THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 16, ISSUE 2, February 2014
I was certainly looking forward to John Coski's talk on Belle Isle. I had several friends who were planning to attend as well, but I should have realized that the January weather omens were going to be opposed to us gathering for that month. I had started out January going to Charlottesville for the 19th Virginia Infantry Camp meeting. They had a program on the Johnson's Island POW camp located in Lake Erie. One of my ancestors was in that division and was interned there after his capture at Gettysburg. That was on the first Monday of January when that dreaded Polar Vortex first raised its ugly head. It was so cold night that I was one of only five people to attend the meeting. Lack of a good turnout and the safety of our members were the two main concerns we had for our January meeting, but worry not, we will do our best to reschedule John for a warmer month; one hopefully more suited to exploring Belle Isle to see firsthand some of the features he will discuss. Fortunately we had a beautiful Sunday afternoon on Lee's Birthday to attend the Lee-Jackson Camp memorial program at the Confederate Chapel. I saw a few members there including 2nd Lt. Commander Les Updike, who continues to do an excellent job in leading in the singing, and Lee Crenshaw who was an usher. This was the best attendance I can remember as it was standing room only but I would like to see more Longstreet Camp members there. It is hard to imagine that it has been three months since we had a meeting at Roma's. So everyone can shake off the winter doldrums and come out next Tuesday to hear Les Updike's program and if you listen closely you may hear his singing as well. Andy
Snow on Tuesday 21 January caused us to postpone our monthly meeting until the following week. Lo and behold, snow on Tuesday 28 January led us to cancel that meeting. I don't recall this ever happening before. We wish a prompt and complete recovery to Chris Trinite, who had eye surgery recently. Our Camp member David Bridges has been on a book tour recently, signing his novel "The Broken Circle." The Museum of the Confederacy will hold its fourth Person of the Year Symposium on Saturday 22 February at the Library of Virginia. Previous symposia have been outstanding, and I am confident that this one will be also. Two of my favorite historians, Gary Gallagher and Craig Symonds are scheduled to speak. Each of the five speakers nominates a candidate who had the greatest impact in the year 1864. After conclusion of all the talks, attendees will then vote to select the Person. It takes just a few minutes to count the ballots and to announce the selection. The Virginia Division Convention is scheduled 11-13 April in Roanoke. This is an election year when attendees will select Division leaders for the next two years. The Stonewall Jackson Symposium is scheduled for 23-24 May in Lexington. Among the speakers are Bob Krick, Jack Mountcastle, Bud Robertson, and Jeff Wert. Details are available on the web at: www.stonewalljackson.org/symposium2014.html New members joining the SCV now come in at a reduced rate if national dues are paid for a year and a half. We can always use a few good men, so be on the lookout for prospects. These cold days bring us closer to spring. A spring highlight is our awarding the Buck Hurtt Scholarship to the outstanding senior histrory student at Douglas S. Freeman High School chosen by the faculty. Donations to the Scholarship Fund will be appreciated. Contributions can be made at any Camp meeting or mailed to me at 2524 Hawkesbury Court, Henrico, VA 23233-2426. We can get to know each other better if we wear Longstreet Camp name badges. These can be ordered at each meeting and will be available at the following meeting, at which time payment of $ 10.00 can be made. I encourage each member who doesn't already have one to order one. I look forward to seeing you at our 18 February meeting. Walter
"Love has been in the air" - OK, so I messed a little bit with the title of the song! While the emphasis of recent has been on romantic love, there is nothing wrong with a bit of attention on "love" in general. There are many aspects of love - here are a few we might remind ourselves of with some frequency -- compassion, patience, unselfishness, kindness, consideration. Well, you probably recognize I am not being original here - I am plagiarizing I Cor. 13 from the Bible - if you haven't read it recently, let me recommend you do so - it only takes about 3 minutes. It's a good refresher course on Love. 1st Corinthians 13 (NIV) Barton
ROMA'S RESTAURANT 8330 STAPLES MILL RD. LOCATED IN "THE SHOPS AT STAPLES MILL" TURN LEFT AT FIRST STOPLIGHT NORTH OF THE WISTAR SHOPPING CENTER DINNER - SOCIAL 6:00 PM MEETING STARTS AT 7:00 PM
"TEN REASONS FOR SECESSION - ONE REASON FOR WAR" by Les Updike Almost everyone has an opinion as to the cause of the American "Civil War", but the answer is not as simple as most people so glibly reply in their attempt to answer that question. We will time travel back through American, and world, history viewing the events which set the stage for secession and the War Between the States and also see how those same events are still setting the stage for American history yet to unfold. There are numerous things which can be cited as contributing to the secession of the Southern states. I have selected ten of those things, which fall into four basic categories, to take a closer look at. Those ten things were reasons for secession, not reasons for war! There was only one reason for war which will also be discussed. BRIEF BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF LES UPDIKE Native of Lynchburg, Virginia EDUCATION BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE Vocational Electricity & Electronics Diploma: E.G. Glass High School Central VA C C: A.S. Degree, Summa Cum Laude, General Studies John Tyler C C: A.A.S. Degree, Summa Cum Laude, Mortuary Science Tennis Instructor: Central Virginia Community College: (1976-1987) Moody Bible Institute: Scofield Bible Course and Advanced Gospel Studies. Calligraphy Instructor: City of Lynchburg & Campbell County Adult Education Departments Dog Obedience Training Instructor: Lynchburg Dog Owners' Club. He retired from AT&T as a Communications Technician with 38 years' service. MILITARY 3ND Class Petty Officer, Electronics Technician, U.S. Navy (1960-1965) PROFESSIONAL LISCENSES 2ND Class FCC Radio-Telephone Operators License Board Certified Mortician: National Conference of Funeral Service Examination Boards MEMBERSHIPS Gen. James Longstreet Camp 1247, SCV (2nd Lt. Cmdr.) River Road Baptist Church American Legion Mended Hearts International Richmond Shape Note Singers FAMILY He and his wife Barbara, who is also a member of both the DAR and UDC, have two sons, three grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. INTERESTS His hobbies include: a capella singing of old time shape note music, playing golf with his buddies, Bible study, cruise ship vacations, tracing his genealogy, and all things Confederate. He is also the author of the Confederate Poem Tis' For You, Dear Sir
We were snowed out 2 weeks in a row and John Coski will speak later in the year - probably June. January Meeting Attendance: 0 (snow)
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.
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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. 1 August 2013 - 8 February 2014 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
February 18641 Lincoln ordered 500,000 men to be drafted in March to serve for three years or for the duration of the war. The U. S. House passed a law reviving the rank of lieutenant general. 2 Confederate Navy men in small boats captured Yankee gunboat Underwriter in the Neuse River near New Bern, NC. 3 Yankee MGEN William T. Sherman with 26,000 soldiers left Vicksburg to destroy railroads and to damage the enemy near Meridian. 5 Sherman's Yankees marched into Jackson MS on the way to Meridian. 6 Sherman's Yankees left Jackson. 7 Yankees under BGEN Truman Seymour occupied Jacksonville, FL. 9 109 Yankee officers tunneled their way out of Richmond's Libby Prison. 59 reached Yankee lines, 48 were recaptured, and two drowned. 14 Sherman's Yankees captured Meridian, MS. 20 Confederates under BGEN Joseph Finegan defeated Yankees under BGEN Truman Seymour at the battle of Olustee (or Golden Pond), the largest battle of The War in Florida. 22 MGEN Nathan Bedford Forrest's Confederate cavalry beat BGEN W. Sooy Smith's Yankees at Okolona, Mississippi. 27 Yankee prisoners began arriving at an unfinished prison camp near Americus, GA, officially called Camp Sumter, but better known as Andersonville. 28 A Yankee cavalry force of 3,500 men under BGEN Judson Kilpatrick left the Rapidan River intending to attack Richmond and free Yankee prisoners held there. 29 Lincoln approved the congressional act reviving the rank of Lieutenant General. This was the highest rank since George Washington. Kilpatrick split his force, sending 500 men led by COL Ulric Dahlgren toward Goochland Court House. Kilpatrick intended to attack Richmond from the north and Dahlgren from the west.
March 18641 Confederate wounded, veterans, office and factory workers, and home guardsmen repulsed Kilpatrick. Dahlgren realized that Kilpatrick had failed and withdrew. 2 Yankee Congress confirmed the nomination of Ulysses S. Grant as Lieutenant General. Confederate cavalry under CAPT E. C. Fox and LT James Pollard captured 100 of Dahlgren's men and killed their leader at Mantapike Hill between Court Houses of King and Queen and King William Counties. Papers found on Dahlgren indicated a plot to assassinate Jefferson Davis. 4 The Yankee Senate confirmed Andrew Johnson as Federal Military Governor of Tennessee. 8 Lincoln met Grant for the first time at the White House. 9 At the White House Lincoln handed Grant his commission as Lieutenant General. 10 Grant was given official authority to command the Armies of the United States. Grant met with MGEN George Meade to work out the relationship with each other, as Grant intended to be in the field with the Army of the Potomac. 11 Grant left for Nashville to meet with MGEN William T. Sherman, Yankee commander in the West. 12 MGEN Henry W. Halleck was relieved as General-in-Chief of Yankee Armies and became Chief of Staff. Yankee army and gunboats commanded by MGEN Nathaniel P. Banks started up the Red River from the Mississippi. 14 Lincoln ordered the drafting of 200,000 men for the Navy and to provide "an adequate reserve force for all contingencies." 17 From Nashville Grant formally assumed command of the Armies of the United States and announced, "Headquarters will be in the field, and, until further notice, will be with the Army of the Potomac."
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