Augustus Baldwin Longstreet: A Study of the Development of Culture in the South

Augustus Baldwin Longstreet: A Study of the Development of Culture in the South

Augustus Baldwin Longstreet: A Study of the Development of Culture in the South

Augustus Baldwin Longstreet: A Study of the Development of Culture in the South

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It is possible to write briefly about a subject of research if there is very little material to be had about it or if there is much more material than can be presented. In the case of Augustus Baldwin Longstreet, I have brought to light just enough information, perhaps, to make too ponderous a volume, but not quite enough, on the other hand, to justify any of its being permitted to sink back again out of memory. This book, then, tells about its subject nearly everything that I have been able to learn.

I wish to thank Professors William P. Trent, Carl Van Doren and George F. Krapp of Columbia University for their interest in my investigation. All of these gentlemen read the manuscript and gave me their valuable criticisms.

Professors E. L. Green and Yates Snowden of the University of South Carolina, Professor Mason Du Pré of Wofford College, Mr. Fitz R. Longstreet of Gainesville, Georgia, Mr. Duncan Burnet of the University of Georgia Library, Mr. Henry Beach Carrée of the Vanderbilt University Library, Professor David H. Bishop and Miss Gladys Short of the University of Mississippi, all gave me access to certain essential documents. I am very grateful to them.

Mrs. Lavinia Branham West and Mrs. Fannie Lamar Mayes of Jackson, Mississippi, and Mrs. Augusta Lamar Heiskell of Memphis, Tennessee, granddaughters of Longstreet, have very graciously given me personal reminiscences of their grandfather. I have had other such information from Mr. G. W. W. Stone, Mr. Harry Stone, and the Reverend Mr. W. R. Branham of Oxford, Georgia, and from Professor Charles W. Hutson of New Orleans.

Professors Willis H. Bocock and Preston Brooks of the University of Georgia kindly offered me their help and made some appreciated comments.

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