1821 – James Longstreet, born on the 8th of January in Edgefield District, South Carolina. He was one of the foremost Confederate generals of the American Civil War.
1861 – Having attained the rank of major, he resigned when his state seceded, and became a brigadier-general in the Confederate army.
1863 – In September, he took his corps to the west and bore a conspicuous part in the great battle of Chickamauga.
– In November he commanded the unsuccessful expedition against Knoxville.
1864 – He rejoined Lee’s army in Virginia, and on the 6th of May arrived upon the field of the Wilderness as the Confederate right had been turned and routed.
– In October, he resumed command of his corps, which he retained until the surrender, although paralyzed in his right arm.
1896 – He published From Manassas to Appomattox, and in his later years he prepared an account of Gettysburg.
1904 – Died at Gainesville, Georgia, on the 2nd of January.