THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 10, ISSUE 7, JULY, 2008
As I sit down before the computer this hot July 3rd afternoon to write this column, it is just past 4:30 p.m. EDT. Back 145 years ago in a small farming community in Pennsylvania, a great battle had just ended, or would be shortly - and with that quite possibly the Southern Cause that so many brave Confederate soldiers had fought and died for, had begun its slow and painful death that would culminate in the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia in April, 1865. The Battle of Gettysburg has probably been one of the most written about, talked about, discussed and researched battles of the War Between The States. From the opening skirmishes on the first day, to the late afternoon attacks of the second day, to the final all-out charge of General George Pickett's Division on the third day - no other battle has been dissected by historians, and arm-chair historians alike. What if Ewell had launched an all-out attack on the first day like Jackson would have?? What if John Bell Hood's forces had been allowed to attack the way he wanted to attack on the second day?? What if Longstreet had had Pickett's Division on the second day-would he have used it then?? What if Alexander had had better ammunition for his cannonade on the third day-would it have made a difference?? What if General Lee had listened to General Longstreet's suggestions on attacking?? What if - what if - what if. Our world is full of "what if's" - it was back in the 1860's, and it still is today. The men who lined up and marched across those open fields that hot, July 3rd afternoon didn't ask themselves "what if" because they trusted their leaders and believed in what they were fighting for, and were willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice for doing what they believed to be right. I would dare say that 145-years later we, as their descendents, can look upon them proudly for what they did and the cause for which they were fighting. Just as a side-note - one of my relatives was at Gettysburg and participated in Pickett's Charge. His name was William Jackson Aylor. he was a member of Company G, 7th Va. Infantry, Kemper's Brigade, Pickett's Division. He survived this attack, and participated in over 11 major battles before being captured at the Battle of Five Forks on April 1, 1865. He was sent to the military prison at Point Lookout, Maryland and was eventually released several months later. As a good friend of mine, and Longstreet X-Comm and Camp member Preston Nuttall said in an email today - "Let us pause on this holiday weekend to remember and honor these men. Many today may question the cause for which they fought, but none can question their spirit, their bravery, and their willingness to sacrifice all in defense of the principles in which they so strongly believed. Our country could use a dose of that spirit today, when despite being involved in two wars, the military cannot find enough volunteers to fill its recruitment quotas. We are blessed to be descended from the men who wore the grey." AMEN!!! The upcoming Children of the Confederacy Convention will be held in Fredericksburg on July 24th and 25th. I would like to remind everyone about this event because a number of you expressed the desire to help out at the Convention - and I'm sure that Ms. Miller will greatly appreciate your help and support. I will have location information with me at our camp meeting - please be sure to ask so I'll be reminded to mention it to everyone there. We had the distinct pleasure of having Don, Karen and Katie Jewett at our June meeting at Roma's - I had seen both Don and Katie at the Jefferson Davis ceremony on June 7th at Hollywood Cemetery and had mentioned to them about coming to one of our meetings. The Jewetts were gracious enough to share with everyone there some of their memories of Chris - especially the scrap-book that had been put together by the 12th Virginia Infantry re-enactment group that Chris was a member of, and also the quilt that members of Don's family had hand-sewn emblems from some t-shirts that Chris always wore all the time. I know that these were very special items and I greatly appreciate Don, Karen and Katie Jewett for coming and sharing these with us. I look forward to seeing everyone at our next camp meeting - July 15th. Have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July holiday with your friends and families! Remember - "Longstreet is the Camp boys - Longstreet is the Camp!" Deo Vindice! Mike
Our Camp was saddened by the June 15 passing of Richard V. Faglie. I shall miss him particularly, because he usually sat at the same table during our meetings, and we had many pleasant conversations. He was buried in the church cemetery at Salem Baptist Church, Crozier, not too far from the house in which he was born. I had the opportunity to have nice conversations with his daughter Linda Johns and her husband George, residents of Otter Lake, Michigan. George said, "Even though I'm from 'up north', I'm partial to the South." We were honored to have with us at our June meeting Don, Karen, and Katie Jewett, the parents and sister of our late member Chris, who passed last July. They showed us a quilt which had on it images of t-shirts which Chris liked to wear. One was the t-shirt design created by our Tom Vance for the Virginia Division 2005 Convention, hosted by our Camp. Two other camp members, Butch Mahone and Ed Thornton passed since last July. The total of four is the most in any one camp year that I can remember in the approximately 20 years that I have been a camp member. Three members of our camp have transferred their memberships to the Captain John S. Low, CSN Camp # 2161 which is based in England. Jerry Wells, who will serve as adjutant, has been key in the formation of this overseas camp. Jerry will be living part of each year in Scotland. These three members had transferred to us during this year, so there is no net effect on our numbers of members. The other members transferring, Peter Evans and Jason Fazackarley, live in England. You can learn more about the new camp by visiting its web site http://mysite.verizon.net/wellsjerry1 Although we are sorry to have three members transfer out of the Longstreet Camp, the SCV overall may gain, if past patterns hold true. Three years ago, eight members of our camp living in the Williamsburg area transferred from Longstreet to form the James City Cavalry Camp . That camp is prospering. Our associate member Dave Ware is commander. Another of our associate members, Ken Parsons, has served as commander. On the positive side, Longstreet Camp during the year ended June 30 inducted five new members and had two members transfer to us after having had their memberships lapse. Unfortunately, six of our members decided not to renew. The sum of all this is that we ended the year with 78 members, only two fewer than last June 30. We have had net membership gains in eight of the last ten years. International Headquarters does not process new member applications during July because it is the last month of the fiscal year and the staff has lots of work to do in preparing for the national convention. Our camp is likely to receive one new member application in late July for August processing and may well have a couple of transfers. We all need to stay on the lookout for good men to join our camp. Most who join are friends of camp members. Many who transfer into our camp have heard good things about us. Let me know if you need applications for your friends, and I'll see that you get them. Since this is our last "War Horse" until September, please remember that Virginia Division will be mailing bills for renewal dues in August. The remittance portion of the bill is to come to me with your check. If you have any questions about your bill, don't hesitate to call me at 360-7247 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your prompt payment makes everybody's job easier. We had at least four members attending the outstanding June 7 commemoration of the 200th birthday of President Jefferson Davis at Hollywood Cemetery. Jerry Wells was part of the reenactor group which marched the colors in and fired the rifle salute. That fine group is commanded by Latane Camp member Jeff Ellett. Our Camp Commander Mike Kidd presented the Longstreet Camp wreath. 1st LCDR Taylor Cowardin took some pictures. It was hot, but at least the sun was shining. After the event ended, I failed to remember where my car was parked. I walked over a good bit of the cemetery until I got close enough for the horn blower on my remote car door opener to activate the horn and let me know the location of the car. Even that did not spoil a great day. I hope that the summer has been good for you so far and continues that way. 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 July Program will be given by Martin and Mary Schaller on their book Soldiering for Glory. This book is based on the life and times of Mr. Schaller's ancestor, Col. Frank Schaller. Col. Schaller had a very interesting war career and they will share some of his experiences with us. Mr. & Mrs. Schaller will also be in period attire.
Arthur Candenquist, a retired Amtrak employee, opened his talk about Stonewall Jackson's Great Train Robbery by stating that Bud Robertson must have abandoned his assertion in his Jackson biography that the Robbery was a myth. Robertson wrote the calendar narrative for two Mort Kunstler paintings depicting phases of this operation. Art also compared Jackson's train exploits with those of Jesse James. Jesse relieved four trains of $ 30,000.00. Jackson's soldiers appropriated 56 locomotives and 386 cars. Colonel (not yet called Stonewall) Jackson in May 1861 commanded Confederate troops at Harper's Ferry. Approximately 120 miles of Baltimore & Ohio railroad track ran through his area of command from Cumberland, MD to Point of Rocks, MD. The railroad dipped south into Virginia at Harper's Ferry. The B&O Board of Directors supported the federal government. Eastbound trains were hauling enormous amounts of supplies to Union forces. Jackson arranged with B&O president John W. Garrett to establish a curfew during which no trains would operate at night and disturb the sleep of his soldiers. Jackson then demanded that trains pass through his area between 11 AM and 1 PM each day. All this was a subterfuge by Jackson to get the trains backed up and available for plucking. Jackson sent Captain John W. Imboden's cavalry to Point of Rocks, east of Harper's Ferry to stop all eastbound rail traffic at noon. He sent Colonel Kenton Harper and his 5th Virginia Infantry to Martinsburg, west of Harper's Ferry, to stop westward traffic. Confederate soldiers began burning railroad bridges. Jackson partially dismantled locomotives and had teams of horses drag them down the Valley Pike. Confederates burned the Opequon Creek bridge between Harpers Ferry and Martinsburg. Jackson went to Martinsburg and ordered the destruction of shops and locomotives. He sent to Richmond for two railroad men, Hugh Longest and Captain Thomas R. Sharp. They selected the best of the damaged locomotives to be hauled to the south. Hauling each locomotive required 32 to 40 horses. On several occasions the locomotives broke loose. It was not unusual for 100 men to be needed to move the locomotives. The movement of the locomotives went on long after Jackson had gone elsewhere. The work continued throughout summer 1862. Captain Sharp and his men overcame many difficulties. So well did Captain Sharp and his men do their work that the appropriated locomotives served the Confederacy throughout The War. After The War ended, every engine but one was returned to the B&O. President Garrett of the B&O was so impressed with the work of Thomas R. Sharp that he hired him to be Master of Transportation for the B&O. Art is doing research for a biography of Sharp, but has been unable to find a picture of him. Writer's note: Art is leading a two-day Train Robbery tour based in Winchester August 9-10 sponsored by CWEA, web site http://www.cwea.net I found a one-day tour interesting three years ago. 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 Pat Hoggard Crawley Joyner 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 In Memory of Richard Faglie Walter Tucker Legend: * - Multiple contributions
CALENDAR OF VIRGINIA EVENTSJULY 12-13 Spotsylvania Court House Battlefield Living History Artillery Weekend. Living history, artillery firing demonstrations. For information, (540) 373-6122 or (540) 373-5167. JULY 18 (ONGOING) Jefferson Davis's Richmond Walking Tour. 12:00 pm -1:00 pm. $7 members, $10 non-members. Covers Capitol Square, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Davis's executive office building, and the sites of the homes of Alexander Stephens, Mary Chesnut, Matthew Maury and more. For information, email@example.com or (804) 1861 ext.37 JULY 19 "Kreigspiel" (War Games). At MOC, !0:00 am to 4:00 pm. Lunch Included. $20 for members, $25 for non-members. For information, 649-1861 ext. 32 or firstname.lastname@example.org Note: for the complete schedule of the MOC events and presentations, check the Museum's website, www.moc.org JULY 25 Home Folk & Heroes: A Walk Through Fredericksburg's City and Confederate Cemetery with Mac Wyckoff, 7 pm. For information, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, (540) 373-6122 or (540) 373-5167. AUGUST 1 Bloody Dawn: Fairview in the Maelstrom, with John Hennessy, 7 pm. Meet at Fairview, tour stop #10, Chancellorsville Battlefield. For information, (540) 373-6122 or (540) 373-5167. AUGUST 8 Lens on History: The Photography of Sunken Road with Stacy Humphreys, 7 pm. Meet at the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center. For information, (540) 373-6122, (540) 373-5167. AUGUST 15 Beyond the Big House: Slaves and Slavery at Chatham with John Hennessy, 7 pm. For information, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, (540)373-6122 or (540) 373-5167. Don' forget Pamplin Park and the Museum of the Civil War Soldier!! Contact them at their website, www.pamplinpark.org for full information and event schedule.
THE JEWETT FAMILY VISITS USDON, KAREN and KATIE JEWETT with MIKE KATIE JEWETT and MIKE with the QUILT
JEFFERSON DAVIS BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION!? Our first and only President's birthday was celebrated properly by the Sons of Confederate Veterans here in Richmond at Hollywood Cemetery. Here are some of the photos that were furnished by our Camp Commander: MORE PICTURES FROM THE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION!