This is the story of a very unlikely friendship. One that was only interrupted by a war, and continued after the conflict. Thanks to Listverse for this story of a very strange and timeless friendship.
Ulysses S. Grant & James Longstreet
Photo credit: Brady-Handy Photograph Collection, New Orleans Photographic Gallers
According to Longstreet, the two of them became friends in 1839 while serving as cadets in the Academy. He taught the future president to play brag (a predecessor of poker). A few years later, Longstreet even claimed to have introduced Grant to Julia Dent, his future wife and first lady of the United States.
During the Civil War, Longstreet quickly rose through the ranks until he became one of General Lee’s most trusted allies. Lee called him his “Old War Horse,” as Longstreet gained several important victories for the Confederacy. Later on, Longstreet was instrumental in convincing Lee to surrender at Appomattox, firm in the belief that Grant would offer fair terms. He did—upon seeing his friend-turned-rival, Grant invited him to a game of brag for old times’ sake.
Their friendship was rekindled after the war. Longstreet moved to New Orleans and became a prominent member of the Republican Party with the endorsement of his old pal General Grant. In turn, he would later provide his support when Grant ran for President.
I'm glad that these two great men were able to continue their friendship in later years. Sometimes having just one good friend can be a great thing...far better than worldly treasures, right?
Coffee in the kitchen this morning. The carpet cleaners were cancelled yesterday due to the 3 or so inches of rain around our neighborhood.