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150th Anniversary of the Civil War: Longstreet at hand when curtain fell
Society unveils rare document; generals signature on terms of surrender
The Longstreet Society displays a Civil War document marking the official end of the war as signed by James Longstreet. The document is on display inside the historic Piedmont Hotel in Gainesville.
Much of the end of the Civil War is focused on Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendering to Union Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox on April 9, 1865. But The Longstreet Society, a Gainesville-based organization that seeks to preserve the legacy of Confederate Lt. Gen. James Longstreet, wants history buffs to know that Lee’s second-in-command also had a hand in the end to the bloody four-year struggle between North and South. On Thursday, the society, based in the general’s restored Piedmont Hotel, unveiled the framed copy of a document signed on April 10 laying out more specifically the terms of the surrender.