If there’s one booth at the IPCPR Convention & Trade Show that really captures the essence of the company, it’s Battleground Cigars. When you’re in the tent, you might be looking at cigars, but you feel like you could easily be in a forest somewhere preparing for battle. Electric fan, lights and iPhones notwithstanding, of course.

This year the company was on the far right side of the floor near the front of the hall, a seemingly solid place to be, particularly with a distinctive white tent pitched near some of the bigger names in the business. As usual, the company had its full collection of cigars on display, which could start one heck of a history discussion, particularly if you are a Civil War buff.

Battleground Cigars General Longstreet

The new cigar in Battleground’s Civil War-themed series is a perfecto that gets its name from James Longstreet, a Confederate general regarded as the principal subordinate to Robert E. Lee, who gave him the nickname “Old War Horse” by which he is commonly known. It’s a beautiful perfecto that comes in a heavy oak box that you would almost certainly want to hang onto.

  • Wrapper: U.S.A. (Connecticut Broadleaf)
  • Binder: U.S.A. (Connecticut Broadleaf)
  • Filler: Dominican Republic & Undisclosed
  • Battleground Cigars General Longstreet (6 x 56) — $10.40 (Box of 20, $208)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: July 2019

Davidoff is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2019 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.

Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.