THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 18, ISSUE 7, July 2016
John Park "Jack" Mackin enlisted as a private the 24th Georgia Infantry Regiment in 1861. Shortly thereafter his regiment was sent to Yorktown to join other troops serving under Gen. Magruder in defending Virginia from Northern invaders. He fought there and then again in the Seven Days Battles. His service ultimately led him to Malvern Hill, where on 1 July 1862, he was fatally wounded. He died at Banner Hospital in Richmond twenty-four days later. Jack was barely 21 and left no wife or children. His grave in Shockoe Hill Cemetery has been left unmarked for 154 years leaving him virtually forgotten. Today our Camp has the opportunity to erase that shame once and for all. The hard work of procuring a headstone has been done. What we are challenged to do is simply raise the $275 needed by the cemetery to install the monument. We have 75 members in our camp and if everyone would contribute even $15 we could sponsor four monuments: this one for Private Macklin and others to be named later. We now give $500 a year to fund a scholarship so surely this is very little to ask. Therefore I am asking all members, each of who promised to support the projects of the camp when they took the oath of membership, to bring a check to the next meeting or to send one to Gen. Longstreet SCV Camp 1247, 1414 Patriot Circle, Glen Allen, VA 23059-4532 for whatever amount you can afford to create a "Southern Valor Memorial Fund" for the purpose of paying for the installation of cemetery grave markers to honor Confederate veterans. The immediate challenge is to have collected at least $275 by the July 25 anniversary of his death but the ongoing challenge is to always honor our Confederate ancestors and protect their memory. For more info: Pvt John P. "Jack" Mackin ( - 1862) - Find A Grave Photos Gary Cowardin, Waite Rawls, and I represented the camp in early June at Hollywood Cemetery for the annual Jefferson Davis Birthday commemoration. Teresa Roane gave the same presentation on the relationship of President Davis and people of color as she gave at our May meeting. A recording is available on YouTube HERE. Andy
Our June meeting featured Doug Crenshaw speaking on Fort Harrison and The Battle of Chaffin's Farm. Doug has written a book based on these battles and he provided a very interesting and informative talk on the subject. Since the July meeting will be our last meeting of this fiscal year, I would like to recap membership activity in our camp for 2015-2016. We began the year with total membership of 67. To date, we will have installed 8 new members, 3 transferred from other camps, 6 reinstated into our camp for a subtotal of 84. Members not renewing total 8 and 1 transferred out. Membership as of July 1, 2016 totals 75. This is an increase in Camp membership for the year of 8. Art
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"The Battle of Gaines Mill" by Will Glasco Will was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, attending Atlee High School in Hanover County. Growing up in such a historic region, he became interested in Virginia history and culture at a young age after visiting Civil War Battlefields and the Mattaponi Indian Reservation. He learned the value of hard work at his family's business, Transit Lumber, during summers in high school and college. He attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where he studied Creative Writing and Anthropology. After graduation in 2008, he found employment at the Museum of the Confederacy. For him, working in the public history field was a dream come true, and he quickly gained other responsibilities in both the Education & Development Departments. In 2010, Will was promoted to Development Manager and coordinated the membership program at the Museum. In 2014, he joined Preservation Virginia to lead its Development Department, where he works to save unique historic places across the Commonwealth.
Douglas Crenshaw, author of Fort Harrison and the Battle of Chaffin's Farm, opened his talk by telling us that Yankee MGEN Benjamin "Beast" Butler had an excellent plan for Richmond to be taken by his Army of the James. The X Corps, commanded by MGEN David B. Birney, was to take New Market Heights. The XVIII Corps of MGEN Edward O. C. Ord was to take Fort Harrison. The two Corps were then to meet and take Richmond. Assaults were scheduled to take place 29 September 1864. Fort Harrison was manned by only 200 men with four pieces of artillery. The Confederates fought desperately, but could not hold the Fort against 8,000 Yankee soldiers. The Yankees renamed the fort Fort Burnham, after BGEN Hiram Burnham of the Second Brigade of the First Division of the XVIII Corps. Burnham had been killed in the assault. Ord was wounded in the thigh and turned over command to his Second Division commander BGEN Charles A. Heckman. Heckman was inexperienced and squandered his units in piecemeal attacks. Confederate MGEN Richard Ewell performed well rallying a hodge podge of defenders in keeping Forts Gilmer and Gregg. Yankees worked until late in the night to put up earthworks at what had been the rear of Fort Harrison to defend against an expected Confederate attack. General Robert E. Lee came over from Petersburg to direct his troops, but decided he didn't have enough soldiers to attack on the 29th. Using additional troops from Petersburg, the Confederates attacked Fort Burnham on the 30th, but were unable to take it. During most of the two days, Butler was nowhere to be found. The Yankees had missed a golden opportunity to take Richmond. The lines north and south of the James River solidified until the abandonment of Richmond 2 April 1865. Walter Writer's note-The Henrico County Public Library has a circulating copy of Doug Crenshaw's book. May Meeting Attendance: 25
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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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