THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 10, ISSUE 6, JUNE, 2008
Well, the dog days of summer are definitely upon us regardless of what the calendar may show - just a friendly reminder to all members to make sure to drink plenty of liquids when participating in any outdoor activities during the days when it is 90+ degrees outside. It is truly a bit ironic that as I am writing my comments, it is June 6th - D-Day! It has been called by historians the single largest amphibious assault on the European continent - where causalities were as high in many units as they were during the War Between the States. I am often reminded of those casualties,especially when I think of some of the units that came from Southwest Virginia near where I grew up in Roanoke. The city of Bedford, Virginia suffered the highest causality figures of any community in America on D-Day, and the good people of the area have honored those "Boys of Bedford" and all of their comrades with a wonderful memorial in their honor. I have had the honor of visiting the D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia, and I encourage any and all members who have not traveled that way to do so. It is definitely worth the time to go, and if you're lucky, you may actually get to meet one of the "Boys of Bedford" who still come to the memorial. This the only way that young people can actually learn about the Second World War - by speaking with someone who was there and lived to talk about it. Back in the late 1970's my family and I moved to live in a community near my high school. One of our neighbors was a gentleman who had fought in the South Pacific during the Second World War. He was a wonderful neighbor to have, and a great source of stories of fighting in the South Pacific. When I go home now to visit, I often think of our neighbor, Connie Ferguson, and the way that he could tell a story - and all the fascinating tales he had to tell. The remembrance and preservation of our Southern history is what being a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans is all about - I sometimes think that some of our members forget that, but the bottom line is simple - if we don't work towards preserving and remembering our history - who will ?? Our children ?? Our families ?? Our friends ?? Maybe, but then again maybe not - regardless, we can't take that chance. There have been several stories lately of how history in Richmond continues to be replaced (or disappears completely from view) of other things that are considered to be more important - like parking lots and hospital "expansions.". Our school systems have shown us that they are only interested in teaching our children what the Commonwealth of Virginia requires them to teach - especially when it comes to history, and specifically Virginia history, and nothing more than what is required of them. Gone are the days of when sitting in an American history class (or Virginia history for that matter) meant actually learning some things about American or Virginia history that were not necessarily printed in a book, but experienced in real life by real people. I mentioned this in a previous Commander's Comments but I feel it is worth stating again. As we continue with our struggle of trying to save our history and our heritage, I am reminded of what the great reporter Edward R. Murrow once said - "We can deny our heritage and our history, but we cannot escape responsibilities for the results." I dare say that the leaders of our fair city should take heed to Mr. Murrow's words - as should others as well. I was very pleased to have Ms. Devin Miller and her two sons join with us at our camp meeting last month to discuss how the Longstreet camp could assist with the planning and coordination of the upcoming Children of the Confederacy Convention that will be held in July. I was also very pleased to see the response from Camp members after the meeting as well - Ms. Miller sends her many thanks to the Longstreet Camp for its support. I had the distinct privilege of being present at the recent Douglas S. Freeman Senior Awards Night at Trinity United Methodist Church to present this year's Buck Hurtt scholarship award. It was my pleasure and honor to present the scholarship to this year's winner - Emily Anthony. I hope Ms. Anthony and her family will attend one of our up-coming meetings as our guests. Remember - "Longstreet is the Camp boys - Longstreet is the Camp!" I look forward to seeing everyone at our next camp meeting! Deo Vindice! Mike
We were honored to have several distinguished visitors with us at our May meeting. Representing the Children of the Confederacy (COC) were UDC member Devin Miller and her sons Jacob and Zac, both COC members. Devin expressed her appreciation for the donation our Camp made to the COC to assist with expenses of that organization's national convention, which is being held in Fredericksburg in July. The theme of this year's convention is "Remember Davis." Our new 2nd Brigade Commander, Mike Thomas, stated that one of his goals is to have good two way communications between the Virginia Division Executive Council (DEC) and camps. Mike named four issues to be considered at the DEC's June 29 meeting: Dues Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission General business New business Mike intends to visit each camp in the 2nd Brigade during his two year tenure as Brigade Commander. We told him that he will always be welcome to attend Longstreet camp meetings. We recently received from Virginia Division Adjutant Michael Rose a letter containing dues procedure for the fiscal year August 1, 2008 through July 31, 2009 and a Camp roster with a request that we notify him of corrections needing to be made. The corrections were emailed to him Saturday, May 31. In August the Division will mail a renewal dues notice to every member which will include Camp, National, and Division dues. Members will be instructed to mail their dues and remittance slips to camp adjutants. Adjutants after depositing checks will mail to Division periodically the amounts due National and Division with the remittance slips and with a transmittal letter. Division will mail National its portion of dues every two weeks. Two distinct advantages to camps under this new procedure are: 1. The camp will know at all times which members have paid; 2. The camp will have its portion of dues available immediately upon receipt from members and will not have to wait to receive it from Division. The new bill form can be viewed on the Virginia Division's web site. Longstreet Camp has four National life members and one Virginia Division life member. The Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission has been named and has a web site http://www.virginiacivilwar.org Membership of the Commission consists of 12 members of the Virginia General Assembly and three members who are not in the Virginia legislature. The latter are outstanding Civil War battlefield preservationist Jack Ackerly, Virginia Historical Society President Dr. Charles Bryan, and Virginia Tech's outstanding Civil War Professor and author, Bud Robertson. The Commission is fortunate to have men of the caliber of these three. Bud Robertson's experience with the 1961-1965 Civil War Centennial Commission will be particularly helpful to the Sesquicentennial Commission. In addition to the Commission, there is a 49 member Advisory Council, which includes such familiar names as Pamplin Park's Will Greene, our fellow Camp member and Museum of the Confederacy President Waite Rawls, both Bob Kricks, Ed Bearss, and past Virginia Division SCV Commander Frank Earnest. Let's pray that they have lots of influence. The Commission is scheduled to meet June 10th and the Advisory Council June 24th. The Commission's Signature Tour kickoff will be at Harper's Ferry June 25-26, 2009 commemorating John Brown's raid. Before then I plan to read The Secret Six: John Brown and the Abolitionist Movement, by Otto Scott. This book sheds light on the Yankee backers of that murderer who became a martyr. By the time you read this, two significant Jefferson Davis events will have taken place. The long awaited reopening of President Davis's post war home Beauvoir was scheduled for Tuesday, June 3. Visit Beauvoir's web site http://www.beauvoir.org. Second event was the Virginia Division's Jefferson Davis commemoration at Hollywood Cemetery Saturday, June 7. With the Sesquicentennial making more people aware of the War Between the States from now through 2015, it behooves us more than ever to stand up for our great heritage and for our ancestors who defended their states and their nation, the Confederate States of America. All of them gave much, and some gave all in that terrible war brought on by political leaders who chose to ignore how the United States of America was created and who chose further to violate the Constitution which was the bedrock of our government from 1788 until 1861. Walter
ROMA'S RESTAURANT 8330 STAPLES MILL RD. LOCATED IN "THE SHOPS AT STAPLES MILL" TURN LEFT AT FIRST STOPLIGHT NORTH OF THE WISTAR SHOPPING CENTER DINNER - SOCIAL 6:00 PM MEETING STARTS AT 7:00 PM
Our speaker will be Arthur Candenquist and his topic will be "The Great Train Robbery. Stonewall Jackson's appropriation of the B&O Railroad Equipment in 1861.
Brent Morgan, a retired employee of Graybar Electric Company and an amateur genealogist, gave a very interesting presentation on researching ancestors which he titled "Civil War Gen Research." He used "Gen" because "genealogical" is too long. He gave us a charge worthy of Stephen Dill Lee, "We need to keep the true history alive." Brent suggested talking to our oldest living relatives to learn of the stories they have heard and to get from them any written materials of our ancestors. In his case he obtained valuable information from his great Aunt Hazel. He recommended a number of books and web sites helpful in research. He gave us a three-page handout listing these. Please contact me if you'd like to have a copy of this. Brent then took us through several interesting findings about his ancestors. The National Archives contain a wealth of information. Confederate pension records are housed in state libraries. He gave us a great quote by David McCullough in one of the National Archives publications, "The feeling you have when working with this surpassing, national collection is that nothing and no one has been lost. That may have seemed at first a mountainous dusty old paper-deadly stuff from the dead past-becomes vital evidence. You are caught up, carried forward by all the elements of surprise and fascination. It is what is called the serendipity of original research. The driving force is the excitement of discovery. You feel a bond with those vanished people. They are not just anybody and nobody any more and they will never be for you ever again. 'This building holds in trust the records of our national life' reads an inscription... and it is that feeling of life that draws us here. That above all. We can never know enough about those in whose footsteps we follow. We will never tire of their stories. As much as has already been found in the records of our past there is still more to be found, much more." 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
PUBLICATIONSWebmaster: Gary F. Cowardin 262-0534 Website: longstreetscv.org War Horse: David P. George 200-1311
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 Lewis Mills Conway Moncure Robert Moore Joe Moschetti John Moschetti Preston Nuttall Peyton Roden Bill Setzer Rufus Sarvay Will Shumadine Austin Thomas Mike Thomas Walter Tucker* 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 Preston Nuttall & Walter Tucker In Memory of Ed Thornton Walter Tucker Legend: * - Multiple contributions
BUCK HURTT SCHOLARSHIP AWARDThe Buck Hurtt Scholarship Award given by the General Longstreet Camp # 1247, Sons of Confederate Veterans, is a one- time financial grant awarded annually to the outstanding senior history student, as chosen by the history faculty, at Douglas S. Freeman High School of Henrico County. The purpose of the award is to assist the recipient with first-year college expenses. Longstreet Camp Commander Charles E. "Chuck" Walton, Jr. presented the first award in June 2003. Chuck died suddenly and unexpectedly of a heart attack one month later. The Camp decided then to name the award after Chuck's Confederate ancestor William H. "Buck" Hurtt, a farm boy of King and Queen County, Virginia. Buck Hurtt enlisted as a private in Company C, 26th Virginia Infantry Regiment of the Army of the Confederate States of America at Gloucester Point, Virginia, July 20, 1861. He transferred to Company G of the same regiment August 13, 1863. Buck Hurtt and a number of his fellow soldiers were captured at Jordan's Farm, near Petersburg, July 15, 1864. He was taken first to the prisoner of war camp at Point Lookout, Maryland and later to a similar camp at Elmira, New York. Both camps were notorious for harsh treatment of prisoners and for terrible living conditions. Buck died at Elmira March 14, 1865, only three weeks before General Robert E. Lee surrendered his Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox, effectively ending the War Between the States. Buck is buried in grave # 2382 at Woodlawn National Cemetery, Elmira. The Confederate flag flies every day over the Confederate section of the cemetery. Buck's surname is spelled with one "t" in contemporary Confederate records. However, Chuck Walton told us that his mother spelled it with two "t's", and he wasn't about to contradict his mother! The scholarship donors as of 4/15/08 were: Brian Cowardin Clint Cowardin Michael Hendrick Lewis Mills Bob Moore Preston Nuttall Waite Rawls Peyton Roden Rufus Sarvay Walter Tucker Tom Vance Will Wallis (Plus many anonymous members over this year and last, who put something in the "pot" at each meeting.)
CALENDAR OF VIRGINIA EVENTSJUNE 12 "Moses Ezekiel: Civil War Soldier, Renowned Sculptor" lecture in the Robins Family Forum, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Noon. Keith Gibson lecturer. For information, (804)698-7661, www.virginiahistorical.org JUNE 13 "In the Vortex: A Walk on the Slaughter Pen Farm" with Frank O'Reilly, 7 p.m. For information Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, (540) 373-6122 or (540) 373-5167. JUNE 16 Richmond Battlefields Association annual tour, speakers and meeting at the White House Landing on the Pamunkey River, New Kent County. Members and public welcome. For information: (866) 808-1861; www.saverichmondbattlefields.org JUNE 20 "Bloody Homecoming: David Kyle and The Ordeal of the Bullocks," with Greg Mertz. 7 p.m. from Hooker Drive, Chancellorsville Battlefield. For information: Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville National Military Park. (540) 373-6122 or (540) 373-5167. JUNE 20-23 "The Road to Appomattox" three day tour of Lee's retreat to Appomattox in April 1865, Led by Chris Calkins, Jeffry Wert, Eric Wittenberg. Includes Five Forks, A. P. Hill's death site, Pamplin Historic Park, White Oak Road and Battlefield Park, Lewis Farm, Sutherland Station, Sailor's Creek, High Bridge, Appomattox Courthouse. Hosted by Shenandoah Civil War Associates. For Information: Ben Fordney, (540) 433-2275. Registration, events and conferences, James Madison University, (540) 568-8043; www.shencivilwar.org JUNE 21-22 12TH Annual Civil War Weekend at Pamplin Historical Park, Petersburg. Living History Demonstrations, lectures, book signings, storytelling, musical performances. For information, (804) 861-2408; www.pamplinpark.org JUNE 27 History Revealed: Civil War Secrets on the University of Mary Washington Campus with Eric Mink, 7 p.m. For information, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Park. (540) 373-6122 or (540) 373-5167.
SECOND BRIGADE COMMANDER VISITS OUR CAMP!Commander Mike Thomas We were greatly honored to have Mike with us at our May meeting. It was a pleasure for all to meet him and to have the opportunity to speak with him. We wish him great success and hope that he will return to Longstreet in the future.
2008 BUCK HURTT PRESENTATIONCommander Kidd presents the award to our 2008 winner, Emily Anthony Congratulations, Emily! You have our very best wishes as you start your new life!
"Add the fact that to have conscientiously studied the liberal arts refines behaviour and does not allow it to be savage." Ovid 43 B.C--A.D. 17
CHILDREN OF THE CONFEDERACY VISIT US!Mrs. Devin Miller (UDC) and her two sons Jacob and Jack (COC) We certainly enjoyed our visit with these Confederates! Such a bright and happy trio to come before our camp and for such a good cause. We wish them a successful and great national convention at Fredericksburg in July!!
"The childhood shows the man, as morning shows the day. Be famous then By wisdom: as thy empire must extend, So let extend thy mind o"er all the world." John Milton 1608-1674
CAMP AUTHORS AND SPEAKERSLongstreet is made up of a group of wonderful Compatriots, many of whom are real historians fascinated by the people involved, both civilian and military, in the rise of the Confederacy, its struggle as a nation under fire and its defeat and occupation. Many of you have anecdotes, family papers, your own research, etc. that all of us would like you to share with us. Consider writing an article or a book review for publication in the "Old War Horse" or making a presentation of your own before the camp. Dave