Tied inextricably by blood to Abraham
Lincoln's wife, Mary Todd, Brian Hampton is also collaterally related
to her brother-in-law,
Helm, who fell on the fields of Chickamauga. His fascination with the Civil
War grew after college when he was told he was a distant cousin to Wade
Hampton, planter, politician, and Lt. General of the Confederate Cavalry.
Through his reading he realized "..a great deal of what I learned in both
high school and college was simply a fantasy." While studying General
Hampton he came across James Longstreet who, according to a high school
teacher, had disobeyed orders and cost the Confederacy a battle. He became
enthralled with Longstreet, seeking out and reading as much about the
general as he could find.
His search for information inevitably brought him to the World Wide Web,
where he found little about Longstreet but quite a bit about Jubal Early,
Longstreet's major accuser. He set out to rectify the situation
immediately, and the Longstreet Chronicles were born.
It is rare to find a web site whose achievements surpass those of the
Longstreet Chronicles. Concentrating on a narrow(in web terms) subject, the
site has brought together more than 100 primary documents about Longstreet.
The General's own descendants have contributed. Others, including the
Longstreet Society and the Longstreet Memorial Fund have helped and
recognized his work. The site has also been recognized by the Discovery
Channel and the History Channel Online for its content.
Brian spends his days working as a non-fiction free-lance writer and
manages a retail wine and spirits shop. He puts his extensive Civil War
knowledge to good use acting as one of five moderators of the soc.history.war.us-civil-war news group.
Biography of James Longsteet
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