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VOLUME 16, ISSUE 4,           April 2014
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A quick jump to the articles in this issue:
Commander's Comments, Adjutant's Report, Chaplain's Comments, April Program (next),
March Program (last), Camp Officers, Longstreet's First Corps, 1864 Events (Apr,May), Coming Events Links,


I have been told that three things help our Camps to grow and  thrive  -
Good  speakers,  friendly,  welcoming  meetings and Camp projects.  This
month I wish to remind you of the latter.  Ever since I joined  the  SCV
in  2006,  I  have  tried to participate in our semi-annual road cleanup
project.  Your first opportunity this year is at 10:00 on April 26  from
historic  Enon  Church  on Studley Road (Rt.  606).  Unfortunately, even
though this is the only project we  have  that  does  not  involve  just
fundraising,  most members have not taken an opportunity to provide this
easy service to the community.  While it is not exactly in our immediate
service  area,  it  is not remote and is a beautiful and relatively safe
area to join together for an hour or two of camaraderie so that  we  can
continue  to honor our commitment to the Commonwealth of Virginia, whose
flag we salute at every meeting, to keep this  area  of  road  clear  of
trash.   This  month  we mourn the recent passing of compatriot Ray Crew
who was a faithful member of the team.  Won't you honor him by  stepping
forward to fill his boots?                                              

(L-R) Ray Crews, Lewis Mills, Clint Cowardin, Gene Golden, Andy Keller, Lee Crenshaw

While  you  are  there  you should also take the opportunity to stop and
visit the historic Rural Plains Shelton Home and the                    
Totopotomoy Creek Battlefield
The  150th  anniversary  of  the battle will occur on May 28-30.        



Heartiest congratulations to past Camp Commander Taylor Cowardin and his
wife Jodi on the birth of their daughter Virginia Elizabeth on 31 March.

Our Camp mourns the passins of Ray Crews on 30 March.   Ray  joined  our
Camp  7  October  2002  on  the  service  of his ancestor James Lawrence
Washington Seay, who served in Company I of the 30th Virginia  Infantry.
Ray  was  faithful  in  his  attendance  at Camp meetings until he began
having health problems a couple of years ago.  He  also  helped  on  the
road  cleanup  (see  photo above).  His widow Joanne said that his heart
just gave out.  My memories of Ray are his wearing that  gray  kepi  and
the mischievous twinkle in his eyes.  He and Joanne were on the same New
England-Canada cruise as Jackie and I in September 2010.  Ray  delighted
in  telling  us  how  he enlightened some Bostonians about the fact that
Virginia was important in the founding of our country and that 1607 came
before  1620.   I  did  not  know  Ray before he joined our Camp and was
particularly interested in looking at the pictures in the  funeral  home
of  his  earlier  life.   As  a  teenager  Ray  was a member of the John
Marshall High School Cadet Corps.  He later served our  country  in  the
Navy in the waters off Vietnam.                                         

We can use some volunteers on our road cleanup on our one  mile  stretch
of  Route 606, Studley Road, near Enon United Methodist Church, at 10 AM
on Saturday 26 April.  Please call or email me at to
let  me know that you'll help.  There will also be a signup sheet at the
April Camp meeting.                                                     

Paul Sacra, Les Updike, and I are  scheduled  to  be  delegates  to  the
Virginia Division Convention in Roanoke 11-13 April.  Les is a candidate
for 2nd Brigade Commander.  Our present Brigade Commander Everette Ellis
is  a  candidate for 2nd Lieutenant Commander of the Division.  Everette
has been very attentive to the camps  in  our  brigade  and  has  served
admirably as Brigade Commander.                                         

Everette  for  several  years  has  chaired the Jefferson Davis Memorial
Committee.  This year's commemoration of  our  President's  birthday  is
scheduled  for Hollywood Cemetery at 9 AM on Saturday 7 June.  Following
that at Mount Calvary Cemetery will be a memorial service and gravestone
dedication  in  honor of Bridget M.  Grimes, who died ten days after the
explosion at the Confederate States  Laboratory  on  Brown's  Island  13
March  1863.  This is sponsored by the James City Cavalry Camp # 2095 of
Williamsburg.  Members of the Schwartz-Grimes family of Richmond plan to

April being Confederate Heritage and History Month is a most appropriate
time to honor especially our  ancestors,  who  fought  to  defend  their
homeland  against  an invading army.  We need to speak up more than ever
to counter the nonsense being distributed these days.  The spokesoman at
the  Army  War  College stated, "Robert E.  Lee's entire purpose in life
was to destroy the nation as it was then conceived."  A  letter  to  her
with a copy to the Major General Commandant of the College declared that
such a statement was equivalent  to  stating  that  George  Washington's
entire  purpose  in  life  was to destroy the British Empire.  After her
failure to respond, a follow up letter was sent to the  Commandant.   He
didn't  respond  either,  which leaves one wondering how they think they
are helping the reputation of the Army War College.                     

Barton Notes from the Chaplain---

"And if Christ has not been raised ---- your faith is in vain"  {I  Cor.
15:14}. This is what  the  Apostle Paul wrote about the Christian faith.
What is Easter?  Brightly colored eggs are fun , chocolate  bunnies  are
delicious,  but  this  is  not what Easter is all about.  It is the fact
that Jesus really did rise from the dead, conquering the finality of the
grave.  It is what separates Christianity from every other philosophy or
belief system.  Jesus is a Savior because He is  alive.   This  is  what
makes a "Happy Easter"!                                                 


NEXT MEETING - Tuesday, April 15, 2014




Richmond in 1862 Prior to the Seven Days Battles

by our own
Waite Rawls, CEO, Museum of the Confederacy


March's  speaker  Bill  Welsch  said  that  he  became   interested   in
Confederate   General   Samuel  Cooper  when  historian  Gary  Gallagher
responded to a question about Cooper by saying that  he'd  never  before
been  asked  a  question  about  the  ranking  four  star general in the
Confederate Army.                                                       

Cooper was born in Hackensack, New York (which no longer exists) 12 June
1798.   He  entered  West Point at the age of 15 and graduated two years

He became an aide-de-camp to General Alex  McComb  and  edited  Cooper's
Infantry  Tactics,  which  had  a  61  word  title.   That book replaced
Winfield Scott's manual of infantry tactics.  Cooper's Tactics was later
replaced  by  Hardee's  Tactics.  Scott once tried to get Cooper to hold
back evidence.                                                          

Cooper went on inspection tours in the field.   He  served  as  Adjutant
General  of  the US Army from 15 July 1852 until March 1861.  He was the
first West Point graduate to serve in  this  position.   His  friendship
with Jefferson Davis began in 1837 and strengthened when Davis served as
Secretary of War.                                                       

His memoirs cover  1815-1852.   No  one  knows  if  he  ever  wrote  any
regarding other periods of his life.                                    

Cooper was  a  staunch states' rights man and a Southern man.  His going
with the Confederacy  could  have  been  somewhat  attributable  to  his
dislike  for  Winfield  Scott.  In the Confederate Army he served in the
combined office of Adjutant and Inspector General.                      

His name appears on many WBTS documents, but little else is known  about
his service.                                                            

Cooper  rarely  wore  a  Confederate uniform.  He was distinctive in not
having a beard.                                                         

He was described by someone as a complete nonentity.  At least he is not
remembered for failure, disaster, or anything negative.                 

March Meeting Attendance: 21


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 2013 - 5 April 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

April 1864

4 Yankee MGEN Philip Sheridan replaced BGEN David McMurtrie Gregg as commander of Yankee cavalry in the Army of the Potomac. 6 At New Orleans the Constitutional Convention of Louisiana met and adopted a new constitution, abolishing slavery. 7 Longstreet's Corps, which had been in east Tennessee, was ordered to return to Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. 8 Confederates under MGEN Richard Taylor beat Yankees under MGEN Nathaniel P. Banks at the battle of Sabine Crossroads, LA in the Red River Campaign. 9 Banks's Yankees won a tactical victory at Pleasant Hill, LA, but retreated. 12 Forrest's Confederate cavalry captured Fort Pillow, TN. 18 Confederate GEN P. G. T. Beauregard was put in command of the Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia. He was responsible for defending Richmond, southern Virginia, and northern North Carolina against threatened Yankee invasion from the coast led by MGEN Benjamin "Beast" Butler. 19 CSS Albemarle sunk USS Smithfield by ramming at Plymouth, NC. Yankee Congress passed an act enabling Nebraska Territory to join the Union. 20 Confederate troops led by BGEN R. F. Hoke, aided by CSS Albemarle, captured Plymouth. MGEN Samuel Jones succeeded Beauregard in command of the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. 22 Yankee Congress acted to have the motto "In God We Trust" stamped on coins. 26 Yankee troops began to evacuate Washington NC following the fall of Plymouth. 30 Five year old Joe Davis, son of President Jefferson Davis and his wife Varina, died after falling off the high veranda of the White House of the Confederacy.

May 1864

3 GEN U. S. Grant ordered the Army of the Potomac to cross the Rapidan River. 4 Beast Butler's Army of the James assembled in transports at Hampton Roads to move up the James River to operate against Richmond from the south. Sherman prepared to move his 98,000 soldiers from Chattanooga toward Atlanta. 5 Gouverneur Warren's Yankee Fifth Corps faced Richard Ewell's Second Corps on the Orange Turnpike in the opening of the battle of The Wilderness.. Beast Butler landed 30,000 Yankees at City Point. 6 The armies clashed on the Orange Turnpike. Longstreet was severely wounded. Casualties were staggering. 7 Sherman began his march to Atlanta. 8 Anderson's Corps beat the Yankees to Spotsylvania Court House. 9 Yankee GEN John Sedgwick was killed. 10 Hancock's Warren's, and Wright's Yankee corps attacked Anderson's corps northwest of Spotsylvania. 11 Sheridan's raiders defeated the Confederates at Yellow Tavern. Jeb Stuart was mortally wounded. 12 Fighting was renewed at Spotsylvania. Joseph E. Johnston abandoned Dalton, GA. 15 MGEN John C. Breckenridge's Confederates, including VMI cadets, defeated MGEN Franz Siegel's Yankees at New Market VA. Fighting raged at Resaca, GA.. . 16 Ten Confederate brigades defeated Butler's Yankees at Drewry's Bluff. 18 Several Yankee attacks at Spotsylvani failed. Beauregard completed his investment of Butler at Bermuda Hundred. 19 The last engagement occurred at Spotsylvania. 20 Grant ordered the Army of the Potomac to move by its left and cross the Mattaponi River.


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