THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 14, ISSUE 7, July 2012
Please be sure to attend this month's meeting. It is an important meeting because we will elect camp officers for the 2012-2014 term. It is hard to believe my term is almost over but I am overjoyed for the camp to know that the next slate of officers will continue the Longstreet Camp's tradition of excellence in the SCV. I am pleased that we will have a full slate of officers to elect. Most of the officers have agreed to serve again in their current position. The only changes will be in the Commander and Lt. Commanders. I know that Andy Keller will do an excellent job as Commander with Paul Sacra and Les Updike serving as 1st Lt. and 2nd Lt. Commanders respectively. As you know, the Longstreet Camp is the best camp in the whole SCV. I am honored to have served as your Commander and look forward to to seeing what wonderful things are in store for us in the future! I hope to see you on Tuesday! Taylor
Proposed slate of officers for 2012-2014Commander: Andy Keller 1st Lt. Cmdr.: Paul Sacra 2nd Lt. Cmdr.: Les Updike Adjutant/Treasurer: Walter Tucker Judge Advocate: Harry Boyd Chaplain: Barton Campbell Quartermaster, War Horse Editor, & Webmaster: Gary Cowardin
At our June meeting we inducted Mike Liesfeld, whose ancestor George Washington Jones served in the 62nd Virginia Infantry. We have received from Headquarters the membership certificate of Art Wingo, whose ancestor Thomas Lindley Johns served in Hurt's Battery of the Alabama Light Artillery. We plan to induct Art at our July meeting. Two visitors, one a relative and the other a friend of a Camp member attended our June meeting. We hope that they'll become members. Preston Nuttall had surgery on 21 June. It went well, and he went home after four days. A few days thereafter pain, fever, and chills put him back in the hospital. He was still there Saturday morning 7 July, but was doing better and hoping to go home on the weekend and to attend our 17 July meeting. The home of Pat and Sarah Hoggard was badly damaged by a tree falling on it in the terrible storm of 25 July. Fortunately, no one was at home when the tree fell. They are in temporary quarters for several months while the home is being repaired. Annual report for 30 June submitted to Headquarters showed that we had 80 regular members, the same as a year ago. During the year we took in three new members and had two members transfer to us from other camps. Five members did not renew their membership. We have received a nice thank you note from Miss Carter Lyon, recipient of our Camp's Buck Hurtt Scholarship Award. She has Confederate ancestors and plans to major in history as a part of the St. Andrews-William and Mary Joint Degree Programme. Last month Jackie and I took a wonderful cruise on the Columbia and Snake Rivers aboard Queen of the West of American Cruise Lines. On the last night a member of the Nez Perce Tribe sang, spoke, and played a musical instrument in giving a presentation about his famous tribe. We also visited the National Park Service Nez Perce historic site. What's that got to do with The War Between the States? A number of Yankee WBTS generals stayed in the Army and fought American Indians after The War. Oliver O. Howard was as ineffective against the Nez Perce as he was at Chancellorsville. Nelson A. Miles persuaded Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce to stop fighting. Miles was most infamous for putting Jefferson Davis in leg irons at Fort Monroe. Commanding General William T. Sherman wanted to shift responsibility for Indian relationships to the Interior Department, showing that bureaucratic machinations have always been with us. We hope you'll attend our 17 July meeting and that you have a good summer. Our Camp does not meet in August. Renewal dues notices are scheduled to be mailed around 1 August. Prompt payment of dues will be greatly appreciated. Walter
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Sheridan's James River Campaign of 1865 through Central Virginia Sheridan's James River Campaign of 1865 through Central Virginia is a book by Richard Nicholas that tells the story of General Philip H. Sheridan's final cavalry raid in the Civil War in March of 1865. From the Shenandoah Valley, Sheridan led his 10,000 cavalrymen over the Blue Ridge into Charlottesville and surrounding counties along the north side of the James River from Nelson County as far downstream as Goochland. From there he turned north to the Virginia Central Railroad in Louisa County, circled around Richmond, and eventually joined Grant at Petersburg in the last week of the war. With the exception of a minor skirmish with the remnants of Jubal Early's little army at Waynesboro, the raid encountered no organized resistance. The raid was militarily insignificant and had no impact on the outcome of the war. But for the thousands of people in the path of the marauders, the event had an enormous impact that would endure for generations. It would take generations for many of them to recover from the damages and destruction caused by the raid. Nicholas's book attempts to tell the story of some of those people and their personal experiences. Nicholas is a native Virginian and a retired geologist now living in Albemarle County. A member of the SCV, his grandfather served in the 57th Virginia. Graduated from John Marshall High School, the University of Virginia, and the University of Kansas. He has authored two books in the Howard Virginia Regimental History Series. Richard will have Sheridan's James River Campaign of 1865 through Central Virginia available at the meeting for $22. Checks should be made out to: "Historic Albemarle." All proceeds go to the local Historical Society.
Month Speaker Topic 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.
Andrew Talkov of the Virginia Historical Society told us that Civil War newspapers carried no photos. Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper and Harper's Weekly sent artists into the field to produce illustrations for the papers. Edwin Forbes, a 23-year old classically trained artist, was sent into the field by Leslie. Initial battlefield work was done by Forbes at the battles of Cross Keys and 2nd Manassas. Forbes was one of two artists at Gettysburg. Since much more time was spent in camp than in battle, many of Forbes's sketches depicted the everyday life of the common soldier. Some of his better known illustrations shown to us in a power point presentation were: An old campaigner All quiet on the picket line A friend in need Execution of 5 deserters Forbes went to New York in 1864 to collect his sketches. An engraver made plates of them for printing. Congress would not buy the sketches when he offered them for sale. 30 years after The War Forbes produced his work in a book "An Artist's Memoir." We are fortunate that Forbes's work gave everybody a better idea of what soldiering was about. The Forbes exhibit at the Virginia Historical Society runs through 30 December 2012. Walter June Meeting Attendance: 20
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 7 July 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 Preston Nuttall Joe Price Waite Rawls Peyton Roden,Sr. Cary Shelton Will Shumadine Chris Trinite Walter Tucker Hugh Williams Keith Zimmerman
Member Elected to PostAt the annual convention of the MOS&B (Military Order of the Stars and Bars) held June 9th in San Antonio, Texas, Compatriot and life member, Conway B. Moncure, was elected Treasurer General for the next two years. Conway is currently the Commander of the General George Pickett Chapter here in Richmond. The George Pickett Chapter provides tombstones for Confederate veterans who died at the Confederate Soldiers Home which was located where the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is today. Most of them are buried at Hollywood cemetery in the soldiers section in unmarked graves. Hollywood contains more than 15,000 remains, many of which were reinterred from the Gettysburg Battle Fields. Conway's great Grandfather was 2nd Lt. Eustace Conway Moncure, Co. B, Ninth Virginia Calvary and was a scout for General Robert E. Lee in the Great War. E.C's memoirs of his experiences in the war were published by the Virginia State Library in 1927.
July 18621 Lee's frontal assault at Malvern Hill failed. However, he had prevented McClellan from taking Richmond and thus prolonged The War. Lincoln approved income tax increases and a transcontinental railroad. 2 McClellan retreated his army to Harrison's Landing. Lincoln approved land grant colleges. 4 Confederate John Hunt Morgan embarked on his first Kentucky raid. 8 Lincoln conferred with McClellan at Fort Monroe and reviewed the Army of the Potomac. 10 Yankee general John Pope issued draconian orders in the Shenandoah Valley against civilians designed to prevent guerilla actions. 11 Major General Henry W. Halleck was named General-in-Chief of all Yankee Armies. 12 Lincoln at the White House appealed to border state congressmen to support compensated emancipation of slaves. 13 Nathan Bedford Forrest captured Murfreesboro, TN. 14 John Pope called for an advance against the Confederates, proclaiming "I have come to you from the West, where we have always seen the backs of our enemies." 20 border state representatives opposed Lincoln's compensated emancipation, while only seven supported the plan. The U.S. Senate approved the secession of western Virginia from Virginia and the creation of a new state. 17 MGEN U. S. Grant assumed command of all troops in the Army of the Tennessee and the Army of the Mississippi and in the District of the Mississippi and Cairo. 22 Lincoln read to his cabinet a proposed emancipation proclamation. He accepted Seward's suggestion that it be delayed until the Yankee Army won a victory. 23 Henry W. Halleck assumed command of all Yankee armies. 29 The Confederate cruiser Alabama, unarmed, left Liverpool. Belle Boyd was arrested in Warrenton and accused of being a Confederate spy. She was held in prison in Washington DC until 28 August, when she was released because of lack of evidence.
August 18624 Burnside's Federal Corps from North Carolina arrived at Aquia Creek to assist Pope in defending against Lee's advance into northern Virginia. 6 CSS Arkansas was attacked and badly damaged by five Yankee warships at Baton Rouge. The crew was ordered to abandon ship, which was then blown up. 9 A. P. Hill's Division successfully counterattacked Banks's Corps of Pope's army. 17 MGEN J. E. B. Stuart was named commander of all cavalry of the Army of Northern Virginia. 22 Lincoln replied to Horace Greeley, "If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it. If I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it. If I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would do that." 24 CSS Alabama was commissioned as a Confederate Navy cruiser and received its armament and supplies near the Azores. 26 Confederate cavalry under Fitzhugh Lee captured the rail point at Manassas Junction. 28 Jackson's forces fired on Yankee Rufus King's Division at Groveton. 29 Fitz John Porter was ordered to attack Jackson, but failed to do so. 30 Pope attacked the southern left, but Longstreet on the right pushed ahead. Pope's army was defeated , but not routed.
September 18621 Jackson defeated Yankees under I. I. Stevens and Philip Kearny at Chantilly in the last action of the 2nd Manassas campaign. 2 Lincoln restored McClellan to full command in Virginia. Pope was left without a command. 4 Lee's army began crossing the Potomac River. 6 Jackson occupied Frederick MD as the Army of Northern Virginia established its base of operations north of the Potomac. 13 Yankees found Lee's famous lost order which revealed his plans to McClellan. 14 Confederates were defeated at South Mountain and Crampton's Gap. 15 Confederates captured Harpers Ferry, which netted them 12,000 Yankee prisoners. 17 One of the bloodiest battles of The War took place at Sharpsburg. 18 Lee at night began his pullout from the Sharpsburg battlefield.
Friends of Citizens for a Fort Monroe National ParkSasaki, the consulting firm hired by the Fort Monroe Authority, is using a website to collect and gauge public opinion about Fort Monroe's future. At the last FMA Master Plan public meeting, a Sasaski representative characterized the number of website participants thus far as small, setting the stage for ignoring the results. We urge you to make your opinion known on the Sasaki website: ideas.fmauthority.com
COMING EVENTS LINKSVisit 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