THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 17, ISSUE 8, September 2015
Some 25 years ago our Camp adopted a beautiful section of Studley Road in Hanover County between Enon Church and Topopotomoy Creek to clear of litter on a semiannual basis under the Adopt-A-Highway program run by the Virginia Department of Highways. Groups such as ours saved the Commonwealth over $1.5 million in 2014. For most, if not all, of that 25 years member Lewis Mills has chaired this project. Recently, as we well know, the Governor decided to unilaterally revoke the rights of members of the SCV to purchase and own license plates displaying the logo of the SCV. In a recent poll I conducted only two current members of the camp said that they had this license plate, but I do know of two former members who have them as well. Three other members said that they have the Robert E. Lee plates which so far are not under attack. At our July meeting Lewis Mills, who has managed this program for as long as I can remember and likely much longer, suggested that we should withdraw our support from this program in protest of the Governor's action. We will vote on this matter at this month's meeting. Keep in mind that while we do receive two highway signs recognizing the camp for this project they are in the service area of several other SCV Camps so they really have no impact on our membership recruitment but may still benefit the SCV. The major benefit to the camp is that it is the only activity we currently have which allows both new and veteran members to bond together while working side-by-side two mornings a year, which allows them to get to know each other better and swap a lot of good stories. I would really miss that. Waite Rawls has suggested projects which we could do related to the Civil War museum and Belle Isle which would provide comradery and have a direct connection to the war in Richmond. Neither of these should be a financial burden on the Camp as one of the other great things about the Adopt-a-Road project is that it costs us nothing as a camp. While considering how you will vote on this project you also need to consider if it is something you would be willing to chair if necessary since no matter how much support the project has from the Camp, if we do not have a leader and workers we cannot continue the project even if we would want to. Andy
Our July meeting was held on July 15, 2015 at the usual location, Roma's Restaurant. Bob Krick, Richmond National Battlefield, NPS Historian was our feature speaker on Sheridan's Raid on Richmond and the Battle of Yellow Tavern. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend as I had a previous family commitment. I would like to thank members of the General James Longstreet Camp for agreeing to sponsor my granddaughter, Abigale Norris, as a Debutant at the National S C V Convention held in Richmond, VA in July. It was indeed an honor to present her to the convention. She had a wonderful evening and it was truly one of the highlights of her life. I would like to remind members that Dues Renewals have been sent out by Va. Division S C V. Please submit the Renewal Form and adequate dues amount to me with checks payable to General James Longstreet S C V Camp #1247. All dues must be received by the Va. Division Adjutant by October 31, 2015. Art
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
"Newspapers to Diamonds, the History of The Cowardin Family in Richmond" by L. Taylor Cowardin Taylor Cowardin is a fifth generation jeweler at his family's firm, Cowardin's Jewelers. He graduated from VCU in 2003 with a degree in Business Administration. He is also a graduate gemologist and certified gemologist appraiser. Taylor is very interested in history and genealogy. He is a member of many lineage and historical societies including the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Military Order of the Stars and Bars, Order of the Southern Cross, Order of the Founders and Patriots of America, Society of Colonial Wars and the Order of the Crown of Charlemagne. He has served as Commander of the Longstreet Camp SCV #1247 and General George Pickett Chapter MOSB #115. He has also served as president of the Richmond Chapter SAR and as Governor of the Virginia society of the Order of the Founders and patriots of America. He is currently the Deputy Governor for the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Virginia and treasurer for the friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery. Taylor is married with two children and currently resides in Henrico County.
Outstanding National Park Service historian Bob (the younger) Krick opened his interesting talk by saying that the career of Army of Northern Virginia Cavalry Chief Major General J. E. B. (Jeb) Stuart was highlighted by rides, beginning with the 1862 ride around McClellan. By May 1864 the Yankee cavalry had improved both numerically and in effectiveness as a fighting force. On 8 May never modest Major General Philip H. Sheridan announced that he wanted to raid Richmond. Army of the Potomac Commander Major General George G. Meade, with his old fashioned concept of the use of cavalry, turned him down. Sheridan appealed to Commander of all Yankee armies Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant, who approved Sheridan's plan. Sheridan with 12,000 soldiers and 14,000 horses left Spotsylvania Court House on 9 May. His troops stretched 13 miles. His goal was to march around the right flank of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia and lure the Confederate cavalry away from Spotsylvania. Sheridan had able subordinates George Armstrong Custer, David McMurtrie Gregg, and Wesley Merritt. Jeb Stuart had 4,000 men, but they were short of horse flesh. Confederate cavalrymen had to replace their own horses. If unable to do so, they had to transfer to the infantry. Stuart's subordinate commanders included Wade Hampton, Fitzhugh Lee, Lunsford Lindsay Lomax, Thomas Lafayette Rosser, and Williams Carter Wickham. On 10 May Stuart crossed the North Anna River. At Beaverdam's Fontaine House he met his wife Flora (for the last time) , but never dismounted from his horse. She fed him asparagus. Sheridan slowed his troops on purpose, so that Jeb's horsemen would catch up with him. Jeb arrived at Yellow Tavern 11 May and had a reconciliation with Colonel Henry Clay Pate of the 5th Virginia Cavalry. Jeb set a trap for Little Phil, whose artillery enfiladed Lomax's men. Jeb's troops were facing south. All his staff were off running errands during fierce fighting. Jeb was badly wounded and put in an ambulance, shouting to his men, "Go back, go back and do your duty as I have done mine. I'd rather die than be whipped." There are 27 eyewitness accounts of his wounding. The Confederate line collapsed. Jeb turned down a cup of coffee, which he loved, when his ambulance stopped at Dr. Lumpkin's. He was taken to Richmond, where he was visited by Jeff Davis and sang hymns, His last words were "I am going fast now, I am resigned." Robert E, Lee lamented, "He never brought me bad information. I can barely think of him without crying." Flora arrived two hours after his passing. Sheridan faced three lines of Confederate fortifications and never reached Richmond. Confederates had placed land mines along Azalea Avenue, which killed a couple of Sheridan's men. Sheridan headed east into New Kent and Charles City Counties. His absence from the Amy of the Potomac until 25 May had left that Army blind. Walter Personal note- My great great uncle Ira B. Cauthorn was drafted into the 5th Virginia Cavalry in February 1864 at Ashland. Heavy casualties in the 5th at Yellow Tavern included Uncle Ira's wounding. He survived The War and lived until 1906. My mother (born 1895) and her sisters visited him in his native King and Queen County, to which he returned after The War. June Meeting Attendance: 25
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 Chaplain:VACANT (call Art to report sickness)262-2796 Judge Advocate: Waite Rawls 501-8436 Quartermaster: Floyd Lane 519-1023 Historian: Gary Cowardin 262-0534 For officer E-mail addresses see our Contact Us page.
PUBLICATIONSWar Horse Editor & Webmaster: Gary Cowardin firstname.lastname@example.org 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 2015 - 1 September 2015 Arthur Brian Cowardin Leroy Crenshaw Peter I C Knowles, II Lewis Mills Robert H. Moore, Jr. Floyd G. Mozingo Joseph Price Walter Tucker Waite Rawls, III
September 186514 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.
October 186511 President Andrew Johnson paroled Confederate Vice President Alexander H. Stephens, Assistant Secretary of War John A. Campbell, Mississippi Governor Charles Clark, and Cabinet members John H. Reagan and George A. Trenholm. All had been held in prison since the collapse of the Confederacy. 12 President Johnson proclaimed the end of martial law in Kentucky.
COMING EVENTS LINKSVisit the The Museum of the Confederacy/ The American Civil War Museum Online acwm.org
Pamplin Historical Park and The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier www.pamplinpark.org and their Special Events Calendar