THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 18, ISSUE 6, June 2016
Over 25 years ago our camp took on the responsibility of caring for a one mile section of Studley Road in Hanover County by Enon Church. One of the reasons we chose this section was that two of the camp's members, Lee Crenshaw and Lewis Mills, had ancestors who fought in the battle there. The site was first marked many years ago by a simple but eloquent stone marker topped with historical text written by Douglas Freeman. Our last cleanup was to have been done in April but due to the wet spring had to wait until May 28th, the 152 anniversary of the battle. We had heard at our May meeting that some damage had been done to Mr. Freeman's marker but could not believe our eyes at the total destruction which we witnessed when we arrived. Fortunately no damage was done to the metal marker carrying Freeman's words. This led me to contact the Richmond Times Dispatch, since Freeman had been their editor at the time he was working on the monument project. I was hoping for just an opinion letter to be published but instead they turned it over to their Hanover County reporter who met with me at the church and later had an article published about the monument. The article did not say anything about the restoration of the monument but the minister at the church was told by VDOT that it would be replaced within three months. Let's hope that when we return in the fall we will see this beautiful marker fully and beautifully restored. Paul and I will both miss the next meeting. 2nd Lieutenant Commander Trinite with be in charge. The program promises to be a very interesting one so I encourage you to attend. Andy
Our May meeting featured Teresa Roane speaking on "The Davis Family and Their Relationship with People of Color". She provided a very lively talk concerning the Davis Family and their relationship with their workers. This talk was very interesting, informative and provided a great deal of information about The Davis family. On behalf of our Camp, Andy Keller issued a $500.00 Scholarship this month to the outstanding Senior History Student, Oakley Mize, at the Douglas S Freeman High School. Thanks to the following members who participated in the Annual Road Cleanup on May 28, 2016, Lee Crenshaw, Gene Golden, Linny Kammeter, Andy Keller, Lewis Mills and Walter Tucker. The road cleanup presented an extra challenge this year as it had to be re-scheduled several times due to weather issues. We installed our newest member, Leon D. Williams. Leon's ancestor is Mitchell Carter Bralley a member of the 45th Infantry Company D. Art
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"Fort Harrison & the Battle of Chaffin's Farm" by Doug Crenshaw Doug is a strategic IT sourcing manager who has studied history at Randolph-Macon College and at The University of Richmond. He is currently a volunteer for the Richmond National Battlefield Park. Doug is an avid history enthusiast. He is a member of the Richmond Civil War Roundtable, is a speaker, a presenter and a tour leader. His book, Fort Harrison and The Battle of Chaffin's Farm, was nominated in the nonfiction category for a Library of Virginia Literary award. He has also written The Battle of Glendale: Lee's Lost Opportunity, which is currently at the publisher, and is working on several books for the Emerging Civil War series.
"The Davis Family and Their Relationship with People of Color" Teresa Roane, Librarian and Archivist at the United Daughters of the Confederacy, opened her presentation about Jefferson Davis and his relationships with people of color by showing us a picture of an obelisk dedicated to Davis at Fairview, Kentucky, his birth place. This obelisk is the fifth highest in the country. Jefferson Davis was the youngest of ten children and was mentored by the oldest, his brother Joseph Emory Davis. The Davis brothers treated their slaves well. They arranged for a white Methodist minister to lead services. They set up a court system by which the slaves disciplined themselves. The Davises had a doctor attend to their medical needs. Most outstanding slave was Benjamin T. Montgomery (1819-1877). Joseph Davis recognized his ability and made him manager of Hurricane Plantation. There was a mutual respect between these two men. Ben's son Isaiah (1847-1924) received an education and became successful. As head of the Colored State Fair Association, he invited Jefferson Davis to attend. When Sherman came through their part of Mississippi, the Montgomerys and other Davis slaves refused to follow him. James Henry Jones was captured with Jefferson Davis in Georgia. He received from Varina Howell Davis a nice cane inscribed "To my friend." Jones dedicated the cornerstone at the Jefferson Davis monument on Monuments Avenue in Richmond. Frederick McGinnis also received a cane inscribed "To my friend." Jim Limber was a young boy who played with the Davis children at the White House of the Confederacy. Also known as James Henry Brooks, he disappeared from history when The War ended. Robert Brown came from Brierfield Plantation and lived with the Davis family until he died. When Jefferson Davis died, Varina received a condolence letter signed by many former slaves. This letter is in the archives at the Museum of the Confederacy. The relationships and actions of former slaves show that the depiction of Jefferson Davis as a racist and bigot is without foundation. That won't stop today's uninformed Morally Superior Brigade from describing him that way. Walter May Meeting Attendance: 25
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 June 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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