Grab a rake
and a cold soda and join us Saturday,
We want the old hotel to shine
for the Longstreet Society's 20th so it's time for another clean up day. In honor of the LS's anniversary we'll be raking and dusting and washing and mowing and removing mildew.
And if that isn't enough to entice you to come, we'll have cold drinks for
everyone. Every effort, large and
small, greatly appreciated.
A letter from the LS's new President, C.J. Clarke IV
Dear Longstreet Society Members,
Wow, what an honor it is to be selected by the Longstreet Society’s Board of Directors to be your new President; I am very blessed and humbled. I would like to start by telling you about myself. I am the Director of Sales/Speaker for my father’s company, Charles Clarke Consulting. I also do speaking engagements with companies and churches. I graduated high school from Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville GA. I did not pursue a military career after that, but developed an interest in military history. On June 11th my wife Lori and I celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary. Lori will be going into her 14th year of teaching elementary school. We have two dogs; we also hope to have children soon. I am currently the Youth Minister for my local church. My hobbies include playing sports, watching sports, and learning history. I have always had a love for history and for the importance of knowing our history.
My interest in General Longstreet began with discovering him as a local hero in Gainesville. It started like putting the pieces to a puzzle together. I first only knew him through stories I had heard of him as a “Great General” in the Civil War. The next piece was finding the location of his gravesite at the Alta Vista Cemetery. People had left cigars and flowers on his grave. I was inspired by the love people had for the General, even about a century after his death. Next, was finding the spot of where his home stood. As you all know, there is now a statue of the General overlooking the land he once owned. I probably stared at the statue for about an hour. I noticed his powerful gaze, as if he was deep in thought. The binoculars around his neck symbolized to me, his observant nature. I thought to myself, “not only is he a ‘man’s man’, he is a ‘thinking man’s’ general”. My father and I put together one more piece, when we found the location of our beloved Piedmont Hotel. At that point it had not been fully restored but I was overcome by the historic importance and powerful ambiance of the building. I was standing in the place where some of our nation’s most influential figures once stood: General Longstreet, eventual President Woodrow Wilson, Joel Chandler Harris (author of the Uncle Remus Tales), General Joseph Johnston, Union General and New York Congressman Daniel Sickles, and author Henry Grady. At the Piedmont, I met my now good friend Joe Whitaker. I was then introduced to Richard Pilcher (founding member and now past president). When you meet these men, you realize how little you know. They took me into their Longstreet Society family, and my participation has increased more and more over time. Thus, another piece of the puzzle put together. Reading literature on General Longstreet has also added pieces to the puzzle. With each piece I realize how brilliant, how innovative, and how progressive he truly was.
My goal during my Presidency is to continue our growth into the future. My predecessors before me have created a strong foundation so generations to come will know and carry on the legacy of General Longstreet. At our last Board of Directors Meeting, I shared with everyone my goal of doubling our membership (currently over 300 members) during my presidency. Many locals have never visited the Piedmont Hotel before. I believe that is on them, but my goal is to elevate that through hard work and creative marketing strategies. We are also open to any of your ideas or suggestions. We wish to show the community the value of our society and of the Piedmont Hotel. On a local level, I wish us to continue on our path to being recognized nationally. I am very proud of our Society’s ideals and attitude towards preserving history. I look forward to seeing each of you at our next seminar in Fredericksburg, VA this October. See you there! Can’t wait to add yet another piece to the puzzle.
C. J. Clarke IV
Click here to View this New Video
The Longstreet Society and SCV Camp 1404 hosted a talk at the Piedmont Hotel on 6/12/2014 by Gainesville police Captain Chad White about Gainesville's very first
Police Chief Thomas Newton Hanie.
What an interesting time. What a great story.
Our New, Old Sofa
This beautiful antique sofa is a gift from LS Directors Charity and Steven Wang. It perfectly sets the stage for your visit to General Longstreet's 19th century hotel and the W.L. Norton Jr. Community Room.
A happy crowd of adults and children, candy, eggs and one awesome bunny.
An Awesome Easter Egg Hunt
Save the Date
First Ever Longstreet Society
Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 12 at 2pm
Relax on the Piedmont porch and watch your children hunt for Easter Eggs, meet and take photos with the Easter bunny, enjoy the coloring table and more.
Refreshments will be served.
Please plan to come.
770-539-9005 for information
827 Maple Street, Gainesville, GA
Map and directions
We had a great time at the 2013 seminar The Impetuous Charge: Longstreet at Chickamauga. And we're already hard at work planning for the 2014 seminar covering the Battle of Fredericksburg and the Battle of The Wilderness--the site of Longstreet's wounding. Stay tuned. And click here to see more photos of the 2013 seminar.
Clean up day on June 8 is done and the place looks sooo much better. Is there more to do? Always. But the men and women who came to help did a great job and made the place look great. At right, LS VP Vince Evans trims the trees that line the path from the Piedmont to Main Street. At right, LS Director C.J. Clarke (on ladder) and Past President Richard Pilcher (below) who are busy cleaning mildew off the building with a water and bleach solution.Watch for more photos in the next newsletter.
Saturday, June 8
is clean up day
...at the Piedmont Hotel. Between 10 and 4 we're going to
paint, do yard work, dust, clean antique weapons and wash windows. We
expect lots of visitors this summer and want the General's old hotel to
look its best.
We have all necessary supplies and plenty of cold water and soda. Please join us. Call 770-539-9005 for more information. You even have our permission to ham it up for the webcam.
Click here for directions to the Piedmont Hotel. Gainesville, GA
Don't forget to visit the LS Store for Longstreet Society logo merchandise like this genuine Thermos food container. You can get t-shirts, sweat shirts, water bottles, a wall clock and many more unique Longstreet Society items.
Save the Date
Saturday, April 27, 2013
10 to 4
The Longstreet Society Annual Bivouac
Food. Fun. Friends. Entertainment. Piedmont Tours.
And Civil War era reenactors including
Ron and Marti Perrin (below) who portray
Julia and General Ulysses Grant.
The Gainesville annual Spring Chicken Festival and Arts and Crafts Market are in town too. There will be plenty to do and it will be worth the trip into town.
See you on the 27th
Tea with the General
General and Mrs. Longstreet hosted a tea for a few friends just before Christmas and it was a grand success and great fun. The Thompsons (T.J. and Kathy), and their son in law Kirk Miller (both T.J. and Kirk are history teachers) enjoyed meeting and conversing with the General and his admirable wife. The refreshments were tasty and satisfying and the atmosphere in the Piedmont's meeting room was festive, warm and welcoming.
Note: Kathy Thompson has written a book on Appalachian traditions and donated it to the Piedmont's Matthew Reynolds Library. Kathy gave this living history event to her family members as a gift. (12-2012)
Mrs. & Gen'l James Longstreet greet their guests.
January 6, 2013
and Open House
Gainesville, GA. --
The Longstreet Society and the Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 1860, Blue Ridge Rifles of Dahlonega, GA invite all to a joint graveside memorial service and open house on Sunday, January 6, 2013 beginning at 2 pm. General Longstreet lived in Gainesville, GA after the war and died there on January 2, 1904.
This 15th annual graveside service at Alta Vista Cemetery (off Jesse Jewel Parkway) will feature period costumes, a rifle salute, a graveside prayer, brief presentations by Longstreet Society and SCV officials and presentations of a cigar and memorial wreath. The event is presented in continuing observance of the sesquicentennial of the War Between the States.
Immediately after the memorial service the Longstreet Society will host an open house at the Piedmont Hotel at 827 Maple Street, Gainesville GA. The hotel was owned and operated by General Longstreet and was often his refuge—especially after his home was burned down in 1889. Hot chocolate, coffee and cookies will be served and tours of the hotel will be offered. The casual open house welcomes members, non-members, friends, family and children.
Planning for seminar 2013 is underway
October 12 & 13, 2013
Buy Longstreet Books and Support the LS
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Visit our new Buy Books page. People have asked us to not just recommend Longstreet related titles but to sell them as well. So visit our new Buy Books page. Purchase through links on this page and the LS receives a percentage of sales. Please note that you'll need to purchase the book within 24 hours of clicking through to Amazon in order for the LS to receive credit for the sale. Think Longstreet merchandise for Christmas and Hanukkah shopping.
Civil War Days in Gainesville
LS Treasurer Joe Whitaker represented the Longstreet Society at Gainesville's Northeast Georgia History Center's Civil War Days in North East Georgia event on Sunday, October 14. Whitaker talked with many old and new friends about Longstreet's career and his life in Gainesville. He invited everyone to visit the Piedmont Hotel soon for a personal tour of the general's old hotel and to learn more about his story.
October 6 & 7, 2012
The Undismayed Warrior:
Longstreet & The Seven Days Campaign
was a great success!
Featuring A. Wilson Greene,
Executive Director of Pamplin Historical Park, and
Dr. William Garrett Piston, author of Lee's Tarnished Lieutenant: James Longstreet and His Place in Southern History who will conduct an all day (Saturday) tour of Seven Days battlefields.
Also featuring Saturday night keynote speaker
John V. Quarstein, author of The Civil War on the Virginia Peninsula
And Sunday morning presentation of "Longstreet 1862:
From Personal Tragedy to Professional Triumph"
by William Garrett Piston
(Click here to learn more about our guides and presenters)
The brick walkway project was a great success and we sold enough bricks to pay for the walkway. Stay tuned for updates and photos.
Event at Nash Farm
Historic Henry County Battlefield and Park
2nd Annual Southern Jubilee and Battle of Nash Farm
September 29 and 30, 2012
Battle Re-enactment and Living History
Sponsored by 30th GA Company E
Experience the battles of the 2nd day of Lovejoy Station on Saturday and the desperate charge of Kilpatrick's US Calvary on Sunday as they attack Nash Farms and its defenders to escape defeat. Enjoy the arts and crafts, vendors, authentic sutlers, Nash Farm Museum, demonstrations, competitions. Walk through the camps and talk to the reenactors. Battles are at 2 pm both days. Saturday 9-5, Sunday 9-4
$8 per person. $5 for students (7-17). 6 years and under enter free
The Grant Memorial Association Invites You to Ceremonies at Grant’s Tomb Commemorating the 190th Anniversary of President Ulysses S. Grant’s Birth
On Friday, April 27, 2012, join the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the National Park Service. A remembrance ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m., and it will include a formal wreath laying ceremony and a 21-gun salute by the U.S. Military Academy Corps of Cadets and the West Point Honor guard. In addition, the distinguished historian, author, and Columbia University professor Kenneth T. Jackson will speak on the topic of President Grant as a New Yorker.
On Sunday, April 29, 2012, join the Oliver Tilden Camp #26, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, for their annual commemoration of Grant’s birthday. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m.
Grant’s Tomb is located at Riverside Drive and W. 122 St. in New York City. Directions to the site are available here. Site staff can be reached at (212) 666-1640.
First Wedding at the Piedmont Hotel...
...at least since the Longstreet Society has moved in. Friends and family of our guests gathered in the front yard on Saturday, March 24 for the afternoon ceremony. And General Longstreet arranged for nice weather even though the forecast wasn't so hopeful.
It's standing room only when Georgia State College's Politically Incorrect Club, led by Dr. Douglas Young, visited the Piedmont Hotel for a tour and lecture by
LS President Richard Pilcher.
sweatshirts, caps, mugs, water bottles and more
The Longstreet Society has partnered with Cafe Press to offer Longstreet Society themed clothing and souvenir items featuring the Longstreet Society logo and other images. Go to the LS Store and click on the photo of the sweatshirt to see the selection of items. Cafe Press produces and ships the items to you and the LS makes a little money for the Piedmont Hotel and other projects. Please take a look.
The Piedmont looked great for Christmas and received many first time and return visitors.
Thanks to everyone who responded to our request for prayers for General Longstreet's granddaughter Jamie Longstreet Paterson who experienced complications from gall bladder surgery just before Christmas. Her son Dan tells us that she is out of the ICU and improving slowly but surely. The family very much appreciates your concern, good wishes and prayers.
Obituary - J. A. Davis
Really Loved Working with People”
Mr. Davis was born on Feb.
10, 1930 to George E. and Garnet
McQuain Davis in Hendricks, West Virginia. He graduated from Gordon
Military College in 1947 and was a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Air
completion of school he began working as a radio announcer in
Barnesville, Ga. and from there entered into the television field in
Mississippi. After opening two TV stations in Georgia, he joined the
TV film industry with Official Films, Inc. where he was Regional
Manager. Mrs. Bennie Hansen of the Biltmore Hotel in Atlanta asked
him to become General Manager, a job he greatly enjoyed.
career evolved into sales where he became top salesman for the
Encyclopedia Britannica and the Great Books Collection, which he
helped develop and distribute with Dr. Mortimer Adler, along with the
Syntopican, an index of all of man’s great ideas. He was very proud
of this achievement. He later became the CEO of Surfa Shield
Corporation in Virginia and a renowned motivational speaker.
Davis was actively involved in many organizations in his lifetime
including: joining Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) at the age of
18 and holding international, national, state and local offices,
Jaycees International and the Fairfax County, Virginia Chamber of
Commerce where he was named Citizen of the Year; Sons of Confederate
Veterans, holding national, state and local offices and being a
member of the 27th Georgia Regiment; Gainesville Camp
1404; Military Order of the Stars and Bars (holding national and
state offices), the Longstreet Society and founder of the Georgia
Heritage Council; the Tucker Shrine Club, the Yarab Temple of
Atlanta, the Grand Lodge of Kentucky, F&A.M, he was a 32nd
Scottish Rite Mason. He was also a member of the Rotary Club, the
Kiwanis International, and the Order of the Moose.
was very active in the Republican Party in Georgia, where he was
instrumental in bringing Richard Nixon’s campaign to Atlanta in
1960 and reviving the GOP in that state; gubernatorial campaigns in
Kentucky and senatorial and gubernatorial races in Virginia.
worked with the administrations of Presidents Eisenhower, Nixon and
Reagan to bring economic justice to communist countries through the
ideals of the Jaycees and was influential in the High Frontier
project a/k/a President Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative.
was involved with the Miss Atlanta and Miss Georgia beauty pageants,
the revitalization of George Mason University in Virginia and was the
narrator for many of the Northwinds Orchestra performances in
Gainesville, Ga. He was a member of the Georgia Assoc. of
Broadcasters, the Atlanta Variety Club and the Episcopal Church.
his exploits, he traveled the world many times over, making friends
everywhere he went. He loved people and was most excited when their
interaction produced a positive outcome.
Davis is survived by his daughters, Lee Lewis of Clarkesville, Ga.,
Kim Thompson of Demorest, Ga., Kristine McLendon of Atlanta, Darlene
Emrie of Topeka, Kansas and son, Clay Davis of Lexington, Ky. He has
13 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He was a loving
grandfather and wonderful gardener.
lieu of flowers, donations may be made to NE Georgia Hospice or
organizations of your choice. The memorial service is to be held at
the Elks Club, Gainesville, Georgia, Saturday, January 14th
at 1:30, everyone who was a friend of Mr. Davis is welcome to attend
family has asked that any old photos, stories, archives, video/film
footage of any kind that friends of Jeff may have to let us
know...for a multimedia retrospective project we would like to do for
this man who gave so much to us. Please contact:
Dean... firstname.lastname@example.org …
Tim Ragland, Sons of Confederate Veterans camp 1860, Dahlonega, Georgia announced that the camp will hold a memorial service for General James Longstreet, Sunday January 15, 2012 at 2PM at Alta Vista Cemetery, Gainesville GA. The service will be held at General Longstreet's grave which is located under the American flag on the large flag pole. The Longstreet Society will have an open house at Longstreet's Piedmont Hotel following the service.
Save the Date for the 2012 Seminar
The Undismayed Warrior: Longstreet and The Seven Days Campaign
Saturday and Sunday
October 6 and 7, 2012
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