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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

April 11, 1863

First Independent Command for Longstreet

In the first independent command for native Georgian James Longstreet, his army began a siege of Suffolk, Virginia, occupied by a Union garrison. Longstreet had been sent to make sure Richmond was protected from any Northern attack from the southeast, but he had also spent a large amount of time foraging and collecting supplies for Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia.