James Longstreet was born a true Southerner in the state of South Carolina on January 8th, 1821 (James Longstreet). Despite being born in South Carolina, most of his early years were either spent in Georgia or Alabama (James Longstreet). Longstreet attended West Point from 1838 to 1842 when he graduated (James Longstreet). He was not the best student; he finished 54th out of his class of 56 but he was very well respected and readily accepted by his peers (James Longstreet). One of his closest friends at West Point was Ulysses S Grant, a future Union Civil War hero and future US President (James Longstreet). When he graduated, he was positioned as a brevet second lieutenant with the 4th US infantry(James Longstreet). Longstreet experienced his first real action in the Mexican War where was also wounded for the first time, from a bullet to the thigh (James Longstreet). Longstreet skied through the ranking system and by 1858 found himself as a Major (James Longstreet).
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