THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 11, ISSUE 4, APRIL, 2009
April is always a special time of year here in the Commonwealth, but especially 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 and eventual surrender of Fort Sumter. In April, 1862 - the true horrors of this conflict were brought home with the Battle of Pittsburgh Landing or Shiloh. It was at Shiloh where Confederate forces nearly succeed in pushing U.S. Grant's forces completely off the battlefield during the first day's actions, but overwhelming re-enforcements arrived overnight to aid General Grant in his successful counter-attack the next day. It was also at Shiloh that the Confederacy lost one of its most celebrated Generals - Albert Sidney Johnston-a man who actually fought for 3 republics - The United States; The Republic of Texas; and the Confederate States of America. Finally, on April 9, 1865 we saw the surrender of what remained of General Lee's vaulted Army of Northern Virginia to General Grant's Union forces around Appomattox Courthouse. The Annual Convention of the Virginia Division, SCV, will be held in Williamsburg later this month (April 24-26), and this year is being hosted by Commander Dave Ware and the James City Calvary Camp. Commander Ware and his members have been working very hard to put forth a top-notch convention. While there are no elections this year, there are several amendments to the Virginia Division Constitution that will be up for a vote. The proposed amendments are posted on the Virginia Division, SCV web-site if you would like to take a look at them. I will be heading up our camp delegation to this year's convention, and ask if there are any members of the Longstreet Camp who wish to be a delegate to the Convention to please let either myself or Walter Tucker know as quickly as possible. If you haven't seen the emails that have been sent around recently, there are a number of activities being planned at Appomattox this year. I had the honor and privilege of attending such activities a few years ago right before the Annual Virginia Division, SCV Convention (2005) - and I enjoyed myself immensely. I had a great time walking around the different camp sites and watching the troops drill in the open fields before they took part in the formal surrender ceremonies, and I can promise you there were a lot of wet cheeks that day - and No it wasn't raining. Try to attend if you can. We recently started offering the monthly camp newsletter on-line. For those who may not have known, we will send you a web-link that you simply click on and it takes you right to the current monthly Camp newsletter. For those of you who are not able to receive e-mails we still will be sending you your copy of The Warhorse newsletter in the mail. My heart-felt Thanks to Gary Cowardin for handling such a herculean task, and also for his continued efforts on managing the Camp web-site. Well done sir! Remember - "Longstreet is the Camp boys - Longstreet is the Camp!" I look forward to seeing everyone at our next camp meeting! Remember - show your Confederate Heritage proudly this month! Deo Vindice! Mike
We were pleased to induct Dale Harlow at our March meeting. Dale was introduced to our camp by his friend and co-worker Don Jewett. Hugh Williams, one of our Camp's stalwarts, has been suffering with a bad back and had to miss our March meeting. He's getting better and hopes to be back with us for our April meeting. With 79 members in our Camp, we are entitled to eight delegates and eight votes at the Virginia Division Convention in Williamsburg the last weekend in April. Four amendments to the Division Constitution will be discussed and voted on during the business session Saturday April 25. Any member in good standing can attend the business sessions; only delegates may speak to the Convention and vote. Mike Kidd, elected at our March meeting as chairman of our delegation, and I are planning to attend the Convention. Please let Mike or me know before our April meeting if you would like to be a delegate. If we have more than the allotted eight, we shall vote at our April meeting on which seven shall serve in addition to Mike. James City Cavalry Camp # 2095 is the host for the Convention. James City Cavalry was started in 2005 by several Longstreet Camp members who live in the Williamsburg area. The Camp has shown good growth and is very active. James City Camp Commander Dave Ware and Camp Adjutant Ken Parsons are associate members of Longstreet Camp. We're scheduled to clean up our one mile section of Studley Road, route 606, Hanover County Saturday April 18. Please contact Lewis Mills 798-5688 or Walter Tucker 360-7247 if you'd like to help. We can use a few more volunteers. Lewis has obtained a grave marker for an ancestor of his in Hollywood Cemetery. He is conferring with other family members to select a mutually agreeable date on which to have an appropriate ceremony. Several years ago, Lewis was instrumental in our Camp's dedicating a marker for a Texas soldier buried at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, Beaverdam. That was a very moving occasion with a number of the soldier's descendants attending from Texas and Mississippi. Our Camp also dedicated grave markers in Hollywood to two of General Longstreet's staff officers. We ordered the markers after Bobby Krick brought the unmarked graves to our attention when he presented a program about Longstreet's staff at a Camp meeting. Lewis Mills was also instrumental in bringing to the attention of the SCV a list from the Library of Virginia of approximately 250 Confederate soldiers buried in Woodland Cemetery, Ashland. Lewis learned of the list from Judy Lowry, director of the Page Library, Montpelier. The list was researched for the Page Library by W. E. Winfrey and Bill Thames and further researched by Bobby Krick. The list has already proved to be of great value. The regimental history of the 18th Georgia Infantry, being used by us on another project, did not contain burial places of a number of that unit's soldiers who died in Ashland April 1862. We have sent the author/publisher a list of 20 soldiers of the 18th Georgia who are buried in Woodland. He was delighted to learn this and will include this vital information in any revision of the regimental history. Thanks to Tom Spivey and Preston Nuttall for their recent letters to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Preston's was countering a recent uniformed, hateful letter letter about Robert E. Lee. This is the sort of thing that we need to do to educate the uninformed. April is Confederate Heritage and History month. We do not need the approval or proclamations of politicians to celebrate our heritage. None of us can do everything to preserve and protect our heritage and the history of our Confederate ancestors, but each of us can do at least one thing. Let's fly our flags, wear our lapel pins, and take advantage of opportunities to spread the truth. Walter
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Gregg Clemmer, author of The Life and Wars of General Ed "Alleghany" Johnson. He will have copies of his book available for purchase at the meeting.
National Park Service historian Robert E. Lee (Bobby) Krick spoke about Stonewall Jackson in Richmond at our March meeting. Prior to The War, Jackson conferred with a friend in Richmond in 1848. He traveled through Richmond on the way to visit Fort Monroe as a tourist in 1858. He came through Richmond on the way to Charles Town in 1859. Stonewall's time in Richmond during The War was extremely limited. He brought the VMI cadets to Camp Lee in April 1861 to drill volunteers. Jackson spent only a week here before being ordered to Harpers Ferry. He was little known in Richmond, although Confederate War department diarist John B. Jones predicted success for him. The first mention of Jackson in an editorial in a Richmond newspaper came in May 1862. On the 29th of that month, he was referred to as "the hero of the War." Richmond's population exoloded during the War, from 38,000 in 1860 to at least 100,000 ( possibly 150,000) in 1863-64. Jackson's shortcomings in the 1862 Seven Days Campaign were not apparent to the public. Jackson issued orders against trespassing on private property. With roads being muddy, some of his soldiers infuriated a farmer on 360 east by taking a short cut through his field of oats. Jackson himself, impatient with the clogged road, took a short cut himself. The farmer, not recognizing Jackson, said, "I'll report you to Stonewall Jackson himself." When Jackson identified himself, the farmer responded, "Hoorah for Stonewall Jackson." In July 1862 while worshiping in Second Presbyterian Church, Jackson as usual nodded off. People climbed over the backs of pews to get to Jackson. Jackson had a lunch with Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee in summer 1862 to plan strategy for dealing with "that miscreant" John Pope. The 9 August battle of Cedar Mountain followed. While lingering on at Guinea Station after his May 1863 wounding at Chancellorsville , Jackson and his wife had a disagreement about where he would recuperate in Richmond. That was rendered moot by his death. The train carrying Jackson's body stopped at 4th and Broad Streets for transfer of the body to a hearse. The 44th North Carolina led the parade to the Governor's Mansion. The body lay in state there with an estimated 20,000 people viewing it. The funeral service was the largest public event ever in Richmond. The body was taken by canal boat to Lynchburg before being taken to its ultimate destination in Lexington. English admirers of Jackson raised 4,000 pounds to erect a monument to Jackson. The Commonwealth of Virginia accepted the statue in 1875. The dedication at the Capitol Square included another parade. Inscribed on the floral arrangement at the gate to the Capitol were the words "Warrior-Patriot-Christian." Governor (and former Confederate Major General) J. Lawson Kemper presided. Jackson's friend the Reverend Moses Hoge, pastor of Richmond's Second Presbyterian Church, spoke an estimated two to three hours. His memorable line was, "To describe Jackson without religion would be equivalent to describing Switzerland without he Alps." In 1911 a movement began for the erection of a statue of Jackson on Monument Avenue. The cornerstone was dedicated during a convention of the United Confederate Veterans 3 June 1915. The statue itself was dedicated 11 October 1919. Present were several of Jackson's descendants, 575 VMI cadets, and 2,000 men in uniform. Robert E. Lee, III was the keynote speaker. The wind caused the lanyard to become tangled, so a man had to climb up on Jackson's horse to enable the statue to be unveiled. Bobby circulated a picture of this. Bobby's presentation was interesting and informative, as always. Reporter's note: Bobby said that he had heard that F. William Sievers, sculptor of the Jackson and Maury Monument Avenue statues, was a member of the Richmond Civil War Round Table in the early 1950's. Our Camp's Hugh Williams,RCWRT member from those years, confirmed that Sievers was indeed a member. Walter
2007-2009 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
PUBLICATIONSWar Horse editor and Webmaster: Gary F. Cowardin 262-0534 Website: longstreetscv.org
The following is a listing of contributors to the upkeep of "The Old War Horse" from July, 2008. 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* Taylor Cowardin* Raymond Crews Jerold Evans Dave George Mike Hendrick Jack Kane Peter Knowles,II Lewis Mills Conway Moncure Bob Moore Joe Moschetti John Moschetti Preston Nuttall Waite Rawls Peyton Roden Bill Setzer Tom Spivey Walter Tucker* John Vial David Ware Harold Whitmore Bobbie Williams Hugh Williams Keith Zimmerman* Anonymous Legend: * - Multiple contributions
HURTT SCHOLARSHIP FUNDAugust 1, 2008 through March 31, 2009 Walt Beam Brian Cowardin Clint Cowardin Lee Crenshaw Don Jewett Jack Kane Peter Knowles, II Joe Moschetti Preston Nuttall Peyton Roden Walter Tucker Tom Vance Hugh Williams Anonymous Three generous donations in March, combined with previous donations, have given us sufficient funds to make the award in June to the outstanding senior history student at Douglas S. Freeman High School.
VIRGINIA DIVISION, SCV FUNDWalter Beam Crawley Joyner Bob Moore Cary Shelton
Commander Mike Kidd and 1st Lt. Commander Taylor Cowardin induct new member Dale Harlow
COMING EVENTS10AM Saturday April 18th - Auction Sale At Courtland Ruritan Building Across from Southampton Academy - Pit cooked Pork BBQ ,Brunswick Stew, homemade pies, & cakes. For the benefit of Urquhart-Gillette Camp #1471, Sons of Confederate Veterans and Mahone's Tavern and Museum, Inc.
"STAND UP FOR STONEWALL" 2PM SATURDAY APRIL 18, 2009 - 5th Annual Confederate Heritage Parade The Fox Hill area of Hampton, Virginia Beach Road (starting Point, 501 Beach Road, Fox Hill Central United Methodist Church), Fox Hill Community of Hampton, Virginia same route as last year. Approximately 1 mile march to cemetery for ceremony and speaker. This year's theme is honoring our beloved General T. J "Stonewall" Jackson in honor of his 185th birthday. Period Memorial Ceremony in the way of our forefathers by Anglican Priest Father Warren. General Lee himself will be joining us from the front with General Jackson at his side and they will address the troops. SPONSORED BY THE MAGRUDER-EWELL, SCV CAMP #99 Please RSVP. For more info, contact: Rosemarie Kidd, Coordinator 757-927-0927, Free Meal for registered participants
APRIL 29, 2009 FROM 8:45 AM - 4:30 - UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND ON The Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission is sponsoring the nation's first major event commemorating the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. The conference will take place at the University of Richmond on April 29, 2009 from 8:45 am - 4:30 pm.The program attempts to set an inclusive and innovative tone as we launch a national conversation about the Civil War over the coming years. For more info click: http://www.virginiacivilwar.org/2009conference.php
May 14-17, 2009 SIXTH ANNUAL SPRING TOUR: Raid! 1864 Cavalry Actions Around Richmond and Petersburg Join A. Wilson Greene and guest guides for an in-depth exploration of the 1864 Cavalry actions in central Virginia. Headquartered in historic Richmond, we will visit places associated with Sheridan's first raids including the battlefields at Yellow Tavern, Haw's Shop, and Cold Harbor. We will also tour the Wilson-Kautz raid sites and visit Trevilian Station. Reservations and fee required. Please call (804)861-2408 or (877)726-7546 for reservations and pricing or click here for more info.
Jubal A. Early, Preservation TrustThe Jubal A. Early Preservation Trust, Inc. has begun a $1,000,000 capital campaign in an effort to preserve and restore the boyhood home of Confederate General Jubal A. Early, in the Red Valley section of Franklin County, Virginia. The home and surrounding area will serve to interpret Early's childhood on a typical old Virginia tobacco plantation, his military experiences, and his immense post war contribution to the printed history of the Southern Cause. For more info or to help: www.jubalearly.org