THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 17, ISSUE 5, May 2015
Our camp was indeed proud to receive for at least the fourth year in a row an Outstanding Camp ribbon at the annual state SCV convention. This does not occur by chance. There are certain criteria that must be met and we plan each year to make sure that we accomplish what is expected of us to be outstanding. Activities over the past month prove that we are well on our way to another outstanding year. First we have approved a $500 scholarship to be presented to a student at Douglas Freeman High School in the name of the camp. This presents a positive image of the SCV which is one of our goals. On April 25 a number of camp members attending our best attended grave marker dedication in years at Hollywood Cemetery despite the cold and rain. Many thanks to Les Updike for coordinating this program. Then on May 2, 8 camp members joined together to help keep our stretch of Studley Road clear of trash. This meets an elective requirement and may be our oldest project since we have been doing it for 25 plus years with some members having participated since its inception. In future months I will talk about other activities which will help us again achieve the award in 2016. Andy Road Boss Lewis Mills led Clint Cowardin, Gene Golden, Phil Jones, Andy Keller, Floyd Lane, Walter Tucker, and Hal Vincent in attendance.
Our April meeting was held on April 21, 2015 at our usual location, Roma's Restaurant. Waite Rawls provided us with an excellent talk on Confederates during the fall of Richmond April 1865 and 150th Appomattox Events. In addition, I talked about my experience as a volunteer with the National Park Service at the 150th Fall of Richmond event and The 150th Appomattox event. I found both events to be very interesting and the Appomattox event to be both interesting and very moving especially the "Stacking Of Arms". Both events were very well attended by the general public. The State S C V Convention was held on April 17-19, 2015 in Colonial Heights, VA. We had 4 delegates attending on Saturday and several on Sunday. This was my first convention and I found it to be very informative. Congratulations to Our Camp for receiving the Outstanding Camp Ribbon for 2014. (Andy holding ribbon in photo above) In addition, Andy Keller, Camp Commander, Gary Cowardin and Floyd Lane won individual awards for their work. In addition, 2016 Virginia Division State Convention has been awarded to the General James Longstreet camp 1247. The convention will be in the Richmond area, April 15 - 16, 2016. We will be very busy planning this event over the next year. On April 25, our camp held a headstone dedication for Franklin R. Sprinkle, 4th NC Inf. Les Updike provided a very moving program. The dedication was very well attended considering the not so good weather conditions, (cool and raining). The National Reunion will be held on July 15-19, 2015 at the 1021 Double Tree Inn 1021 Koger Center Boulevard, Richmond, VA. If you are interested in attending this Reunion and wish to be a delegate for our camp please complete the registration form and send in the fee. The Registration Form and Reunion Schedule can be found on National S C V Website. (www.scv.org) Please note in order to receive a price reduction on the registration fee it should be in by April 1st. Our camp is in need of donations to our Hurtt Scholarship fund. Please consider making a donation to this worthwhile cause. Art
As you've undoubtedly been aware, thru various events and news stories, this year's Memorial Day takes on added significance with the 70th anniversary of WWII VE day, and later in the year, the similar anniversary of the end of WWII. It also provides us a special opportunity to mark 149 years since, reputedly in 1866, the ladies of Columbus, GA began "decorating" the graves of Confederate soldiers. (In my childhood, "Decoration Day" was still a widely used term). It provides another occasion for us to recognize our Confederate ancestors, their sacrifice, and the sacrifice of their descendants, to insure our freedoms. And to remember "God shows His love for us in that ---Christ died for us". Rom 5:8 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
Mama, I Am Yet Still Alive - First person stories from 1863 by Jeff Toalson Jeff is a native of Missouri and a graduate of Missouri State University with a BS in Business Management and a Minor in American History. He served 3 years in the Navy based in Little Creek, Virginia. He served aboard the USS San Marcos, USS Spiegel Grove and the USS Nashville. He enjoyed a 30+ year career in the Automotive Aftermarket in North Dakota, Minnesota and Virginia. He retired in 2008 and has been a resident of Williamsburg, Va since 1986. Jeff is currently a member of and is Commander of the James City Cavalry Camp #2095. He is a regular speaker at SCV Camps, UDC Chapters, Museums, National Parks and State Historic Sites. His publications include: No Soap, No Pay, Diarrhea, Dysentery & Desertion, published in 2006 Send Me a Pair of Old Boots & Kiss My Little Girls, published in 2009 Mama, I Am Yet Still Alive, published in 2012 He was awarded the Jefferson Davis Historical gold Medal for his work, in all three books, preserving the `voices' of our Southern ancestors. Copies of his books will be available at the meeting.
Our Camp member Waite Rawls came through as a pinch hitter at our April meeting and spoke about Sesquicentennial activities in Richmond the first week in April 2015. He talked about the strong feeling evoked by Jefferson Davis's great grandson sitting in the same pew at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in which his illustrious ancestor sat when he received word from General Lee that he was evacuating Petersburg and Richmond. Waite, speaking at an assigned station in Richmond's Capitol Square as part of the Sesquicentennial activities, talked about what Confederates felt like when they left Richmond in April 1865. Waite quoted E. Porter Alexander's words in Fighting for the Confederacy, "From the Manchester high grounds we turned to take our last look at the old city for which we had fought so long and so hard. It was a terrible & a solemn sight. I don't know that any moment in the whole war impressed me more deeply with all its stern realities than this. The whole river front seemed to be in flames, amid which occasional heavy explosions were heard & the black smoke spreading & hanging over the city seemed to be full of deadly portents. I rode on with a distinctly heavy heart & with a peculiar sort of feeling of orphanage." Waite's Sesquicentennial hearers were told that Confederates in 1861 felt that they were preserving the old nation based on the principles of the founding fathers - patriotism, duty, and honor. At the beginning of the War for Southern Independence in 1861 Richmond was a prosperous city, but four years later was destitute, abandoned, and in flames. Our Adjutant Art Wingo led small groups walking in Richmond during the early April Sesquicentennial activities. Art also participated as a National Park Service volunteer at Appomattox during several days of Sesquicentennial activities there. He said it was a very emotional experience, particularly the stacking of arms in which attendees were allowed to join re-enactors. Regarding Appomattox, Waite quoted Yankee brevet Major General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, who was wounded six times and a recipient of the Medal of Honor. Chamberlain was designated to command the parade at the formal surrender and wrote in his classic The Passing of the Armies "I resolved to mark it by some token of recognition, which could be no other than a salute of arms. Before us in proud humiliation stood the embodiment of manhood: men whom neither toils and sufferings, nor the fact of death, nor disaster, nor hopelessness could bend from their resolve; standing before us now, thin, worn, and famished, but erect, and with eyes looking level into ours, waking memories that bound us together as no other bond; was not such manhood to be welcomed back into a Union so tested and assured? Gordon at the head of the column, riding with heavy spirit and downcast face, catches the sound of shifting arms, looks up, and, taking the meaning, wheels superbly, with profound salutation as he drops the point of his sword to the boot toe; gives word for his successive brigades to pass us with the same position of the manual,- honor answering honor...Lastly,- reluctantly, with agony of expression, - they tenderly fold their flags- battle-worn and torn, blood-stained, heart-holding colors, and lay them down, kneeling over them, clinging to them, pressing them to their lips with burning tears." Walter March 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 April 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 Floyd Lane Jack Maxwell Lewis Mills Conway Moncure Robert H Moore, Jr. Floyd G Mozingo Preston Nuttall Jim Pickens Joseph S Price S Waite Rawls Peyton Roden James Smith Chris Trinite Walter Tucker Harold E. Whitmore
May 18651 Andrew Johnson ordered the naming of nine Yankee army officers to make up the military commission to try the eight accused Lincoln assassination conspirators. 2 Canby telegraphed Grant that Taylor had accepted surrender terms. Andrew Johnson issued a proclamation accusing Jefferson Davis and others of inciting the murder of Lincoln. A $ 100,000 reward was offered for the arrest of Davis. 3 Davis accepted the resignation of Secretary of the Navy Stephen R. Mallory. 4 Taylor surrendered to Canby. Abraham Lincoln was buried at Springfield, Illinois. 5 Connecticut ratified the 13th Amendment. 9 Andrew Johnson recognized Francis H. Pierpont as Governor of Virginia. 10 Yankee soldiers captured Jefferson Davis near Irwinville, GA, ending the Confederate government. 12 Confederates defeated Yankees at Palmito Ranch, TX in the last land battle of The War. Andrew Johnson appointed MGEN Oliver O. Howard to head the Freedmen's Bureau. 17 MGEN Phil Sheridan was assigned to command Yankee forces west of the Mississippi River and south of the Arkansas River. 19 Confederate Navy raider Stonewall surrendered at Havana, Cuba. 22 President Andrew Johnson removed commercial restrictions on Southern ports except Galveston, LaSalle, Santiago (aka Point Isabel), and Brownsville, TX. Confederate President Jefferson Davis was imprisoned at Fort Monroe. 23 The Grand Army of the Potomac passed in a last review in Washington DC. The pro-Union government of Virginia was established in Richmond. 24 Sherman's Army passed in review in Washington. 25 Confederates evacuated Sabine Pass, TX. 26 Confederate LTGEN Simon Bolivar Buckner, acting for GEN E. Kirby Smith, surrendered the Army of Trans-Mississippi to MGEN Peter J. Osterhaus representing MGEN Edward Richard Sprigg Canby. Some Confederates, including part of BGEN Jo Shelby's command, refused the terms and scattered to Mexico and the Far West, or simply went home. 29 Andrew Johnson by presidential proclamation granted amnesty and pardon to all, with a few exceptions, who directly or indirectly participated in the "existing rebellion."
June 18652 Confederate GEN E. Kirby Smith at Galveston officially accepted the 26 May surrender terms. The British government officially withdrew belligerent rights from the Confederacy. Andrew Johnson lifted military restrictions on trade in the US, except for contraband of war. 3 Confederate naval forces on the Red River officially surrendered. 6 Citizens of Missouri ratified a new constitution abolishing slavery. Confederate prisoners of war, except for army officers above the rank of captain or navy officers above the rank of lieutenant, willing to take the oath of allegiance were declared released by Andrew Johnson. 13 Andrew Johnson appointed William L. Sharkey provisional governor of Mississippi. After Tennessee adopted a constitution and reorganized its government, Johnson declared it restored to the Union.
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