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VOLUME 14, ISSUE 9,           September 2012
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A quick jump to the articles in this issue:
Commander's Comments, Adjutant's Report, September Program (next),
July Program (last), Camp Officers, Longstreet's First Corps, 1862 Events (Sept,Oct), Coming Events Links,


We are now well in the midst of commemorating  the  Sesquicentennial  of
the  War  Between the States.  Since our last meeting the anniversary of
the Confederate victories at Cedar Mountain,  Second  Manassas  and  the
narrow brush with defeat at South Mountain have occurred.  Now we are at
the 150th anniversary of Sharpsburg or Antietam as some would say.   The
anniversary of that battle will occur the day before our meeting but you
may still have  time  after  receiving  this  newsletter  to  visit  the
battlefield  in  western Maryland before the meeting.  This battle in my
opinion may have been the most costly to the  Confederacy  of  all,  not
simply  in  the  loss  of  manpower  but  in  terms the loss of any real
opportunity  for  recognition  by  England  or  France.   Without  their
assistance  the  South  just  did  not  have the resources to defeat the
manpower and factories of the north.  Secondly, it  allowed  Lincoln  to
ignore  the  Crittenden Resolution of July 1861 where Congress had voted
that the sole purpose of the war was to preserve  the  Constitution  and
preserve  the Union and not to interfere with slavery.  With the failure
of Lee's army to actually defeat McClellan at  Sharpsburg,  Lincoln  had
the  opening  he  was looking for to issue the Emancipation Proclamation
and make ending slavery in the states in rebellion a central purpose  of
the  war.  That now made it even more unlikely that Europe would involve
itself on the side of the south.  Now only  one  other  possibility  for
success remained, but that is another topic.                            

As  we begin a new year and I begin to serve you in a new capacity, keep
in your minds and hearts the struggles that our ancestors  were  engaged
in  150 years ago and learn from their example that sometimes principles
come with a great cost.  One way that you  have  each  chosen  to  honor
their  sacrifice  is to be a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Since you have made that decision, follow it up  with  a  commitment  to
also  be  an active member by attending as many meetings as possible, by
participating in projects such as our highway cleanup and  visiting  the
battlefields  where  our  ancestors fought and the cemeteries where they
were laid to rest.  I will be unable to attend the  next  meeting  as  I
will  be  out of the country but I hope that everyone else will be there
to hear one of our most popular speakers, Bob Krick,  who  is  returning
after several years to address us on the 1862 Maryland Campaign.        


Family members of several of our compatriots are enduring severe  health
issues  as  this is being written on 8 September.  Connie Cowardin, wife
of Brian and mother of Taylor, is in intensive care at  Henrico  Doctors
Parham  with  doctors  working  to  restore her health.  Hut, the son of
Sarah and Pat Hoggard, is battling cancer.  Please  keep  them  in  your

Bob Moore is scheduled for cataract surgery on 18 September.            

Best wishes for a satisfactory outcome for all these medical situations.

Thanks  to our Camp members who responded nicely to Alex Ray's appeal at
our July meeting to assist him in his Eagle Scout project of  placing  a
marker  honoring  three  Confederate soldiers killed at Buckland Farm 17
October 1862.  Dedication is scheduled for the afternoon of Saturday  22

Thanks  also  to  2nd  Brigade  Commander Everette Ellis who ordered new
Confederate, Virginia, and American flags  to  replace  the  dilapidated
banners  flying  at  the  Confederate  fortifications  at  the Brook Run
shopping center on Brook Road (Route 1) north of Richmond's city limits.
Everette was assisted by a Camp member in putting the new flags up.  Our
Camp made a donation to the Jefferson Davis Memorial Fund to  cover  the
cost.  We  are  indebted to Richard Chenery for calling our attention to
the ragged flags and to  Gene Golden  who  took  some  pictures  of  the
tattered banners.  The Confederate flag is a 13 star First National. The
American flag is a 34 star 1863 Union cavalry guidon.                   

A recent email contained a statement about his Confederate  heritage  by
the  late  great  Lewis Grizzard.  I encourage you to find a copy of his
essay "Born Right" in his book "Southern by the Grace of God," which  is
available   from      Lewis  was  rightfully  proud  of  his
Confederate heritage, as we all should be.  The  Henrico  County  Public
Library  has  19 titles by Lewis, but unfortunately not "Southern by the
Grace of God." I hope that one of the 19 titles contains the essay "Born
Right."If you've never read anything by Lewis, you're missing something.

Renewal  dues  are  coming  in  nicely  and  regularly,  along with some
generous donations  by  Camp  members.   Please  call  or  email  me  at if you haven't received your dues renewal statement.
We appreciate those who have paid and look forward to receiving the rest

New member Art Wingo was inducted at our July meeting.


NEXT MEETING - TUESDAY, September 18, 2012




An Anniversary Overview of the Maryland Campaign

Bob Krick
Some historians view the 1862 Maryland  Campaign  as  one  of  the  most
interesting  events of the entire war.  The bold aggressiveness of Lee's
army; the capture  of  Harper's  Ferry;  the  famous  Lost  Orders;  the
geographic  complications  of  the  Potomac  River;  and  of  course the
unprecedented violence of the battle  itself,  all  combine  to  make  a
fascinating   story.   In  honor  of  the  150th  anniversary  of  those
compelling events, we'll take another look at  the  campaign,  primarily
from  the  Confederate point of view, and highlighting a few of the most
intriguing  things  from  before,  during,  and  after  the  Battle   of
Sharpsburg.                                         R. E. L. Krick      

Month Speaker Topic 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.


Richard Nicholas, a graduate of Richmond's John Marshall High School and
the  University  of Virginia, based his talk at our 17 July Camp meeting
on his book "Sheridan's James River Campaign through  Central  Virginia"
The book was published this year by Historic Albemarle.                 

Little  Phil's  Army of the Shenandoah was near Winchester in the winter
of 1865.  U.  S.  Grant  told  Sheridan  that  he  wanted  the  Virginia
Central  Railroad  and  the  James  River  and Kanawha Canal cut west of
Richmond to destroy these two vital  Confederate  supply  lines.   Grant
pestered  Sheridan  about this action.  Carrying only four days rations,
the Yankees were told to live off the land and to  destroy  anything  of

Yankee cavalry overwhelmed Jubal Early's pitiful little Confederate army
at Waynesboro on 2 March.  The Yankees met only token  opposition  after
this engagement.                                                        

The  Yankees  spent  4-6  March at Charlottesville.  Despite having been
told not to go into private homes, they  broke  into  Monticello,  whose
manager was a Yankee sympathizer.                                       

The  army  was  divided  at  Charlottesville, with General Devin's First
Division going to Scottsville, destroying the bridge at Palmyra  on  the
Rivanna River.  They destroyed several buildings in Scottsville.        

Sheridan  and  his men had a free run through the countryside.  All they
had to do was to travel along transportation routes.  Their difficulties
were caused by the poor condition of the roads caused by rain, snow, and
sleet and not by Confederate resistance.                                

Sheridan's men  were  vocal  in  trumpeting  their  accomplishments.   A
sergeant in the 2nd New York Cavalry wrote, "We have done the jonnies an
immense injury.  We have burned every bridge and torn up every  railroad
we  have  come across, we have lived off the country as we went through.
This has been the greatest raid that has ever been made."               

The damage to the Confederate war effort in this campaign  was  minimal,
but  when  combined  with  the  elimination of Early's resistance in the
Valley, the campaign contributed strategically in some small measure  to
the collapse of the Confederacy.                                        
July Meeting Attendance: 32


Commander: Andy Keller 270-0522 1st. Lt. Cmdr.: Paul Sacra 754-5256 2nd Lt. Cmdr.: Les Updike 285-1475 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 For officer E-mail addresses see our
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War Horse Editor & Webmaster: Gary Cowardin 262-0534 Website:



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.          17 July, 2011 through 7 September 2012         

Walt Beam    Richard Chenery    Brian Cowardin      Cecil Duke   
Jerold Evans                    Phil Jones                       
Peter Knowles, II               Michael Liesfeld    Lewis Mills  
Bob Moore    Glenn Mozingo      Joe Price                        
Waite Rawls  Peyton Roden,Sr.   Paul Sacra          Cary Shelton 
JEB Stuart, IV                  Pat Sweeney         Walter Tucker
Hugh Williams                   Art Wingo                        

September 1862

1 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. 19 Yankees under Rosecrans defeated Confederates at Iuka, Mississippi. 20 Lincoln prepared the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which he announced two days later. 24 Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus. 27 Confederate Congress passed the Second Conscription Act. 29 Yankee Brigadier General Jefferson Columbus Davis shot and killed Yankee Brigadier general William "Bull" Nelson during a quarrel in a Louisville hotel.

October 1862

1 Confederate Major General John C. Pemberton took command of the Department of Mississippi and east Louisiana, his primary duty being the defense of Vicksburg. 2-3 Lincoln conferred with McClellan at the latter's headquarters in Maryland. 4 Confederates were driven away from Corinth, Mississippi after a two day battle. 8 Yankees under Don Carlos Buell won a partial victory at Perryville KY, ending Bragg's invasion of Kentucky. 12 Stuart completed another ride around McClellan in Maryland and Virginia. 13 Lincoln in a lengthy letter to McClellan urged renewed activity. 16 McClellan launched two mjor reconnaisances from Sharpsburg to Smithfield in western Virginia and from Harper's Ferry to Charles Town, western Virginia.


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