THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 14, ISSUE 5, May 2012
I would like to thank Adjutant Tucker for all his hard work in applying for and ensuring that we met the qualifications for the Virginia Division's Outstanding Camp Award given to our camp at the last Virginia Division Convention. I would also like to thank all of you for your participation in camp activities to help us get the award. We are truly fortunate to have such a great camp! I hope you can make it to the next meeting. I always love learning more about Stonewall Jackson and our May program shouldn't disappoint! Taylor
Welcome to David Bridges, who transferred to our Camp from Major General I. R. Trimble Camp # 1836 of Ellicott City, Maryland after moving to Richmond. Thanks to Clint Cowardin, Lee Crenshaw, Gene Golden, Andy Keller, Boss Lewis Mills, Paul Sacra, Austin Thomas, Dave Thomas, and Walter Tucker for cleaning up our one mile section of Studley Road (Route 606), Hanover County, near Enon United Methodist Church on Saturday 14 April. The good turnout enabled us to complete the job quickly. Kudos to Gary Cowardin for his fine work in editing The Old War Horse and in maintaining our Camp's web site. For the second time in recent months we have been contacted by a descendant of one of the Confederate soldiers buried in Woodland Cemetery, Ashland. This one reminds us of the errors that can creep into records. The soldier's surname on the folder in the National Archives and in the Broadfoot Index of Confederate Soldiers is spelled Ganbill. The papers in the Archives folder spell the surname Gambill. Two reliable sources said that it is useless to ask the Archives to correct its mistake which has been there for nearly 150 years. A number of people had a hand in putting the Woodland roster on our web site. Judy Lowry of the Page Library of Montpelier brought the Library of Virginia research of the Ashland April 1862 Confederate States Burial Book by W. E. Winfrey and Bill Thames to the attention of Lewis Mills. At our request National Park Service historian Bobby Krick reviewed the roster and wrote a narrative about Ashland and the Cemetery. Gary Cowardin then put the narrative and roster on our web site. Errors easily occur on death certificates, which are based on information given by a grieving family member at a time of emotional stress. The death certificate of my maternal grandfather Walter Louis Dunn has the incorrect first name of his father and misspells the maiden name of his mother. It also states that his year of birth was 1866. The 1870 census shows him as being 10 years old. The death certificate of my Confederate great grandfather Robert L. Tucker has his middle name as Lee. The roster in the regimental history of the 1st Virginia Infantry has Luscius as his middle name. Stones in cemeteries perpetuate errors. Jackie's grandmother Ida Peek Randlett (known affectionately as Nanny) ordered a marker for her father. It sits in Oakwood Cemetery with a Yankee regiment thereon. Nanny said that was a mistake, since he was supposed to have been one of Morgan's raiders. Jackie and I researched his record at the Kentucky Archives in Frankfort and verified that he was a Kentucky Confederate Cavalryman, although not one of Morgan's group. Jackie and her sisters were elated. A speaker at a Richmond Civil War Round Table a few years ago responded to a question by saying, "It's in the official records." That response implied that he had never read Captain Sir Basil H. Liddell Hart's wonderful little book "Why Don't We Learn From History." Hart wrote of an incident in March 1918" An eminent French general majestically dictated orders giving the line on which the troops would stand that night and start their counter-attack in the morning. After reading it, with some perplexity, the corps commander exclaimed.' But that line is behind the German front. You lost it yesterday.' The great commander, with a knowing smile, thereupon remarked' This is for history.' For a great part of the war he had held a high staff position where the archives on which much official history would later depend had been under his control." Thus, errors in records are not always unintentional. In early June our Camp will be presenting the Buck Hurtt Scholarship Award to the outstanding senior history student at Douglas S. Freeman High School. Buck's surname is spelled Hurt in the roster in the regimental history of the 26th Virginia Infantry. When I questioned our late Camp Commander Chuck Walton about the spelling, he said, "My mother spelled it with two t's, and I wasn't about to cross her." Not wishing to be haunted by either ghost, it's two t's for me. Walter
Please alert me to anyone in the hospital, incapacitated, recent family loss, etc. Barton, Chaplain layman, engineer, and field arty guy too (for those who don't know my background) Barton Campbell: firstname.lastname@example.org John 11:25
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Rebecca Cumins "Lee's Right Arm, The Death of Stonewall Jackson" May 10 marks the 149th anniversary of the death of General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson as a result of wounds received at the battle of Chancellorsville. Our speaker, Rebecca Cumins' topic for our May 15 meeting will thus be particularly timely. Becky, a member of the Board of Directors for Confederate Memorial Hall in New Orleans, was recently elected as their first woman President. She works for the National Park Service as a historian at Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, National Military Park.
2012 Speaker ScheduleWe have a great series of programs planned for the rest of the year and we want you to be able to plan ahead so that you do not miss any of them. In May we will have Rebecca Cumins speaking on the Death of Stonewall Jackson. After that the schedule is as follows: Month Speaker Topic June Andrew Talkov, VHS Civil War Artist Edwin Forbes July Richard Nicholas Sheridan's Central Virginia Raid September Bob Krick, NPS October Tom Crew, LOV John Brown - A Perfect Steel Trap November John Coski, MOC The Road Home from Appomattox December Marilyn Iglesias, UDC Captain Sally Tompkins, CSA Marilyn is a member of the UDC and will perform her one woman recreation of Confederate nurse and Captain Sally Tompkins. You may recall that we had a program from the Museum of the Confederacy on the Captain last November. This presentation should be special interest for our December meeting as there are generally many more women in attendance on that occasion. Andy Keller
Virginia Division Archivist Edwin Ray of the Library of Virginia covered more sources of information about Confederate ancestors than can be contained in this brief writeup. Compiled service records of each Confederate soldier were done by unit and were created from periodic unit rosters captured by the Yankees and taken to Washington. The Library of Virginia has Virginia units on microfilm. The Library of Virginia has unit histories published by H. E. Howard. Each volume contains a roster. The most complete compiled service records are at the United Daughters of the Confederacy. The Library also has pension records, prison records, and hospital records. The Museum of the Confederacy has the latter two. The Virginia Division of the SCV is working on the roster of Confederate soldiers buried in Oakwood Cemetery. Hollywood Cemetery has records on soldiers buried there. Postwar testimonial records can be helpful, as are Confederate Veteran magazines and Southern Historical Society papers. The Museum of the Confederacy has a medical and hospital series and a POW collection. The UDC headquarters library has records of the Southern Cross of Honor, cemetery records, and the Roll of Honor. Edwin is working on the Virginia record of military dead. In addition to these sources, family record such as family Bibles can be very helpful. Walter April Meeting Attendance: 34
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 5 May 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
May 186216 Yankee General McClellan established his headquarters at White House, formerly a Lee property, on the Pamunkey River. 17 Yankee General McDowell on the Rappahannock was ordered to march upon Richmond in cooperation with McClellan's Army of the Potomac. 19 President Lincoln disavowed the emancipation proclamation of Major General David Hunter. Lincoln again appealed for adoption by the states of his policy of gradual, compensated emancipation. 23 Stonewall Jackson's troops easily defeated Yankees under Colonel John R. Kenly at Front Royal. 25 (Sunday) Jackson defeated Yankees at Winchester. 30 Confederates under General Beauregard abandoned Corinth, Mississippi. 31 At the battle of Fair Oaks General Joseph E. Johnston was wounded. He was succeeded for a few hours by Gustavus W. Smith.
June 18621 General Longstreet's attack was repulsed by Yankees at fair Oaks. Jefferson Davis appointed Robert E. Lee to command of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. 3 Confederates abandoned Fort Pillow, Tennessee, rendering northern Mississippi River outposts of the South useless. 6 Yankee gunboats defeated Confederate warships at Memphis. 8 Confederates, primarily under General Ewell, defeated Yankees under John C. Fremont at Cross Keys. 9 Confederates beat Yankees at Port Republic, concluding Jackson's brilliant Valley Campaign. 12 Confederate cavalry under J. E. B. Stuart began just north of Richmond the famous ride around McClellan. 15 Stuart arrived in Richmond to report to Lee on the ride around McClellan. 17 General Braxton Bragg was named commander of the Western Department of the Confederate Army. 18 Yankees under Brigadier General George W. Morgan occupied Cumberland Gap. 19 President Lincoln signed into law a measure prohibiting slavery in the territories of the United States.
COMING EVENTSVisit Virginia 150 Sesquicentennial Events www.virginiacivilwar.org/events.php
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