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Groups celebrate the life and times of Gen. Longstreet

POSTED: January 12, 2014 10:31 p.m.
Joshua L. Jones/For The Times

Sons of Confederate Veterans gathered from across the state for the annual memorial service for Gen. James Longstreet on Sunday at Alta Vista Cemetery in Gainesville.

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Gen. James Longstreet, who commanded I Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia, lived in Gainesville after the Civil War and operated the Piedmont Hotel at 827 Maple St. in the late 1800s.

He owned the property until his death in 1904. People from around the state gathered at Alta Vista cemetery Sunday, near his grave to remember the “Old War Horse.” This was the 16th annual memorial service.

Tim Ragland, commander of Camp 1860 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, opened the service. Cliff Roberts, the main speaker for the service, talked about the life and times of Longstreet.


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