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THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 16, ISSUE 2,           February 2014
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A quick jump to the articles in this issue:
Commander's Comments, Adjutant's Report, Chaplain's Comments, February Program (next),
Camp Officers, Longstreet's First Corps, 1864 Events (Feb,Mar), Coming Events Links,

IF OUR MEETING IS CANCELED DUE TO SNOW OR ICE
IT WILL BE NOTED HERE AS SOON AS THE DECISION IS MADE

Andy COMMANDER'S COMMENTS

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     

Walter ADJUTANT'S REPORT

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   

Barton Notes from the Chaplain---

"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

GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247

NEXT MEETING - Tuesday, February 18, 2014 (DATE CHANGED DUE TO SNOW)

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


OUR FEBRUARY SPEAKER


"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                  

JANUARY PROGRAM

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 #1247

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.

PUBLICATIONS

War Horse Editor & Webmaster: Gary Cowardin cowardin@juno.com 262-0534 Website: longstreetscv.org


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LONGSTREET'S FIRST CORPS

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 1864

1 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 1864

1 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 LINKS

Visit Virginia 150 Sesquicentennial Events
VA Sesquicentennial Logo 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

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