THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 17, ISSUE 6, June 2015
Jeff Toalson presented to us at our last meeting a number of moving first person narrations mostly taken from letters to or from Confederate soldiers in the field or all too often in hospitals. Most of these were found by him after days and hours of pouring through files at such places as the UDC headquarters. Many such letters have been saved in these collections but most have not been published and are still waiting to be discovered. Many more though are still in private collections and in danger of eventually being lost forever. Therefore the first point that I want to make once more is that if you have any old family letters either the Virginia Historical Society or the Library of Virginia would like to give them a permanent home where they will remain available to you and the general public. But before you donate these family treasures see if you have any related to the War Between the States. It could be family letters written during the war or even letters written before or after the war discussing the political climate or reconstruction. I would like for you to send me transcriptions of the letters for publication in the Old War Horse in the coming months. I have a few of my own that I can share and I know that Chris Trinite has some as well. I have a whole volume of letters that General Stuart wrote but if associate member Jeb Stuart wants to suggest any it would be appreciated. It would be most appropriate for us to hear what our own ancestors had to say in their own words. I represented the camp at this year's Jefferson Davis Memorial program at Hollywood Cemetery on June 6. Thanks to Gary Cowardin for handling the sound system once again, to Les Updike for our new wreath and to Gene Golden for helping me with the chair collection after the program. The Reverend W. Herman White, Chaplain of the North Carolina Division, S.C.V. gave quite a speech and you have to love it when someone can reel off "low down, invading, murdering, raping, looting, burning, heathens from the North" as fast as he does without having to take a breath. I have posted a link to the speech in two parts on YouTube. Search for "Why Celebrate the Life of Jefferson Davis" See you at the meeting on June 16. Andy
Our May meeting was held on May 19, 2015 at our usual location, Roma's Restaurant. Jeff Toalson, author of, No Soap, No Pay, Diarrhea, Dysentery, & Desertion. Published 2006, Send Me A Pair Of Old Boots & Kiss My Little Girls, Published 2009 and Mama, I am Yet Still Alive, Published 2012 provided us a very interesting and entertaining talk on his latest publication, Mama, I Am Yet Still Alive. On May 28, our camp awarded The Buck Hurtt Scholarship in the amount of $500.00 to Sebastian Hughes outstanding Social Studies student of Douglas S. Freeman High School. Andy Keller, General Longstreet S C V Camp Commander conducted the presentation. The National Reunion will be held on July 15-19, 2015 at the 1021 Double Tree Inn, 1021 Koger Center Boulevard, Richmond, VA. Our camp will be hosting the 2016 Virginia Division State Convention in April 15-16, 2015. The executive Committee will be very busy planning this event for the next year. Art
I believe someone once said that the only thing certain about the future is that it is uncertain. We start each day thinking we know what it will bring - sometimes it develops that way, sometimes not. Some days "stuff happens" - an accident, a sick child, a surprise success at work, a cancelled appointment --- you name it. So how do you react when that happens? How do you keep yourself ready for the unexpected? One important way is to commit each day to the Lord. In his New Testament epistle, James writes "Come now, you who say `Today or tomorrow we will go in to such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit' -- yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you area mist that appears for a little time and vanishes. Instead you ought to say", If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that". [James 4:13-15]. Treat each day as a gift from God. 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
Old Army & Young Family: The Headquarters Staff of the Army of Northern Virginia by William M. Welsch Bill lived in Springfield, NJ for 35 years, and was a member of the Township Committee, Deputy Mayor and was President of the Library Board of Trustees. He was very active in church groups, the Little League and served in the USMC for 34 years and was an administrator at Montclair State University. He served on the executive board and was Preservation Chairman of the Robert E. Lee CWRT of Central NJ. Bill has spoken to Revolutionary War and Civil War Round Tables, conferences and to groups on Washington's Lieutenants, The Generals of the Continental Army, the Headquarters Staff of the Army of Northern Virginia, General Samuel Cooper and Benedict Arnold. Bill enjoys leading Revolutionary War tours from Massachusetts to Virginia. He has written a number of articles published in the book. Journal of the American Revolution, in magazines and on-line. Bill founded and is the current President of the American Revolution Round Table of Richmond. He is the Co-Founder of the Congress of American Revolution Round Tables and is currently also serving as the 1st VP of the Richmond Civil War Round Table. He loves living in Glen Allen for the last nine years and his primary job is being a bad influence on his five grandchildren.
Jeff Toalson discussed First person stories from 1863 including no soap, no pay, diarrhea, dysentery & desertion. (For more on Jeff's talk see Andy's first paragraph. HERE) March Meeting Attendance: 24
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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 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
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. 17 President Andrew Johnson named James Johnson and Andrew J. hamilton provisional governors of Georgia and Texas, respectively. 21 President Johnson named Lewis E. Parsons provisional governor of Alabama. 22 CSS Shenandoah captured two Yankee whaling ships in the Bering Sea. 23 President Johnson ended the blockade of Confederate states. In the Indian Territory Confederate BGEN Stand Waitie surrendered the Cherokee, Creek, Seminole, and Osage Battalion to Yankee LCOL Asa Mathews. This was the last formal submission of any sizeable body of Confederate soldiers. 24 President Johnson removed commercial restrictions from states and territories west of the Mississippi. 26 CSS Shenandoah captured six whalers in the Bering Sea. 28 On the last day of its operations CSS Shenandoah captured eleven whalers in the Bering Sea. 30 The Yankee military commission in Washington DC convicted all eight Lincoln conspirators of the assassination. An angry outcry went up over the decision to hang Mary Surratt.
July 18657 Four Lincoln conspirators were hanged. The other four were imprisoned at Fort Jefferson on Dry Tortuga Island off Key West, FL. 13 President Johnson appointed William Marvin provisional governor of Florida.
COMING EVENTS LINKS
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