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Collection Number: 05037

Collection Title: Longstreet Memorial Fund Records, 1991-1999

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 350 items)
Abstract The Longstreet Memorial Fund was established in June 1991 by the North Carolina Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans to erect a monument to the memory of Lieutenant General James Longstreet, Confederate States of America. The fund's committee worked with artist Gary Casteel and members of the National Park Service to establish such a monument in Pitzer Woods, Gettysburg National Military Park. Materials document the committee's fund-raising efforts, artist selection, and design collaboration; National Park Service specifications and approvals; and the monument's unveiling ceremony. Included is correspondence, speeches and writings, press releases, newspaper articles and clippings, brochures and broadsides, newsletters, committee minutes and schedules, topographical surveys of the site, and landscape and sculpture designs. Among the correspondents are Jesse Helms and Terry Sanford.
Creator Sons of Confederate Veterans (Organization). North Carolina Division. Longstreet Memorial Fund.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Lieutenant General James Longstreet Memorial Fund Records #5037, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Robert Thomas of the North Carolina Division Sons of Confederate Veterans in September 2000 (Acc. 98735).
Additional Descriptive Resources
Folder 11 contains a list of the collection's items arranged roughly by material type and subject.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The Longstreet Memorial Fund was established in June 1991 by the North Carolina Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans to erect a monument to the memory of Lieutenant General James Longstreet, Confederate States of America. The committee met for the first time in July 1991 and decided that, among all the proposed sites, the Gettysburg National Military Park would be most appropriate for a monument dedicated to General Longstreet.

A meeting with Gettysburg National Military Park officials was scheduled for January 1992, at which time the National Park Service granted permission to begin the process of erecting a statue in Pitzer Woods, located on West Confederate Avenue, where Longstreet directed his activities on 2 and 3 July 1863.

Gary Casteel designed Longstreet's equestrian monument, which was unveiled in a two day ceremony held on 2 and 3 July 1997.

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Materials document the efforts of the Longstreet Memorial Fund, North Carolina Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans to erect a monument to Lieutenant General James Longstreet beginning in 1991. Materials pertain to fundraising efforts, the selection of Gary Casteel as the artist to design the monument, design collaboration, National Park Service specifications and approvals for placement of the monument in Pitzer Woods, Gettysburg National Military Park, and the monument's unveiling ceremony. Included are correspondence, speeches and writings, press releases, newspaper articles and clippings, brochures and broadsides, newsletters, committee minutes and schedules, topographical surveys of the site, and landscape and sculpture designs. Among the correspondents are Jesse Helms and Terry Sanford.

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Contents list

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About 350 items.
Folder 1-3

Folder 1

Folder 2

Folder 3

Correspondence, 1991-1999 and undated #05037, Series: "Longstreet Memorial Fund Records, 1991-1999." Folder 1-3

Correspondence concerns community and financial support for the project, the monument's design, National Park Service's evaluation of the committee's proposal, Gettysburg National Military Park's regulations, and some genealogical materials about General James Longstreet. Jesse Helms and Terry Sanford are among the early correspondents.

Folder 4

Book of Honor #05037, Series: "Longstreet Memorial Fund Records, 1991-1999." Folder 4

Published work documenting the history of the Longstreet Memorial Fund.

Folder 5

Writings and speeches #05037, Series: "Longstreet Memorial Fund Records, 1991-1999." Folder 5

Materials chiefly relate to Lieutenant General James Longstreet. Other topics include the Civil War and the Longstreet Memorial Fund.

Folder 6

Newsletters #05037, Series: "Longstreet Memorial Fund Records, 1991-1999." Folder 6

Newsletters related to the Longstreet Memorial Fund and the North Carolina Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Folder 7

Brochures and broadsides #05037, Series: "Longstreet Memorial Fund Records, 1991-1999." Folder 7

Brochures related to symposia, fund raising events, and memorial dedications to Lieutenant General James Longstreet. Included is a copy of the 1941 dedication program for the original Lieutenant General James Longstreet Memorial.

Folder 8

Newspapers and clippings #05037, Series: "Longstreet Memorial Fund Records, 1991-1999." Folder 8

Includes articles related to the Longstreet Memorial Fund activities.

Folder 9

Minutes and schedules #05037, Series: "Longstreet Memorial Fund Records, 1991-1999." Folder 9

Meeting minutes for the General James Longstreet Memorial Committee, the seminar committee, and the symposium committee. Also included are schedules and check lists for speaker series.

Folder 10

Other papers #05037, Series: "Longstreet Memorial Fund Records, 1991-1999." Folder 10

Includes site plans and designs for the General James Longstreet Memorial, proof sheets, and blank certificates.

Folder 11

Inventory #05037, Series: "Longstreet Memorial Fund Records, 1991-1999." Folder 11

An inventory of collection materials arranged by material type and subject.

Extra Oversize Paper Folder XOP-5037/1

Oversize papers #05037, Series: "Longstreet Memorial Fund Records, 1991-1999." XOP-5037/1

Includes topographical site plans and sculpture and landscape designs for the Lieutenant General James Longstreet Memorial.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Devon Lee, April 2007

Encoded by: Devon Lee, April 2007

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