THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 14, ISSUE 3, March 2012
There are several events coming up in the next several months which I encourage you to attend. The first two events occur at the same time in different parts of the state so it will be difficult to attend both.It would be great to have members of the Longstreet Camp at both events. One of the events is the 53rd Virginia Division SCV Convention which is being held in Hampton Roads and hosted by the Princess Anne and Stonewall Camps from March 30th through April 1st. We need delegates to attend the convention to vote on behalf of the Longstreet Camp. Please let me or Walter know if you plan on attending and we will make you a delegate of the Longstreet Camp! More information about the convention can be found at www.scv484.org/convention.html The other event is the grand opening of the Museum of the Confederacy's new site at Appomattox. This historic event will occur on March 31st with historians and fellow Confederates gathering from across the country to celebrate. More information on this can be found at www.moc.org/site/PageServer?pagename=appomattox Another event which I encourage you to attend is dedication of a monument for Hood's Texas Brigade at Gaines' Mill Battlefield on Saturday, May 19th. I plan on being in attendance and hope you will too. If you plan on attending let me know. We already have a small delegation going and the more the merrier! We are fortunate to have JEB Stuart IV as a speaker this month and I hope you will attend. He is a fine southern gentleman and I am sure you will learn something new about the famous general. What better source than his great grandson! Taylor
We welcome as a Longstreet Camp cadet member L. Turner Cowardin, II, son of our Commander L. Taylor Cowardin and grandson of Brian Cowardin. Since Turner will be less than three months old on the date of our 20 March meeting, we plan to present his membership certificate, card, and lapel pin to Taylor at that meeting. Ray Crews suffered a stroke and hopes to be with us at our next meeting. Ray has been one of our most regular attendees at meetings, so we've really missed him. We always want to remember our faithful members who rarely or never attend because of health or age. Ben Baird's health has been poor for some time. Henry Langford and Hugh Williams live in retirement homes. Harold Whitmore still lives at home. Henry, Hugh, and Harold all served in the Army in World War Two. We also appreciate our faithful members who live out of town. Many thanks to several members who made donations to the Camp at our February meeting. The donations were divided between the Hurtt Scholarship Fund, the Old War Horse, and general Camp donations. A number of our Camp members attended the SCV Sesquicentennial Heritage rally at the Lee Monument on Saturday 25 February. Our Gary Cowardin set up the sound system. Gene Golden took a lot of pictures. Marc Ramsey, a member of JEB Stuart Camp # 1343 who has spoken to our Camp, had a good letter published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch on 3 March regarding St. Paul's Episcopal Church canceling at the last minute an SCV event scheduled there. Published on that same date was a letter from a gentleman in North Chesterfield criticizing a unit in the parade which was chanting "Kill Yankees! How many? All of them!" That sort of thing does not help our SCV. Also on 25 February the Museum of the Confederacy held at the Library of Virginia the Person of the Year 1862 symposium. Five outstanding historians spoke for their candidates. The attendees then voted on the choices. I guessed ahead of time who the choices would be for three of the five. Their choices were: Speaker Person of the year #votes %vote (in order of appearance) Robert K. Krick Stonewall Jackson 25 17.7 David Blight Frederick Douglass 20 14.2 James McPherson David Glasgow Farragut 13 9.2 Jack Mountcastle George B. McClellan 12 8.5 Emory Thomas Robert E. Lee 71 50.4 --- ---- Totals 141 100% It was pleasing to see that Lee got a majority of the votes. The choices which surprised me were Farragut and McClellan. Farragut captured New Orleans, which McPherson said was the most important Yankee victory of the year. Mountcastle emphasized McClellan's building up the Army of the Potomac twice. Each speaker was interesting and informative. I attended last year's symposium and am looking forward to next year's program. Waite Rawls and John Coski are to be highly commended for these programs. The Museum of the Confederacy is scheduled to dedicate its new Appomattox facility on 31 March. Waite has spoken to several SCV camps, including Longstreet, about this new venture for the Museum. The Virginia Division of the SCV has its Convention in Virginia Beach 30 March-1 April. Most action will occur Saturday 31 March when Division officers for the next two years will be elected and other business conducted. A family obligation will keep me from attending, so I hope that we will have at least one delegate. We have eight votes and can have up to seven delegates. Let me know when you register, so that we can complete the credentials form at our March meeting. A highlight of the Convention will be the ever lively John Quarstein speaking about the CSS Virginia-USS Monitor battle of the ironclads at Saturday's lunch. That battle changed naval operations forever. To call the Virginia by its U. S. Navy name of Merrimac is equivalent to calling the U. S. Coast Guard training bark Eagle by its original German name of Horst Wessel. Blohm and Voss of Hamburg built Horst Wessel, which was launched 13 June 1936. The United States took the ship as a reparation after World War Two and commissioned it as a Coast Guard ship 15 May 1946. My ship USS Betelgeuse (AK-260) was in Bermuda the same time as Eagle in the summer of 1955. Several shipmates and I wanted to go aboard Eagle, but were not allowed to do so, because we were wearing our regular shoes and they only allowed tennis shoes. Look forward to seeing you Tuesday, 20 March. Walter
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JEB Stuart IV "Major General J.E.B. Stuart" Our March 20th chapter meeting promises to be a good one. We gather to celebrate the Spring Equinox and to welcome JEB Stuart IV back to our camp. Mr. Stuart's presentation will be centered on "Major General J.E.B. Stuart, The Prewar Years- the Making of the Man." It will briefly cover the years 1833 to 1861- His education as a young man including two years at Emory & Henry College, his four year West Point experience from 1850 to 1854, his assignment to the U.S. Mounted Rifles in Texas from 1854-1855, his assignment to the U.S. 1St Cavalry Regiment in Missouri and Kansas from 1855 to 1861.
Kyle Stetz, formerly of the Gettysburg National Military Park, defined an artifact as an item connecting us to history. His Power Point presentation showed us pictures of many artifacts in the Park's Museum and Visitors Center, and his stories gave them a human connection. This writeup cannot do justice to his interesting program. Just a few of the Gettysburg artifacts Kyle depicted and discussed were: Robert E. Lee's field desk. Canteen belonging to John B. Cooke of the 95th PA Volunteers. Cooke was later wounded at sailors Creek. At the surrender he gave a drink of water from his canteen to a wounded Confederate soldier. Drum belonging to Henry Mayo, who was killed. On the bottom of the drum are Mayo's name inscribed by him and blood from his mortal wound. Cartridge box belonging to A. H. Odell of the 5th Alabama. A Gettysburg tailor's sign with bullet holes in it. Sharpe's rifle belonging to a soldier of Company G of the 1st US (Berdan's) Sharpshooters. Coat of Captain James Patterson of the 148th PA. Table from the McCreary house on which lay John Poole of the 9th LA, who was shot and killed in the house. Fence post from the Emmitsburg Road with embedded bullets. Headquarters flag of Kemper's Brigade, Pickett's Division, captured by Yankee Walter Van Rensselaer. BGEN J. Lawson Kemper was badly wounded and captured in the famous charge. He was exchanged, but was unfit for further field service. Promoted to MGEN, he commanded Virginia reserve forces until War's end. He served as Governor of Virginia in the 1870's and lived until 1895. Dr. John W. C. O'Neill's ledger of locations of bodies of Confederate soldiers buried in Gettysburg. This ledger was invaluable in identifying remains for their return to the South in the 1870's. Kyle's interesting presentation stimulated in us a desire to visit Gettysburg and see the artifacts themselves, which will be so much more meaningful that pictures. Walter February Meeting Attendance: 35
2011-2012 CAMP OFFICERS LONGSTREET CAMP #1247Commander: Taylor Cowardin 359-9277 1st. Lt. Cmdr.: Andy Keller 270-0522 2nd Lt. Cmdr.: Paul Sacra 270-1292 Adjutant/Treasurer: Walter Tucker 360-7247 Judge Advocate: Harry Boyd 741-2060 Quartermaster: Gary Cowardin 262-0534 Chaplain: Barton Campbell 794-4562 Chaplain Emeritus: Henry Langford
PUBLICATIONSWar Horse editor & Webmaster: Gary 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 8 March 2012 Marian and Walt Beam Barton Campbell Richard Chenery Brian Cowardin Clint Cowardin Lee Crenshaw Ray Crews Michael Hendrick Don and Karen Jewett in memory of their son Chris Crawley Joyner Jack Kane Peter Knowles,III Lewis Mills Conway Mocure Bob Moore Glenn Mozingo Joe Price Waite Rawls Peyton Roden,Sr. Cary Shelton Chris Trinite Walter Tucker Hugh Williams Keith Zimmerman
March 18622 Final Confederate units under Leonidas Polk abandoned Columbus, KY. 8 Yankees under Curtis concluded the three day battle of Pea Ridge (Elkhorn Tavern), MO by defeating Van Dorn's Confederates. CSS Virginia destroyed Yankee vessels in Hampton Roads. 9 CSS Virginia and USS Monitor fought to a draw in the world's first battle of ironclads. 11 Lincoln removed McClellan as General in Chief of all Yankee Armies, but retained him in command of the Department and Army of the Potomac. 14 Yankees under Burnside captured New Bern, NC. Yankees under Pope captured New Madrid, MO. 17 McClellan began embarking the Army of the Potomac at Alexandria en route to the James and York Rivers in what became the Peninsula Campaign. 18 Judah Benjamin, criticized as Confederate Secretary of War, became Secretary of State. George Wythe Randolph became Secretary of War. 23 Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign opened with the first battle of Kernstown. This encouraged Lincoln to withdraw Banks's Yankees from McClellan and to keep McDowell's large corps south of Washington instead of sending them to McClellan. 24 Yankee Congress continued discussion of compensated emancipation, which never got anywhere. 27 Joe Johnston was ordered to reinforce the Confederates on the Peninsula under John Bankhead Magruder. 28 Fighting occurred at Glorieta, New Mexico. 29 At Corinth, MS Confederate armies of Kentucky and Missippi were consolidated under Albert Sidney Johnston with Beauregard second in command.
April 18625 Yankee siege of Yorktown began. 6-7 Yankees won battle of Shiloh. A. S. Johnston was killed. 8 Confederates at New Madrid Bend or Island No. 10 surrendered. 9 Confederate Senate passed a conscription bill. 10 Lincoln approved the joint congressional resolution calling for gradual emancipation of slaves by the states. Nothing ever came of it, because representatives of slave states in the Union refused to accept it. 11 Fort Pulaski, near Savannah GA fell to Yankees under Quincy Gilmore. 12 The Great Locomotive Chase took place in Georgia. It was more of an adventure story than a military operation. 16 Jefferson Davis approved the conscription act.
Some Civil War Photography LinksFrom the Atlantic Monthly Column "In Focus" by Allen Taylor; Last year marked the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War, a milestone commemorated by The Atlantic in a special issue . Although photography was still in its infancy, war correspondents produced thousands of images, bringing the harsh realities of the frontlines to those on the home front in a new and visceral way. As brother fought brother and the nation's future grew uncertain, the public appetite for information was fed by these images from the trenches, rivers, farms, and cities that became fields of battle. Below are links to three series of photographs. Part 1 of 3, covers the places of the Civil War: the battleships, prisons, hospitals, urban centers, and rural pastures where history was made. Part 2 of 3 features some of the people involved in the conflict, and Part 3 shares some of the amazing three-dimensional stereographs of the war. Keep in mind, as you view these photographs, that they were taken 150 years ago -- providing a glimpse of a United States that was only 85 years old at the time. Andy Keller www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2012/02/the-civil-war-part-1-the-places/100241 www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2012/02/the-civil-war-part-2-the-people/100242 www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2012/02/the-civil-war-part-1-the-places/100243
COMING EVENTSVisit Virginia 150 Sesquicentennial Events www.virginiacivilwar.org/events.php
Visit the The Museum of the Confederacy Online >>>>> Reminder - The Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox Grand opening Saturday, 3/31 <<<<<< 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