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Following Longstreet and his wife from the Civil War to World War II

Here’s a great anecdote I hadn’t heard before, from a recent FPRI talk by Josiah Bunting III: …Henry “Hap” Arnold, the chief of the Air Corps in World War II, was decorating workers at a B-29 factory in Wichita in 1943, and the foreman introduced a woman in her 70s, saying, “This is our best ...

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Here’s a great anecdote I hadn’t heard before, from a recent FPRI talk by Josiah Bunting III:

…Henry “Hap” Arnold, the chief of the Air Corps in World War II, was decorating workers at a B-29 factory in Wichita in 1943, and the foreman introduced a woman in her 70s, saying, “This is our best worker.” The woman was Helen Longstreet, widow of the Civil War soldier James Longstreet. He had lived a long life and married a young woman.

Indeed, I believe his widow did not pass until 1962.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com.

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