THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 16, ISSUE 11, November 2014
We have just completed the Sesquicentennial of the 1864 elections and appropriately enough the Republicans have won again. Hopefully the results for the South will be more to our liking this time around. The Election of 1864 confirmed the ultimate outcome of the War making it only a matter of months before the conflict would end after four hard years of suffering on both sides. Likewise November now marks the month of the Longstreet Camp officer elections, so it might be helpful to highlight some of the duties of our officers so that you as members might be able to know how you may be of assistance to them. We have a tradition of very good programs at our camp meeting. The responsibility for finding our speakers is that of the First Lieutenant Commander. Paul Sacra has been preforming that duty now for just over two years and is running for re-election. Finding good speakers may become more of a challenge after a while, so Paul may well appreciate your recommendations or help in finding speakers. If you hear a program you enjoy, ask the speaker if they would be available to speak to the Camp. If they are, then get their contact information for Paul. This is especially true if they live in the Richmond area and do not charge a fee for speaking. The Second Lieutenant Commander (SLC) has several new responsibilities under our Constitution which include among others the recruitment of members. That is not his responsibility alone, but one that rests with each of us. Your responsibility is to invite eligible guests to our meetings, but when you do, make an effort to introduce them to Chris Trinite who is the current SLC so that he can give them the camp information package. If you find a guest sitting at your table then that is another opportunity for you to make them feel as welcome as you can and to introduce him to those at your table as well as to Chris. If everyone does their bit to help out then we will have a much stronger Camp. I hope to see you at the election meeting and hopefully at the Installation of Officers on December 2 at the Westwood Club. Andy P.S. Pat Sweeney underwent a total replacement of his left shoulder on Thursday, Nov. 6 and therefore will not be able to attend the next couple of meetings but sends his greetings to our camp Compatriots.
Paul Sacra provided the camp with a very interesting talk on the Battle of Cedar Mountain. Studley Road Cleanup was held on November 18th, 2014. The report is below: Road cleanup well done On a beautiful Saturday 18 October nine Camp members plus the son of one enabled us to clean up our one mile section of Studley Road, Hanover County, in record time. Peerless leader Lewis Mills was joined by David Bridges, Lee Crenshaw, Gene Golden, Phil Jones, Andy Keller, Robby Keller, Walter Tucker, Art Wingo, and George Woodson. Thanks to all who participated. Walter Christmas Dinner to be held Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at the Westwood Club, Richmond, VA 23226. Speaker will be Bert Dunkerly talking on the Richmond Bread Riot. The Dinner cost is $39.00 per person. Please complete a reservation form and mail to Art Wingo by 11/26/14. The address is on the form: Click here to goto the RSVP form, print it, fill out, and mail along with a check to Art for our December 2rd Dinner/Program Art Our December 2nd Dinner Meeting will be: "The Richmond Bread Riots" by Robert "Bert" Dunkerly, NPS Robert M. Dunkerly is a historian, award-winning author, and speaker who is actively involved in historic preservation and research. He holds a degree in History from St. Vincent College and a Masters in Historic Preservation from Middle Tennessee State University. He has worked at nine historic sites, written seven books and over twenty articles. His research includes archaeology, colonial life, military history, and historic commemoration. Dunkerly is currently a Park Ranger at Richmond National Battlefield Park. He has visited over 400 battlefields and over 700 historic sites worldwide. When not reading or writing, he enjoys hiking, camping, and photography.
My wife and I were walking in Regency Square Mall over the weekend, and I marveled at the amount of Christmas decor already in evidence. I know, folks have been bemoaning the ever-earlier decorations and shopping for some time now, but it seems to get worse every year. One "display" struck me particularly forcefully - the "Santa-land" was already completely in place! It reminded me of a story I first read some years back. A small boy was shopping with his mother, and watching the activity surrounding a mall Santa, he asked "Where's the line to see Jesus?". Kind of sums it up, doesn't it? Do we take any time to assess our blessings and give thanks to the Lord at Thanksgiving? And what about Christmas? Let's try to remember that "Jesus is the Reason for the Season". I hope you and your family will have a holiday season filled with meaning, and not just "stuff". Psa. 103:2 Barton
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John Singleton Mosby, The Gray Ghost by Ruth Ann Coski Ruth Ann Coski began working at the Museum and White House of the Confederacy in 1988 and spent six years as head of the White House interpretive staff before becoming the Library Manager of the Museum's Eleanor S. Brockenbrough Library. She researched and wrote the scripts for the Museum's exhibitions on R.E. Lee and Varina Anne "Winnie" Davis and "Art of the Confederacy." For the last several years she has been a Special Correspondent for the Museum's quarterly Magazine. She is the author of The White House of the Confederacy: a Pictorial Tour, and has contributed many book reviews and articles to Civil War magazines and encyclopedias and has spoken widely on the Jefferson Davis family. Before coming to Richmond, she worked seven years as a costumed interpreter At Colonial Williamsburg. Ruth Ann earned her B.A. in History and English from Mary Washington College, where she met her future husband---and they have been following each other around ever since.
Having walked the Cedar Mountain battlefield with the inimitable Robert K. Krick, our Camp's 1st LCDR Paul Sacra was eminently qualified to speak about Stonewall Jackson's last battle in independent command on 9 August 1862. Jackson had been ordered by General Robert E. Lee to suppress the Yankee Army of Virginia, commanded by MGEN John Pope, an arrogant braggart who had verbalized harsh measures against civilians. Jackson had 24,000 men, about half the number commanded by Pope. Jackson had the good sense not to attack Pope's entire Army, but chose to concentrate on the Corps of MGEN Nathaniel Banks, which was located in the neighborhood of Culpeper. MGEN Richard S. Ewell's Division led the Confederates marching north. COL Charles A. Ronald was in charge of the Stonewall Brigade. MGEN A. P Hill was bringing his Division from Gordonsville. The weather and the roads were miserable. Afternoon temperatures approached 100 degrees. Many soldiers did not sleep on the night of 8 August, the eve of the battle. The roads were ankle deep in dust, choking the poor soldiers as they marched. Jackson was the most tight-lipped commander ever. Someone asked his servant Jim Lewis why he was packing. Lewis responded, "When I see him getting up to pray several times in the night, I know something is going to happen." Yankees were initially successful, particularly against the left of BGEN Jubal Early's Brigade. BGEN George Henry Gordon's Brigade hit a gap between Ronald's Stonewall Brigade and the Brigade of COL Thomas A. Garnett. In the fierce fighting the flag of the 21st Virginia was carried by five color bearers. BGEN Dorsey Pender's Brigade charged Gordon's flank. Yankee cavalry trashed the library of Reverend Slaughter's. At one point in the battle, Confederate artillery firing into the flank of BGEN John White Geary's Brigade was being directed by Stonewall Jackson and by BGEN Charles S. Winder, both former artillerists. Winder was mortally wounded and was replaced as Division Commander by BGEN William B. Taliaferro. Yankee BGEN Christopher Columbus Augur was severely wounded and was replaced as Division Commander by BGEN Henry Prince, who was captured. An interesting vignette was Confederate artillerist Snowden Andrews being told by several doctors that he could not survive his gut wound. He told the doctors, "If you doctors would do something for me, I'd get well. I once had a hound dog that ran a mile with his guts out and caught a fox. I know that I am as good as any dog that ever lived and can stand as much." Andrews lived until 1903. Confederates rallied and won the battle. Paul cited Bob Krick's book Stonewall Jackson at Cedar Mountain as one of his favorites. Walter October Meeting Attendance: 25
2012-2014 CAMP OFFICERS LONGSTREET CAMP #1247Commander: Andy Keller 270-0522 1st. Lt. Cmdr.: Paul Sacra 754-5256 2nd Lt. Cmdr.: Chris Trinite Adjutant/Treasurer: Art Wingo 262-2796 Judge Advocate: Waite Rawls Historian/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 2014 - 1 November 2014 Walter R. Beam Leroy G Crenshaw Arthur B. Cowardin Dale A Harlow Crawley F. Joyner, III Phillip Jones Andy Keller Peter I Knowles II Jack Maxwell Conway Moncure Robert H Moore, Jr. Floyd G Mozingo Preston Nuttall Jim Pickens Joseph S Price S Waite Rawles Peyton Roden James Smith Chris Trinite Walter Tucker Harold E. Whitmore
November 18641 A six day Yankee scout moved from Bermuda Hundred into Charles City County, VA. 2 Secretary of state William H. Seward told the mayor of New York City of rumors from Canada that Confederate agents planned to set fire to the city on Election Day. 4 At Johnsonville TN MGEN Nathan Bedford Forrest's Confederates shelled Yankee boats, warehouses, two wagon trains, and soldiers. 7 Confederate Congress met in Richmond for what turned out to be its last session. President Jefferson Davis delivered an optimistic message, minimizing the fall of Atlanta. 8 Yankees reelected Lincoln as President with Tennessee's Andrew Johnson as Vice President. Democrat candidate George Brinton McClellan carried only Delaware, Kentucky, and New Jersey. Republicans and Unionists increased their strong majority in the House of representatives to over two thirds and maintained a strong plurality in the Senate. 9 Yankee MGEN William Tecumseh Sherman ordered his men to forage liberally on their march from Atlanta to the sea. If met with resistance from inhabitants, army commanders they were to order and enforce a relentless devastation. 11 At the Yankee Cabinet meeting the secret document disclosing Lincoln's doubts about the election was opened. 13 A sizable portion of LTGEN Jubal Anderson Early's Confederate Army was detached from the Shenandoah Valley to strengthen the siege lines at Richmond and Petersburg. 14 Lincoln accepted the resignation of MGEN McClellan and named Philip H. Sheridan to the rank of MGEN in the Regular Army. 15 Most of Sherman's Army left Atlanta for their march to the sea. 17 Sherman's soldiers took four routes on their march ,to confuse the Confederates. 19 Governor Joe Brown of Georgia called for men between the ages of 16 and 55 to oppose Yankees under the command of MGEN William Tecumseh Sherman, but to no significant avail. President Abraham Lincoln ordered blockades lifted at Norfolk, Fernandina, and Pensacola, FL. 21 Confederate LTGEN John Bell Hood's Army of Tennessee left Florence, AL and headed for Tennessee. His object was to get between Yankees at Pulaski and Nashville. 22 MGEN Henry Warner Slocum's wing of Sherman's army occupied the Georgia state capital at Milledgeville. 25 A Confederate attempt to burn New York failed. 29 MGEN John M. Schofield's Yankees passed Spring Hill TN unnoticed by Hood's Confederates. 30 Six Confederate generals were killed in the crushing defeat at Franklin, TN.
December 18646 Salmon P. Chase was named Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. LTGEN Ulysses S. Grant ordered MGEN George H. Thomas to attack Hood's army at Nashville. 10 Sherman's army arrived before Savannah. 13 Sherman's army reached the sea. 15 Thomas's army defeated Hood's at Nashville. 20 Confederates evacuated Savannah. 22 Sherman sent his famous message to Lincoln, "I beg to present you, as a Christmas gift, the city of Savannah..." 24 Yankee bombardment of Fort Fisher, near Wilmington NC, began. 25 Yankee landings at Fort Fisher failed, sealing the fate of MGEN Benjamin F. Butler, no longer needed by Lincoln because of his political influence. 30 Lincoln indicated to his cabinet that Butler would be removed from command of the Army of the James because of the fiasco at Fort Fisher.
January 18651 Butler ordered a canal cut to bypass a bend in the James River at Dutch Gap. 4 Yankee troops embarked at Bermuda Hundred for a new expedition against Fort Fisher. 6 Republican House of Representatives member J. M. Ashley of Ohio brought up the proposed 13th Amendment to abolish slavery. 7 Butler was removed from command of the Department of Virginia and North Carolina and replaced by MGEN E. O. C. Ord. 8 The huge naval fleet under RADM David Dixon Porter arrived at rendezvous off Beaufort NC before attempting to take Fort Fisher. 9 The Constitutional Convention of Tennessee adopted an amendment abolishing slavery and putting it to he vote of the people. 11 The Constitutional Convention of Missouri adopted an ordinance abolishing slavery. 13 The attack on Fort Fisher, led by MGEN Alfred H. Terry, began. John Bell Hood resigned as commander of the Army of Tennessee. 15 Yankees assaulted and captured Fort Fisher. 19 Sherman ordered a march from Savannah through South Carolina.
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