Savannah, Ga. Decr 9th 1874

 

Col: C. H. Andrews

Dear Colonel,

Your note of the 5th is just received.  Genl Longstreet graduated in 1842 - with G. W. Smithe, VanDorn, D. H. Hill,  R. H. Anderson of S.C. Lovell, & M=Laws - all confederate Major Genls.

In the Mexican War, he was Adjutant (& Lieut.) in the 8th Infantry.  He won the brevet of Captain & Major.

He was a pay master in the U. S. Army at the time of secession, and resigned that office - which was without rank in the army, but had the pay and emoluments of Major.

I found him on the 21st July 1861, a brigadier in Beauregard=s forces.

He was probably 20 or 21 on 1842.  He was the Nephew of the noted Judge Longstreet of Ga - And used to call himself a Georgian.

 

Yours truly

 

J. E. Johnston