Letter from William Preston Johnston to James Longstreet
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Title: Letter from William Preston Johnston to James Longstreet
Date Original: 1865-02-20
Description: Creator was son of (Confederate) General
Albert Sidney Johnston and was a colonel in the Confederate Army. In this letter,
Johnston explains to Longstreet that he has been defending the latter against
attacks which blame him for the Confederate defeat at Gettysburg.
Reads in full:
"My Dear Sir, Your reply of the 18th instant to my note of the 15th has been received. I confess I was disappointed in its tenor. Before a reply was sent to the letter of the Hon. Mr Lewis to the President alluded to in my note of the 15th, it was deemed proper and indeed due to you to inform you of the allegation made on your authority. It had to be denounced as a slander and respect for you made it desirable before that step was taken, that your name should be disconnected from the statement by your own disavowed.
I regret that you should have misunderstood my motive in writing to you and hope that this explanation will be considered sufficient. Very fondly and respty yours, [signed] Wm Preston Johnston"
Creator: Johnston, William Preston, 1831-1899.
Subject(s): Johnston, William Preston, 1831-1899.
Longstreet, James, 1821-1904
Gettysburg, Battle of, Gettysburg, Pa., 1863
Alternative Title: 080218-05
Publisher: Wofford College
Date Digital: 2008-09-03
Format [medium]: Manuscript
Format [IMT]: image/jpeg
Digitization Specifications: 800ppi 24-bit depth color; Scanned with
an Epson 15000 Photo scanner with Epson Scan software; Archival master is a
TIFF; Original converted to JPEG with Irfan View software.
Resource Identifier: 080218-05
Source: The original, accession number 080218-05, from which
this digital representation is taken is housed in The
Littlejohn Collection at Wofford College,
located in the Sandor Teszler Library.
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