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Archival Collections of the Littlejohn Collection

The Lafayette McLaws Papers: 

 

This collection consists of 7 letters from Confederate Army general Lafayette McLaws to Philadelphia Press editor Isaac Pennypacker. McLaws and his family were living in Savannah, Georgia when the letters were written. The letters date from 1886 to 1888, when McLaws was in his late 60s and retired and spending his time composing articles and lectures. McLaws reveals in these letters the nature of his notorious conflict with General James Longstreet, who credited him for the failure of the Attack on Fort Sanders, although McLaws claimed he was scapegoated. He also discusses the character--or lack thereof--of many of his comrades and opposing generals in the war. His primary focus is the Maryland Campaign, a series of attacks in 1862 that is considered a major turning point in the war, and in which McLaws fought alongside General Longstreet, and against General Franklin, whom he also considers a poor leader.