THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 18, ISSUE 8, September 2016
Thank you for your support this summer to my call to action for funding of headstones for forgotten Confederate soldiers. 19 members stepped forward to contribute $3,450. This created the ongoing Corporal William Henry Cowardin Southern Valor Memorial Fund. A small portion of this seed money was used to sponsor a headstone for Private Jack Mackin. That headstone, along with 12 others to Confederate Soldiers, will be formally dedicated at 1:00 pm, October 1 at the Shockoe Hill Cemetery, 4th and Hospital Streets. Your attendance would be appreciated. This is one of the two cemeteries you see on your right as you enter Richmond from the east on I-64. Our next step is to identify other unmarked graves and then apply to the VA for headstones. There are many in Hollywood Cemetery that can be marked for a cemetery fee of only $100.00. If you would like to serve on a committee to help research these veterans and apply for their headstones please let me know. Speaking of veterans, I am initiating a new section of the War Horse to recognize our veteran members. Please e-mail or mail me a photo of yourself in uniform along with a brief summary of your service to be published in The Old War Horse and on our Facebook site. Mailed photographs will be scanned and returned to you (write your name and address on the reverse side). This month's veteran is Linny Kammeter who was deployed to Viet Nam from 1965-1967. Andy
Our July meeting featured Will Glasco speaking on "The Battle of Gaines Mill." July marks the end of our financial Fiscal Year. Having been successful with hosting the Virginia S C V Convention, we close this year out in good financial condition. In addition we recently started a new memorial fund titled William H. Cowardin/Southern Valor Memorial Fund. This fund is designed to pay for the installation of cemetery grave markers to honor Confederate Veterans. Thus far we have raised $3,450.00 in contributions and we will have our first installation on Saturday, October 1st at the Shockoe Hill Cemetery in honor of Pvt. John P. "Jack" Mackin, a private in the 24th Georgia Infantry. He was fatally wounded at Malvern Hill. November is the month for Officer Elections in our Camp. Please remember it is your right and privilege to run for any office positions in our Camp. I request any members that are considering to run for any office please contact me of their intentions to do so. Our Camp is in need of a member to fill the position of Chaplin. No Camp meeting was held during the Month of August. Art
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On Saturday 8 October we plan to meet at Enon United Methodist Church on Studley Road, Route 606, Hanover County at 10 AM. Please E-mail me that you will help. Thanks, Walter: firstname.lastname@example.org
"The Election of 1860" by Waite Rawls Waite is the new President of the American Civil War Museum Foundation. He became the Co-Chief Executive Officer of the American Civil War Museum with its 2013 combination with the Museum of the Confederacy, where he had been President since 2004. Taking that job was a switch of careers, as he decided to make his former avocation into his current vocation. Formerly, he spent thirty years as an investment banker in New York and Chicago, including being a Senior Managing Director at Chemical Bank and the Vice Chairman of Continental Bank. Additionally, he has been an Adjunct Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology and a Visiting Professor at the Darden School (University of Virginia). Mr. Rawls is a Trustee of the Camp Foundation, a former Trustee of the Civil War Trust and of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, a former Trustee and President of the Alumni Association of the Darden School, and a former member of the Board of Visitors of the Virginia Military Institute, the VMI Foundation, and the VMI Alumni Association. He currently serves on the Board of Essex Bank. A native of Franklin, Virginia, he has a BA from the Virginia Military Institute and his MBA and JD from the University of Virginia.
Will Glasco described Gaines's Mill as arguably the biggest but least talked about attack of The War. It was surrounded in quick succession by savage fighting at Beaver Dam Creek, Glendale, and Malvern Hill. The battle, taking place on 27 June 1862, was the first true slugfest in the eastern theater. General Robert E. Lee had been in command of the Army of Northern Virginia less than a month. Lee referred to wounded General Joseph E. Johnston's absence as only temporary, but he began immediately to make changes. He realized that he had little time to end the age of Confederate army retreats. He added more discipline, reorganized the artillery, and changed the day to day schedules of his soldiers, including picket duty instead of having large bodies of troops on alert at all times. He ordered earthworks to be dug. His plan was to throw the bulk of his Army north of the Chickahominy River to destroy the weakened right flank of Yankee General George B. McClellan's Army of the Potomac. McClellan urged Washington to send him more troops, but President Abraham Lincoln and his Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton were constantly in fear of leaving Washington exposed, particularly in not knowing the location or mission of Major General Stonewall Jackson's Shenandoah Valley Army. The bulk of Yankee Major General Irvin McDowell's Corps was retained on a line between Richmond and Washington, spending most of its time around Fredericksburg. Lee summoned Jackson from the Valley to attack the right flank and rear of Brigadier General Fitz John Porter's Fifth Corps. On 26 June Jackson had not shown up, and a Confederate attack at Beaver Dam Creek was repulsed. The next day McClellan switched his supply depot from White House Landing on the Pamunkey River to Harrison's Landing on the James River, depriving Lee's plan of a tangible objective. Confusion led Jackson's men to about face. Porter's Yankees were atop Turkey Hill along Boatswain's Swamp. Porter set up three defensive lines. Soldiers of Major General A. P. Hill's Light Division were in contact with the Yankee enemy for 12 hours. Around 7 PM the largest Confederate assault took place. Lee found Brigadier General John Bell Hood and asked him if his Brigade could break the Yankee position. Hood replied, "I will try." His Texans and Georgians caused the first line of Yankees to turn and run, causing other lines to fall like dominoes. Casualties were staggering on both sides. Dead bodies were everywhere. N. J. Brooks, a Georgia cavalryman, wrote home after the battle, "If people could see the chaos, the tragedy, the horror of battle, there would be a tenfold greater clamor for peace than there ever was for war." Walter July Meeting Attendance: 17
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.
PUBLICATIONSWar Horse Editor & Webmaster: Gary Cowardin email@example.com 262-0534 Website: longstreetscv.org
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 2016 - 12 September 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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