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VOLUME 15, ISSUE 11,           November 2013
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A quick jump to the articles in this issue:
Commander's Comments, Adjutant's Report, Chaplain's Comments, November Program (next), December Dinner Program,
October Program (last), Camp Officers, Longstreet's First Corps, 1863 Events (Nov,Dec), Coming Events Links,


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.                  


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                   

	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.


Barton Notes from the Chaplain---

"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."                                              


NEXT MEETING - Tuesday, November 19, 2013




"Payne's Farm Battlefield"
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"
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

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

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
October Meeting Attendance: 28


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.          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

November 1863

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

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 1863

1 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 1864

7 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.


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