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Many thanks for LS member Debbie Petite and her book May I Quote You, General Longstreet? (Cumberland House Publishers) for collecting and annotating so many of the quotes for us.
Quotes by Longstreet
"I cannot help but think that great results would have
been obtained had my views been thought better of; yet I am much
inclined to accept the present condition as for the best."
--General Longstreet response to the suggestion from General Grant that Lee surrender.
"That man will fight us every day and every hour till the end of the war."
--Lt. General James Longstreet speaking of Lt. General Ulysses
S. Grant upon learning of his appointment as General-in-Chief of the
Union Armies. Wert, Jeffry D., "A Brotherhood of Valor".
"The next time we met was at Appomattox, and the first thing
that General Grant said to me when we stepped inside, placing
his hand in mine was, "Pete, let us have another game of brag,
to recall the days that were so pleasant." Great God!
I thought to myself, how my heart swells out to such
magnanimous touch of humanity. Why do men fight who were born to be
--General James Longstreet talking about General Ulysses S. Grant after his death, New York Times, July 24, 1885.
"I hope to live long enough to see my surviving comrades march side by side with the Union veterans along Pennsylvania
Avenue, and then I will die happy."
--James Longstreet at a Memorial Day Parade in 1902.
"That day at Gettysburg was the saddest of my life."
--General Longstreet on July 3, 1863.
"We must make up our minds to get into line of battle and to stay there; for that man will fight us every day and every hour till the end of the war. In order to whip him, we must outmaneuver him, and husband our strength as best we can."
--General Longstreet speaking of General Grant.
"I only wish to do what I regard as my duty--give you the full benefit of my views."
--General Longstreet to General Lee, April 1863.
Quotes about Longstreet
"The staff in my right hand."
"See as brave, resolute and wise, Longstreet's reputation is a testament to the fact that the success of a great general is not only measured by victory on the hard-fought field, but by the respect and admiration of his comrades-in-arms. I am satisfied he contributed very largely to the repulse of the enemy by his own personal exertions." --General Jubal Early's official report after the battle at Blackburn Ford.
"To Kill Longstreet."
--President Lincoln on the morning of the Battle of the Wilderness when asked about the best thing that could happen to the Union that day.
"He was brave, honest, intelligent, a very capable soldier, subordinate to his superiors, just and kind to his subordinates, but jealous of his own rights which he had the courage to maintain."
"Bring me Longstreet's head on a platter and the war will be over."
--President Abraham Lincoln.
"I recollect well my thinking, there is a man that cannot be stampeded."
--General Fitzhugh Lee on General Longstreet at Bull Run.
"Longstreet has no superior as a soldier in the Southern Confederacy."
--General Lafayette McLaws to General Richard Ewell.
"By the soldiers he is invariably spoken of as the best fighter in the whole army."
--Lt. Col. Arthur Freemantle.
"He was our hardest hitter."
--General John Bell Hood.
"It's no use to stop and fight Longstreet. You can't whip him. It don't make any difference, whether he has one man or a hundred thousand."
--General Gordon Granger, 1864.
"Drive Longstreet out of Tennessee and keep him out."
General Henry Halleck to General John Foster, December 1863.
"Longstreet's advice was sound military sense; it was the step I most feared Lee would take."
--General George Meade on Longstreet's advice to General Lee at Gettysburg.
"Our generals don't do that sort of thing."
--A captured Federal officer at Gettysburg on seeing Longstreet leading Barksdale's Mississippi Brigade against the Peach Orchard.
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