29 January 2014

New Photo for an Old Obituary

About 6 1/2 years ago (yikes!), I posted an old obituary published for the death of Maria Longstreet, the first wife of famed Confederate General James Longstreet. In October last, I had the opportunity to stand where mourners stood more than 120 years ago to say their final goodbyes to the "distinguished Georgia lady." Now I can offer a photo with the obituary.

Atlanta Constitution (Georgia)
31 December 1889, pg. 1
Digital image here via Newspapers.com.

Mrs. Longstreet Dead
A Distinguished Georgia Lady Passes Away

Gainesville, GA, December 30 -- Special -- The queen city of the mountains mourns over the death of Mrs. Maria Louise Longstreet, consort of General James Longstreet, who passed peacefully away last evening at nine o'clock, at the Piedmont hotel, in this city, surrounded by her husband and her loving children.

Mrs. Longstreet has been confined to her room several months and bore her suffering patiently and with Christian resignation. She was a lady of rare and varied accomplishments, and in her death Gainesville loses a bright ornament in society. Her maiden name was Garland, a daughter of General John Garland, of the United States army, and a distinguished citizen of Virginia. She was born on the 16th day of March, 1827, at Fort Snelling, Minn., and was married to General Longstreet in Lynchburg, VA, on March 8th, 1848. She accompanied the general while engaged in the Mexican war. She was not unaccustomed to rumors of war or the din and smoke of battle for she was near to the general while his sword gleamed for four long years in defense of his country during the civil war. Prior to this time she was on the frontier with her husband, where he was engaged fighting Indians. She leaves five children - four sons, John Garland, Robert Lee, James and Randolph, and one daughter, Lula. Alta Vista cemetery will be her last resting place, where her remains will be interred tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock.

Maria Louisa Garland
Wife of James Longstreet
1827 - 1889
A Dutiful Wife
And A Fond Mother

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