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Longstreet, James

James Longstreet was born in the Edgefeild District of South Carolina, on January 8, 1821. He was educated in the U.S. Military Academy before going on to fight in the Civil War. As a Confederate General, he had distinguished himself by using his well planned strategies. However he is often blamed for the South's loss of the Civil War, due to his refusal to engage in the Battle of Gettysburg when told to by General Lee. After the Civil War, he became a member of the Republican Party and served as Minister to Turkey from 1880 to 1881. He died at the age of 82.