THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 9, ISSUE 4, April, 2007
Have you ever heard of the "Cary's Invincibles?" If you lived in Civil War Richmond you would. Hetty, Jennie and Connie Cary were some of the most famous citizens of Richmond throughout the war. Their beauty, talent and dedication to the Confederate cause made them some of the most popular dinner guests and desired women in the south. Hetty and Jennie were in Baltimore when the war first broke out. Hetty, argued to be the most beautiful, waved a Confederate flag outside the window of her father's home one day as Yankee soldiers marched by. She had to leave the city immediately for fear of arrest and imprisonment. Before leaving home for Richmond she and her sister, Jennie, managed to hide drugs and other articles needed by the Confederacy in their dresses and ran the blockade along with their brother. Jennie is responsible for setting the poem "Maryland, My Maryland" to its famous melody which she took from an old German song "Lauriger Horatius." Connie Cary, Hetty and Jennie's cousin, was active in theater and contributed a column known as "Blockade Correspondence" to the Southern Illustrated News of Richmond. This correspondence gave tips for Southern ladies on how to keep up with the latest styles with what little they had. She ended up marrying Burton Harrison, the personal secretary of President Jeff Davis. In September, 1861, Connie, Hettie and Jennie. sewed the first examples of the Confederate Battle Flag following a design by William Porcher Miles and later modified by General Joseph E. Johnston. The Carys contributed greatly to the social scene of Confederate Richmond. One winter, as the brave sons of the south froze and starved to death on the battlefields, Hetty decided to throw a "starvation party" to show solidarity. This party had music for entertainment but that was it. No drink or food was served. Soon this was the rage and everyone was throwing their own "starvation parties." Tragedy spares no one and Hetty soon learned this the hard way. She married the young and heroic Brigadier General John Pegram the last January of the war. There were several ominous hints of tragedy to come the day of the wedding. Those who believe in superstitions will know that a mirror breaking, the horse rearing (kicking up its back legs) on the way to the church and tearing your wedding dress on the church's door are not good signs. Never the less, the two were married at St. Paul's Church and went to his headquarters in Petersburg to spend their honeymoon. Exactly three weeks to the day of their wedding she found herself back in the same church with her husband but this time she was standing over his coffin. All three Cary women survived the war with the Confederacy always dear to their hearts. These women along with all of the other Southern ladies of the time deserve the love and respect of us all. Deo Vindice, Taylor
Stand up for our Confederate heritage during the historic month of April. Please help with our road cleanup May 5. Support the Museum of the Confederacy. The rest of my report this month is my letter which follows: 2524 Hawkesbury Court Richmond, VA 23233-2426 April 2, 2007 Dr. Kenneth P. Ruscio President Washington and Lee University Washington Hall 25 204 West Washington Street Lexington, VA 24450 Dear Dr. Ruscio: Before the opening game of the 1952 World Series, Casey Stengel, 63 year old manager of the New York Yankees, took his 20 year old center fielder, Mickey Mantle, to the right center field fence in Ebbets Field to show him how to play balls bouncing off that concave wall. Casey told Mickey that he used to play there. Mantle said incredulously, "You did?" Casey responded, "Yeah, Mick. I wasn't born at the age of 60 managing the Yankees." Dr. Ruscio, Robert E. Lee wasn't born at the age of 58 serving as president of Washington College. In a story about the possible move to Lexington of the Museum of the Confederacy, it is alleged that you said, "The school honors Lee the educator, not the soldier." While it is understandable for you to emphasize General Lee's role as an educator, it is both unfortunate and misleading to ignore or belittle his 36 years (40 if you count his years as a West Point student) of Army service. To do so is comparable to acting as if Secretary of State (and later Secretary of Defense) George Catlett Marshall and President Dwight D. Eisenhower never served in the Army. It is unlikely that any of these three great Americans would have served in their post-Army positions had it not been for their exemplary military service. General Lee acquired experience leading a school as Superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He was probably offered the presidency of Washington College because he was the most respected man in the South. That esteem came from his role as General in the Army of the Confederate States of America, where his Christian character, integrity, ability, and sense of duty shone brightly. Both Marshall and Eisenhower thought highly of Lee, as did President Harry S. Truman. Lee was one of Truman's lifelong heroes. There are nine references to Lee in David McCullough's biography of Truman. If you haven't already done so, please read in the Marshall Museum at VMI General Marshall's 21 May 1942 letter about Lee to Douglas Southall Freeman. President Eisenhower extolled the virtues of Lee in explaining why he had a picture of that great American on his office wall. Lee critics abound in today's society. It is unlikely that any of them are of the caliber and character of Marshall, Truman, and Eisenhower. Their virtues, as General Lee's, are timeless. If any discount their views of Lee because they've been dead for many years, I submit the names of modern historians Gary Gallagher, Robert K. Krick, Bud Robertson, Emory Thomas, and Ed Smith. I have always had a high regard for Washington and Lee, having attended both the 2005 Institute for Honor focusing on General Marshall and the 2005 Tom Wolfe seminar. Friends of mine who knew you at my alma mater, University of Richmond, speak favorably of your leadership of the Jepson School. You will bring greater credit to your present university by honoring General Lee's military service, which lasted much longer than his tenure as an educator. This service was a vital and integral part of his being. Generals Lee and Marshall are two of the finest Americans in the history of our country. When you combine their Lexington connections with those of Stonewall Jackson and the name of Washington in your university, Lexington is a remarkable place. While I hope that the Museum of the Confederacy remains in Richmond, Lexington would be an outstanding choice. Sincerely, Walter Dunn Tucker
We inducted Howard S. Donald, Jr. at the February meeting. This brings Longstreet's membership up to 88 members! (81 members and 7 associate members.) We thank Don for choosing Longstreet as his Camp. If you haven't done so already, be sure to introduce yourself to him at the April meeting and make him feel welcome.
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Our speaker for April will be the Past Commander of Longstreet Camp, Harry Boyd, a student of history, researcher of supernatural occurrences and author. Harry's presentations are always lively and informative and he and his wife have had some rather interesting experiences in their travels!! Harry's subject will be "The Civil War and the Supernatural." We know that you will enjoy this program! Don't miss it!
Don Hakenson opened his talk about John Singleton Mosby's connection with northern Virginia by paying tribute to his elementary school teacher who in teaching about The War Between the States emphasized Lee, Jackson, Stuart, and Lincoln, in that order. Don's accumulation over the years of information about his home area motivated him to write a book which he wanted to be a history book, a story book, and a tour book. After receiving insufficient offers from publishers, he courageously decided to self-publish his work entitled This Forgotten Land:A Tour of Civil War Sites and Other Historical Landmarks South of Alexandria, Virginia. He has sold about 2,000 copies. He then proceeded to relate some anecdotes from the book. His question, "What was the name of Longstreet's spy who gave him information about ther Yankee army just before Gettysburg?" brought forth the correct surname, Harrison. Don then asked, "What was his first name?" This question produced silence from the audience. Don enlightened us by informing us that Harrison's first name was Henry. Henry Harrison married Laura Broaddus in Washington DC in 1863. He later went to Montana, leaving his wife and two daughters. They didn't hear from him until he returned in 1900. He's buried in Kentucky. In September 1863 Mosby made a reconnaissance in the vicinity of Alexandria to capture the pretend governor of Virginia, Francis Pierpont, who had been appointed by President Abraham Lincoln. Luckily for Pierpont, he had been called to the Yankee capital by Lincoln. Mosby then decided to raid the Rose Hill house and capture Pierpont's aide, Colonel Daniel French Dulaney. Riding with Mosby on this raid was Colonel Dulaney's son. Upon their seeing each other, the son greeted his father by saying, "How do Pa, I'm very glad to see you." Father replied," I'm sorry to see you." Yankee Colonel Dulaney was sent to Libby Prison and later exchanged. Young Confederate Dulaney was killed about a year later in a raid. His burial place is unknown. In January 1862 Colonel Wade Hampton led a contingent of Confederate cavalry across the Occoquan River toward Alexandria. They encountered a small body of Yankee cavalry a few miles beyond Pohick Church. Hampton pursued about 1 1/2 miles when the Yankees disappeared beyond Potter's Hill. As Hampton and two troopers, ahead of the rest, started down the valley, they were warned by a gray uniformed soldier coming out of the undergrowth. This soldier had been watching the Yankees for hours and warned Hampton that there was a Yankee ambush awaiting him. Hampton wisely retreated back across the Ocoquan. The alert Confederate who warned Hampton was John Burke, known as "the spy with the glass eye." Burke rose to the rank of colonel in the Confederate army. Burke returned to his law practice in Marshall, Texas after The War. Don has performed a notable service by reminding today's and future generations that northern Virginia was once rural and that much of historical interest took place there. It's hard to imagine that today in that land of over-development, multi-lane roads, and some of the worst traffic jams in the country. Don serves as a tour guide in Mosby's Virginia. For more information about the incidents mentioned above, about his book, and about Don and his activities, visit his web site, http://www.hakenson.net Walter
2005-2007 CAMP OFFICERS LONGSTREET CAMP #1247Commander: Taylor Cowardin 359-9277 1st. Lt. Cmdr.: William F. Shumadine, III 285-4044 2nd Lt. Cmdr.: Michael Kidd 270-9651 Adjutant/Treasurer: Walter Tucker 360-7247 Judge Advocate: Richard B. Campbell 278-6488 Quartermaster: R. Preston Nuttall 276-8977 Chaplain: Henry V. Langford 474-1978
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The following is a cumulative listing of contributors to the upkeep of “The Old War Horse” for the period September, 2007 through the current month. As you know, our cumulative listing starts in July of each year. Ben Baird Lloyd Brooks Brian Cowardin* Clint Cowardin* Gary Cowardin Lee Crenshaw Raymond Crews* Jerold Evans* Kitty Faglie* Richard Faglie* Dave George Pat Hoggard Louis Heindl Chris Jewett John Kane Roger Kirby Mike Miller* Conway Moncure Joe Moschetti Preston Nuttall Rufus Sarvay Lewis Mills Waite Rawls Peyton Roden Bill Setzer John Shumadine Will Schumadine Harrison Taylor Walter Tucker* John Vial Will Wallace David Ware Harold Whitmore Hugh Williams Joe Wright In Memory of Bill Jones-Anonymous In memory of Tom Lauterbach-Anonymous In Memory of Chuck Walton-Ben Baird Legend: * - Multiple contributions § - Visitor Donation + - in memory of Past Cmdr. Tom Lauterbach Your editor thanks each of you for your contributions to the welfare of The Horse. Without them, we could not afford to publish it. All suggestions,articles and comments are always appreciated. Dave
THROUGH MAY "Many Thousands Go: African Americans and the Civil War," new exhibit at Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier focusing on the contributions of black soldiers & civilians on both sides of the conflict. Featuring original copy of the Thirteenth Amendment (through September, 2006,) artifacts from the William A. Gladstone black militaria collection owned by Pamplin and other collections. For info: 1-877-PAMPLIN; www.pamplinpark.org THROUGH SEPTEMBER "Generations: The MacArthur Family" exhibit at The MacArthur Memorial, MacArthur Square, Norfolk. Displays on General of the Army Douglas MacArthur from MacArthur clan roots in 14th century Scotland, to his father who received the Medal of Honor in the Civil War, other family members. Monday through Saturday, 10-5, Sundays, 11-5. Free. For info: (757) 441-2965; www.macarthurmemorial.org APRIL19-22 "To the Gates of Richmond, Virginia 1862." Civil War Preservation Trust Annual Conference in Portsmouth. Speakers include Ed Bearss, Robert E. L. Krick, John Quarstein, Richard Sommers, Craig Symonds,Brian Steele Wills, Tours, bookstore, authors, award banquets. For info: (888)606-1400 or www.civilwar.com APRIL 20-22 CANCELLED. "Robert E. Lee, The Final Achievement." Play at Historic Bolling Haxall House, Richmond. For info: (866) 808-1861, (804)272-8888. APRIL 20-22 Skirmish at Jeffersonville. Reenactment sponsored by Crab Orchard Museum in Tazewell. For info: (276)988-6755. www.craborchardmuseum.com APRIL 27-29 Town of Buchanan inaugural Civil War Weekend. Sons of Confederate Veterans living history and demonstrations in middle of town. UDC home front demonstrations in middle of town. Lee's address to the troops. Civil War large screen movies. Pre-registration and reservations required. No fee, sutlers free. For info: (540) 254-3304, email@example.com APRIL 28 "Soldiers Without Guns" at Endview Plantation, Newport News, VA. 10-4. Military medicine from the Revolution to the present. Living history, re-enactors demonstrations, children's activities. Admission charge. For info, (757) 887-1862,www.endview.org APRIL 28 Robert E. Lee Symposium, "General Robert E. Lee: Hero or Traitor?" in Arlington. Speakers include Ron Maxwell, Thomas DiLorenzo, Kent Masterson Brown, John J. Dwyer, Clyde Wilson, Donald Livingston and Banquet Speaker Robert C. Crick. Hosts: The Steven D. Lee Institute, Sons of Confederate Veterans. For info: Brag Bowling, (804) 389-3620. MAY 4-6 CANCELLED."Robert E. Lee, The Final Achievement." Play at Historic Bolling Haxall House, Richmond. For info: (866) 808-1861, (804)272-8888. MAY 4-6 145th Anniversary of the Battle of McDowell during McDowell Heritage days. Saturday battle, lectures, guided wagon tours of each camp and the village, period music. $5 admission. Sponsors: Highland Historical Society, 5th Battalion A. N. V., Shenandoah Battlefields Foundation and Highland County Chamber of Commerce. For info: (540) 396-4479, firstname.lastname@example.org MAY 5&6 Military Living History commemorating the Battle of Williamsburg at Endview Plantation, Newport News. Demonstrations all day. Included with regular admission. For info: (757) 887-1862, www.endview.org MAY 9-13 41ST Annual Council on America's Past Military History Conference at the Clarion Hotel, Hampton. General emphasis on U. S. Military activities from earliest history through American Revolution and Civil War to Cuba, Cold War, missile defenses and today. Special focus on Revolutionary War, Civil War and World War II military role in Tidewater area and Indian Wars in settlement of the Western Frontier. For info: (703) 912-6124, email@example.com MAY 10-13 "The Wilderness to the North Anna" three-day tour of the 1864 Overland Campaign with Pamplin Park Executive Director A. Wilson Greene. Sites include The Wilderness, Spotsylvania Courthouse, North Anna. Reservations and fee required. For info: (804) 861-2408, Ext. 606, www.pamplinpark.org
LT. GENERALS: Simon Bolivar Buckner- 4/1/1823-Hart Co., KY Leonidas Polk-10/1/1806-Raleigh,NC MAJ. GENERALS: Henry Watkins Allen-4/29/1820-Pr. Edward Co., VA Phillip St. George Cocke -4/17/1808-Fluvanna Co., VA James Dearing-4/25/1840-Campbell Co., VA John Smith Preston-4/20/1829-Abingdon, VA BRIG. GENERAL: Edward Cary Walthall-4/4/1841-Richmond, VA
Plenty of Blame to Go Around: Jeb Stuart's Controversial Ride to Gettysburg, by Eric. J. Wittenberg and J. David Petruzzi, 428pp. 2006. Savas Beattie, 521 5th Avenue, Suite 3400, New York, NY 10175, $32.95 plus shipping. A Time for Glory, by R.B. Greenwalt. Blue/Gray Press LLC, 611 Frederick Road, #201, Baltimore, MD 21228. $24.95 plus shipping. (Novel) The Battle of Hanover Courthouse, by Michael C. Hardy. 205 pp., 2006. McFarland & Co., Inc., Box 611, Jefferson, NC 28640, $45 plus shipping. Worthy Opponents: General William T. Sherman, USA, General Joseph E. Johnston, CSA by Edward G. Longacre, 392pp., 2006. Rutledge Hill Press. P. O. Box 14100, Nashville, TN 37214, $29.99 plus shipping.
THE YELLOW ROSE OF TEXAS There's a yellow rose in Texas That I am going to see. No other soldier knows her -- No soldier, only me. She cried so when I left her, It like to broke my heart, And if I ever find her, We never more shall part. CHORUS:She's the sweetest rose of color This soldier ever knew. Her eyes are bright as diamonds, They sparkle like the dew. You may talk about your dearest May And sing of Rosa Lee, But the Yellow Rose of Texas Beats the belles of Tennessee. Where the Rio Grande is flowing And the starry skies are bright, She walks along the river In the quiet summer night. She thinks, if I remember, When we parted long ago, I promised to come back again And not to leave her so.--CHORUS Oh, now I'm going to find her, For my heart is full of woe, And we'll sing the song together That we sang so long ago. We'll play the banjo gaily, And we'll sing the songs of yore, And the Yellow Rose of Texas Shall be mine forever more.--CHORUS Oh, now I'm headed southward, For my heart is full of woe. I'm going back to Georgia To find my Uncle Joe. You may talk about your Beauregard And sing of Bobby Lee, But the gallant Hood of Texas, He played hell in Tennessee (Wonder how many people are aware of the last verse of this old favorite that is often sung around the campfire??) Ed.
The Oxford Rule It's is not, it isn't ain't, and it's it's, not its, if you mean it is. If you don't, it's its. Then too, it's hers. It isn't her's. It isn't our's either, it's ours, and likewise yours and theirs. Oxford University Press FDA Law A drug is that substance which, when injected into a rat will produce a scientific report. Revised Proverbs If you give a man enough rope, he'll hang you. The wages of sin vary considerably. Out of the mouths of babes comes Gerber's strained apricots.