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The day fire destroyed Longstreet’s home in Gainesville

POSTED: January 26, 2014 1:00 a.m.

Picture Gainesville in the late 1800s. It was billed as one of the South’s great health resorts because of its numerous nearby mineral springs. It had a dozen lodging places, including the Piedmont Hotel operated by famed Confederate Gen. James Longstreet.

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