Welcome to The Longstreet Society


The Piedmont lawn was torn up and then reseeded with Kentucky Bluegrass. This is what happens when you find an old, obscure newspaper article that mentions that, many years ago, the General intended to do this at the hotel. So far, so green.

Memorial Reception for 
Jamie Louise Longstreet Paterson

Press Release:
September 4, 2014
Gainesville, GA

–The Longstreet Society is honored to host a memorial reception celebrating the life of Jamie Louise Longstreet Paterson on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 11 am. Jamie passed away in Virginia on August 5. Jamie Paterson’s family will welcome all visitors at the Piedmont Hotel at 827 Maple Street, Gainesville GA after a private burial service at Alta Vista Cemetery. Light refreshments will be served.

Jamie Louise Longstreet Paterson was born July 22, 1930 in Gainesville, Georgia. She is the daughter of Fitz Randolph Longstreet and Zelia Stover Longstreet and Granddaughter of Confederate General James Longstreet. Jamie lived in Gainesville, Georgia until married to William D. Paterson, 1957, whom she met dancing in Gainesville. William was a native Pennsylvanian stationed at an Army Ranger Camp in north Georgia at the time. Jamie graduated from Gainesville Business School and worked at the Gainesville Midland Railroad. She moved to Washington, DC after marriage and lived in DC until 1962 when she moved to Bowie, MD.

She is survived by sons, William D. Paterson, Jr and James R. Paterson. Daughter-in-Law, Sherry Paterson, grandson Shane Comegys and two great-grandsons, Eli and Jude Comegys--a great-granddaughter is on the way.

In memory of Jamie Louise Longstreet Paterson. 

A memorial service will be held at the Piedmont Hotel in Gainesville, GA on Saturday, September 13. Details to be announced. 

Silver Anniversary
Press Release

July 1, 2014

Gainesville, GA –This July the Longstreet Society celebrates its 20th anniversary. What started as a small local study club has grown to over 400 people strong with members all over the United States and several countries—including the UK, Canada and France. The Society, in carrying out its mission, continues to tell General James Longstreet’s civilian and military story in an effort to establish his place in history.

The Society’s first 20 years have been busy, productive and fun. In memory of the General we’ve restored the remaining portion of his old Piedmont Hotel and made it a living monument to him. It is the place to go to learn about his life and career. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10-4, the hotel and its museum room, library and Woodrow Wilson Room (where the young Wilson family once stayed) is visited regularly by individuals, students and groups. Admission and tours are free and everyone is welcome. The Piedmont also functions as a community center hosting meetings of local organizations and civic groups and many private events.

The Society reaches outside of Gainesville with its newsletter and extensive website. It also presents an annual educational seminar at battlefields important to Longstreet’s military career. Each seminar features battlefield tours and presentations by renowned guides and speakers including Dr. Richard DiNardo and J. Tracy Power who will join us this October in Fredericksburg, VA.

To honor the man for whom we formed the Longstreet Society 20 years ago, the LS is gladly accepting $20 anniversary gifts HERE. Now we can’t wait to turn 100.

The Longstreet Society at Tunnel Hill

Kathryn Sellers, from left, Mike Babb, Vince Dooley, Steve Longcrier and Roger Williams reveal the historical marker Saturday at the Tunnel Hill Heritage Center.

The Longstreet Society's own Richard and Jorene Pilcher joined dozens of others to commemorate the Saturday, May 10 unveiling of the Tunnel Hill historical marker. The marker is part of a larger project spearheaded by Steve Longcrier to denote 82 locations in Georgia which historians refer to as that of the Atlanta Campaign. Read more here:

Officers Elected at our 2014 Annual Meeting

We held our Annual Meeting of Members after the annual bivouac and picnic last weekend. Our officers are: President - C. J. Clarke, Vice President - Vince Evans, Secretary - Bruce Glover, Treasurer - Joe Whitaker. Peter Claymore is Past President. Former Past President Richard Pilcher has been elected to the Board of Directors. Please wish them all good luck, but we know they'll do great work for us.

The Longstreet Society's
Annual Bivouac/Picnic

Saturday, May 3


The Longstreet Society invites all to our
Annual Bivouac/Picnic at the Piedmont Hotel at
827 Maple Street, Gainesville, GA.

(Click for map and directions.)

Hot dog and fixings lunch
Live music
Free tours of the Piedmont Hotel

Spend time relaxing on the hotel’s porch rockers with a glass of lemonade and new friends and old.

Members and non-members alike are invited to enjoy
all of the events with us and to soak in the property's
19th century atmosphere.

The Annual Meeting of Members
will be held at 10 am

Admission, lunch & all events are free

The Longstreet Society whole-heartedly supports this project by our British counterparts and we hope you do too. This effort is spearheaded by long-time Longstreet Society member, supporter and friend Basil Larkins.
Click here to learn more.

2-8-2014. Phew. We're back. After months of successful testing, just after we announced to a larger audience that we had Gainesville's only webcam, the cam had an internal issue and stopped working--permanently. So, we scrambled and got a new one, fast--which delivers a clearer, sharper picture. Many thanks to Richard and Alan Pilcher for working all day today to install it. CLICK HERE TO GO TO LIVE CAM.

(PS - the webcam vendor has graciously agreed to replace the dead camera so, if all goes well, we might end up as a two cam operation--with views inside and out. Keep your fingers crossed for us. We're webcam amateurs and work within a tight budget but we think this is all worth the effort. We love watching the cam and get good feedback on it. We hope you like it too.)

16th Annual
Longstreet Memorial Service

Sunday, January 12, 1pm, Alta Vista Cemetery
Piedmont Open House follows immediately

Join us for the 16th annual memorial service to honor General James Longstreet sponsored by Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp #1860 Blue Ridge Rifles and the Longstreet Society.     

The ceremony at Alta Vista Cemetery will be highlighted by a rifle salute and prayer. An Open House will be held at the Piedmont Hotel immediately after and refreshments will be served. Tours of the hotel will be available. 770-539-9005 for more information. Admission to both events and parking is free.

     Click on the light blue text for maps and directions.


Seminar 2014

 Two Roads:
Longstreet at the Wilderness & Fredericksburg

Friday evening & all day Saturday **
October 10 & 11, 2014

Note new schedule format **

Theater at the Piedmont Hotel

Our webcam caught the crowd at the Piedmont Saturday (10-26-14) for the performance of "The Holler" (see below). So many people toured the Piedmont Hotel after the show and you know how much we love visitors. It was a good afternoon. Many thanks to Beth Kendall of the Gainesville Theater Alliance and University of North Georgia students Caleb Barfield and Rob Brooksher (who wrote the piece) for bringing us this program. Wait! Is that General Lee and the Longstreets enjoying the performance from the porch?

JOIN US for an Open House with music and drama and learn about General Longstreet.

On Saturday, October 26 at 2 pm The Gainesville Theatre Alliance and the Longstreet Society will offer a performance of "The Holler" at the Piedmont Hotel at 827 Maple Street in Gainesville.

“The Holler,” is an epic Southern story of love set against the backdrop of the Civil War. The play and music was written by University of North Georgia students Caleb Barfield and Rob Brooksher who are in the GTA program. “The Holler’s” classic themes of love and brotherhood combine with a bluegrass-tinged musical score to create a unique theatrical experience. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to enjoy the 25-minute performance.

The Piedmont Hotel, which houses the Longstreet Society office and a Longstreet Museum, has been called “Gainesville’s most historic building” and was once a bustling three-story edifice that took up a whole city block and attracted many high-profile visitors. Its main drawing card was its owner, James Longstreet, a key Civil War figure who settled in Gainesville during the last quarter of the 19th century.
Over the next few decades the hotel hosted famous guests including Atlanta icons Henry Grady and Joel Chandler Harris, Civil War generals Dan Sickles and Joseph Johnston and future President Woodrow Wilson, whose daughter Jessie was born in a ground-floor room at the Piedmont.

Admission is free and there is free street parking and limited parking on the Piedmont property. For more information, contact the Longstreet Society at 770-539-9005.

Seminar Success and Adventure

We had to dodge park rangers and needed to tweak our route a little but we had a very successful seminar weekend in Chickamauga, GA and Chattanooga, TN. Below, at Sunset Rock, we listened to tour guide Harold Knudsen discuss the strategic importance of this beautiful site.

Sunset Rock is a dramatic outcropping of sandstone located along the western rim of Lookout Mountain just north of the Georgia-Tennessee state line. Confederate Generals Bragg and Longstreet took advantage of the panoramic view from Sunset Rock to plan the Battle of Wauhatchie on October 28, 1863, an attempt to cut the Union supply line into Chattanooga, which the Confederates had placed under siege after the Battle of Chickamauga.

More seminar photos to come.

The seminar bus is filling up fast. Register now to reserve a seat.

Click here for more information

October 12 & 13, 2014

Did You Catch Our Live Presentation from the Piedmont Hotel?

Broadcast live via webcam 7/27/2013

Click to view Part I

Click to view Part II

The Longstreet Society hosted Dr. Douglas Young, the Politically Incorrect Club and a history class from the University of North Georgia at the Piedmont Hotel this morning. The LS's own Richard Pilcher presented a talk entitled Famous Visitors to the Piedmont Hotel.

150 Years Ago Today

"If he is there, it will be because he is anxious that we should attack him--a good reason, in my judgment, for not doing so."

--James Longstreet to General Lee on his plan to attack Cemetery Ridge, July 1, 1863

(Image: On the Road to Gettysburg by Dale Gallon.)

Click here and tell us your thoughts about Longstreet's role in the Battle of Gettysburg

Painting the railings at the Piedmont

Local painter Larry Lamb is doing a great job painting the porch railings at the hotel. The railings were stained and peeling when Larry came to show us his professional skills. He's not yet done with the job but already the railings look great.

The General Has a Web Cam

We installed a webcam at the Piedmont Hotel so you can peek in on everyday comings and goings, watch presentations, tours and lectures or check for ghosts in the middle of the night--all from your home computer or tablet or smart phone, no matter where you live.
Sometimes the camera will be inside the hotel and sometimes outside. (We hope to have two cameras someday.) We're still learning how and when and where to use the equipment so be patient with us and enjoy the view.



Let us know what you think at oldpete@longstreet.org

Fun Open House at the Piedmont

The Generals (Longstreet, Lee and Grant) and the Ladies of Distinction relax while awaiting the many guests they hosted at the Bivouac on Saturday, April 27. More photos of the fun day
will follow shortly.

We Lost One of Our Best

Jamie Hollis (left) and her husband Ron (right) are presented with the 2011 Helen Dortch Longstreet Award by LS President Richard Pilcher (center).

In the early morning hours of January 14 the Longstreet Society
lost one of our best. Jamie Hollis passed away as the result of cancer and a heart attack. Jamie was a Charter Member, Life Member, Director and winner of the 2011 Helen Dortch Longstreet Award. Her gentle, sweet personality made her advice and even criticism often sought and always welcome. She was our financial adviser for the last six or seven years. We were about to buy white rockers for the Piedmont porch when Jamie suggested that the “white rockers will just disappear into the white wall behind them and, since the Piedmont needs the welcoming look of rocking chairs on the porch, lets get black rocking chairs.” She has done a hundred other things for us through the years, but the rockers are so visible.
I drove up to the Piedmont this morning and saw those black rockers from a distance and tears came to my eyes again. There will be many more tears. Today our prayers are with her husband Ron and her family.
                                       Richard Pilcher


Funeral services for Jamie Martin Hollis of Gainesville are scheduled for 2:00 pm. Saturday in Strickland Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be from 6:00-9:00.pm., Friday, at the funeral home. Dennis Reeves Jr. and Al Gurley will officiate. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Read more.


Today (1-8-2013) is General Longstreet's
192nd birthday.
Click here to go to our GUESTBOOK
and leave him a birthday message.


General Longstreet's Memorial Service Attended by Largest Crowd Yet.

Over 100 people turned out for this annual event. Read about it here and make plans to attend next year's service.



 The Seven Days Campaign

We're just back from the 2012 seminar in Williamsburg VA and it was a tremendous success. We learned a lot from our guides and presenters A. Wilson Greene (pictured below), William Garrett Piston and John Quarstein and had fun too. Nothing can replace the experience of being on the field and hearing details of the battle brought to life by experts. More photos will be featured in our next member's newsletter. Not a member? Click here.

John Quarstein (below) was our animated and most fascinating keynote speaker at the annual Saturday night dinner meeting.

We heard from William Garrett Piston (below) on Sunday morning. His presentation was entitled"Longstreet 1862: From Personal Tragedy to Professional Triumph."

Alpharetta Guests Tour Longstreet Sites

July 14, 2012. Longstreet Society Treasurer Joe Whitaker spent his Saturday showing a bus filled with guests from the City of Alpharetta Historical Society and Seniors Center around the Gainesville Longstreet sites. Stops included Alta Vista Cemetery (the General and his wife Maria Louisa just happened to stroll by as the bus pulled in), the Piedmont Hotel of course, the site of Longstreet's death on College Avenue, Helen Dortch Longstreet's home on Green Street and others. The day even included lunch at--what else--The Longstreet Cafe. The group gave the LS a donation in appreciation for their private, personal and excellent tour.

Great Weather. Great Music. Great People. Great Weekend.

(2012) Below, the General awaits his guests, who were later treated to period music, reenactors in period costume, an artillery demonstration, lunch and visits with new and old friends. It was an educational, fun and delicious day for all--including Silver the horse, we hope. By the way, the paranormal investigation didn't turn up anything unusual.

Musicians from Kintra and Applachian Jam provided period music.

Reenactors with the 30th GA Volunteers demonstrate firing techniques.

Silver came to show off his equestrian skills


Meeting Room Dedicated to Judge Norton
at Sunday Reception

On Sunday, the Norton family gathered to celebrate the dedication of the Piedmont's great room to Judge William L. Norton Jr. The judge was unable to attend because of his health but was there in spirit. His wife Adelaide, son Bill and daughter Martha and three of his grandchildren attended in his stead (pictured below).

Click here to read the article in the Gainesville Time about the reception.

~~~Please Come~~~

The Longstreet Society
Annual Bivouac

Saturday, April 28, 10 to 4
Featuring Piedmont tours,
music by Kintra and Appalachian Jam,
a visit by the 30th Georgia Volunteer Infantry,
a hot dog lunch and the
groundbreaking for the Piedmont's
engraved brick & granite walkway.
And observe a paranormal investigation of the Piedmont Hotel carried out by the Georgia group Night Life Paranormal Investigation starting
at 9 pm on Saturday.

Last chance to buy an engraved walkway brick for $35
or a line on a granite paver for $20. Engraving on bricks ordered  after May 1 must be done on site and will cost $100. Engraved granite will not be available after May 1.

Please don't wait to place your order.

Click here for more information or to order

Dedication of the Piedmont's
William L. Norton Jr. Community Room

Sunday, April 29
Reception 2:30-4:30

 Please come to honor Judge Norton's many years of dedication to the Piedmont Hotel project.


770-539-9005 for more information

Sad Family News

Phillip Lee "Zech" Adams

Weaverville - Phillip Lee "Zech" Adams, 23, of Barnardsville Highway, died unexpectedly Tuesday, March 20.

A native of Buncombe County, he is survived by his mother,
Nicki Peresich; a sister, Carrie Elizabeth Tipton; brothers, Christopher Tipton (Jaynie), George Kevin Tipton, II, Nicholas Tipton and Jacob Adams; 4 nephews; 2 nieces; a great-niece; and a number of cousins.

Memorials donations may be made to the family at P.O. Box 398, Weaverville, NC 28787. 
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times from March 25 to March 26, 2012

Nicki Peresich is a Longstreet Society friend and member and Helen Dortch Longstreet Award winner.

We're creating a new page on this website filled with favorite Longstreet quotes.
Quotes by and/or about Longstreet. Pre-war, Civil War, post-war. Military, personal, serious and humorous. Any and all. And we'll rank them by popularity. Please click here to go to the Guest Book page and tell us your favorite quote. Or click here to email us your choice(s). Tell us the source of the quote, if you can--in which book or article did you find it? On what page? And please contribute your favorite quote or quotes even if someone else already has done so. The more the better. That's how we'll know which quotes to rank highest. Then stop back from time to time to see how the list has grown and
which quotes we all like best.

We've back from the 2011 seminar in Manassas, VA. It was great fun and great learning and we're already planning for the Seven Days seminar for 2012. See the note above about the date and location of next year's event and stay tuned to the website for more information.
In Memory of Harold Bruce Glover 

Mr. H. Bruce Glover, 78, lost his long battle with cancer on Oct. 1, 2014, in his hometown of Gainesville, GA, surrounded by his family. He was born Dec. 19, 1935.

After graduating from Gainesville High School, he was a cadet at The Citadel for two years before transferring to Clemson University where he graduated with a bachelors in biology. Upon graduation he joined Burroughs-Wellcome, a pharmaceutical company, where he retired as Senior Executive Representative after 34 years with the same company.

Bruce married Sara "Terry" Terhune in June, 1961, who survives along with their three sons whom all live in Georgia: Bruce (Tina) Glover, Sidney (Sherri) Glover, Emory (Anita) Glover and a daughter Ann (Brian) Archer, Bowling Green, Ky. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren who blessed their 53-year marriage.

Of local interest, he is survived by brother-in-law Sidney (Herbena) Terhune, nephews Drexel Terhune and Victor (Hollie) Terhune and nieces Landis (Jeremy) Olaker and Patricia (Robert) Passwaters. Preceding in death was brother-in-law Daniel Terhune and nephew Robbie Terhune.

A memorial service was held Oct. 5, at Redwine Mehtodist Church, Gainesville, with cremation following.

Published in Record Herald from Oct. 29 to Oct. 30, 2014

Just Added
to the Seminar Roster

There are enough people coming to the seminar next month that we need help showing the battlefield to them all. So we're excited to announce that Col Jim Mis, USA has been added to our seminar agenda. He will be joining us on the Saturday bus tour and will assist Dr. Rich DiNardo during our day on the field. Col Mis is Faculty Advisor/Special Operatio
ns at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in Virginia. His combat deployments have included duty in the Sinai, Panama, Haiti, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Paraguay, Columbia and Iraq.

Grab a rake and a cold soda and join us Saturday,
July 12, 10-4

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.

Join us at 827 Maple Street, Gainesville GA 30503
770-539-9005 or oldpete@longstreet.org
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.

An Awesome Easter Egg Hunt

A happy crowd of adults and children, candy, eggs and one awesome bunny.

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

Seminar 2013

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.

See what rare and unique items we've already lined up for the seminar's silent auction. Want to own some? Come to the seminar. Want to contribute something? Call us at 770-539-9005.

(Shown in order: Framed etching of Longstreet, framed print of Longstreet's Christy portrait, fun Chattanooga souvenir cup with Civil War goodies, rare European Longstreet cigar bands, rare Longstreet  bookmark from 1965 centennial, Piedmont mascot chicken in a rusted metal finish, a piece of lumber from the original Piedmont Hotel re-purposed as coat hook.)

.Ahhh. Clean.

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

LS Merchandise

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.

Mrs. & Gen'l James Longstreet greet their guests.

          January 6, 2013
         Memorial Service
          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
Chickamauga/Chattanooga TN
Learn more.

Buy Longstreet Books and Support the LS
(through the amazon.com affiliate program.)

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

Joe Whitaker at Northeast Georgia History CenterLS 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:
& The Seven Days Campaign
was a great success!
Learn more

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

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.

Longstreet Society 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
I Really Loved Working with People”

J. A. DavisMr. 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 Force Reserve.

Upon 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.

His 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.

Mr. 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.

He 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.

He 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.

He 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.

Through 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.

Mr. 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.

In 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 the service.

The 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:

Jim Dean... jimwdean@aol.com … Atlanta... 404-966-6827

SCV Camp Memorial Service for General Longstreet

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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