Savannah, Ga. Decr 9th 1874
Col: C. H. Andrews
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.
J. E. Johnston