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Maria Louisa Garland was born at Fort Snelling, Minnesota Territory on March 6, 1827. She was a daughter of John Garland and Harriet Smith. Harriet Smith was a daughter of fur trapper and trader, Jacob Smith, and a half- if not full-blooded Chippewa Native American.
Maria Louisa Garland (Louise) and James Longstreet married at the home of her uncle, Judge James Garland, on Madison Street, Lynchburg, VA on March 8, 1848. Episcopal minister Reverend William H. Kinckle presided over the ceremony. Lt James Longstreet married the Colonel's daughter.
Louise Garland Longstreet and James Longstreet traveled to Missouri to attend the August 22, 1848 wedding of Ulysses S. Grant and Julia Dent, then they returned to a new assignment at Carlisle Barrack, Pennsylvania.
Louise and James had 10 children: three daughters (Harriet Margaret, Mary Anne, and Maria Louisa) and seven sons (John Garland, Augustus Baldwin, William Dent, James, Robert Lee, James G. Jr., and Fitz Randolph).
Louise was a much respected member of the Gainesville community and, along with son John Garland, manage the Piedmont Hotel.
She was 62 years old when she died at the Piedmont Hotel in Gainesville on December 29, 1889. She is buried at Alta Vista Cemetery, Gainesville GA in a family plot chosen by General Longstreet.
EULOGY WRITTEN BY MRS JAMES LONGSTREET
Washington, DC 1854
Year of the death of her son Willie
Thou art gone to the grave but we will not deplore thee.
Though sorrow and darkness encompass the tomb.
The lamp of His love is thy guide through the gloom.
The Saviour has passed through its portals before thee.
Thou art gone to the grave, but we will not deplore thee.
Since God was our ransom thy guardian thy guide.
He gave thee He took thee and He will restore thee.
For death has no sting since the Saviour hath died.
Maria Louisa Garland Longstreet - General Longstreet's first wife