Where the General Died



​​The first photo, found in the files of the local historical society, is identified by the original caption as General Longstreet's daughter's house and the house in which General Longstreet died on Saturday, January 4, 1904. The photo appears to have once been part of a clipping from a newspaper of the day. LS Treasurer Joe Whitaker identified the house in 1960s photos found in the historical society's files. His research corrected the placement of the house once believed to have been at a different intersection. The photo clearly place the house (above the red marker) at College Avenue between Bradford Street and E.E. Butler Parkway. The center photo was taken around the time of the General's death. The house on College Avenue has long since been demolished. The third photo is the site as it looks today.The large trees in the photo were likely on the lot in 1904. It is believed that General Longstreet, probably already suffering from pneumonia, was visiting his daughter on January 4 when he began to cough violently. The coughing caused him to bleed heavily through his mouth and he died soon after. Some conjecture that the coughing opened his old Wilderness wound. Before he died he reassured his wife Helen (possibly confusing her, in his weakened state, with his first wife Maria Louise, that they would be happy in their new post. General Longstreet was 82. 

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Where the General Died

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