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VOLUME 15, ISSUE 5,           May 2013
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A quick jump to the articles in this issue:
Commander's Comments, Adjutant's Report, Chaplain's Comments, May Program (next), Grave Marker,
April Program (last), Camp Officers, Longstreet's First Corps, 1863 Events (May,Jun), Coming Events Links,


"Remember, it is your duty to see that the true history of the South  is
presented  to  future  generations."  It is that final charge of General
Stephen Dill Lee which should guide our actions as sons  of  Confederate
Veterans  into  the 21st century.  There are numerous ways that we might
attempt to live out that charge but we remember it most by the  ways  we
honor today those who served us 150 years ago.  Each year members of the
Sons of Confederate Veterans, the UDC, and other organizations gather in
or  around  Richmond  for  memorials  to  honor  the  memory  of several
Confederate leaders, at least two of which who gave their lives for  the
cause.  The very least we can do, as members of the SCV, is to take time
out of our schedules to participate in one or more  of  these  memorials
programs.   In  the past 1000's participated, but today only a scant few
dedicated souls take the time to remember these heroes of the South. The
lack  of  participation speaks legion about how these role models of the
past have been diminished in society today.                             

The events begin each year with the birthday commemorations for  General
Lee  which  is  the Saturday after Lee-Jackson Day in January.  Programs
are held at both the State Capitol building and the Confederate Memorial
Chapel.   Earlier  this  year  no  less  a  figure  that Professor James
Robertson spoke at the first of these two  programs.  The  second  event
each  year  marks the birthday of General Stuart.  It takes place at his
grave in Hollywood Cemetery on the Saturday closest to his birth date of
February  6.   On  April  1 of each year the anniversary of the death of
General A.  P.  Hill is commemorated at the site of his death  behind  a
neighborhood across from Pamplin Historical Park in Dinwiddie County. In
recent years an actor who portrays him has given a talk on his life  and
death.   On  May  11,  2013  the annual UDC Ceremony of General Stuart's
mortal wounding, was held at near the old  Yellow  Tavern  on  Telegraph
Road in Henrico County.                                                 

I  mention these recent events only to encourage you to put them on your
electronic calendars for next year.  The more  important  reason  is  to
remind you of what has become one of the more well attended celebrations
of the year.  June 8, 2013 is the annual birthday ceremony for Jefferson
F.  Davis who was born June 3, 1808.  The event is held each year at the
site of his grave in the south-west corner of Hollywood Cemetery.   This
year  it  begins  at  9:00  a.m.   before it gets too warm.  The keynote
speaker will be Mr.  Bert Hayes-Davis, great great grandson of President
Davis.   The  occasion will also be marked by bagpipers, Honor and Color
Guards, and an impressive battery of cannon fire on  the  banks  of  the
James  River  below.   Last  year  there  were 400 in attendance with 55
wreaths presented.  This event is free and open to the public. I hope to
see y'all there.                                                        


We welcome to our Camp Hal Vincent,  whose  membership  application  was
mailed  to  Headquarters 10 May.  Hal's ancestor James Vincent served in
the Floyd Legion of Georgia during The War.                             

Many thanks to the generous donors to the  Buck  Hurtt  Scholarship  for
their  contributions  which were received in early May.  This puts us in
excellent shape for next month's award to be  made  to  the  outstanding
senior history student chosen by the faculty at Douglas S.  Freeman High
School of Henrico County.                                               

Thanks also to Road Boss Lewis Mills for leading the cleanup of our  one
mile section of Studley Road, Hanover County, near Enon United Methodist
Church.  Other Camp  members  participating  were  Clint  Cowardin,  Lee
Crenshaw,  Gene Golden, Andy Keller, Paul Sacra, and me.  George Woodson
had signed up to help,  but  illness  which  put  him  in  the  hospital
prevented him.  George is out of the hospital and doing better.  We were
blessed with good weather.  There didn't seem to be as much trash on the
road this year.                                                         

Highlight  of  the  April  12-13  Virginia  Division  Convention held in
Rockbridge County was the Saturday  afternoon  ceremony  at  the  burial
place  of  Stonewall  Jackson  in  the Lexington cemetery that bears his
name.  Attendees were  encouraged  to  walk  downtown  with  their  Camp
Confederate  flags  to  remind  Lexington merchants of the importance of
Confederate history to their town.  Brandon Dorsey of the host Stonewall
Brigade  Camp  # 1296 handed out smaller flags to those who did not have
camp flags.  The Lexington City Council  banned  from  the  city's  flag
poles all flags except the American, Virginia, and the non-existent city
of Lexington flag.                                                      

Our Camp received a Division outstanding camp award.  Fixed requirements
for  the award are that a camp be in good standing and be represented at
the convention.  Five elective requirements we achieved were:           

Donation of more than $ 100.00 to grave marker for three Confederate
soldiers at Buckland Farm, Warrenton, VA;                           
Road cleanup                                                        
Provided a speaker at a SCV camp meeting. Preston Nuttall spoke to  
the James City Cavalry Camp about his book "The Amish Rebel."
Published our monthly newsletter The Old War Horse.                 
Awarded the Buck Hurtt Scholarship described above.                 

Division  individual  meritorious  service  awards  announced   at   the
convention went to Gary Cowardin and Past Camp Commander Michael Kidd.  

Division 1st LCDR Tracy Clary spoke about the Sam Davis Youth Camp.     

Ed  Willis  of  Lee-Jackson Camp # 1 encouraged members to contact state
legislators urging them to designate April as Confederate History month,
to  designate  10  May  as  Confederate  Memorial  Day  and to honor the
"Confederate- American Heritage" flag.                                  

Distributed to attendees was a flyer about a statue  of  Jackson  to  be
erected near Lexington by the Stonewall Brigade Camp.                   

Next  year's convention is tentatively scheduled to be in Roanoke hosted
by Fincastle Rifles Camp # 1326.  Fincastle Camp's Commander Red Barbour
(  a  past  Virginia Division commander) and Adjutant Gerald Via were at
the convention.                                                         

There are several Memorial Day ceremonies scheduled 27  May.   Fly  your
flag  as  well  as attend one of the programs.  Also mark your calendars
for the 8 June Jefferson Davis program at Hollywood Cemetery.           


Barton A Word from the Chaplain...

I expect you all are like me - glad to see some sunshine, and a  little 
warmer  weather!  I think it has made me appreciate the azaleas, tulips,
etc.  even more this year.  And that has also made me  wonder  again  in
awe at Gods' marvelous creation and amazing artistry.  I would encourage
you to reflect afresh on His greatness  -  maybe  read,  or  better  yet
listen to - the classic hymn "How Great Thou Art".  Enjoy the transition
into summer!                                                            






"Minorities in the Confederate Military: Combat Support"
Teresa Roane

Teresa Roane was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia.  She earned  her
B.A.   in  history  at Virginia Commonwealth University.  She worked for
eight years at the Richmond Public Library followed by 15 years  at  the
Valentine  Museum's  library.   Teresa is currently the Archivist at the
Museum of the Confederacy.  She has served on the boards of  Friends  of
the   Richmond   Public  Library,  Alliance  to  Conserve  Old  Richmond
Neighborhoods and the Historic Richmond Foundation.  She is a member  of
the  Richmond-Stonewall  Jackson  UDC  chapter  and  has  given numerous
presentations and workshops.   Teresa  spends  her  free  time  reading,
watching movies and walking battlefields.                               

Camp Holds Grave Marker Dedication Ceremony

On Saturday 4 May the Camp held a grave marker  dedication  ceremony  at
Hollywood  Cemetery  honoring Private John James Cook of Company K, 18th
Virginia Infantry.                                                      

2nd LCDR Les Updike was outstanding in his organization  and  leadership
of the ceremony.                                                        

After  welcome  by CDR Andy Keller and opening prayer by Chaplain Barton
Campbell, Les quoted sagacious Benjamin Franklin and four  time  British
Prime  Minster  William  Gladstone  about  cemeteries.  Franklin opined,
"Show me your cemeteries and I will tell you what  kind  of  people  you
have."  Gladstone  said,  "  Show  me  the manner in which a nation or a
community cares for its  dead  and  I  will  measure  with  mathematical
exactness  the  tender mercies of its people, their respect for the laws
of their land, and their loyalty to high ideals."                       

Les then led us in singing "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny."             

   Walter     Jim Cooke  Dave Cook   Andy  Barton
Jim Cooke, one of Private Cook's descendants, gave  family  history  and
background on the Cooks.                                                

Les  Updike  recited  a  poem  he  had memorized in his school days, Sir
Walter Scott's "My Native Land." The memorable opening lines are:       
"Breathes there the man with soul so dead, Who never to  himself
hath said, This is my own, my native land!"                     

Dave  Cook,  another  descendant,  spoke  of  the Confederate service of
Private Cook, who was born in 1840 and died of pneumonia in  1862.   His
grave, unmarked until now, is in the section of the Gray family. William
Gray, who lived until 1873, offered the grave site to the Cook family.  

Family members unveiled the  marker,  followed  by  Chaplain  Campbell's
dedicatory prayer and Les's leading us in singing "Dixie.".             

Commander Keller gave the charge of LGEN Stephen Dill Lee.              

The  Honor Guard of the Captain William Latane Camp # 1690 gave a musket

Les recited his moving poem "Tis For You, Dear Sir" which he had written
several  years  ago  after wearing a Confederate uniform on a hot summer
day and being told by a neighbor that he was an idiot.                  

Chaplain Campbell gave the benediction and closed a wonderful program.  



Our Camp member Barton Campbell dedicated his Brice's Crossroads program
to his ancestor Colonel William A.  Johnson, CSA, who served with Nathan
Bedford Forrest.                                                        

Three factors led to the battle:                                        
Sherman's fear of Forrest                                
Multiple Union objectives, one to keep Forrest distracted
Forrest's taking the initiative                          

Barton referred to Army educational considerations METT-T                   
Mission	What was each side's mission?                        
Enemy	What did each side know and believe about the other? 
Terrain	How did it bear?                                     
Troops	Who had what and of what caliber?                    
Time	How did each handle and what consequence did it have?

The Yankees under Brigadier  General  Samuel  Davis  Sturgis  had  4,800
infantry  and 3,300 cavalrymen.  Confederates had 4,800 cavalry.  Yankee
Colonel  Edward  Francis  Winslow  estimated  that  Forrest  had  10,000
infantrymen!  The undergrowth masked the number of Forrest's troops.    

The Yankees had marched a great distance and were worn out.             

Forrest rode the line and ordered Morton to charge the Yankee artillery.
Forrest's artillery unlimbered within 60 yards of Yankee artillery.  The
bridge over the Tishimongo got jammed because of an overturned wagon.   

Yankee  Sturgis  said, "If Forrest will leave me alone, I will leave him
alone." It was not in Forrest's nature to leave things alone.  Sturgis's
most famous quotation was about the famously blustering John Pope, under
whom he served at Second Manassas, " I don't  care  for  John  Pope  one
pinch of owl dung."                                                     

Forrest employed principles of war:                                     
	Offensive- Lyons attacked and Morton charged
	Maneuver- Fix and envelope                  
	Surprise- Assault in the rear               

Forrest's Confederate routed the Yankees, causing Union  losses  of  223
killed, 503 wounded, and 1,800 missing.                                 

Although  a  tactical  victory  for Forrest, the Union' s strategic aims
were achieved:                                                          
	Yankee railroads were protected.                      
	Forrest was diverted from going into middle Tennessee.
	Forrest could not interdict Sherman's supply line.    

January Meeting Attendance: 33                                           


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 11 May 2013              

Walt & Marian Beam  Richard Chenery  Brian Cowardin      Clint Cowardin
Gary Cowardin     Lee Crenshaw       Cecil Duke          Jerold Evans  
Louis Armistead Heindl               Michael Hendrick    Pat Hoggard   
Phil Jones        Crawley Joyner     Jack Kane           Floyd Lane    
Peter Knowles,II  Michael Liesfeld   Lewis Mills         Conway Moncure
                                                         Irby 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                                                              

May 1863

1 Robert E. Lee moved the Army of Northern Virgina out of Fredericksburg to block the Army of the Potomac's exits from the Wilderness. Jubal Early remained in Fredericksburg with 10,000 soldiers to oppose John Sedgwick's 40,000 Yankees. Lee and Jackson held their last planning session. 2 Stonewall Jackson's flanking force attacked the Yankee flank under Oliver O. Howard. Jackson was wounded by Confederate troops. His arm had to be amputated, and he was taken to Guinea Station. Jeb Stuart assumed command of Jackson's soldiers. 3 Hooker was disabled by falling bricks from the Chancellor House. Sedgwick attacked Marye's Heights. Lee turned a portion of his line and halted Sedgwick at Salem Church. 4 Sedgwick fell back to Banks's Ford and recrossed the Rappahannock. Hooker decided to withdraw the entire Army of the Potomac across the river. 10 Stonewall Jackson died at Guinea Station. His body was taken to Richmond where it lay in state in the Capitol building for several days before being taken to Lexington for burial. 14 McPherson's and Sherman's Yankee corps occupied Jackson, the capital of Mississippi. 18 The siege of Vicksburg began. 19 Yankees attacked Vicksburg without success. 21 Yankees began the siege of Fort Hudson. 22 Grant's Yankees launched a second assault against Vicksburg. 23 Petitions circulated in Ohio protesting the "arbitrary arrest, illegal trial, and inhuman imprisonment of C. L. Vallandingham," the leading "Copperhead." 25 Yankee military authorities in Tennessee turned former Congressman Vallandingham over to the Confederates. Lincoln had changed Vallandingham's punishment to banishment from the U. S. 27 Banks's Yankees launched the first assault on Port Hudson. 28 The 54th Massachusetts Volunteers (a regiment of blacks) departed Boston for Hilton Head, SC. 29 Lincoln refused to accept the resignation of Burnside offered as a result of the arrest, conviction, and banishment of Vallandingham. Governor Oliver P. Morton of Indiana had protested the arrest because it increased opposition to the war effort in the states on the Ohio River. 30 Lee reorganized the Army of Northern Virginia into three corps under Ewell, A. P. Hill, and Longstreet.


1 Prominent Chicagoans led by Mayor F. C. Sherman protested Burnside's suppression of the Chicago Times. 2 President Davis ordered Vallandingham sent to Wilmington NC and placed under guard as an "alien enemy." 3 The Gettysburg Campaign began as 75,000 men in Lee's Army of Northern Virginia headed west from Fredericksburg. The 54th Mass arrived at Port Royal, SC. 4 Yankee SecWar Stanton, following a suggestion by Lincoln, revoked the order suspending publication of the Chicago Times. 6 Jeb Stuart's cavalry passed in review at Brandy Station. 8 Lee, with the corps of Ewell and Longstreet, arrived at Culpeper Court House. 9 The greatest cavalry battle on American soil took place at Brandy Station. Stuart held the field, but Hooker had information, and the Yankee cavalry redeemed itself. 14-15 Confederates under Ewell won the Second Battle of Winchester. 16 Confederates began crossing the Potomac River on the way to Pennsylvania. 18 Grant Relieved MGEN John A. McClernand of command of the 13th Corps because he considered him insubordinate, self-seeking, and incompetent.


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