THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 13, ISSUE 9, September 2011
September 11th - definitely a date that all Americans can and will remember. I dare say that each member of the Longstreet Camp can well remember what they were doing and where they were that faithful morning 10-years ago when the tradegies in New York City and at the Pentagon were just unfolding. Before that day was complete, almost 3,000 American lives were lost. Many have said that since that day our country has never been the same - and I would definitely agree with that assessment. Since that day we as a nation have engaged in two wars, lost thousands of American troops and have become a nation of intolerance. Religion has always been a part of the makeup of our nation, and the recent ceremonies has brought to my mind the following statement: "Be it therefore enacted by the General Assembly, That no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burdened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief; but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion, and that the same shall in nowise diminish, enlarge, or affect their civil capacities." This statement comes from the Statute of Religious Freedom that was drafted by Thomas Jefferson in 1786 - you can find a part of this statute posted on an outside building wall at the bottom of the Shockoe Slip area around 14th street. A lot of Confederate soldiers and leaders - Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee just to name two, often mentioned providence in their dispatches and reports. Typically just before a major battle or series of battles were to occur troops were seen to be heavily attending church services in the camps. Don't forget to turn in your annual dues statement to Walter - you should have received a statement in the mail already. If you did not receive a statement and are in good standing with the Longstreet Camp and the Virginia Division-SCV, then please contact Walter Tucker so we can get a payment form to you. If you know of anyone who was a Longstreet Camp member in the past, but may have let their membership expire - please let Walter know so that we may contact them to see if they would be interested in re-joining (I would also encourage you to do the same). This column will serve as my last as the Commander of the General James Longstreet Camp #1247. I have tried over the last 4-years to continue the work that previous Commanders Chuck Walton, Harry Boyd and Taylor Cowardin began. I have always been proud of my association with the Longstreet Camp, and will continue to do so going forward. I have been extremely fortunate to have had what I feel to be the best damn Executive Committee that a Camp Commander could Ever have. I know that your new Executive Committee will do an outstanding job as our camp continues to move forward. They need your support - and your input as to the future of this camp. Remember - "Longstreet is the Camp boys - Longstreet is the Camp!" Deo Vindice! Mike
We hope that you survived the earthquake and hurricane without significant harm or damage. Our younger son lives in Keswick VA, between Zion Crossroads and Charlottesville. He was working at home that day and had some pictures fall off the wall, but no structural damage. Faithful Camp member Pat Hoggard spent some time in hospital recently with a stroke. He is home now, taking therapy several times a week. He sounded like his usual cheerful self in a recent telehpne conversation. Our prayers are with Pat for a complete and prompt recovery. We have received membership certificates from headquarters for the following new members and look forward to inducting them, their schedules permitting, at our 20 September meeting: Name Ancestor Unit Jason M. Adams Elkanah Edward Lyon 44th North Carolina Infantry Richard L. Chenery, III Thomas J. Stiff 24th Virginia Cavalry N. Douglas Payne, Jr. John Henry Payne 28th Virginia Infantry Joseph Patrick Sweeney Joseph W. Sweeney 2nd Virginia Infantry Many thanks to the 80.2% of our members who have paid their dues for the current fiscal year which began 1 August. We also appreciate greatly contributions to Virginia Division special funds and to the Camp. We hope that remaining dues will come in soon. Thursday 1 September was a sad day in the history of our nation, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the City of Lexington, as the City Council of Lexington voted to ban all flags except those of America, the Commonwealth, and the City of Lexington from downtown flagpoles owned by the City. This action bans, in addition to the Confederate flag, flags of VMI and Washington and Lee. The Council's disdain for five great Americans, George Washington, Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, Matthew Fontaine Maury, and George Catlett Marshall is regrettable. In his four years as a VMI student, Marshall was undoubtedly inspired by Jackson. His high regard for Lee is expressed in a letter he wrote to Douglas Southall Freeman in 1942, which letter is in the VMI Museum. Letters from several of our Camp members to the Mayor of Lexington produced no satisfactory result. The Veterans Administration continues to refuse to provide grave markers to the SCV for Confederate soldiers buried in Oakwood Cemetery. Senator Jim Webb supports the SCV. Unfortunately, he will leave office in January 2013. Please write your senators and congressmen to honor these Confederate veterans. In my mention of World War Two veterans in a previous report, the name of Harold Whitmore was inadvertently omitted. Harold served in the 680th Glider Field Artillery Battalion, which operated with the British Second Army in Europe. Harold, please accept my apology for this glaring omission. We thank you for your service. A slate of officers will be presented to the Camp at our September meeting for a vote by the Camp. We look forward to a good turnout for our first meeting of the fall. Walter Mark your calendars NOW: Tuesday 6 December Christmas banquet
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 Eric W. Buckland. Buckland is a historian and author and has previously spoken to our camp about Mosby's Keydet Rangers. His latest book is titled Mosby's Men. He will speak to us about other members of Mosby's raiders including millionaire Charles Broadway Rouss. Buckland is a retired Lt. Colonel in the US Army. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas and served for 22 years with assignments as an Infantry Officer and a Special Forces Officer with tours in El Salvador, Honduras and Panama. Taylor
Marc Ramsey, author of "The 7th South Carolina Cavalry: To the Defense of Richmond," first met that unit many years ago when he began his book collection with an early edition of Edward M. Boykin's "The Falling Flag: Evacuation of Richmond, Retreat, and Surrender at Appomattox." Boykin rose to the rank of major and led the formal surrender of the regiment at Appomattox on 10 April 1865. The 7th was created in March 1864 at the urging of Major General Wade Hampton by adding five independent cavalry companies to the Holcombe Legion Cavalry, which was already in Virginia. The 7th became part of the cavalry brigade of Brigadier General Martin W. Gary. The 7th was the left flank of Confederate defenses at Drewry's Bluff. After the Bermuda Hundred Campaign at the end of May, the 7th was transferred to the north side of the James River under Colonel Alexander C. Haskell. On 30 May the 7th counterattacked Yankees at Matadequin Creek, buying some time for Matthew C. Butler's troops. Haskell and Boykin were seriously wounded. The 7th formed the far right of the Confederate line at Riddell's Shop on 13 June. Gary's troops were outnumbered. A. P. Hill came up and drove the Yankees back two miles. The Yankees had successfully screened Grant's crossing of the James River. Gary's brigade came to the aid of Wade Hampton on 24 June at Samaria Church. The Confederates for a change outnumbered the Yankees 3-1 and won a victory. Next action was at 1st Deep Bottom 27 July. This was followed closely by 2nd Deep Bottom/Fussell's Mill 13-20-August. Actions followed at: New Market Heights/ Forts Harrison and Gilmer 28 September-1 October, Darbytown and New Market Roads 7 October; Nine Mile Road 27 October. The 7th went into winter quarters at Frazier's farm in November. The 7th was the last unit to leave Richmond 2 April 1865. It made the last charge at Appomattox 9 April 1865. Walter July meeting attendance: 34
2007-2011 CAMP OFFICERS LONGSTREET CAMP #1247Commander: Michael Kidd 270-9651 1st. Lt. Cmdr.: Taylor Cowardin 359-9277 2nd Lt. Cmdr.: Thomas G. Vance 334-3745 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 & Webmaster: Gary F. Cowardin email@example.com 262-0534 Website: longstreetscv.org
Longstreet Camp Donors to Virginia Division Special Funds, Old War Horse, Hurtt Scholarship Fund, and Longstreet Camp General Fund. As you know, our cumulative listing starts in July of each year and we do not meet in August. 1 July, 2011 through 7 July 2012 Walt Beam Richard Chenery Brian Cowardin Lee Crenshaw Ray Crews Michael Hendrick Crawley Joyner Jack Kane Peter Knowles,II Lewis Mills Conway Mocure Bob Moore Joe Price Waite Rawls Peyton Roden,Sr. Cary Shelton Chris Trinite Walter Tucker Hugh Williams
September 1861(Sesquicentennial match dates) 3 Confederate forces under Brigadier General Gideon Pillow, under orders from Major General Leonidas Polk, entered Kentucky, violating the neutrality of that state. 4 Confederates strengthened their strategically important position on the bluffs overlooking the Mississippii River at Columbus, KY. 6 Yankees under Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant captured Paducah, KY, a key city where the Tennessee River emptied into the Ohio River. This prevented the Confederacy from having its northern boundary on the Ohio River. 9 Yankees under Brigadier General William S. Rosecrans moved toward Carnifex Ferry, western Virginia. Yankees under Brigadier General Jacob D. Cox were operating in the Kanawha Valley. A third Yankee force dug in at Cheat Mountain to oppose Confederates under the general command of General Robert E. Lee. 10 General Albert Sidney Johnston became commander of Confederate armies in the west. Rosecrans struck Confederates at Carnifex Ferry, but failed to break the southern lines. Outnumbered and in a bad position, Confederates under Brigadier General John B. Floyd withdrew. The Yankee victory was useful in holding western Virginia for the Union. The KY legislature passed a resolution calling on the governor to order all Confederate troops in the state to depart. A resolution calling for both Yankees and Confederates to depart was defeated. 11 Confederates under Lee failed to dislodge Yankees at Cheat Mountain. 14 President Jefferson Davis rejected a complaint from General Joseph E. Johnston about the ranking of Confederate generals. This was the beginning of the endless disagreements between those two leaders. 15 President Abraham Lincoln and his cabiner discussed the removal of John C. Fremont in Missouri. Lincoln defended the arrest without charges of Maryland citizens allegedly disloyal to the Union. 18 Confederates occupied Bowling Green, KY. The Louisville Courier was banned from the mails because of its hostility to the federal government. 20 Yankees at Lexington, Missouri surrendered to forces led by Sterling Price. 25 Yankees occupied Smithland, KY, at the mouth of the Cumberland River. Confederate Brigadier General Henry A. Wise was relieved of command in western Virginia after long, confusing, and acrimonius disputes with his superior John B. Floyd. 30 The month closed with Lincoln concerned with what to do about Fremont, stabilizing the situation in KY, and the rising impatience over inaction in Virginia.
COMING EVENTSVisit Virginia 150 Sesquicentennial Events www.virginiacivilwar.org/events.php
Visit The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar www.tredegar.org and their Events Calendar September 16, 17, & 18, 2011 Visit Field Day of the Past and board the Sesquicentennial HistoryMobile.
September 24, 2011 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm Battle of North Anna Fund-Raising Bus Tour Led by NPS historian Robert E. L. Krick with stops at Jericho Mills and the Doswell House. Includes light breakfast & lunch at Hanover Tavern and their Civil War exhibit. Tickets are $65 for Tavern members and $75 for non-members. Contact David Deal at 804-537-5050 or Ddeal@hanovertavern.org
Henrico County Civil War Commemoration September 23 - 25 Henrico County - Gateway to Richmond, 1861 - 1865 Friday, September 23, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Road, Highland Springs, 23075 Registration is required. Please call 804-328-4491.
Encampment and Exhibits Saturday, September 24, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Tree Hill farm, 6404 Osborne Turnpike, VA 23231
Tours and Demonstrations in partnership with the National Park Service Sunday, September 25, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Fort Harrison, 8621 Battlefield Park Road, VA 23231
For more information about these goto: www.henrico400th.com/calendar
Visit the The Museum of the Confederacy Online www.moc.org and their Events Calendar for MOC Events Calendar
Pamplin Historical Park and The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier www.pamplinpark.org and their Special Events Calendar