After the battlefields, devout Longstreet fans often journey Old Pete’s
adopted hometown, Gainesville, to visit the gravesite and
"commune" with his spirit. As the photographs below indicate,
one recent visitor learned much more.
TRUTH – Formed to honor a celebrated black educator (Beulah
Rucker), this foundation gained tax-exempt status in May 1995.
Several months later the Longstreet Society (LS) applied for
similar status, but failed to disclose details of interlocking
directorates/other links with BR.
HISTORIC PRESERVATION? – Local businessmen initially pooled funds
to purchase this one-story structure next to the site of the
Piedmont Hotel operated by Longstreet (1875-1904). The
questionable "discovery" of this blighted property as part of the
original structure was quickly presented as "historic
preservation" and entwined with BR aims to obtain
favorable tax status in early 1996. The project has experienced difficulty
high turnover of treasurers.
|PIT STOP –
Longstreet Society (LS) president Richard Pilcher operates this
convenience store on the outskirts of Gainesville, an important
agribusiness center in northeast Georgia. Memorabilia and papers
from Old Pete’s later years can be seen at the Georgia Mountain
Museum (311 Green Street), but LS offices are hard to find.
RICHMOND ACADEMY -- Longstreet attended this
preparatory school -- one of the nation's oldest -- Augusta
Georgia before West Point. Recently, the school named Old Pete to
its Hall of Fame (2012). (See article
in the campaign to restore Longstreet's honor!
Longstreet Recognition Project