THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 18, ISSUE 5, May 2016
The General James Longstreet Camp hosted the 2016 Virginia Division Convention last April and by all accounts it was a great success. 131 compatriots from around the state attended the Saturday morning business meeting where new officers were elected and several constitutional issues were voted on. The two meeting rooms were filled to overflowing and since the fire code restricted us to a capacity of 120, we had to add the exhibitor's room to the meeting space. I had thought we would be lucky to get 100 people. Once again our Camp was recognized with a flag ribbon as one of the Division's Outstanding Camps. At the conclusion of the day seventy five people attended the banquet where the Camp was recognized by outgoing Virginia Division Commander Tracy Clary for assisting the Division in carrying out its mission and our dedication to Southern Heritage. Visit the Camp's Facebook Page or Group to see more photos of the Convention. None of this would have been possible without the help of the Camp's officers and many of their wives. Art and Diane Wingo carried the bulk of the load by handling the registration process for what must have been several months. Gary Cowardin made frequent trips to Art's home to keep the convention name badges updated and then handled the convention sound system flawlessly as he does for our monthly meeting and other SCV activities. Floyd Lane attended virtually all meetings with the hotel and provided valuable input. His wife Gail assisted with the registration table during the convention and, having convention experience herself, made many helpful suggestions. Walter Tucker was able to use his extensive convention attendance experience to also help out with registration. Paul Sacra and Chris Trinite worked together to provide an excellent narrated bus tour which showed off Confederate Richmond to our out of town guests. Finally even though Waite Rawles was unable to attend he did make the services of the Museum available to us to enhance the convention experience. Speaking of which Conway Moncure gave some excellent and spirited tours of the Museum of the Confederacy on the first night of the convention. No site for next year's convention has been announced so if anyone wants to do it again the opportunity may still be there for 2017. Andy
Our April meeting featured our Speaker, Beth Parnicza, Park Historian at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. She provided a very informative talk titled "None of them is lost;" The Confederate Experience at the Bloody Angle. The 57th Annual 2016 Virginia Division Convention of the S C V hosted by General James Longstreet S C V Camp was held on April 15-17, 2016 and was a success. We had 131 registered for the Business Meeting and 75 attending dinner on Saturday evening. Thanks again to all of the members and their spouses who volunteered their time to work at the Convention. Art
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"The Davis Family and Their Relationship with People of Color" by Teresa Roane Teresa was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. She earned her B. A. in history at Virginia Commonwealth University. She worked for eight years at the Richmond Public Library followed by 15 years at the Valentine Museum's library. She was the Archivist at the Museum of the Confederacy for 7 1/2 years, but on February 10, 2014, she received a chance to embark on a new opportunity. Ms. Roane is the Librarian and Archivist for the United Daughters of the Confederacy. She has served on the boards of Friends of the Richmond Public Library, Alliance to Conserve Old Richmond Neighborhoods, and Historic Richmond Foundation. She is a member of the Richmond-Stonewall Jackson UDC chapter. She received the Heritage Preservation Award from the National SCV in 2012 and the Rebecca Jones Alford Bonnie Blue Medal from the North Carolina SCV in 2014. At the 2015 National SCV Reunion, she received the Commander in Chief Ladies Appreciation medal. Ms. Roane is the new Corresponding Secretary for the UDC Virginia Division. At their recent convention, UDC North Carolina Division bestowed the Jefferson Davis Gold medal for excellence in history to Ms. Roane. Recently, she was honored with a Ladies Appreciation medal from the General Robert E. Lee SCV Camp. Teresa has given many presentations and workshops. She spends her free time reading, watching movies and walking battlefields.
"None of Them is Lost': The Confederate Experience at the Bloody Angle" Beth Parnicza, Park Historian at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, used recollections of three Confederate soldiers in developing her talk about the 12 May 1864 battle of Spotsylvania at our April meeting. COL Joseph N. Brown of the 14th South Carolina and two other ranks of the 16th Mississippi left indelible impressions of the assault on the Confederate "mule shoe." General Robert E. Lee had pulled his artillery out of this salient, which was the center of his line. It was returned just in time to be captured by the 2nd Corps of MGEN Winfield Scott Hancock, which began its assault at 4:30 AM. Lines became so close and intermixed that the hand-to hand combat was the fiercest of The War. One soldier wrote, "It seemed as though instead of being human we were turned into fiends and brutes, seeking to kill all in our way." The attack was fierce; the resistance fanatical. "If ever there was hell on earth, it was then." Clubbed rifles, bayonets, swords and pistols were used in the hand-to hand fighting. There was great slaughter on both sides. Lines were constantly shifting. Regimental and truce flag bearers were shot down. The ground became covered with dead and wounded. A Maine soldier wrote, "We piled dead bodies one on top of the other to lie behind for protection." A stalemate was reached at 7 AM, but the fighting went on past sunset. The breastworks were slippery with blood and rain. Dead bodies were half trampled out of sight. A soldier wrote, "No Mardi Gras carnival ever devised such a diabolical looking set of devils as we were. It was no imitation of red paint and burnt cork, but genuine human blood and gunpowder smoke that came from guns belching death at close range. The ground seemed covered with dead, dying, and wounded. It was a literal saturnalia of blood. It seemed certain death for a man to put his head above the works." Communication among units was impossible. COL Rufus R. Dawes of the 6th Wisconsin wrote "It was the most terrible 24 hours of our service in The War. Gettysburg was a skirmish compared to this fight." A New Jersey officer wrote. "The wounded were covered by the killed and expired under their comrades' bodies." All the carnage led the "mule shoe" to be called "The Bloody Angle" thereafter. The intensity of the firing was shown by a 20+ inch trunk of an oak tree which was cut in two by rifle fire. That stump is in the Smithsonian. Writer's Note My wife Jackie's great grandfather Andrew J. Randlett of the 44th Virginia Infantry was captured at the Bloody Angle. Most of his time as a POW was spent at Fort Delaware, where my great grandfather Andrew B. Cauthorn of the 26th Virginia Infantry was also a POW. Late in his life Randlett gave a clock to Cauthorn's daughter Julia Dunn and her husband Walter when he lived upstairs from them at 612 North 21st Street. We gave the clock, which still works, to our son Bruce as we prepared to move to Lakewood last winter. Walter April 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.
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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 May 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
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