THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 17, ISSUE 8, October 2015
The Road Cleanup Will Continue. Some things are just too important to discontinue despite the small mindedness of the Governor and the General Assembly. We have served the Enon Church area and our ancestors who fought and died there well for the last 25 years and we will continue to do so. The next cleanup will be later this month on October 24 at 10:00. Join us at Enon Church, 6156 Studley Road, Mechanicsville, Va 23116 for fellowship and an enjoyable morning of service to our community. Adjutant Art Wingo has also been working very hard on the annual dues renewals which are coming in slowly while at the same time having to deal with the backlog of work at our National Headquarters which accompanied a surge in membership applications and reinstatements. Please make Art's job easier by not waiting to pay your membership dues and by letting him know when your address changes. The sooner he can close out his books the more time he will have available to work on planning the State Convention we are hosting in April. Elsewhere in this newsletter you will see the announcement for our annual December meeting at the Westwood Club. Quartermaster Floyd Lane has had to deal with a number of challenges for this year's banquet and has done a superlative job of putting together a buffet at a price less than that of the traditional plated dinner. Thanks Floyd and Art. I hope to see all of you on October 20 at the Camp meeting. Andy
A road cleanup is scheduled for 24 October, 2015. Please send Walter Tucker an email if you can help. Clean up involves one mile section of Studley Road, Route 606, Hanover County, near Enon United Methodist Church. Work will begin at 10 AM. The more volunteers we have the quicker we can complete the job. 2014-2015 Dues are due. (Adjutant must have any dues to National and VA Division post marked by October 31, 2015 in order not be too considered late). 49 members renewed as of October 8, 2015 3 reinstated members; Wally Scott, Kenneth Daryl Cooke, David T. Morin 2 Transfer of membership into camp; Charles E. Lippy, Stephen A. Parsons 4 New Members; Edward C Trope, Jr., Edward C. Trope, III, Stephen W Boyle, James Powell 4 new life members VA Division; Leroy Crenshaw, Floyd Mozingo, Andy Keller, Phillip Jones Art
It's time to sign up for our 2015 Christmas Banquet/Ladies Night. "The Last Christmas in the Confederate White House" with Cathy Wright, Curator M O C Click here to goto the RSVP form, print it, fill it out, and mail it along with a check to Art for our December 2rd Dinner/Program
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
"Drewry's Bluff: The Confederacy's Perfect Gibraltar" by Ed Sanders The talk will focus on the fortification's construction along the James River, the May 15, 1862 battle and the role it played as the camp of instruction for the Confederate States Marine Corps and home for the Confederate Naval Academy. Ed Sanders started as a seasonal park ranger with Richmond National Battlefield Park in the mid-1980s. After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1992, he was hired as a permanent interpretive ranger. During his time as a front line interpreter, he was awarded the Northeast Region's "Excellence in Interpretation" award for his work in interpretive programming. In 2010, Ed was made the Supervisory Park Ranger at Richmond NBP. He also serves as a historic weapons instructor for the National Park Service focusing on Civil War small arms and artillery. He is currently the Acting Chief of Interpretation for Richmond National Battlefield Park and the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site.
Former Camp Commander Taylor Cowardin opened the story of his family by telling us that the Cowardins arrived in North America in 1656 in St. Mary's County, Maryland. They then migrated to Augusta County, Virginia. James A. Cowardin, born in 1811, moved to Richmond and started the newspaper Daily Dispatch in 1850. He was a staunch Southern Whig. In 1860 the paper was the first penny paper south of Baltimore and had a circulation greater than other Richmond papers combined. During The War he sent money to New York to help Confederate prisoners of war there. He received remittances from the North to help Yankee prisoners on Belle Isle. Cowardin family members of the younger generation serving as Confederate soldiers were: James P. 1st Confederate Engineers John L. 19th Virginia Heavy Artillery Peter F. 12th Virginia Light Artillery William Henry 12th Virginia Light Artillery William R. 3rd Virginia Infantry The offices of the Daily Dispatch were destroyed in the April 1865 fire which occurred when Richmond was abandoned by the Confederate Army. The paper emerged from The War as Richmond's dominant paper. James P. Cowardin wrote an account of the last days of the Army of Northern Virginia (1-9 April 1865) which was published in the paper in 1889. In 1879 James A. Cowardin had a stroke and turned management of the paper over to his son Charles. The name of the paper was changed to the Richmond Dispatch in 1884. In 1903 Joseph Bryan, publisher of The Times, bought the paper and changed the name to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. After The War William Henry Cowardin opened a watch and jewelry shop at 1804 East Main Street. He retired in 1900 and turned the business over to his sons. In 1935 the business moved to 1707 East Main Street, where it remained until the devastating floods resulting from Hurricanes Agnes and Camille in the early 1970s. Another location had been opened in 1959 in the Willow Lawn Shopping Center. In 1986 Lewis T. Cowardin (grandfather of Taylor) moved the flagship store from the Shopping Center to its present location at 4909 West Broad Street. Walter Writer's note: Our Camp members Brian, Clint, and Taylor Cowardin work for the jewelry store. They and our newsletter editor/webmaster Gary Cowardin are descendants of William Henry Cowardin. The Richmond Times-Dispatch proudly trumpets on its front page "Celebrating 165 years of Informing Central Virginia." The origin of today's paper goes back to the 1850 founding of the Daily Dispatch by James A. Cowardin. September Meeting Attendance: 26
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 email@example.com 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 - 10 October 2015 Arthur Brian Cowardin Leroy Crenshaw Phillip L. Jones Crawley F.Joyner, III Andy Keller Peter I C Knowles, II Lewis Mills Robert H. Moore, Jr. Floyd G. Mozingo Joseph Price Waite Rawls, III Peyton Roden Chris Trinite Walter Tucker
SESQUICENTENNIAL 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.
November 18656 Confederate Navy Lieutenant James Iredell Waddell, Commanding Officer of CSS Shenandoah, surrendered his ship to British officials in Liverpool. 10 Former Confederate Captain Henry Wirz, wartime commander of the Andersonville GA prison camp, was hanged after being convicted by a military commission of cruelty to Yankee prisoners of war. 13 South Carolina ratified the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.
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