THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 15, ISSUE 1, January 2013
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. Andy
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 surgery. 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 meeting. 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 www.moc.org 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. Walter
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"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 involved. 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.
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 experience. 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. Walter November Meeting Attendance: 23
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. Walter December Dinner Meeting Attendance: 45
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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. 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 18631 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 18635 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.
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