THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 15, ISSUE 5, May 2013
"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. Andy
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. Walter
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! Barton
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"Minorities in the Confederate Military: Combat Support" by 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.
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 salute. 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. Walter
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: Objective Offensive- Lyons attacked and Morton charged Maneuver- Fix and envelope Surprise- Assault in the rear Simplicity 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. Walter January Meeting Attendance: 33
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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 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 18631 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.
June1 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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