THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 10, ISSUE 1, JANUARY, 2008
I would like to wish all members of the Longstreet Camp a belated Happy New Year. January always seems to bring with it a renewed sense of hope for us all - New Year's resolutions; the beginning of a new year and new opportunities, but it also does give us the chance to pause for a moment and reflect on the past year's accomplishments. Certainly all members of the Longstreet Camp can appreciate and relate to this philosophy. The new year also brings with it opportunities. From the political arena - we have the beginning of the campaign season for the next President of the United States. Primaries and caucuses have already taken place in two states and more will be happening in the coming weeks including in Virginia. We will also be having a change in the leadership of the Virginia Division occurring in April when the annual State Convention will be held April 4-6, here in Richmond. Another opportunity that we have facing us is the annual History and Heritage Parade that will be held on Sunday, April 6th here in Richmond. As a member of the Parade committee, I have had the opportunity to be involved with the planning and implementation of the Parade for the last several years-along with John Henry Taylor, Harry Boyd, Taylor Cowardin, and Commander Rob Millikin. I hope that all members of the Virginia Division, not just those of the Longstreet Camp, realize that this parade is a vast undertaking each and every year, and that those of us on the parade committee, and those that assist on the day of the parade, give of our time freely. What has become a concern for the parade committee is the continued dwindling numbers of members of the Virginia Division each year. It almost seems that there is a belief amongst the membership that while the parade maybe for all the members of the Virginia Division - most members of the Virginia Division choose not to participate because of what can only be termed as petty differences. Well - to me anyway, the time has come for ALL MEMBERS OF THE VIRGINIA DIVISION to put aside the petty differences that they may have with leadership or other members, and remember that we have a common goal here - that we wish for the Commonwealth of Virginia to recognize the month of April as Confederate History and Heritage Month. It's rather easy for someone to say - when asked about our recognition, that why should they recognize the SCV when even the members of the Virginia Division won't come out and publicly show their support. In my opinion, the days of sitting around and saying - Well somebody else will do it - are over. To me, this is the responsibility of EVERY MEMBER of the Virginia Division - because if we don't support this parade - who will?? For those of you who were able to attend the Longstreet Camp Christmas Banquet in December at the Westwood Club - I hope that you enjoyed the evening. We had a wonderful turnout, and there was good food and much fellowship and I was particularly pleased to see the many guests who were able to join us that night. Definitely it was a wonderful evening. As a reminder to all the members of the Longstreet Camp, a proposed book to be developed with the help of members of the Virginia Division-SCV is in the planning stages. This book will contain photographs of our ancestors that we are able to make copies of, and supply a small, but vital bit of historical information. This book arrangement is being coordinated by Rosemarie Kidd (no relation), a member of the UDC Chapter in Hampton, VA - and is being coordinated through Arcadia Books. I strongly encourage all members of the Longstreet Camp to participate in this venture-likewise if you know of any members of other SCV camps within the Virginia Division tell them about this so they can get their camp members to participate. This book is for us and our ancestors and their families - this is our chance to get their stories out for everyone to see and read. There is additional information about the project posted on the Virginia Division web-site. I have been asked by a member of the UDC to see if the Longstreet camp would be interested in assisting with the planning and coordination of the upcoming Children of the Confederacy Convention that will be held in July. I hope to have more details to pass along to you in the coming months. Also, try to come to the State Capitol building on January 18th at 6 p.m. for the annual Lee-Jackson celebration sponsored by the Virginia Division SCV and the UDC. This year's program will be back in the Old House Chambers. It promises to be an exciting evening. Remember - "Longstreet is the camp boys-Longstreet is the camp!" I look forward to seeing everyone at our next camp meeting! Deo Vindice! Mike
A membership application has been sent to headquarters for Joseph Sterling Price, whose ancestor Jesse Calhoun Price served in the 10th South Carolina Infantry. Compatriot Price, an Air Force retiree, presently lives in Ohio, but plans to move to Vriginia. He is an admirer of General Longstreet, which is why he selected our Camp. Another new member of Longstreet Camp is Chris Trinite, who was a member of another local camp. Chris and his wife BJ have attended several of our Christmas banquets, but were unable to do so this year because of a scheduling conflict. Chris's business, Bunkie Trinite Trophies, makes the Longstreet Camp individual name badges which some of our members own. Please see me at a future meeting if you'd like to order one. We welcome these two gentlemen to our Camp. We have had nine additions to the Camp since July 1. Four are new to the SCV. The others are transfers or reinstatements. Unfortunately, two of our members have passed since then, and several did not renew. Camp member Gene Lyon had surgery again in November. His recovery is progressing nicely. We wish him the best and hope that he'll be back with us at a meeting soon. We were pleased to have Mr. and Mrs. Donald Jewett, parents of our late member Chris, Jean Mahone, widow, and Kare Faudree, granddaughter of Robert (Butch) Mahone, and Ann Lauterbach, widow of our past Camp Commander Tom, as guests at our Christmas banquet. Congratulations to Camp member Joe Keller who was one of eight veterans receiving Congressional Veteran Commendations presented by 7th District Congressman Eric Cantor at the Virginia War Memorial November 20, 2007. Marine Corporal Joe at the age of 18 was one of the first to land on Pelelieu, one of the Palau Islands in the Pacific Ocean in September 1944. Joe was wounded by a Japanese hand grenade and almost killed by a Japanese artillery barrage. After recovering, he served on Okinawa, where he maneuvered his tank to save his crew under enemy fire. Okinawa, although the campaign lasted longer and produced more casualties than Iwo Jima, is often overshadowed by Iwo because of the famous flag raising photo on the latter. Our nation will always be indebted to those who serve in such terrible battles and to those who support the men in combat. Admiral William F. Halsey tried to have the Pelelieu campaign called off before it occurred, feeling that it was unnecessary for General MacArthur's invasion of the Phillipines. Some postwar students shared Halsey's belief. Obviously, those above Halsey felt otherwise. Several years after World War Two, Rear Admiral Jesse B. Oldendorf wrote to the Director of Marine Corps History, "If military leaders were gifted with the same accuracy of foresight that they are with hindsight, undoubtedly the assault and capture of the Palaus would never have been attempted." Our associate member Dave Ware is commander of James City Cavalry Camp # 2095. This camp was formed in 2005 by several members of the Longstreet Camp living in that area and has enjoyed good growth. There was a nice front page story about the Camp in the November 30, 2007 issue of the Toano-Norge Times. January is the birth month of Matthew Fontaine Maury, Robert E. Lee, and Stonewall Jackson, whose accomplishments and character cannot be diminished by moderns reading history backwards. Those gentlemen acted on the basis of principle and loyalty. In 1861 their loyalty was initially to their state. When their state became part of a new nation, the Confederate States of America, the loyalty transferred to their new country. There will always be much of value to learn from the lives of these outstanding men. Let's celebrate their birthdays at the State Capitol Friday, January 18. Please communicate with your representatives to encourage them to preserve Fort Monroe as the national treasure that it is. Robert E. Lee was stationed at the fort. Abraham Lincoln visited there. Jefferson Davis was unjustly imprisoned there. In Fort Monroe's Chapel of the Centurion there is a marker on the pew where General (later President) Dwight D. Eisenhower sat during the wedding of his son. This site belongs to the citizens of the United states, and not just to the citizens of Hampton, Virginia. The Army is closing the base. Some who feel that all land should be developed would love to erect buildings around the moated fort. We in Richmond have seen what can happen to a treasured historic site by looking at the buildings constructed in the last few years around the Museum of the Confederacy. In December 13 a petition with 97 signatures (including our members who signed at our November meeting) was sent to Commonwealth of Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources L. Preston Bryant, Jr. urging him to preserve the fort. Mr. Bryant's response was received a week later. Visit web site http://www.cfmnp.org and get involved in this worthwhile effort. Walter
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Our guest speaker will be Jeff Toalson, who will cover the final months of our Confederate nation during the War Between the States. He will have copies of his book, No soap, No pay, Diarrhea, Dysentery & Desertion: A Composite Dairy of the Last 16 Months of the Confederacy from 1864 to 1865 available for purchase and will autograph copies at the meeting.
Young feller, you will never appreciate the potentialities of the English language until you have heard a Southern mule driver search the soul of a mule." Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
The result of the combination of a dramatic speaker and an interesting subject is a most enjoyable evening. John Quarstein delighted us as he talked about John Bankhead Magruder, late known as "Prince John." Magruder was born in Port Royal, Virginia and attended Moss Neck School. Highlights of his college years were riotous Christmas parties at the University of Virginia in 1824 and at the United States Military Academy in 1827. Courts of inquiry at both places concluded that Magruder was not guilty of any offenses and had merely stirred the eggnog. Magruder did attain the rank of Cadet Sergeant at West Point and graduated 38th in a class of 64 in 1830. Magruder's uncle James Bankhead was a friend of General Winfield Scott and was able to have him transferred to the artillery. Marriage to the wealthy Henrietta Von Kapff enabled him to throw lavish parties. To a British officer questioning him about how he could afford such on a lieutenant's pay, Magruder responded "What pay?" While serving as a captain in Corpus Christi, Magruder indulged his penchant for drama while producing plays. Service in the Mexican War won him three brevet promotions, the highest to Lieutenant Colonel. Magruder was described as a brave and Peacetime duties were not too strenuous, and Magruder passed the bar in North Carolina, Maryland, and California. He speculated in land. Henrietta, tiring of him, moved to Italy. Service followed at Fort Adams in Newport, Rhode Island and at Fort Leavenworth. At the latter he produced plays viewed by an audience of drunken Indians and prairie dogs. Magruder was stationed in Washington, DC, when Virginia seceded and returned to his native state to become an artillery colonel. He successfully led Confederate forces to victory at Big Bethel June 1861. He challenged Benjamin Butler to a duel. Promotion followed to major general. On the Peninsula, he constructed three defensive lines and marched his 13,000 soldiers back and forth, leading McClellan to believe that his army of more than 100,000 was facing an army of 200,000. At one point in the Seven Days campaign, Magruder's division held off four Yankee Corps. His disastrous piecemeal assaults at Malvern Hill cost him the respect of Lee. Magruder then went to Texas and liberated Galveston. After the war, he went to Mexico and became a major general in Maximilian's army. Following the latter's downfall, he returned home and gave lectures in New York and Virginia. Houston, Texas became his home, where he died in 1871. Magruder performed well in the early peninsula campaign and in Texas. Poor performance in other places imply that he did more than stir the egg nog. Walter
2005-2008 CAMP OFFICERS LONGSTREET CAMP #1247Commander: Michael Kidd 270-9651 1st. Lt. Cmdr.: Taylor Cowardin 359-9277 2nd Lt. Cmdr.: Thomas G. Vance 282-6278 Adjutant/Treasurer: Walter Tucker 360-7247 Judge Advocate: Harry Boyd 741-2060 Quartermaster: R. Preston Nuttall 276-8977 Chaplain: Henry V. Langford 474-1978
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The following is a listing of contributors to the upkeep of "The Old War Horse" from July, 2007. through the current month. As you know, our cumulative listing starts in July of each year and we do not meet in August. Lloyd Brooks* Brian Cowardin Clint Cowardin Gary Cowardin Taylor Cowardin Jerold Evans Kitty Faglie Richard Faglie Michael Hendrick Michael Kidd Peter Knowles,II Lewis Mills Robert Moore Joe Moschetti John Moschetti Peyton Roden Bill Setzer Austin Thomas John Vial Jerry Wells David Ware Bobby Williams Hugh Williams In memory of Robert Mahone-Raymond Crews In memory of Hef Ferguson and Chuck Walton-Walter Tucker Legend: * - Multiple contributions § - Visitor Donation + - in memory of Past Cmdr. Tom Lauterbach
CHRISTMAS BANQUET 2007
THE VIRGINIA DIVISION, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETREANS PRESENTS THEIR ANNUAL CONFEDERATE HERITAGE PARADE IN RICHMOND, VAThe Virginia Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans will host a parade in Richmond, VA on Sunday, April 06, 2008 starting at 200pm. April is Confederate History and Heritage Month and the parade celebrates this. The parade will include members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans from around the country as well as Confederate re-enactors and representatives from various other Confederate heritage organizations like the United Daughters of the Confederacy. There will be marching units, horse cavalry units, floats, artillery pieces, 1860's military bands and modern day motorcycles from the SCV Mechanized Cavalry. The parade will begin promptly at 200pm at DMV Drive, go west on Broad St., then left on the Boulevard, then left on Monument Ave which will become Franklin Street, then right on Harrison Street and finally left on Idlewood Street into Hollywood Cemetery. At Hollywood Cemetery, there will be a short program including bagpipe music at the Confederate section of the cemetery concluding with musket and cannon firing. For additional information on the parade, log on to www.scvva.org or email the Parade Committee at email@example.com The Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) is the oldest hereditary organization for male descendants of Confederate Veterans. The SCV was formed at Richmond, VA in 1896 and continues to serve as a historical, patriotic and non-political organization, dedicated to insuring that a true history of the 1861-1865 period is preserved. The SCV is a 501c(3) organization. For more information on the SCV, please call 1-800-MY-DIXIE or visit our website at www.scv.org Robert T. Millikin, III 2nd Brigade Commander, VA Division, SCV 804-730-2757 or firstname.lastname@example.org