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VOLUME 17, ISSUE 7,           July 2015
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A quick jump to the articles in this issue:
Commander's Comments, Adjutant's Report, Chaplain's Comments, July Program (next), June(last),
Camp Officers, Longstreet's First Corps, 1865 Events (Jun,Jul), Coming Events Links,


I read Commander-in-Chief Charles Kelly Barrow's Report in the July 2015
issue  of Confederate Veteran shortly after it arrived a couple of weeks
ago.  It is stunning how things went from bad to worse so  rapidly.   At
that time his main concern was about the Supreme Court's decision on the
Texas SCV license plate.  Interestingly, it was  Clarence  Thomas'  vote
against  the  license  plate that doomed it.  Since he is the lone black
judge on the court, and one of the most conservative, it is clear to  me
this was an emotional vote on his behalf; but my main point is about how
quickly the landscape for the Confederate battle flag shifted overnight.
This resulted from the deranged actions of one individual in inexcusably
shooting nine people in of all places a church bible study in  which  he
had  quietly participated for an hour.  In a deluded attempt to defend a
senseless,  racist  cause,  he  had  just  given  the  enemies  of   the
Confederate  flag  and  Confederate history their best opportunity since
Reconstruction to get everything they wanted.  Now for good or  bad  the
Confederate  flag is gone from the South Caroline Statehouse grounds but
monuments to Confederate leaders throughout the South  are  still  under
attack  as are Confederate flags over the graves of Confederate soldiers
in a number of states.   We  had  been  asked  to  call  South  Carolina
legislators  to  hold their ground on their flag, but for years they had
ignored what outsiders were telling them to do and had  determined  that
it  was  only  South  Carolina voters that they would be accountable to.

This week we were asked to call the U.   S.   House  of  Representatives
(Dave  Brat's  office  did  get  my  call) over House Bill 344 to remove
Confederate flags from Park Service cemeteries and who knows what  else.
I do not know if it was our calls that turned that tide but at least the
bill was tabled.  But what else can we do?  First we must  increase  our
visibility.    Attend  meetings,  lots  of  meetings!   Attend  official
gatherings such as those held annually to honor Lee, Jackson and  Davis!
We  have  about  20  members  a month at meetings out of a membership of
about  70.   At  major  annual  events  we  have  less  than  5  members
participating  and  only  five members are attending any of the National
Reunion events being held this week in Chesterfield County.   No  wonder
our  enemies feel so emboldened.  Ours may not always be a popular cause
in today's culture but our ancestors were called on to make much greater
sacrifices of their time, their resources and their lives than will ever
be asked of us so do the best that you can to protect  and  honor  their
good names.                                                             

The opening activity of the 2015 National Reunion will be the dedication
of a new monument to Dr.  Rufus Weaver at Hollywood Cemetery at 10:00 am
on Wednesday July 15.  Dr.  Weaver was  responsible  for  returning  the
bodies  of  3,320  of  the  Confederates  who died at Gettysburg back to
Southern soil, mostly at Hollywood Cemetery.  You are  urged  to  attend
this  event  to  honor Dr.  Weaver and show your support for the Sons of
Confederate Veterans.                                                   


Our June meeting was held on June 16, 2015 at our usual location, Roma's
Restaurant.   William  Welsch  was  our  speaker  and  provided those in
attendance with an interesting program titled "The Headquarters Staff of
The Army of Northern Virginia".                                         

The National Reunion will be held on July 15-19, 2015 at the 1021 Double
Tree Inn 1021 Koger Center Boulevard, Richmond, VA.                     

Recently  we  have  several  former  members  express   interest   about
reinstating  membership in our camp.  In addition we have several people
interested in new membership in our camp.  We should be processing these
applications very soon.                                                 

Our  Camp will be hosting the 2016 Virginia Division State Convention on
April 15-16.  The executive committee will be  very  busy  planning  for
this event.                                                             

Barton Notes from the Chaplain---

How do we react when chaos surrounds us?  To  use  a  sea  analogy,  the
angry billows seem to be crashing with increasing fury on the beaches of
our lives.  There is an  old  hymn  entitled  "My  Anchor  Holds".   The
premise  of  this  is  that  the  reason  our anchor holds is that it is
secured to the Rock, Jesus.  The book of Hebrews in the Bible,  speaking
of  the  character  and  promises of God, says "we have this [hope] as a
sure and steadfast anchor of the soul".  {Heb.  6:19} As much now as  at
any  time  in  our  lifetime,  we need to focus our faith on the One who
cannot and will not fail when we are in the midst of the storms of  life
- the Lord Jesus Christ.                                                


NEXT MEETING - Tuesday, July 21, 2015





Stuart's Last Ride:
Sheridan's Raid on Richmond and the Battle of Yellow Tavern
Bob Krick
Richmond National Battlefield Park Historian
Krick has lived or worked on Civil War battlefields almost  continuously
since  1972.   He  grew  up  on  the  Chancellorsville  battlefield near
Fredericksburg,  and  graduated  from   Mary   Washington   College   in
Fredericksburg  with  a  degree  in  history.   He has worked in various
historical  capacities  at  several   battlefields,   including   Custer
Battlefield  in  Montana,  and  Manassas Battlefield.  Since 1991 he has
been an historian on the staff at Richmond  National  Battlefield  Park.
Mr.   Krick is widely published on Civil War topics.  His first book was
a unit history (The Fortieth Virginia Infantry).  In 2003 the University
of  North Carolina Press published his biographical register of the Army
of Northern Virginia's staff officers (Staff Officers in Gray).         


Staunch amateur historian Bill Welsch  opened  his  talk  about  General
Robert  E.   Lee's  staff  by  stating  that  Lee was opposed to a large
personal staff because he considered that a waste of military  material.
His staff was described as Old Army and  Young  Family.   There  are  no
pictures of Lee's staff.                                                

When Lee succeeded Joseph E.  Johnston 1 June 1862 as Commander  of  the
Army  of Northern Virginia, he offered to retain the entire staff.  Only
Arthur P.  Mason accepted.                                              

Three days later R.  H.  Chilton became Chief of Staff.                 

Lee brought with him, from his previous position as adviser to President
Jefferson  Davis , A.  L.  Long as military secretary and Walter Taylor,
T.  M.  R.  Talcott, Charles Marshall, and Charles Venable as aides.    
Other appointments were:                                                
	E. Porter Alexander	Chief of Ordnance           
	Robert G. Cole		Chief Commissary            
	James L. Corley		Chief Quartermaster         
	Lafayette Guild		Medical Director            
	William N. Pendleton	Chief of Artillery          
	H. E. Young		Judge Advocate General (JAG)
	Walter H. Stevens	Chief Engineer (CHENG)      

Alexander became Chief  of  Artillery  of  Longstreet's  Corps  and  was
replaced by Briscoe G. Baldwin.                                         

Stevens devoted much time to Richmond defenses and served as CHENG again
from August 1864 (succeeding Martin Luther Smith) until the end  of  The

Arthur  P.   Mason  left  the  staff  in  the spring of 1863 and Chilton
departed in March 1864.                                                 

After the death of JEB Stuart, his man H.  B.   McClellan  joined  Lee's

Giles B.  Cooke became an Assistant Adjutant General in November 1864.  

Walter Taylor ran the personal staff and was responsible for filling out
monthly staff reports.  Lee  hated  paper  work,  and  Taylor  was  hard
pressed to complete his.  He and other overworked staff members referred
to Marse Robert behind his back as "The Tycoon."                        

Lee's personal staff was not involved in operational matters.           

The staff of the Army of Northern Virginia was not nearly as  large  nor
as effective as that of the Yankee Army of the Potomac.                 


June Meeting Attendance: 14


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 July 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

July 1865

7 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. 24 The U. S. Government rented Ford's Theater in Washington for $1,500.00 a month. The building was purchased by the government for $88,000.00 in July 1866 and was turned into offices of the Adjutant General's Department. On 9 June 1893 a section of the front of the building collapsed, killing 22 people and injuring 65.

August 1865

2 CSS Shenandoah, commanded by CDR James Iredell Waddell, en route from the Arctic to San Francisco, learned from a British bark that The War was over. 29 President Andrew Johnson proclaimed that effective 1 September even articles declared as contraband of war could now be traded with states "recently declared in insurrection."

September 1865

14 At Fort Smith, Arkansas, representatives of the Cherokees, Chickasaws, Choctaws, Creeks, Osages, Quapaws, Seminoles, Senecas, and Shawnees signed a treaty of loyalty with the U. S. and renounced all Confederate agreements. Additional Indian groups later did the same. 21 A treaty was signed with the Chickasaws and Choctaws calling for friendship and peace and abolishing slavery.


Visit the The Museum of the Confederacy Online and their Events Calendar for MOC Events Calendar
Pamplin Historical Park and The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier and their Special Events Calendar

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