is, if anything bad happens now, they all blame it on you. I seen
it comin’. They can’t blame General Lee. Not no more. So they all
take it out on you. You got to watch yourself, General. . . . I
saw you take all morning trying to get General Lee to move to the
This passage is spoken by Goree, an
aide to Longstreet, in July 2, Chapter 5.
It foreshadows the fact that Longstreet will eventually be blamed
for the loss at Gettysburg. Longstreet’s memoir, which attacks Lee
for not moving to the right at Gettysburg, inspires much of this
blame. Longstreet soils the memory of one of the most beloved figures
in Southern history, and his fellow Southerners scorn him for the
rest of his life. Many soldiers in their memoirs refer to Pickett’s
Charge as “Longstreet’s Charge.” For decades, Longstreet does indeed
take an unfair amount of blame for the loss at Gettysburg. Even
after twentieth-century scholars constructed a less biased view
of the battle, Longstreet is still a more obscure general than Lee.