THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 18, ISSUE 9, October 2016
I attended the dedication for Private John Mackin's grave last Sunday, October 9, 2016. I say his grave rather than his marker since, due to other work priorities, the marker still has not been installed by the City of Richmond. If this was Petersburg I would worry about having been flimflammed but being that it is Richmond, I am sure Joe Morrissey will make sure it is installed promptly after his election. On second thought since he does not think a stature of Jefferson Davis even belongs on Monument Ave. since he was not a Virginian he may not support a grave marker for a Georgia private either. I did ask to at least be shown the area where the grave is located and found that it is very prominently located to the left of the entrance road in the area of the dead tree and another Georgia soldier's grave. The Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery will add a photo to his Findagrave Memorial once it is erected. While researching this article I may have found the next two markers to sponsor with the Cowardin Honor Fund. There are two other Mackins buried in Richmond, both in Hollywood cemetery and each still unmarked. One is also named John Mackin and the other is Peter. All three died in 1862. I think this coincidence makes them fitting candidates. See you next Tuesday at the meeting. Andy
Our July meeting was held on July 19, 2016 at the usual location, Roma's Restaurant. Will Glasco of the Preservation Virginia was our featured speaker. He talked about "The Battle of Gaines Mill". Unfortunately, I was not able to attend as I had a previously scheduled family commitment. Dues renewal is underway in full force. I want to remind everyone that dues are due no later than October 31, 2016 even though they were mailed out late. Please submit the renewal form and adequate dues amount payable to General James Longstreet S C V Camp #1247 to my attention. Art
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
On Saturday 15 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
"Soldiers AT Your Doorstep" by Larry Chowning Larry, a historian and lecturer, is author of nine books. He was born and raised in Middlesex County, Virginia and studied journalism at the University of Richmond where he graduated in 1972. He has been a general assignment reporter at the Southside Sentinel newspaper in Urbanna since 1981. It was shortly after graduating from college, that Chowning began writing about the Chesapeake Bay region and recording oral history. In 1999, Soldiers At Your Doorstep - Civil War Lore was published. Many of the stories in the book were told to him by children and grandchildren of former Confederate soldiers and former slaves. A revised second edition of the book was published in June 2016, which includes four additional chapters and a new cover. Larry and his wife Dee live in Urbanna in the home that his great-grandfather, Charles Henry Palmer Sr., built on returning home from the war. Palmer was a private in Company C of the 55th Virginia Infantry. Larry and Dee have three children and six-grandchildren.
Our Camp member Waite Rawls went back to the election of 1852 to lay the groundwork for the election of 1860. President Millard Fillmore was not nominated by the Whig Party, which instead nominated General Winfield Scott. Democrat Franklin Pierce was elected President. The Whigs were crushed in both the popular vote and the electoral college and ceased to exist before the next presidential election. President Pierce was not nominated by the Democrats in 1856. Instead the Party nominated James Buchanan, who had wide political experience. Buchanan won a plurality over the new Republican Party's candidate John C. Fremont and Fillmore of the Know Nothing Party. Most Republicans were former Whigs. Contention over the expansion of slavery into the territories dominated political thinking and discussion for several years. First convention in 1860 was the Democrat in April. Being unable to reach a consensus, delegates from the Deep South walked out, and the Convention ended. In early May the Constitutional Union Party was founded and nominated former Senator John Bell of Tennessee for President. Later in May the Republicans in Chicago nominated Abraham Lincoln on the fourth ballot. William Seward was the pre-convention favorite. The Republicans opposed allowing slavery in the territories. In June the Democrats reconvened and nominated Stephen A. Douglas. The bolted Southern Democrats nominated John C. Breckenridge. In the 6 November election, Lincoln carried 17 states, all in the north and west. Breckenridge carried 11 states, including Delaware and Maryland. John Bell carried three states, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia. Stephen A. Douglas, who finished second in the popular vote, carried only one state, Missouri. The Electoral College elects the President. The popular vote is meaningless. ELECTORAL VOTE POPULAR VOTE CANDIDATE # % # % Lincoln 180 60.2 1,865,908 39.8 Breckenridge 72 24.1 1,380,202 29.5 Bell 39 13.0 848,019 18.1 Douglas 12 2.7 590,901 12.6 TOTALS 303 100.0 4,685,030 100.0 Walter September Meeting Attendance: 20
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, Longstreet Camp General Fund and Corp. William Cowardin/Southern Valor Memorial Fund. As you know, our cumulative listing starts in July of each year and we do not meet in August. 1 July 2016 - 10 October 2016 Brian Cowardin Leroy Crenshaw,III Jerold Evans Michael Hendrick Phillip Jones Crawley Joyner,III Andy Keller Peter Knowles,II Lewis Mills Conway Moncure Floyd Mozingo Stephen Parsons Joseph Price Waite Rawls,III James Smith, Sr. Ed Trope,Jr. Walter Tucker
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