As one of the greatest generals to emerge from the War Between the States, James Longstreet fought in nearly every major battle of the Civil War . . . Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Chickamauga, the Wilderness and many others, but it was his stand after the war and his efforts to help heal the Union which further define him as a man apart. As a result, controversy followed him for the rest of his life. Not much is kwn about his family and even less about his personal life . . . and much of what is kwn has been inaccurately portrayed or deliberately biased by historians. Only recently have scholars taken ather, closer look at this great warrior. They have exposed the deliberate lies of the Lee cult designed to ruin his reputation. General James Longstreet: A Family Portrait is a genealogy and attempts to define the man by taking a closer look at his progenitors and prodigy, those who came before him and those he left behind. It is a fascinating tapestry of bility, adventurers and everyday people. Masterly woven together and easy to follow through the generations, it's a story well worth reading.
Clark Thornton is the 2d-great grandson of General James Longstreet. Although born in Virginia, he grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta, Ga., during the sixties and entered the United States Marine Corps in 1969. In 1970 he accepted a Mustang commission as a second lieutenant and served three tours at Guantanamo in Cuba. Upon the completion of his military service, he earned a black sash in Wing Chun Kung Fu and opened The Great Lion Company to manufacture special martial arts equipment. He developed an interest in Civil War history and began his study and research into the life and times of General James Longstreet. His studied interest in General Longstreet stems from the fact that he is a 2nd g-grandson of that illustrious commander. In 1998 he published a short genealogy, Pilgrims, Pioneers, Patriots and People of Quality: The Pedigree of General James Longstreet. His latest book. General James Longstreet: A Family Portrait is an updated version of that genealogy, He is also the author of A Genealogy of the Family of Longstreet and Related Lines Completed, an unfinished genealogy of the Southern line of the Longstreet family written by Edward Mayes which has remained incomplete until now.