William D. Paterson, Jr. speaks to the Civil War Round Table of the District of Columbia about "The Origins of the Longstreet Controversy 1865-1890," on September 8, 2015, at the Fort McNair Officers' Club in Washington D.C. Questions and answers follow the presentation.
A copy of his PowerPoint presentation is available at https://drive.google.com/open?id=117w52eVA62pzH7F76R81PMOhiZ7p0Cdk
More information about Mr. Paterson's topic and his background is posted at http://cwrtdc-audio.blogspot.com/p/paterson-audio.html and https://www.facebook.com/TheLongstreetSociety?fref=photo
About The Topic: Lt. Gen. James Longstreet is one of the most intriguing and controversial figures from our Civil War. Longstreet was Robert E. Lee’s trusted second in command, outranking Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. Named commander of the First Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia by Lee, Lee also christened him “my Old War Horse” after his dogged defense at Antietam. Except for five months after a serious wound at the Battle of the Wilderness, Longstreet was with the Army of Northern Virginia from 1861 and First Manassas until its surrender in 1865 at Appomattox Courthouse.
About Our Speaker:
William D. Paterson, Jr. is the great-grandson of Lt. Gen. James Longstreet and provided the following information to post on this website:
Born: 6/4/1959 Washington, D.C.
Married; wife Sherry and son and Daughter-in-law Shane and Melissa and two grandsons Elijah and Jude and granddaughter Rosalie living in Centreville, VA.
Occupation: Active Directory (IT) Specialist, Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA.
Education: 1981 Graduate University of Maryland, Bachelor of Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences, 1977 Graduate of Bowie (Maryland) Senior High School.
Past President and current member of the Bull Run Civil War Round Table, Centreville, VA.
Board Member of the Longstreet Society, Gainesville, Georgia (Piedmont Hotel Renovation Project).
Board Member of the Pickett Society, Richmond, VA.
Participant and supporter of the Longstreet Memorial Fund Project-(Gettysburg Monument).
Recipient of the United Daughters of the Confederacy “Jefferson Davis Award” for preservation of Confederate Heritage.
Civil War Reenactor with the 7th Maryland Volunteers, Co. A (Federal), the Chesapeake Volunteer Guard and the Hardtack Society and Liberty Rifles.
Battlefield Preservationist and member of Friends of Gettysburg Battlefield, Friends of the Wilderness Battlefield and participated in various monument clean up projects at Gettysburg.
Recipient of the 2001 Helen Dortch Longstreet Award presented by the Longstreet Society to those who work to defend and preserve General Longstreet’s reputation. The 2002 winner was Dr. William G. Piston author of “Lee’s Tarnished Lieutenant.”
Dan Paterson is the great-grandson of James Longstreet through his youngest son, Fitz Randolph Longstreet, (b. 1869 – d. 1951) whose daughter, Dan's mother, was Jamie Louise Longstreet Paterson and the granddaughter of James Longstreet. Dan's grandmother, Mrs. F.R. Longstreet (Zelia) was interviewed by Blue and Gray Magazine in 1983 for an article entitled “Daughter-in-Law of a General.” Dan's uncle William Longstreet (1897-1973) was the last male descendant of the General with the surname of “Longstreet.”
For additional information about his presentation and about the Round Table and to apply for membership, visit www.cwrtdc.org/
- U.S. Civil War History