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Catalog Number MS-19550523
Date 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 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." 2 pp. Letter has separated at the folds. A photocopy of the letter is also available in the folder. 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."
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 Smith, R. F.