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That’s One Tough Old Bird. And the Plane’s Not Half Bad, Either.

Posted in Memory by Andy Hall on July 19, 2016

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Did you know that Helen Dortch Longstreet, the widow of Old Pete Longstreet, helped build B-29 Superfortresses during World War II? Neither did I.

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Image: Life Magazine, December 27, 1943.

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  1. OhioGuy said, on July 19, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    Interesting bit of historical trivia, Andy. Old Pete is one of my favorite Confederates. He was a man of great honor and is probably rolling over in his grave at some of the antics of today’s neo-Confederates.

  2. bob carey said, on July 20, 2016 at 7:38 am

    Good for Helen, she was a tough lady.
    Just think if Old Pete had a B29 at Gettysburg, maybe Pickett’s quote would become Meade’s quote ” I think the Confederate Air Force had something to do with it”.

  3. Leo said, on July 20, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Fascinating bit of history I knew nothing about before this.

  4. Steve Green said, on July 20, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    The Longstreets were ahead of their times. Had more of our fellow Southerners followed the examples of James Longstreet,Moseby,Maney and others maybe our beloved Southland would be a better place.

    • Andy Hall said, on July 20, 2016 at 4:13 pm

      Jubal Early, Jefferson Davis, and Mildred Lewis Rutherford have left a toxic legacy that reverberates right down to the present.

      • msb said, on July 21, 2016 at 4:10 am

        True, but very nice to see Mrs Longstreet’s example, too!

    • OhioGuy said, on July 20, 2016 at 4:15 pm

      +1

    • OhioGuy said, on July 20, 2016 at 4:17 pm

      +1

      Great point.


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