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Collection Reference Number GLC09254
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1850 
Title James Longstreet to George W. Crawford about promotion
Date 21 February 1850
Author Longstreet, James (1821-1904)  
Recipient Crawford, George W.  
Document Type Military document; Correspondence
Content Description To Secretary of War George W. Crawford, asking assistance in obtaining promotion. "I do not hesitate to say that I can furnish ample proof, from every Officer under whom I have served, of as much service as any Officer of my grade could have rendered. I shared a full part in every action (Save one) of the late war against Mexico. Before, and since the war I have constantly served on the Frontier. It is true that I have been breveted twice for services during the late war. But brevets have been given in such promiscuous profusion, that this is an empty requital, which confers neither fame nor reward." Longstreet, then a Bt. Major in the 8th Infantry stationed in San Antonio, did not receive promotion until he joined the Confederacy.
Subjects Confederate States of America  Military History  Mexican War  Frontiers and Exploration  
People Longstreet, James (1821-1904)  Crawford, George W. (1708-1872)  
Theme The Mexican War; Westward Expansion; Government & Politics
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859