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For one day only, Longstreet Society to exhibit general's rare, historical documents
Annual Bivouac and Picnic set for April 8 at Piedmont Hotel in Gainesville
A portrait of Confederate Lt. Gen. James Longstreet hangs in the community room of the old Piedmont Hotel as Longstreet Society president Peter Claymore, center left, gives visitors a history lesson at the society's annual bivouac and picnic in 2014.

Longstreet Society’s annual Bivouac and Picnic

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 8

Where: Piedmont Hotel, 827 Maple St., Gainesville

Cost: Free

More info: 770-539-9005 or

For one day only, the Longstreet Society will exhibit a rare, historic and original collection of Gen. James Longstreet documents. Longstreet was second in command to Gen. Robert E. Lee and Lee called Longstreet his “Old War Horse.”

The selection highlights milestones in Longstreet’s service before and after the war, including his appointments as ambassador to Turkey and U.S. commissioner of railroads, as well as his U.S. and Confederate promotions.

The exhibit will be the highlight of the Longstreet Society’s annual Bivouac and Picnic on Saturday, April 8, at the Piedmont Hotel. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., events will include period re-enactors (including General Lee), music and tours of the general’s old hotel with lunch at noon.

Admission, including lunch, is free at 827 Maple St. in Gainesville.

Another item on display will be the signatures of 13 presidents in this assembly. After this one-day exhibit, the collection will go on loan to the Richard Russell Library at the University of Georgia in Athens.

The Longstreet Society was formed in 1994 to honor the life of Longstreet, CSA. The society maintains the hotel, offers tours and educational programming.

The Society also hosts annual seminars at various battlefields important to Longstreet’s story and publishes a newsletter and website ( focused on Longstreet’s life and military history.

For more information, call 770-539-9005.