THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 18, ISSUE 4, April 2016
The 2016 SCV Virginia Division Convention is finally here and we are hosting it. The Executive Committee has pulled together to ensure that the convention will be enjoyable for all who attend. It will be this weekend, April 15 and 16 at the Wingate by Wyndham hotel on North Gayton Road. We will be taking reservations for the banquet until Tuesday night but there is still plenty of room on the bus tour if you would like to sign up for that. Otherwise we encourage you to at least stop by to see the convention in process on Saturday morning. Just stop by the registration desk and introduce yourself as a camp member. Upcoming events to put on your calendar or sign up for are the semi-annual Studley Road cleanup on April 23 and the Jefferson Davis Birthday Celebration on June 4 at 9:00 am at Hollywood Cemetery. Linny Kammeter has also volunteered to provide a tour of Hollywood Cemetery this spring or summer so let me know if you would find this to be of interest to you. Andy
Our March meeting featured William Connery speaking on "Honoring President Robert E. Lee". This talk was very informative and provided a great deal of information about General Lee's contributions after the war. The 57th Annual Convention of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Virginia Division is almost here. 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. There has been a great deal of work by a number of our members on this Convention; however a special thanks to Chris Trinite and Waite Rawls of the Museum Of Confederacy for their donations to our efforts in putting on the 57th Annual SCV Convention. Chris donated the printed ribbons being placed on the Name Badges. Waite and the Museum donated all of the printing of the material provided in the individual packages being given out to the various camp representatives at the meeting. Art
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"None of Them is Lost': The Confederate Experience at the Bloody Angle" by Beth Parnicza a park historian at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, where she also supervises the Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center. A 2011 graduate of West Virginia University, she joined The National Park Service and moved to the "other Virginia" to pursue her passion for Civil War History. Beth's research interests focus largely on the human aspects of the war, including the looting of Fredericksburg, the movement toward hard war, the experience of battle, and early historians of the park.
"Honoring President Robert E. Lee" Historian William Connery opined that if the Confederacy had won its independence Robert E. Lee would have been elected President in 1868, since Jefferson Davis's six year term would have expired that year. The Confederate constitution limited the president to a single six year term. Service in The War Between the States was almost a necessity to run for the nation's highest office. Every Republican presidential candidate from Ulysses S. Grant in 1868 through William McKinley in 1900 was a veteran of The War. Lee initially declined to have Matthew Brady take a picture of him where he was residing on East Franklin Street in Richmond after Appomattox. One of Brady's assistants persuaded Mrs. Lee to get Marse Robert to change his mind. The famous photo showed a cross on the door behind Lee. A young George Patton growing up in in California recalled pictures of Lee and Jackson reminding him of Christ and God. When Lee and family were living at Derwent in Powhatan County, he was called on by Judge John Brockenbrough who wore a borrowed suit and had $ 150.00 in cash. Lee accepted the Judge's offer to become president of Washington College in Lexington. In a letter to Pierre G. T. Beauregard, Lee compared his situation with that of George Washington. Cyrus McCormick, who had moved to Ohio, was a significant contributor to the college, in response to Lee's fund raising activities. In a letter to Sir John Dalberg, Lee opined that the Union after winning The War would become aggressive abroad and despotic at home. Sir John became Lord Acton, best known for his quote "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." When a faculty member criticized General Grant, Lee said, "if you continue that, either you or I will have to go." Needless to say, the criticism ended. Connery showed us a copy of Lee's oath of allegiance dated 2 October 1865. That oath mysteriously disappeared and was missing for 105 years. On 5 August 1975 President Gerald Ford signed a bill restoring his citizenship. The New York Herald Tribune recommended Lee as the Democratic Party's candidate for President of the United States in 1868. Some have said that Lee and Grant never met after Appomattox. They met in Washington 1 May 1869. Lee changed the curriculum at Washington College to include courses of practical value. He wanted to train the young men there so that they could help rebuild the devastated South. Lee took a southern vacation by railroad with his daughter Agnes. Telegraphers sent the message ahead "General Lee is aboard." Crowds turned out all along their route. President Dwight D. Eisenhower said of Lee: "Lee was one of the supremely gifted men produced by our nation. He was as noble as a leader and as a man and unsullied. A nation of such men would be unconquerable in spirit and soul, I proudly display his picture on my office wall." Walter March Meeting Attendance: 24
CURRENT 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 - 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 18662 "Now, therefore, I, Andrew Johnson, President of the United States, do hereby proclaim that the insurrection which heretofore existed in the States of Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Florida is at an end and is henceforth to be so regarded." (Texas only was omitted, its government not yet formed.)
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