THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 15, ISSUE 11, November 2013
Membership is the key to survival of any group. It has been said often about the church that it is only one generation away from extinction. The same can be said for any organization including the Sons of Confederate Veterans. That is why it is so important for you to reach out to friends, neighbors, those you know in other organizations such as your church to see if someone you know might have a Confederate ancestor; then start by planting a seed as to how membership in the SCV would honor that ancestor. If you or they need help there are folks who can provide that assistance. When you talk about the SCV always add that we are a Historical Honor Society to help explain just who we are and to help counteract negative publicity we sometimes attract. Right now we are at least holding our own on membership, but we just completed a process whereby we in effect charged off 66 members from our inactive member list. These were people who met the requirements for membership and took the time to document it, but for some reason lost interest and did not renew their membership. That leads to what are some of the things necessary to retain members. It is not unusual for an organization to lose half of the members it recruits every year but this does not have to happen. Interesting programs, which relate to our purpose of honoring our Confederate ancestors, are essential for ever meeting, but creating a friendly, welcoming environment for all our members and especially our guests is just as important. You are probably very good about greeting those you know already, but if you see someone you do not know make a special effort to welcome them. You may find some have been members for years but do not come to many meetings, others who joined months ago but had not been to a meeting since or some that are there to check us out since they are thinking of joining. Find out something about them. There may be some other member at the meeting who they share something in common with, but if they are ignored then there is little chance they will return again anytime soon. If they are members, there is also a good chance that they will not renew their membership no matter how interesting our programs are. The more friendly greetings they get, including an invitation to sit at your table, the more likely they are to return. Wearing a name badge will make this so much easier. If all members wore them then at least we could be sure if someone was a member already but more importantly it helps old and new members alike to know who you are. Name badges only cost $10 but they are invaluable when it comes to building comradery. They are now available in three styles so call Walter Tucker at 360-7247 to order yours so you can start wearing it to meetings and help us to grow and retain members. Andy
Congratulations to David Bridges for the awarding of the Confederate Medal of Honor to his ancestor Major James Breathed of Stuart's Horse Artillery. On 12 October there was a parade in Hancock MD ending at Major Breathed's grave site. The framed citation was unveiled outside Waite Rawls's office in the Museum of the Confederacy on Friday 18 October. Take a look at the impressive citation on your next visit to the Museum. Bill Lohmann had a nice story about David and his ancestor in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. It is pleasing to report that 78 of our 80 regular members, or 97.5 %, have paid dues for the fiscal year to end next July. This is the best retention rate of at least the last dozen years. We can always use a few good men, so be on the lookout among your friends and neighbors for potential members and invite them to attend a meeting. Rain caused us to postpone one week until Saturday 26 October our semi-annual cleanup of Route 606, Studley Road, Hanover County, near Enon United Methodist Church. Road boss Lewis Mills was ably assisted by Clint Cowardin, Lee Crenshaw, Gene Golden, Paul Sacra, and me in this project. There didn't seem to be as much trash this year. I don't know what that says about the economy. A gentleman who lives on Studley Road was so appreciative of our effort that he gave us a check for $ 25.00, which we added to the Hurtt Scholarship Fund. Reservations are coming in for our Christmas banquet scheduled for Tuesday 3 December at the Westwood Club, which always provides us with excellent food and service. Deadline for reservations for this festive evening is Wednesday 27 November. Our Camp member Chris Trinite's business Bunkie Trinite Trophies now offers three different types of Longstreet Camp name badges. The traditional fold fits nicely on a coat or shirt pocket. New ones are a magnetic badge and one with pins. Please let me know which you wish to order, and I will place the order with Chris. Price is $ 10.00, payable when you actually receive the badge. We do not publish a newsletter in December. The January issue is scheduled to come out in mid-January, so it is well to be aware of these three January events honoring Confederates: Friday 17 January 6:00 PM The UDC will host a ceremony honoring Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson in the old House of Delegates Chamber in the State Capitol. Friday 17 January-Saturday 18 January Lee-Jackson Day events in Lexington, VA sponsored by Stonewall Brigade Camp # 1296. For details visit web site leejacksonday.webs.com Sunday 19 January 1:30 PM Ceremony honoring Robert E. Lee at Confederate Memorial Chapel sponsored by Lee-Jackson Camp # 1. One of the greatest scientists ever, Matthew Fontaine Maury, also has a January birthday. Let us always honor our Confederate ancestors. Walter
"THANKSGIVING will be here shortly after our meeting. I always get my ire up when I hear about the "first Thanksgiving w/the Pilgrims". No, it was here in the Old Dominion, right at Berkeley Plantation, two years before the "pilgrims" arrived on the shores of North America. But don't let that deter you for being truly thankful. A number of us have had a difficult fall; we have had both illness in our immediate family, and death in our extended family during the last month. But God is good; He cares for us, and He loves to provide us with what is good. Take some time to reflect this Thanksgiving on what you have - treasure your family, your friends, your freedoms. And somewhere in the midst of having fun that day - and that is a great thing to do - stop and say "Thank you Lord for loving me, and for being Who you are, not only for the bounty that you give." Barton
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"Payne's Farm Battlefield" by Paul W. Sacra 1st Lieutenant Commander, General James Longstreet Camp 1247 Paul's great-great-great grandfather, Wyatt Everett Nicholson, Co. C, 46 North Carolina Infantry was killed in action on May 10, 1864 at Spotsylvania Courthouse, Va. Paul has been a member of the Longstreet Camp since 2012. Paul also had a cousin in the Union Army who was killed the same day a few miles away (Major General John Sedgwick). He also has a few other Union ancestors and about 44 Confederate cousins such as Willie Pegram, Major General John Pegram, Brigadier General William Starke and Brigadier General Peter Starke. He is a past President of the Richmond Civil War Roundtable and has been a member there for 31 years. He assisted in the discovery and remapping of the battlefield at Payne's Farm and discovered the Cavalry battlefield where Custer and Rosser fought during the Spotsylvania Battles. Paul enjoys a 725 volume Civil War Library and has given 16 tours to various battlefield sites. He has visited 113 different Civil War sites for a total of 506 visits. Speaking in the school system and to various adult groups about Civil War topics has been a standard since the 1980's. The little-known, but critical fighting at Payne's Farm on a dusky cold evening in dense woods and open farm plots may have helped push the war into 1864. Paul will discuss how the Battlefield was discovered, the fighting by units on both sides and the side stories about the ground, including the Witch Woman and the Ghosts of Payne's Farm. Longstreet Camp members Bob Moore, Harrison Smith and Patrick Sweeney had relatives who fought in regiments that saw action at Payne's Farm.
"Ladies Memorial Association" by Waite Rawls, CEO, Museum of the Confederacy Click here to goto then PRINT the RSVP form for our December 3rd Dinner/Program Fill out along with a check and send it to Walter. MUST BE IN BY NOVEMBER 27
Eric App, Director of Operations of the Museum of the Confederacy, fascinated us with his Virtual View of Civil War Richmond. He could visually take us inside buildings, showing us what President and Mrs. Davis could see out of the windows of the White House of the Confederacy. Eric virtually rebuilt the city of Richmond by using U. S. Army maps which showed every building in the capital city. Eric gave us his computer generated tour, focusing on significant buildings and responding to requests that we made. He showed us the Spottswood Hotel, where the Davis family lived until the White House was ready. The Customs House, where Davis's office was located, was of particular interest to me because my great grandfather Robert L. Tucker was an orderly there. The city was smaller then, with the area north of Broad Street and Chimborazo being in Henrico County. The original Thalhimers store, with a residence above, was on Main Street. The 17th Street marketplace had a ballroom above it. Other interesting buildings were Main Street Station, Elizabeth VanLew's home, the Exchange Hotel, and the Ballard House. Words are woefully inadequate to portray Eric's interesting visual presentation. If you didn't see it, please do so when you have the opportunity. Walter October Meeting Attendance: 28
2012-2014 CAMP OFFICERS LONGSTREET CAMP #1247Commander: 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.
PUBLICATIONSWar Horse Editor & Webmaster: Gary Cowardin email@example.com 262-0534 Website: longstreetscv.org
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. 1 August - 9 November 2013 In memory of Ben Baird Walt Beam Brian Cowardin Clint Cowardin Michael Hendrick Phil Jones Jack Kane Andy Keller Peter Knowles,II Peter Knowles,III Floyd Lane, Jr. Lewis Mills Conway Moncure Bob Moore Joe Moschetti Glenn Mozingo Preston Nuttall Jim Pickens Joe Price Waite Rawls Peyton Roden,Sr. Cary Shelton Harrison Smith Pat Sweeney Chris Trinite Walter Tucker Art Wingo Keith Zimmerman A Resident of Studley Road
1 Jefferson Davis returned to Richmond from his western trip. 2 Lincoln received an invitation to make a few remarks at the dedication of the new National Cemetery at Gettysburg. 4 Bragg sent Longstreet and his corps from the Chattanooga area against Yankees under Burnside in east Tennessee. 5 Mosby's Rangers were active most of the month in northern Virginia. 11 Yankee MGEN Benjamin Butler returned to active command in the Department of Virginia and North Carolina. 16 Longstreet's Confederates neared Knoxville, TN. 17 The siege of Knoxville was underway. 18 Lincoln left Washington for Gettysburg aboard a special train of four cars. 19 Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg address, which followed a two hour address by noted orator Edward Everett. Lincoln returned to Washington that same night. 23-24-25 Battles of Chattanooga, Lookout Mountain, and Missionary Ridge took place resulting in Yankee victories under General U. S. Grant. Confederates under General Braxton Bragg retreated toward Chickamauga. 26 The Mine Run campaign began in Virginia with Meade's Yankee Army of the Potomac against Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. 29 Longstreet's Confederates failed to penetrate Knoxville. 30 Jefferson Davis approved Bragg's request to be relieved of command.
December 18631 Meade abandoned his Army of the Potomac's attempt to penetrate Lee's line along Mine Run. 2 LTGEN William J. Hardee took over command of the Army of Tennessee. 3 From Knoxville Longstreet moved his army east and north toward Greeneville. 6 General William T. Sherman and his staff entered Knoxville, ending the siege of General Burnside's Yankee troops. 8 Lincoln issued his proclamation of Amnesty and Rreconciliation pardoning "those who participated in the existing rebellion" if they took an oath to the Union. Exceptions included high ranking military officers, members of the Confederate government, all who resigned commissions in the Army and Navy to join the Confederacy, and those who treated Negroes or whites "otherwise than as lawful prisoners of war." If at least one tenth of the citizens who voted in the election of 1860 so wished, a state government would be recognized in any seceded state. 9 Yankee MGEN John G. Foster superseded Burnside in command of the Department of the Ohio. 16 GEN Joseph E. Johnston was named to succeed Hardee as Commander of the Department and Army of Tennessee. 27 Lincoln and Secretary of War Stanton visited Confederate prisoners at Point Lookout. 28 The Confederate Congress abolished substitution for military service.
January 18647 Lincoln commuted a death sentence in the case of another deserter "because I am trying to evade the butchering business lately." The day before Jefferson Davis had suspended execution of a Virginia private. 9 Davis warned his commanders in Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi that Yankee Admiral Farragut was preparing to attack Mobile and attempt to pass the forts there as he had done at New Orleans. 13 Lincoln told General Banks at New Orleans to construct a free state government in Louisiana. Lincoln also urged MGEN Quincy A. Gillmore to cooperate in reconstructing a loyal state government in Florida. 18 Substantial opposition to the Confederate conscription law continued to develop in western North Carolina. 19 The Arkansas pro-Union Constitutional Convention at Little Rock adopted an anti-slavery measure. 21 Pro-Northern citizens of Tennessee in Nashville proposed a constitutional convention and abolition of slavery.
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