THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 17, ISSUE 11, November 2015
It is hard to believe that 2015 is rapidly coming to its end and that Christmas will soon be upon us. That means that our Westwood Club December gala banquet is right around the corner and you need to be making reservations for yourself and maybe a special guest. Space is limited but we still want to grow our attendance year over year. The Westwood Club will be decked out for the holidays and will provide us with a beautiful venue for our Camp's Annual Meeting. This year, for the first time in my experience, the dinner will provide a buffet to go along with an excellent program. The buffet will feature surf and turf, i.e. roasted Atlantic salmon with spinach and lemon caper sauce and grilled sirloin with bordelaise sauce. Complementing it will be soup, salads, vegetables, breads, dessert and coffee or tea. The cost is $45 per person which includes a subsidy from the camp to help hold down the price. Our speaker will be Cathy Wright from the American Civil War Museum who is no stranger to our Camp. Her topic for the evening is "The Last Christmas in the Confederate White House" which will show that Christmas can be celebrated without extravagance. So join us for comradery and to celebrate the end of this SCV year. We will rejoice that at least here we can salute our flags with pride and honor our ancestors for the service they provided while suffering through the Christmas of 1865, one we would never want to experience. Andy
Ed Sanders, Supervisor Ranger with the Richmond National Battlefields provided our camp with a very informative talk on "Drewry's Bluff: The Confederacy's Perfect Gibraltar" (see writeup below) A new Member Certificate was issued to Edward Trope, Jr. whose ancestor, Noten George, was a member of the 57th Virginia Infantry. In addition a new Member Certificate was sent to his son, Edward C. Trope III, who is away in college and unable to attend the meeting. Life Membership Certificates to the Virginia Division S C V were awarded to our Commander Andy Keller and Camp member Lee Crenshaw. In addition, a Life Membership Certificate in the VA Division S C V was mailed to member Floyd Mozingo who was unable to attend the meeting. Thanks to the following members for their participation on the Studley Road Cleanup on Saturday, October 24, 2015. Lee Crenshaw, Gene Golden, Andy Keller, Floyd Lane, Lewis Mills, Paul Sacra, Walter Tucker, Hal Vincent and myself. The deadline for 2015-2016 Dues was October 31st, 2015 however the VA Division and National have waived their late fees until December 31, 2015. Art
It's not too late to sign up for our 2015 Christmas Banquet/Ladies Night "The Last Christmas in the Confederate White House" with Cathy Wright, Curator, The American Civil War Museum Catherine Wright was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and grew up there and in Norfolk, Virginia. She received bachelor's degrees in English and History from Truman State University (2003), and a master's degree in American History with a concentration in museum studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2006). She is the editor of "Lee's Last Casualty: the Life and Letters of Sgt. Robert W. Parker, Second Virginia Cavalry" and is a contributing historian to the online "Encyclopedia of Virginia" and "Civil War Times" magazine. Various national media outlets have interviewed her, including NPR and CNN, and she has appeared on the PBS program "History Detectives" and twice on the Travel Channel program "Mysteries at the Museum". She was formerly the curator at the Stonewall Jackson House in Lexington, Virginia, and is currently the curator at The American Civil War Museum in Richmond, Virginia. Click here to goto the RSVP form, print it, fill it out, and mail it along with a check to Art for our December 1st Dinner/Program
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"What If? --- Alternate Decisions in the WBTS" by Barton Campbell Some notable events during the war that significantly impacted the course of affairs were "happenstance". But others were the result of premeditated decisions. In these cases, what if a different decision had been made? Barton will take a handful of these to explore, and hopefully stimulate your thinking about not only these, but others, that might have changed the outcome of the war. Barton is a native of Tenn., but has spent the majority of his life in Virginia, where he has roots dating back to colonial times. He is an engineering graduate of Princeton University, and has a Master's in Strategic Studies from the Army War College. He spent almost 30 years with Reynolds Metals Co., in engineering, sales and marketing, retiring from senior mgt in 1996. Subsequently he worked for the Reserve Officers Assoc. in DC for 3+ years. After a brief interlude, he served as executive director of the Museum of the Confederacy for 2 years, followed by 2 terms on the board. He spent 30+ years with the active Army, Army National Guard, and Army Reserve, retiring as a full colonel. He is a member of numerous veterans and heritage organizations- he joined the SCV in 1954, and is currently Cmdr-in-Chief of the Order of the Southern Cross. He and his wife are active in Gideons International , and together have many Confederate ancestors- Madge's great-great grandfather was governor of NC 1845-49, and subsequently Sec'y of the Navy under President Millard Fillmore. They have two grown children, and 5 granddaughters.
Ed Sanders of Richmond Battlefield National Park opened the October program by reminding us of the beautiful view of the James River from Drewry's Bluff, seven miles south of Richmond. Yankee Major General George B. McClellan had taken his Army to the tip of the Virginia Peninsula in March 1862. CSS Virginia patrolled the mouth of the James River, but its draft prevented it from coming up the river to defend Richmond. The Southside Artillery, commanded by Captain Confederate Captain Augustus Drewry, owner of the land, had begun began fortifying the area in March. CSS Virginia was scuttled on 11 May. Its crew came to Drewry's Bluff to man the big guns. Fortifications were still under construction. Richmonders looked with fear down the river, recalling that New Orleans had fallen to the Yankee Navy, not the Army. Confederates blocked the narrow James River channel by sinking some ships, making navigation even more difficult. Yankee Navy Commander John Rodgers was in command of the U. S. Fleet which came up the river on 15 May 1862. His ships were Aroostok, Galena (the flagship), Monitor, Naugatuck, and Port Royal. Galena's armor protected only the sides of the ship. It was hit numerous times by Confederate fire. It could not elevate its guns enough to hit the Confederate fort, which was 90 feet above the river. Firing went on for 3 « hours. Making no progress, the Yankees went back down the river. This was the last naval attempt to take Richmond. The Confederate guns had fired the first shots of the War defending Richmond. Confederate Naval officer Sydney Smith Lee, brother of Robert E. Lee, commanded the fort. The Confederate Naval Academy was aboard CSS Patrick Henry, located at the Bluff. The Marines also had a training facility. Improvements included a chapel, barracks, and quarters for the officers. Tourists came to visit for the next two years. On 16 May 1864 Yankee Major General Benjamin Butler's Army of the James attempted to capture Drewry's Bluff without success. The abandonment of Richmond in April 1965 rendered the Fort useless to the Confederates. The troops stationed there joined the Army of Northern Virginia in its retreat. Drewry's Bluff had lived up to its nickname of the Gibraltar of the Confederacy. Walter September 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 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 Joseph A. Moschetti Peyton Roden Chris Trinite Walter Tucker
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.
December 18651 President Andrew Johnson restored the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus for all of the United States except former Confederate States, Washington, DC, and territories of Arizona and New Mexico. 2 Alabama's legislature ratified the 13th Amendment. 4 North Carolina's legislature ratified the 13th Amendment. Mississippi's legislature rejected it. 5 Georgia's legislature ratified the 13th mendment. 11 Oregon ratified the 13th Amendment. 13 Secretary of State William H. Seward declared the 13th Amendment to be in effect.
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