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VOLUME 17, ISSUE 8,           September 2015
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A quick jump to the articles in this issue:
Commander's Comments, Adjutant's Report, September Program (next), July(last),
Camp Officers, Longstreet's First Corps, 1865 Events (Jun,Jul), Coming Events Links,


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.                                       


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.     



NEXT MEETING - Tuesday, September 15, 2015




 "Newspapers to Diamonds,
the History of The Cowardin Family in Richmond"
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

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.                      

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


Commander: 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.


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 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 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.

October 1865

11 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.


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

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