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Longstreet Society turning back time
Annual Bivouac and Picnic at Piedmont Hotel
Civil War re-enactors chat outside the historic Piedmont Hotel during last year’s annual Bivouac and Picnic.

Sights and smells of the 19th century will blow into town Saturday at the historic Piedmont Hotel.

The Longstreet Society will have its annual Bivouac and Picnic from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 3 at 827 Maple St. in Gainesville.

Re-enactors will be wandering around to talk to members and visitors while free tours of the Piedmont Hotel occur. Music and games will be going on while visitors partake of a hot dog and fixings lunch.

Admission is free. Call 770-539-9005 for more information.

The Longstreet Society was formed in 1994 to honor the life of Lt. Gen. James Longstreet, CSA. He was second in command to General Robert E. Lee and the “Old War Horse.”

The society is headquartered in the general’s old Piedmont Hotel in Gainesville. The society maintains the hotel, offers tours and educational programming. The Society also hosts an annual seminar at various battlefields important to Longstreet’s story and publishes a newsletter and website,, focused on Longstreet’s life and military history.

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