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VOLUME 18, ISSUE 5,           May 2016
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A quick jump to the articles in this issue:
Commander's Comments, Adjutant's Report, May Program (next), APRIL(last),
Camp Officers, Longstreet's First Corps, Coming Events Links,


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.             



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.                                   


NEXT MEETING - Tuesday, May 17, 2016




"The Davis Family and Their Relationship with People of Color"
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

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.                                           
April Meeting Attendance: 24


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.


War Horse Editor & Webmaster: Gary Cowardin 262-0534 Website:



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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