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VOLUME 15, ISSUE 1,           January 2013
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A quick jump to the articles in this issue:
Commander's Comments, Adjutant's Report, January Program (next), November Program,
December Program (last), Camp Officers, Longstreet's First Corps, 1863 Events (Jan, Feb), Coming Events Links,


Happy New Year!!  2013 is finally here.  We made it through 2012 with no
Mayan End of the World and without going over the cliff.  Hopefully 2013
will have no triskaidekaphobia bad luck for any of us  either.   I  hope
everyone  got what the wanted for Christmas and enjoyed their New Year's
holiday.  Remember that January is also a very  special  month  for  the
Sons  of Confederate Veterans as we remember the birth of General Robert
E.  Lee on January 19 and General Thomas  J.   Jackson  on  January  21.
Friday the 18th is the state holiday.                                   

We had a great meeting in  December  at  the  Westwood  Club  where  our
speaker  Marilyn  Iglesias  portrayed  Captain Sally Tompkins CVA.  I am
sure those of you who were there will want to see photos  below  of  the
event.   Those  who  missed  it can also check out the pictures and read
Walter Tucker's comments, but you just can not enjoy how good the  prime
rib was.                                                                

Now  is  the time to get out those new 2013 calendars and mark the third
Tuesday of each month as the Longstreet SCV Camp meeting  starting  with
dinner at 6:00.  Be there and bring a friend.                           


December was a good month for medical reports.  Connie Cowardin returned
home  after  four  months  of  surgery, hospitalization, and rehab.  Pat
Hoggard had  open  heart  surgery.   David  Bridges  had  hernia  repair

At  our  November  meeting  we  inducted  Floyd  L.   Lane, Jr.  We have
received from Headquarters the  membership  certificate  of  new  member
Brian  James Vliet, whose ancestor Jeremiah A.  Warren served in Company
F of the 19th Virginia Infantry.  We plan to induct Brian at our January

January  is  the  birth  month  of four American and Confederate heroes,
James Longstreet on the 8th, Matthew Fontaine Maury on the 14th,  Robert
E.   Lee  on  the  19th, and Stonewall Jackson on the 21st.  Lee-Jackson
Camp # 1 will have a memorial service honoring Lee  at  the  Confederate
Chapel  at  1:30  PM  on Saturday 19 January.  At 11:00 that morning the
Stuart-Mosby Historical Society will have a program at the State Capitol
with Bud Robertson as the speaker.                                      

The  Museum  of  the  Confederacy's Person of the Year 1863 Symposium is
scheduled Saturday 23 February.  Scheduled speakers are Edward L. Ayers,
Kent  Masterson  Brown,  Joseph  Glatthaar, Thomas Sebrell, and Jennifer
Weber.  The first  two  symposia  have  been  outstanding,  and  I  feel
confident  that  this  one  will  be  also.  For more information and to
register, visit                                             

In December our Camp made our annual donations to the  Central  Virginia
Battlefields  Trust and to the Richmond Battlefields Association.  These
worthy organizations do great work in battlefield preservation.         

The  movie  Lincoln  focuses  on  the  persuasion  of   the   House   of
Representatives  to  pass  the  13th  Amendment.  The senate had already
passed it.  After  passage  by  the  House,  ratification  by  27  state
legislatures was necessary to make the amendment in force as part of the
Constitution.  An interesting aspect is  that  alleged  legislatures  of
three  Confederate  states, Virginia, Louisiana, and Tennessee, ratified
before Lee's 9 April 1865 surrender at Appomattox.  Arkansas ratifed  on
14   April.   South  Carolina  ratified  13  November.   Alabama,  North
Carolina, Georgia, and Florida ratified in December.   Georgia  was  the
27th,  making  the  amendment effective.  Delaware and Kentucky rejected
the amendment in February.  New Jersey rejected the amendment in  March.
New  Jersey subsequently ratified in January 1866.  Delaware ratified in
February 1901 and Kentucky in  March  1976.   Mississippi  rejected  the
amendment in December 1865 and never ratified.                          

I  hope  that  Santa Claus was good to you and that 2013 will be a Happy
New Year.  I look forward to seeing you at our 15 January meeting.      



NEXT MEETING - TUESDAY, January 15, 2013




"Virginia & the 14th Amendment"
Our January program will be presented by our own  2nd  Lt.   Cmdr.   Les
Updike.   Les  has been a member of the SCV for 12 years and transferred
to the Longstreet Camp in 2010.   His  interest  in  things  Confederate
centers   around   the   political,   social,  economic,  and  religious
perspectives of this period of  our  history  rather  than  the  battles

He  and  his  wife, Barbara, who is a member of the Richmond - Stonewall
Jackson Chapter of the U.D.C., live in Henrico County.                  

Les retired from  A.T. & T.  after 38 years  service  as  an  Electronic
Technician.   He  is also a Board Certified Mortician.  He is best known
in Confederate circles as the author of the poem Tis For You,  Dear Sir!

His interests are many and varied but include cruise travel,  genealogy,
playing  at  golf,  and  Old  Time  Shape  Note  Singing.   His greatest
enjoyment comes from being Grandpa & Great Grandpa.                     

November PROGRAM

At our November Camp meeting John Coski opened his talk on The  Road  to
Appomattox  by  telling  us that the surrender experience was a minority

The first pardons at  Appomattox  were  lists  with  one  copy  for  the
Confederates  and  one  for  the  Yankees.   Since  Confederate soldiers
returning to their homes  had  to  go  through  war  zones,  someone  in
authority  wisely decided that an individual parole would issued to each
soldier.  The paroles for those surrendering at Appomattox were dated 10
April  1865.   The  parole granted to the parolee the right to go to his
home and to "there remain undisturbed." Soldiers regarded the paroles as
sacred relics of their wartime experience.                              

There  were three printed designs.  Some were totally handwritten.  They
were stamped like a passport.  Parolees were given frees ride on trains,
ferries,  etc,  and  were  entitled  to  rations.   A  number  went from
Appomattox to Burkeville and caught a train to City Point.              

Confederate Cavalry Brigadier General Thomas Lafayette Rosser refused to
surrender,  cut  his  way  out,  and  tried  to  rally under orders from
Secretary of War John C.  Breckenridge.  Rosser was captured and paroled
in early May.                                                           

Later  Confederate  surrenders  took place at Greensboro NC, Mobile, AL,
and Meridian, MS.                                                       

John's presentation was enhanced by his showing us  images  of  paroles.
The  Museum  of  the  Confederacy  at  Appomattox  humanizes  the parole
experience by displaying pictures.                                      
November Meeting Attendance: 23

December Dinner PROGRAM

Marilyn Iglesias dressed in period attire for her performance as Captain
Sally Tompkins at our Christmas banquet.                                

Sally  was one of four children in her Mathews County home Poplar Grove.
She showed an early aptitude for healing as she  treated  injured  birds
and  animals.   Her father died when Sally was only five years old.  The
family moved to Norfolk, where she attended Norfolk Female Institute.   

Upon moving to Richmond, Sally joined St.  James Episcopal  Church.   As
wounded  Confederate  soldiers were brought to Richmond from Manassas in
the summer of 1861, Sally felt  that  treatment  of  them  gave  her  an
opportunity to serve her country and God.                               

Responding  to Sally's appeal for donations, Judge Robertson donated his
home at 3rd and Main Streets,  which  came  to  be  known  as  Robertson
Hospital.   Responding  to  public  criticism  and  male resentment, the
Confederate government  closed  private  hospitals  and  assumed  direct
responsibility.   Sally  appealed  to  President  Jefferson  Davis,  who
commissioned her a Captain in the Confederate Army, thus giving her  the
authority  to  continue  to  operate  the  25 bed hospital noted for its
cleanliness and high patient survival rate.  The hospital closed in June
1865.  There is a historical marker at 3rd and Main Streets.            

By 1877 Sally was the only survivor of her family's generation.  In 1885
she moved to a  cousin's  home  Riverview  on  the  Rappahannock  River.
Riverview  was sold in 1905, and Sally moved to the Confederate Home for
Ladies in Richmond.  In 1901 she joined R.  E.  Lee  Camp  #  1  of  the
United Confederate Veterans.  She died at age 82 and is buried at Christ
Chrch in Mathews.  A monument was erected in 1925.                      
December Dinner Meeting Attendance: 45


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 For officer E-mail addresses see our
Contact Us page.


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 3 January 2013          

Walt & Marian Beam  Richard Chenery  Brian Cowardin      Clint Cowardin
Gary Cowardin     Lee Crenshaw       Cecil Duke          Jerold Evans  
Louis Armistead Heindl                                                 
Michael Hendrick  Phil Jones         Crawley Joyner	 Jack Kane     
Peter Knowles,II  Michael Liesfeld   Lewis Mills         Conway Moncure
Bob Moore         Glenn Mozingo      Joe Price           Waite Rawls   
Peyton Roden,Sr.  Paul Sacra         Cary Shelton        JEB Stuart, IV
Pat Sweeney       Chris Trinite      Walter Tucker       Hugh Williams 
Art Wingo                                                              

January 1863

1 Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. 2 Fighting continued at Murfreesboro. Both armies paused, each hoping that the other would withdraw. 3 Bragg's army withdrew from Murfreesboro. 5 Yankee troops entered Murfreesboro. 11 Yankee David Dixon Porter's gunboats and McClernand's land forces caused the surrender of Fort Hindman, AR. 15 Yankee soldiers and sailors burned Mound City AR, a center of guerilla activities. 17 Lincoln signed a resolution of Congress providing for immediate payment of the armed forces and asked for currency reforms to halt the additional issue of notes that increased the cost of living through inflation. 20 Burnside began the "mud march" toward Fredericksburg. 21 The mud march got worse. Jefferson Davis ordered Joseph E. Johnston to go to Bragg's army to investigate the retreat from Murfreesboro and criticisms of Bragg's conduct. Lincoln ordered that Major General FitzJohn Porter be cashiered and dismissed from the service and disqualified from holding any office of trust in the government. 22 The mud made it difficult for Burnside's army to return to camp. 25 Lincoln relieved Burnside and named Major General Joseph Hooker to command the Army of the Potomac. 26 Lincoln wrote a famous letter to Hooker pointing out things that concerned him. 30 Grant assumed command of the entire expedition against Vicksburg.

February 1863

5 Hooker eliminated the grand divisions of the Army of the Potomac and gave corps commands to J. F. Reynolds, Darius N. Couch, Daniel E. Sickles, George G. Meade, John Sedgwick, William F. Smith, Franz Sigel, and H. W. Slocum. George Stoneman was given command of cavalry. 6 Yankee 9th Corps under W. F. Smith was transferred to Newport News to increase the threat to Richmond from the east. 10 Yankee Queen of the West, below Vicksburg, steamed down the Mississippi to the Red River in response to orders from David Dixon Porter. 12 Queen of the West on the Red River destroyed a train of twelve army wagons. 14 Queen of the West went aground. Fire from Confederate batteries severed the steam pipe, and she had to be abandoned. The crew escaped mainly by floating on cotton bales to the army steamer DeSoto. Charles Ellet, commanding officer of DeSoto, put his crew on captured Confederate ship New Era No. 5 and burned DeSoto. 16 U. S. Senate passed the Conscription Act. 18 Two divisions of Longstreet's Corps were ordered to move from Fredericksburg to east of Richmond to protect the Confederate capital from Yankee threats via the peninsula or south of the James.


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