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Jay Treaty (1794)

The Jay Treaty, also known as Jay's Treaty and the Treaty of London, was a diplomatic attempt to resolve festering differences and deteriorating conditions between the United States and Great Britain. The chief negotiator for the United States was John Jay. Signed on November 19, 1794, and ratified by the Senate on June 24, 1795, the treaty was highly unpopular with the American public. Although the Jay Treaty resolved very little, it did forestall a military confrontation with Great Britain, which eventually occurred in 1812, by which time the U.S. was on firmer footing.

Longstreet, James "Pete" - Biography

Confederate General James Longstreet is one of the more controversial figures of the American Civil War. When the secession crisis emerged, Longstreet resigned his commission in the United States Army and offered his services to the Confederacy. By October 1862, Longstreet had risen to the rank of lieutenant general and had become one of Robert E. Lee's most trusted subordinates. Longstreet's action, or inaction, at the Battle of Gettysburg created the controversy that tarnished his military legacy in the eyes of many Southerners. Longstreet opposed Lee's headlong attacks of Union forces during that battle. Following the war, Lee apologists, led by Jubal Early, blamed Longstreet's opposition and subsequent belated attack for the Confederate loss. More recent scholarship has questioned that conclusion and attributed much of the anti-Longstreet sentiment to Longstreet's post-war politics, which were unpopular with many Southerners.