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THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 18, ISSUE 3,           March 2016
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A quick jump to the articles in this issue:
Commander's Comments, Adjutant's Report, March Program (next), February(last),
Camp Officers, Longstreet's First Corps, 1866 Events, Coming Events Links,

Andy COMMANDER'S COMMENTS

Please complete the Convention Worker form emailed to you and  bring  it
to  the  meeting  on Tuesday.  If you did not receive a form, call me or
Art Wingo to ask how you can serve and we will complete a form for  you.
The hard work has already been done so do not worry about having to take
on any real responsibility.  The dates that we will need help are Friday
and  Saturday,  April  15  & 16.  I do need someone who would be able to
pick up the box lunches on Saturday from Libby Market and bring them  to
the  Hotel.   Anyone  working  on the convention will not be charged the
registration fee and you are invited to  sign  up  for  the  banquet  on
Saturday  night  and  the bus tour of Confederate Richmond on Friday but
even the delegates have to pay for those events.                        

HB 587 was passed by the General Assembly but faced virtually  unanimous
Democratic  opposition  in the Senate.  As of this writing it awaits the
decision of the Governor.  His support is questionable so it may well be
back  to  the  courts for redress if our state's war monuments are to be
safe.                                                                   

This then is continuing series of my review of monuments that  could  be
endangered  by  the  Richmond  City government.  These two may not be as
threatened as the two in Monroe Park  but  need  to  be  remembered  and
protected  as  well.  One is the Richmond Howitzer monument which stands
tall in the small triangle formed by the intersection of Park and  Grove
Ave.  and Harrison St.  on the western side of VCU.  It was dedicated in
1892  to  honor the Richmond military unit which traced its history from
the 17th century until the end of the War but notes  in  particular  its
service  from  1861-1865.   A  Confederate  artilleryman with his ramrod
stands on top.  On the north side is displayed a bronze circle  with  13
stars  gracing two crossed bars along with the inscription, "From Bethel
to Appomattox".  The east side also  carries  an  inscription  recalling
their service in striving to defend their homeland.  Not only could this
monument be threatened by the City, since it and the two in Monroe  Park
are  in  the  area of VCU, they could be deemed to as a threat by VCU to
the delicate sensibilities of its student body.                         

Richmond Howitzer      First Virginia
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The  First Virginia Monument stands about six blocks farther west facing
North Granby in the angle formed  by  Park  and  Stuart  Avenues.   This
impressive  monument  is  graced  with  the  figure  of  a  frontiersman
representing Virginia's military preparedness dating from  the  Colonial
period.    Its  plaques  cover  virtually  the  entirety  of  Virginia's
involvement in martial conflict including the period from 1861-1865. The
western  side  includes the details of the regiment's fight for Virginia
to, "Defend the Honor and Her Sovereign Right", during that period.   It
concludes,  "It  gave  its  best  until it was overwhelmed at Appomattox
Courthouse in 1865".  While the monument itself is likely safe this  one
plaque could he endangered.                                             

For more convention information, schedules, attendee, and vendor forms:
57th Annual VA SCV 2016 Convention Links,
							 Andy

Art ADJUTANT'S REPORT

Our February meeting featured Don Thomas speaking on  "Some  History  of
Lincoln's Death." This informative talk revealed some little known facts
towards the end of the war.                                             

The Executive Committee is busy putting together the  final  details  on
the  various  activities  of  the  57th Annual Convention of the Sons of
Confederate Veterans, Virginia Division.  The convention,  being  hosted
by our camp, is being held on April 15-17, 2016.  The convention will be
held at the  Wingate  by  Wyndham,  Short  Pump,  VA.   Please  consider
donating your time to help make this a great Convention.                

A worker's signup form is located on the Camp's website.  The form lists
the times and functions that the convention workers are needed.  If  you
have any questions please give me a call.                               

Longstreet Member Worker Signup Form
							Art   

GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247

NEXT MEETING - Tuesday, March 15, 2016

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


OUR MARCH SPEAKER


"Honoring President Robert E. Lee"
by
William Connery
General Robert E. Lee made his greatest contribution to the South in the
years  following  his  surrender  at  Appomattox.  A  brilliant military
commander and strategist,  Lee  brought  to  a  small  town  in  western
Virginia  those skills, as well as his ability to work with and engender
respect from a wide assortment of people.  2015 is the  sesquicentennial
of  these events and the conclusion ofthe 150th commemoration of the War
Between the States.                                                     

William   Connery   grew   up   in   Baltimore,   Maryland,   considered
`neutral territory'  in the  War Between the States.  He has a degree in
history from the University of Maryland-College Park.   Mr. Connery  has
been contributing  to  the Civil War Courier, the Washington Times Civil
War page and other publications. In 2012, he was awarded the prestigious
Jefferson Davis Historical  Gold Medal for his first History Press book,
Civil War Northern Virginia 1861.  His second book is  Mosby's Raids  in
Civil War Northern Virginia. He will have copies of both books available
for signing.  Mr. Connery  is  a  member  of  the  Company  of  Military
Historians, the Capitol Hill Civil War Round Table, and the Stuart-Mosby
Historical Society.  He is a frequently requested speaker  on the  Civil
War  and other  American  history  topics in the Washington, D.C., metro
region.  He can be reached at william.connery@verizon.net               

OUR FEBRUARY PROGRAM

 
 "Some History of Lincoln's Death"
Don Thomas, author of "The  Reason  Lincoln  Had  to  Die"  presented  a
compelling  case  that Secretary of War Edwin M.  Stanton was the person
who planned the murder of Lincoln.                                      

The reason was that Stanton and Radical Republicans  felt  that  Lincoln
was  going to be too easy on the states which had seceded.  The Radicals
wanted to  punish  and  dominate  the  South.   They  were  afraid  that
Democrats  in  the Southern states would combine with northern Democrats
to end Republican domination of the restored country.                   

There had been a plot by Booth and others to kidnap Lincoln and take him
to Richmond to be traded for the release of Confederate prisoners. Lee's
surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox  rendered  that
idea useless.                                                           

There  was  no  doubt  that Booth killed Lincoln.  With Lincoln dead and
Secretary of  State  Seward  wounded,  Stanton  was  the  most  powerful
civilian  in Yankeedom.  Stanton's military tribunal wanted to show that
the Confederate government was behind the plot to  kill  Lincoln.   They
brought in the kidnap plot conspirators to charge them with the murder. 

In  order  to convict the conspirators and to silence them, evidence was
suppressed and witnesses who did not support this were not called. There
was many discrepancies in testimony that was taken.                     

The diary of John Wilkes Booth was tampered with.  There was uncertainty
about why Booth was killed, since he was in a building  on  the  Garrett
farm  in  Virginia surrounded by Yankee soldiers.  There was doubt about
who actually killed him.  His testimony likely would have  revealed  the
men responsible for the plot to murder Lincoln.                         

Four  defendants  were  tried  and  hanged  in short order.  Others were
jailed.  Alleged conspirator Dr.  Mudd was released  from  prison  early
because  of his significant help to provide medical assistance to fellow
prisoners.                                                              

John Surratt, Jr., the son of Mary, fled the country.   He  was  brought
back  two  years  later,  was  tried in a civilian court, acquitted, and
released.  During his absence, the U.  S.  Supreme Court had ruled  that
civilians could not be tried by military tribunals.                     
                                                      Walter

February Meeting Attendance: 24

CURRENT CAMP OFFICERS LONGSTREET CAMP #1247

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.

PUBLICATIONS

War Horse Editor & Webmaster: Gary Cowardin cowardin@juno.com 262-0534 Website: longstreetscv.org


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LONGSTREET'S FIRST CORPS

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 January 2016               

Arthur Brian Cowardin   Taylor 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        Jim Pickens                                 
Joseph Price            Waite Rawls, III       Joseph A. Moschetti  
Peyton Roden            Chris Trinite          Walter Tucker        

SESQUICENTENNIAL

1866

(There will be no more Sesqui reports until 2 April 2016)

COMING EVENTS LINKS

Visit 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

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