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VOLUME 17, ISSUE 5,           May 2015
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A quick jump to the articles in this issue:
Commander's Comments, Adjutant's Report, Chaplain's Comments, May Program (next), April(last),
Camp Officers, Longstreet's First Corps, 1865 Events (May,Jun), Coming Events Links,


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

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

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

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.  (   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.                    

Barton Notes from the Chaplain---

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                                                  


NEXT MEETING - Tuesday, April 19, 2015




Mama, I Am Yet Still Alive - First person stories from 1863
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."
March Meeting Attendance: 20


Commander: 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.


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 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 1865

1 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 1865

2 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.


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