signed "James Longstreet."

The cover (envelope) for the letter is in the folder as well, Postmarked, "Gainesville / Oct / 24 /1885 / Ga." Half of a brown, 2-cent George Washington remains attached. Return address, "Return to / (lined through) United States Marshal, / (lined through) Atlanta, Ga / if not delivered within ten days. / (written in pencil) Gen. James Longstreet." Addressed to, "R. F. Smith, Esq. / C/o Meyer Bros. Drug Co. / Kansas [City] / Mo."
Creator Longstreet, James
Archival History This letter from Longstreet to R. F. Smith was formerly located in the MC 3 L-583a files. This letter was displayed in the Museum's Lee exhibit (Nov. 1999). See MS-19550523.2 for the newspaper article to which Longstreet enclosed.
People Lee, Robert E.
Longstreet, James
Smith, R. F.
Search Terms Battle of Gettysburg