THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 17, ISSUE 2, February 2015
Last month I mentioned two national meetings coming to our area in the next several months. In addition the SCV State Convention will also be held in nearby Colonial Heights on the weekend of April 17-19. One of the highlights will be lunch followed by bus tours of Dinwiddie battlefields on Saturday following the business meeting. The cost of the meal and tour are only $30 and are sites you would not likely visit on your own. Most if not all who attend will also be eligible to receive reimbursement from the Camp for the $35 cost of the registration which is in addition to the other costs. If you would like to attend please let Art Wingo know. As always we look forward to seeing you at the meeting on Tuesday. Andy
Our January meeting was held on January 20, 2015 at our usual location, Roma's Restaurant. We had 18 Camp Members and 2 Guest in attendance. A member of our camp, David Bridges provided us with an excellent talk on his book The Broken Circle. The Camp is in need of donations to our Buck Hurtt Scholarship funds. Please consider donating to this worthwhile project. A Resolution for Deceased Compatriot for David Pelham George, Sr. was obtained and provided to his widow, Marion George. Art
"Love is in the air". I think that was the theme song on the TV show "Love Boat". Hey, most of you guys are old enough to remember that! Love is certainly in the thinking for next weekend. What are your plans? We are having a romantic weekend keeping 2 of our grandchildren! Love is a hallmark of Christianity. God is properly described, in part, as being love Himself. Indeed, "love" became incarnate in Jesus Christ. And God's love is not seasonal - it is all the time. It is summed up in John 3:16. Check it out! 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
The Fight for Roanoke Island by Will Glasco Will Glasco grew up in Hanover County, Virginia, not far from Cold Harbor Battlefield. At a young age, he toured battlefields in the Richmond area with his father and grandfather, which instilled in him a love of Virginia history. He learned the value of hard work at his family's business, Transit Lumber, during summers in high school and college. Attending the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, he majored in Creative Writing, and soon after graduation in 2008, began working at the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond. Starting off as a tour guide in the White House of the Confederacy, Will worked his way up, serving in many roles before finding a home in the Development Department. In early 2014, he took the position as Director of Annual Fund at Preservation Virginia, a Richmond based non-profit that specializes in saving historic sites.
Our own Camp member David Bridges, author of "Fighting with JEB Stuart:: Major James Breathed and the Confederate Horse Artillery" and historical novel "The Broken Circle," spoke enthusiastically about the Major and the love of his life Mollie Macgill at our January meeting. Breathed attended the College of St. James in Hagerstown MD, where many Episcopal priests had trained. He interned and studied medicine for three years (1855-1858) under his relative Dr. Charles Macgill of Hagerstown, MD. This was followed by study at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. David focused on five aspects of heroism: Bravery Intelligence Spiritual Self-sacrificing Compassionate humanitarianism Mollie Macgill and Breathed qualified as heroes. Breathed, recruited by JEB Stuart, established his bravery in 70 engagements during The War. At Trevilian Station he ordered his battery forward as Yankee counter battery got closer. Mollie shot and killed a Yankee soldier from the window of her home in Hagerstown. Breathed displayed his intelligence as he retrained himself from a doctor into an artillerist killing machine. He was a self-taught brilliant tactician. Mollie's training at The Hagerstown Female Seminary, a Christian school, would have encouraged her faith, just as James would have at St. James. James, as all great leaders do, was willing to sacrifice his own safety for the benefit of the men whom he led. This inspired devotion in them. Breathed was conflicted in his two professions of doctor and soldier. After The War he would go from his home in Hancock MD above the Mason-Dixon Line to deliver Yankee babies. Mollie Macgill and James Breathed were great role models. James died in 1870 from a wound received in The War and the resulting use of laudanum. David's research of his illustrious ancestor contributed mightily to Major James Breathed being awarded the Confederate Medal of Honor in 2013. The Medal is on display at the Grafitti House near the Brandy Station battlefield. Walter January Meeting Attendance: 20
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 Quartermaster: Floyd Lane 519-1023 Historian: Gary Cowardin 262-0534 Chaplain: Barton Campbell 794-4562 For officer E-mail addresses see our Contact Us page.
PUBLICATIONSWar Horse Editor & Webmaster: Gary Cowardin email@example.com 262-0534 Website: longstreetscv.org
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 February 2015 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 Lewis Mills 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
February 18651 Yankee MGEN William Tecumseh Sherman began his march into South Carolina from Savannah GA and Beaufort SC. 2 Lincoln left Washington for Hampton Roads to meet with the three Confederate commissioners awaiting him there. 3 Lincoln and Secretary of State William H. Seward met with the Confederate commissioners aboard the River Queen in Hampton Roads. Nothing resulted from the meeting because the Confederates demanded terms between independent nations and the Yankees demanded unconditional restoration of the Union. Maryland, New York, and West Virginia ratified the 13th Amendment. 4 Lincoln returned to Washington. 5 Grant's move to extend the Yankee lines south and west of Petersburg led to the battle of Hatcher's Run. 6 John C. Breckenridge became Confederate Secretary of War. Robert E. Lee received orders naming him General-in-Chief of all Confederate Armies. 7 Kansas and Maine approved the 13th Amendment, which failed to receive sufficient votes in Delaware. 8 The Yankee House of Representatives passed a joint resolution declaring that the eleven seceded states were not entitled to representation in the Electoral College. 9 Robert E. Lee proposed and Jefferson Davis approved a pardon to deserters who reported within 30 days. 10 Confederate Navy Captain Raphael Semmes was promoted to Rear Admiral and put in command of the James River Squadron. Missouri and Ohio ratified the 13th Amendment. 12 Lincoln was re-elected President by the Electoral College with 212 votes against 21 for McClellan. 17 Yankees captured Columbia, SC. Charleston, SC was evacuated by Confederates. 18 Yankees under Prussian born BGEN Alexander Schimmelfennig entered Charleston SC which had been evacuated by Confederates. 20 After a long debate the Confederate House of Representatives authorized the use of slaves as soldiers. 22 Yankees entered Wilmington NC, the last major Confederate port, without opposition. GEN Robert E. Lee assigned GEN Joseph E. Johnston to command the Department of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida and the Department of Tennessee and Georgia. 23 Minnesota ratified the 13th Amendment. 27 Yankee LTGEN U. S. Grant ordered MGEN Phil Sheridan to destroy the Virginia Central Railroad and the James River Canal, take Lynchburg, and then either join MGEN William Tecumseh Sherman or return to Winchester.
March 18651 Sheridan's cavalry pursued the remnants of LTGEN Jubal Early's Confederates. Wisconsin ratified the 13th Amendment; New Jersey rejected it. 2 Yankee cavalry dispersed Early's army at Waynesboro. 3 38th U. S. Congress held its last session. It established the Freedmen's Bureau. 4 Yankee President Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated for his second term. 6 Joseph E. Johnston, in addition to his existing responsibilities, took command of all troops in the Department of North Carolina. 8 Confederate attacks were repulsed in the battle of Kinston, which lasted for several days. The Confederate Senate by a vote of 9 to 8 approved the use of Negroes as soldiers. 11 Yankees occupied Fayetteville NC. 13 Confederate President Jefferson Davis signed the bill approving the use of Negroes as soldiers. 16 Yankees won the battle of Averasborough NC.
COMING EVENTS LINKSFebruary 21, 2015 9:30am-4pm The American Civil War Museum presents: "Person of the Year 1865 Symposium" at the Library of Virginia This will be our last "Man of the Year" topic, and speakers include Bill Cooper, Will Greene, Bob Kenzer, Cassandra Newby-Alexander, and Elizabeth Brown Pryor. Reservations are required. You can sign up on line through this link or by E-mailing John Coski at firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone: (804)649-1861,Ext.131
Visit 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