Longstreet Monument Unveiled In Gainesville,
A new monument of Gen. James Longstreet was unveiled
Oct. 28 at the site of his former home in Gainesville, the town
he moved to in 1875. The monument is at the site where his home
burned in 1889 under what was described at the time as mysterious
The monument was endowed by the estate of the late L. Denton
Hadaway, sculpted by Gregory Johnson and erected by the General
James Longstreet Chapter 46, United Daughters of the Confederacy,
of Gainesville. It is a non-equestrian life-size statue of the
general with his foot on an ammunition box, one hand on his
beard with the other holding his order book.
Many descendants of General Longstreet were in attendance. Great-grandson
Dan Paterson gave the keynote speech. Mrs. Jamie Longstreet
Paterson, the general's granddaughter, unveiled the new monument
along with Johnson and members of the UDC monument committee.
The Blue Ridge Rifles Camp 1860, Sons of Confederate Veterans,
and 1st State Line provided color guard and a 21-gun salute
respectively. The 27th Georgia Regiment, Sons of Confederate
Veterans, provided ushers. Attendees included members of the
Longstreet Camp 1289 SCV of Atlanta, Ga.
Additional Longstreet descendants in attendance included Clark
Thornton, a great-great-grandson; and great-grandsons David
Whelchel and James Randolph Paterson. George Wangerman, city
councilman, represented the City of Gainesville. Civil War enthusiasts,
politicians and reenactors also attended.
After the ceremony Taps was played by a bugler followed by reenactors
providing the 21-gun salute concluding with an emotional rendering
"Inspiring," said Whelchel. "I feel like he's
home again right here."
General Longstreet was Gen. Robert E. Lee's second in command
of the Army of Northern Virginia and a battle-hardened leader
of its 1st Corps. His campaigns included 2nd Manassas, Gettysburg,
Chickamauga and the Wilderness and he was present at the surrender
at Appomattox. He settled in this northeastern Georgia town
after the war and ran the Piedmont Hotel. Members of the Longstreet
Society, the organization which is raising money to reno-vate
remnants of the Piedmont, were also in attendance.
Longstreet died Jan. 2, 1904, and was buried in Gainesville's
Alta Vista in a flag-marked grave.