THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 10, ISSUE 4, APRIL, 2008
April is a special time of year for those of us who are fortunate enough to have ancestor's that fought for the Confederacy. April has long been considered History and Heritage Month for the members of the Virginia Division, SCV. The reasons are very obvious. It was in April, 1861, that the conflict that would turn our landscape red with the spilled blood of many a Southern soldier would begin in the port city of Charleston, SC with the bombardment of Fort Sumter. Ironically the only casualty of that battle occurred after the bombardment was over and the Fort had been surrendered. The departing Yankee's wanted to honor their flag as they were lowering it by firing a military-style salute with some of the cannon located on the grounds of the Fort, and one of the muzzles exploded killing a Union soldier standing nearby. Of course four years later on April 9th saw the surrender of what remained of General Lee's vaulted Army of Northern Virginia to General Grant's Union forces around Appomattox Courthouse. I am fortunate to have hanging on my wall by my desk at my workplace a calendar of works done by the artist, Mort Kunstler. This month's image is especially poignant. It shows General Lee atop Traveler trying to rally what was left of his forces after the debacle at Sayler's Creek. The General is sitting on Traveler holding a battered and torn Confederate Battle flag, and the remnants of his tired, dirty, worn-out, starved army are gathering around him looking to him for leadership and inspiration. I realize that those calendars are copies of painted images of what the artist believed to have possibly occurred at or around the time that they are attempting to capture. I often wonder though of what type of man could inspire men to do such things as the men of the Army of Northern Virginia did. What type of leaders these men were - General Robert E. Lee; General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson; General James Longstreet; General J.E.B. Stuart - when they were able to time and again inspire, lead and drive their men to do what many considered to be the impossible. The men that these Generals led into battle after battle did so not because they were looking for glory or some sort of medals - they did so out of self-sacrifice. They were defending against an invading force. These men did what they did because they felt and believed they were doing the right thing - they were defending their homes, their families, their farms, and their very existence as a society. That is why I believe that we need to remember them and honor them - especially this month, but year-round as well. Recently the Virginia Division, SCV, held its annual State Convention - this year in Richmond at the Sheraton Richmond West Hotel. A new slate of officers were elected to serve all the members of the Virginia Division for the next two (2) years, and also a new 2nd Brigade Commander was elected - Rob Millikin chose not to seek re-election to that post. His leadership will be missed by everyone in the 2nd Brigade, as well as the Virginia Division, SCV. Our camp Adjutant, Walter Tucker, attended the Convention as the Longstreet Camp representative, and his comments will go into further details on the goings-on of the Convention. If you have any questions once you have read Walter's report, please feel free to bring it up at our next Camp meeting. Walter and I both can also be reached by email for anyone who isn't able to make this month's meeting. I'm sure that Walter will mention this as well, but please try to volunteer your time, if possible, on the road clean-up coming on the 19th of April. The more people we get to help, the quicker it can go for everyone. As I have mentioned in previous newsletters, 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 a member of the Convention Committee present at one of our up-coming Camp meetings to discuss what assistance we can provide them and to also provide more details about the Convention itself. Remember - "Longstreet is the Camp boys - Longstreet is the Camp!" I look forward to seeing everyone at our next camp meeting - April 15th! Remember - show your Confederate Heritage proudly this month! Deo Vindice! Mike
We note with sadness the March 8 passing of Compatriot Julian Edward "Ed" Thornton and extend our sympathy to his family. Ed's health had prevented him from attending meetings in quite some time. He and I had a number of pleasant telephone conversations. Ed transferred his membership to our Camp several years ago because of his friendship with our late past Camp Commander Chuck Walton. The two of them grew up in West Point, VA and shared many stories about the home town of Chesty Puller. It could become very interesting when Chuck and Ed had different opinions about something. Ed's Confederate ancestor served in the 26th Virginia Infantry, as did Chuck's, the immortal Buck Hurtt. Several members, listed elsewhere in this newsletter, have made generous donations to the Hurtt Scholarship Fund. Beginning in 2003, our Camp has made annually a one time scholarship grant to the outstanding senior history student, chosen by the history faculty, at Douglas S. Freeman High School. The award is presented at senior awards night, when our Camp's name is printed in the program and mentioned from the stage when the award is given to the student. Chuck Walton was the original presenter. After Chuck's untimely death in July, 2003, we named the award the Buck Hurtt Award in memory of Chuck's Confederate ancestor who died at the infamous Yankee prison camp at Elmira, NY. The Virginia Division annual convention was held April 4-6 at Richmond's Sheraton West. Outgoing Division Commander Frank Earnest reminded us that 2008 is the year of Jefferson Davis and encouraged us to attend the June 7 commemoration of his birthday at Hollywood Cemetery. Davis's postwar home Beauvoir, damaged so badly by Hurricane Katrina, is scheduled to reopen June 3. New Division officers, listed separately, were elected to serve for the next two years. There was no opposition to the candidates submitted by the nominating committee, so they were elected unanimously. Brigade commanders were elected by only those camps in the particular brigade. We extend our congratulations to our associate member Joe Wright on his election as treasurer. We also thank outgoing 2nd Brigade Commander Rob Millikin for his support of camps in his brigade. The Convention passed several amendments to the Division constitution. The office of treasurer was created, as separate from adjutant. The office of judge advocate was abolished in this same amendment. The Division Heritage Officer, appointed by the Division Commander with the approval of the Division Executive Council (DEC), will be a voting member of the DEC. A resolution was passed canceling the Confederate Heritage Parade unless 1,000 participants will participate. A modification will be made to the Division's central dues billing system for the fiscal year beginning August 1, 2008, which will benefit greatly camps and individual members. The bill will be mailed to each camp member by the Division, but payments will be made to camp adjutants. Thus, the camp will have its portion of dues upon receipt from the member, and the adjutant will know at all times which members have paid and which have not. National and Division dues will be mailed to Division. Division will mail dues to National every two weeks. The Division has retained the services of attorney Patrick McSweeney to get the City of Richmond to allow upright markers in the Confederate section of Oakwood Cemetery. Lee Hart of the Division's Oakwood Cemetery Committee reported that the Cemetery permitted an upright marker and a flat marker on the grave of a Confederate soldier whose descendants came from South Carolina for a ceremony. The City removed the upright marker some time after the family returned home. Lee has the marker. The Confederate section is the only part of Oakwood that does not allow upright markers. Lee reminded us that in 1906 Congress declared Confederates to be American soldiers and therefore entitled to grave markers from the government. Congress approved upright markers in February 1929 and in 1930 approved the Confederate cross of honor. Lee has a wealth of knowledge about Oakwood and about grave markers. Several candidates for national offices spoke. Some Division members spoke on behalf of national candidates who did not attend our convention. Thanks to several members who have volunteered to clean up Longstreet's section of Studley Road (Route 606), Hanover County Saturday April 19. It's never too late, so if you wish to help, please let Lewis Mills or me know. Look forward to seeing you at our next meeting, Tuesday, April 15. Walter
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Our speaker for the April meeting will be Emerson Williams. He is the author of two historical novels: Roaring Creek and Sinkhole Justice. Both books are based on the amazing war experiences of two of his ancestors who were from what became West Virginia during the War of Northern Aggression. Mr. Williams will tell us about his Confederate ancestors and his books and will have copies of both books available for purchase at the meeting.
Hugh Campbell, a lifelong resident of Hanover County, enlightened us at our March meeting by discussing the 1804-1806 Lewis and Clark Expedition. President Thomas Jefferson was concerned about American access to the port of New Orleans and sent James Monroe as Envoy Extraordinary to France to join Ambassador Robert Livingston in negotiating for its purchase. Napoleon offered the entire Louisiana Territory, which they accepted. Wanting to acquire more knowledge of what we'd acquired, Jefferson appointed his neighbor and personal secretary Meriwether Lewis, an Army captain, to attempt to find a northwest water passage to the Pacific Ocean. Lewis said he would need assistance in leading such an expedition. In response to Jefferson's question "Whom do you want?" Lewis picked his capable friend Army Lieutenant William Clark. Clark was supposed to be promoted Captain, but the paper work never came through. Lewis always referred to him as Captain and treated him as such. In order to maintain discipline, the expedition was an army unit with 31 members. Amazingly, only one, Sergeant Charles Floyd, died during the journey, presumably from a ruptured appendix. He was buried at Sioux City, Iowa. The expedition made its way up the Missouri River and wintered at Fort Mandan, North Dakota. Here they were joined by Frenchman Toussaint Charbonneau and his wife Sacagawea. Indians believed that a war party would not have a woman with them, so this made the expedition acceptable to tribes encountered. Sacagawea told Lewis and Clark that the Shoshones, of which her brother was chief, had horses, which they gave or traded to the expedition. After nearly starving to death in the Bitterroot Mountains, the expedition reached the Pacific Ocean and spent six months at Fort Clatsup, Washington. There were very few clear days during this six months stay. Sacagawea gave birth to a child named Jean Baptiste, who was called "Pompy" by Lewis. Lewis promised to educate the lad, which he did. On the return trip, Sacagawea and Charbonneau left the expedition at Fort Mandan. Clark had estimated the total mileage within 40 miles! This remarkable journey paved the way for our nation's further westward settlement. Lewis suffered from depression after the return and died in 1809, an apparent suicide. 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 Ray Crews Jerold Evans Kitty Faglie Richard Faglie Michael Hendrick Michael Kidd Peter Knowles,II Lewis Mills Conway Moncure Robert Moore Joe Moschetti John Moschetti Peyton Roden Bill Setzer Rufus Sarvay Will Shumadine Austin Thomas John Vial Jerry Wells David Ware Harold Whitmore Bobby Williams Hugh Williams Keith Zimmerman 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
HURTT SCHOLARSHIP FUNDThe fund is alive and well thanks to the donations received from the following members: Brian Cowardin Clint Cowardin Michael Hendricks Bob Moore Preston Nuttall Waite Rawls Rufus Sarvay Walter Tucker Tom Vance Will Wallis This is a monetary award for the best history scholar of the graduating class of Douglas Freeman High School. The winner is selected by the History Department.
VIRGINIA DIVISION NEWSWe now have newly elected Division officers at the helm of the Virginia Division. They are:
COMMANDERJOHN N. SAWYER
FIRST LT. COMMANDERGRAYSON R. JENNINGS
2ND LT. COMMANDERMARK CRAIG
ADJUTANTMICHAEL A. ROSE
ARCHIVISTARTHUR WATSON Note: An amendment was passed to eliminate the position of Judge Advocate and replace it with the position of Treasurer. The position of Adjutant/Treasurer no longer exists.
GOOD NEWS FROM GETTYSBURG!!!The new museum and visitor's center will open at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, April 14! This is a culmination of almost 12 years of planning and the expenditure of million of dollars. April 13th is a partial opening, not every thing will be available for viewing. The Grand Opening will be September 26 thru 28th. The Cyclorama painting has been fully restored at enormous cost and will be available for viewing starting on the 26th of April. The new Center will have 24,000 sq. ft. of space with 12 exhibit galleries.
CALENDAR OF VIRGINIA EVENTSAPRIL 18-20 12th Biennial Stonewall Jackson Symposium at the Stonewall Jackson House, Lexington. Brochures with full schedule of lectures and tours available. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org APRIL 18-20 4th Annual Skirmish at Jeffersonville at historic Crab Orchard Museum, Tazewell. Friday education day & night artillery fire. Living history camps, demonstrations, battles 2 p.m. each day. Saturday night ball, Sunday church service. Admission adult $5 daily, $10 week end including ball; ages 7-12 $3 daily, $5 weekend. For info, (276)988-6755 or email@example.com APRIL 19 Soldier-led walking tours at Fort Ward, Alexandria, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. Union Civil War soldier -guided one hour tours. Free. For information, (703)838-4848;www.fortward.org MAY 2-4 Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park will sponsor special several tours in commemoration of the 145th Anniversary of the Battle of Chancellorsville. For info, (540) 373-6122 or (540) 373-5167
"Because I was born in the South, I'm a Southerner. If I had been born in the North, the West or the Central Plains, I would be just a human being." Clyde Edgerton