THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 14, ISSUE 4, April 2012
As we are now moving towards the second half of April, Confederate History and Heritage Month, we ought to each do something to celebrate and honor our ancestors if we haven't done so already. Do you know where your ancestor(s) are buried? If so, when was the last time you visited their grave(s) and made sure the site was clean, green and weeded? If you are unable to do that or have already done so, how about going to one of our many local cemeteries that contain Confederate graves? Hollywood, Oakwood and Shockoe Hill cemeteries are just a few. Just an hour of picking up trash, replacing Confederate flags that have been torn up by lawnmowers or uprighting markers that have toppled over will make a big difference. If going out to cemeteries is not for you, just committing one hour of your time towards any Confederate related project would make your ancestors proud. Remember S.D. Lee's charge: To you, Sons of Confederate Veterans, we will commit the vindication of the Cause for which we fought. To your strength will be given the defense of the Confederate soldier's good name, the guardianship of his history, the emulation of his virtues, the perpetuation of those principles which he loved and which you love also, and those ideals which made him glorious and which you also cherish. Remember, it is your duty to see that the true history of the South is presented to future generations. I hope you and your family had a great Easter and I look forward to seeing you at the next meeting. Taylor
Walter presenting Taylor membership documents for his son Turner born 12-31-11
Hugh Williams had a recent bout with pneumonia which kept him in the hospital for two weeks and in the health care unit at Lakewood Manor for one week. We wish him well as he is back in his apartment. Thanks to Chris Trinite who represented our Camp at the 31 March Virginia Division convention in Virginia Beach. Longstreet Camp received a Division Outstanding Camp Award. To qualify, a camp must be in good standing with SCV National, must send a delegate to the Division convention, and must meet five elective requirements. The latter which enabled us to receive the award were: We made a donation to erect a grave marker in Shockoe Cemetery for John Thomas Cunningham of the 4th Texas Infantry We cleaned up our one mile section of Route 606 (Studley Road), Hanover County, near Enon United Methodist Church twice during the year. Our Camp member Waite Rawls was speaker at the January 2012 meeting of The James City Cavalry Camp. We published our outstanding monthly newsletter "The Old War Horse." We awarded a one time scholarship grant to the outstanding senior history student at Douglas S. Freeman High School of Henrico County. We commend the entire Camp for your efforts which entitled us to receive this recognition. Convention delegates elected the following Virginia Division officers for the next two years: Commander Mike Pullen 1st LCDR Tracy Clary 2nd LCDR Ken Parsons Adjutant Tony Griffin Archivist Edwin Ray Treasurer Joe Wright Quartermaster Cecil Thomas, III Chaplain Michael Virts Inspector Tim Hamilton Camps in each brigade elected the following brigade commanders: 1st Kentzy Joyner 2nd Everette Ellis 3rd David McCorkel 4th Bill Graham 5th Ted Crockett 6th Vacant 7th Ron Graves Longstreet is in the 2nd Brigade. Everette Ellis has served in a vital leadership position for the Jefferson Davis memorial program in Hollywood Cemetery each June. He has visited our Camp in the past and will do so again in his role as Brigade Commander. The two most recent past Division Commanders Mike Rose and John Sawyer will be members of the Division Executive Council along with the officers named above. Ken Parsons and Joe Wright are associate members of Longstreet Camp. Saturday 31 March was a busy day with the opening of the Museum of the Confederacy (MOC) Appomattox facility. Our Camp member MOC CEO Waite Rawls presided at the grand opening. Several other Longstreet Camp members attended. April is Confederate History Month. We need no proclamations from anyone to celebrate our heritage. Our ancestors fought to defend their homeland against invading armies. Central Virginia Battlefields Trust in Fredericksburg does a great job in battlefield preservation. In a recent mailing, Robert K. Krick penned a personal note applauding our Longstreet Camp for support of preservation efforts. We can still use a few volunteers for our semi-annual road cleanup scheduled for Saturday 14 April. I look forward to seeing you at our 17 April meeting and to receiving donations to the Hurtt Scholarship Fund, the Old War Horse, and to the Camp general fund. Walter
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Edwin Ray "Researching Your Confederate Ancestors" Every member of the SCV has at least one Confederate ancestor. Many knew that because as a child a proud relative told them about an ancestor who took up arms to defend his home and his country. How much or how little we know about those ancestors depends on how much the person telling us the story knew and then how much or how little effort we put into finding out more. Next Tuesday's meeting will provide you with the basic tools you need to flesh out the details of what is really known about our ancestors and maybe help us to find ancestors we were not even aware of who answered the call. Edwin Ray, Commander of the JEB Stuart Camp and an archivist at the Library of Virginia will cover "Where to Begin, Standard Sources, and Advanced Research issues" for genealogical research using sources relative to the 19th century and databases of Confederate soldiers and sailors. He will also provide information on research at the Museum of the Confederacy and the UDC Library. Don't miss this meeting that will help you write your own history. Andy Keller
Our associate Camp member J. E. B. Stuart, IV opened his talk about the pre-War Between the States years of his illustrious ancestor by quoting lines from Stephen Vincent Benet's magnificent poem "Army of Northern Virginia." "It is Stuart of Laurel Hill, `Beauty' Stuart, the genius of cavalry, Reckless, merry, religious, theatrical, . . . A Rupert who seldom drinks, very often prays, Loves his children, singing, fighting spurs, and his wife. . . " The original Jeb had early responsibilities. At the age of eight he rode a horse nine miles to Mt. Airy NC to pick up mail. He entered Emory and Henry College at age 15 and did well in math. Military servce was a Stuart famly tradition. Jeb received an appointment to the U. S. Military Academy at West Point in 1850, when he was 17. He received lots of demerits. Many were for fights, some of which he found necessary to persuade cadets under his command to follow orders. Jeb loved soldiering, unlike a number of other West Point students who were there for the engineering education. Jeb sought command and held several ranks as a cadet. Jeb ranked 13th in the 1854 graduating class of 46 students. The cadet ranking 1st in the class was George Washington Custis Lee, son of Robert E. Lee. 13 members of that 1854 class were killed in the War Between the States, five Union, and eight Confederate. Jeb Stuart strove to develop in himself four principles of leadership: Tactical and technical proficiency Maintenance of good order and discipline Assessment skills Passion for command Stuart's aim was to serve to his country and his God. As a brevet 2nd Lieutenant in 1854 he wrote: Oh, God where're my footsteps stray For prairies far from battle din Still keep them in thy holy way And cleanse my soul from every sin. Lord, when the hour of death shall come And from this clay my soul release Oh grant that I may have a home In thy abode of heavenly peace. Army action against Indians in West Texas as a member of the 1st Mounted Rifles caused a superior to describe Stuart's service as gallant, prompt, and reckless. Three fellow soldiers with him in the 1st Cavalry at Fort Leavenworth became major generals in The War- Confederate Joseph E. Johnston and Yankees Sedgwick and Sumner. Stuart served as regimental Quartermaster, stating, "I will spare no effort to learn my duties." The post commander was Philip St. George Cooke, who became Jeb's father-in-law and later a Yankee general. When Stuart cast his lot with the Confederacy, Sedgwick told him he was making a mistake. Ironically, both were killed within days of each other in May 1864. Stuart's passion for soldiering and leadership were described by a soldier in the toughly trained troops of the 1st Virginia Cavalry, "I like our commander, but he works us hard." Walter February Meeting Attendance: 37
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
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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 April 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
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. 24 Farragut's Yankee fleet passed Confederate Forts Jackson and St. Philip below New Orleans. 25 Farragut's fleet arrived at New Orleans. Confederate Fort Macon, near Beaufort NC surrendered. 28 Forts Jackson and St. Philip surrendered.
May 18621 Yankee MGEN Ben Butler occupied New Orleans. 3 Johnston withdrew his Confederate army from Yorktown. 5 Johnston's army withdrew after heavy fighting at Williamsburg, President Lincoln with cabinet members Stanton and Chase left by ship for Fort Monroe to take a personal look at McClellan's advance into Virginia. 7 Lincoln and his party disembarked at Fort Monroe. 8 Stonewall Jackson's troops repulsed Yankees at the battle of McDowell. 9 Confederates evacuated Norfolk. 10 Yankees occupied Pensacola FL. 11 CSS Virginia (formerly USSMerrimack) was scuttled off Norfolk. 12 Natchez surrendered to Farragut. 15 Yankee ships were repulsed by the guns at Drewry's Bluff, eight miles below Richmond..
Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox Stages Grand Opening(180 degree panorama photo of half those attending the opening dedication) On Saturday, a handshake between their re-enactors marked the opening of the Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox, dedicated to the history of the Confederacy and to the place where the war effectively ended and reunification began. Hundreds and hundreds were on hand for the grand opening, and while there was no official estimate, Museum President Waite Rawls called it "a great big honkin' crowd." Opening ceremonies began at 10 a.m., and by that time the grounds already were full. The main exhibit hall, which includes the museum's two marquee items - Robert E. Lee's sword and the uniform he wore at the surrender - was packed for hours. Visitors swarmed the main lobby area and parked themselves on the museum's benches just to wait their turn inside. The opening marked the culmination of what Rawls called six years of planning and construction. The facility, located just off Virginia 24 near U.S. 460 and about two miles from the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, is the first of multiple planned satellite locations for the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, and where it will share its vast collection of Confederate artifacts, papers and flags. The opening wasn't without controversy. As the 14 state flags rose in front of the museum's entrance, dubbed the "reunification promenade," a small plane circled overhead bearing a Confederate battle flag and a banner that read, "Reunification by bayonet SCV 1896." The plane, jointly sponsored by the national Sons of Confederate Veterans organization and the Virginia Flaggers group, represented the two groups' dissatisfaction with the museum's decision not to fly any flags of the Confederacy. A contingent from the Sons of Confederate Veterans Mechanized Cavalry group carried various Confederate flags around the grounds to draw attention to the omission, but heavier protest came from the Virginia Flaggers, who set up across from the driveway with a sign that read, "Cultural bigots destroying southern heritage." (Clips from an item by Dave Thompson) Editor's Note: The plane pulling the banner appeared to be the same one that was over Monument Avenue in Richmond the month earlier for our Heritage Parade. This time however, it caused a problem for at least half those in attendance. It made so much noise you couldn't hear the speeches or the National Anthem. On Monument Avenue it was not a problem as the sound system was much louder to overcome the normal city noise.
Letter to the EditorDear Sir, Although I have been a genealogist for many years, I have only recently started doing work and research on the Civil War. I have found a record for a Cartwright 'cousin' thanks to your website. James H Cartwright, enlisted in the 2nd MS Infantry in March 1862 and about six weeks later died of pneumonia (according to military records) in Ashland, Virginia. I have been unable to stop thinking about him. Did he get wet, cold, and stay that way? Too few clothes and no money to buy more? I am sure he had never been very far from his home in Silver Springs community, Tippah County, MS. Barely having left home, he sickened and died. What must his family have thought when they recd word. Or was it long after his death? After all these years, I want to express my gratitude to the loving service done by those ladies of Ashland so long ago, and the work your Camp has done to keep their memories alive for people like me. Except for you, James H would never have anyone to remember him. I have been invited to speak to the Ripley, (Tippah County) MS SCV Camp on May 7th about my Cartwrights who served. I selected six cousins who were all from the same area. James H was one of two who didn't come home. One cousin is a total mystery. We know he went, but there is no record of his death in service. Thomas and his brother, John Harvey Cartwright came back to Tippah. Their cousin - and my ancestor - James Thomas Asbury Cartwright (23rd MS), came home with an amputated leg from frostbite. But their lives went on and we have lived to remember and honor them. On behalf of my Cartwrights I thank you. Shirley (Cartwright) McKenzie Germantown, TN p.s. Germantown is a suburb of Memphis, but my area of interest is Tippah/Alcorn/Prentiss Counties, MS.
COMING EVENTSVisit Virginia 150 Sesquicentennial Events www.virginiacivilwar.org/events.php
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Pamplin Historical Park and The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier www.pamplinpark.org and their Special Events Calendar