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THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 18, ISSUE 7,           July 2016
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A quick jump to the articles in this issue:
Commander's Comments, Adjutant's Report, July Program (next), June(last),
Camp Officers, Longstreet's First Corps, Coming Events Links,

Andy COMMANDER'S COMMENTS

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

Art ADJUTANT'S REPORT

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   

GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247

NEXT MEETING - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

ROMA'S RESTAURANT
8330 STAPLES MILL RD.
LOCATED IN "THE SHOPS AT STAPLES MILL"
TURN LEFT AT FIRST STOPLIGHT NORTH OF
THE WISTAR SHOPPING CENTER

DINNER - SOCIAL 6:00 PM
MEETING STARTS AT 7:00 PM


OUR JULY SPEAKER


"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.                                                

OUR JUNE PROGRAM



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

CURRENT CAMP OFFICERS LONGSTREET CAMP #1247

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.

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War Horse Editor & Webmaster: Gary Cowardin cowardin@juno.com 262-0534 Website: longstreetscv.org


horseman

LONGSTREET'S FIRST CORPS

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        

COMING EVENTS LINKS

Visit 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

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