Dead Confederates, A Civil War Era Blog

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

Posted in Memory by Andy Hall on July 19, 2016



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.


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


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


      Great point.

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