THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 18, ISSUE 10, November 2016
Richmond Confederate Monuments - Part II Earlier in the year I began a series on endangered Confederate monuments but have not had a chance to continue it until now. In the heyday of the Sixth Street Marketplace and the golden age of the Richmond Coliseum, the Richmond Infantry Blues Monument was one of Richmond's most visited monuments. This monument is the newest monument to an organization that had a prominent role in the War Between the States and even refers to its service using that name for the war. It also lists the unit's service up until the Berlin Crisis in 1962. It is not mentioned, but the unit also saw service in Gabriel's Rebellion in 1800, against Nat Turner in 1831 and in guarding John Brown after his capture at Harper's Ferry. In 1861 they were incorporated into the Confederate Army. The monument was placed between the Blues Armory, where they trained, and the new Coliseum shortly after its construction as part of the failed Six Street Marketplace movement of the 1970's. With the demolition of the marketplace and proposals to build a new coliseum, the future of this monument may well be up in the air, but as it has not been here for as long as other area monuments perhaps there may be a better location but I would rather see it stay by the armory which was their historic center of activity. The Camp's biannual officer elections will be held at our November meeting, but the installation of officers will occur at our December 12th meeting. Therefore the process should not take up much of the meeting time. Please attend and take part in this important camp business. Amendment to the Camp Constitution and Bylaws: The camp will be asked to vote on this amendment to its Constitution and Bylaws at the December 12th meeting. This would change the Annual Meeting requirement to a Bi-Annual (or every two years) and better define the purpose of the meeting. Modified section: Section 1 Bi-annual Meeting. The bi-annual meeting of the Camp shall be held in the month of November of each evenly numbered year and shall occur at the regularly scheduled meeting time. The principal purpose of this meeting shall be the election of officers. If this meeting shall not be held at this time, it shall be held within a reasonable time thereafter. Andy
Our October meeting was held on October 18, 2016 at the usual location, Roma's Restaurant. Larry Chowning was our featured speaker. He provided a most interesting talk on his book, "Soldiers at Your Doorstep." To date 62 members have renewed their membership with our Camp. Dues renewal ended on October 31, 2016. However if you have not paid your dues thus far the late fee is being waived for a short time and I encourage anyone that has not paid to do so immediately. Please submit the renewal form and adequate dues amount payable to General James Longstreet SCV Camp #1247 to my attention. It's time to sign up for our 2016 Christmas Banquet/Ladies Night on December 12th at the West Wood Club starting 6pm "Going Back: Returning to Fields of Glory" Beth Parnicza Beth is a park historian at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, where she also supervises the Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center. A 2011 graduate of West Virginia University, she joined the National Park Service and moved to the "other Virginia" to pursue her passion for Civil War History. Beth's research interests focus largely on the human aspects of the war, including the looting of Fredericksburg, the movement toward hard war, the experience of battle, and early historians of the park. Click here to goto the RSVP form, print it, fill it out, and mail it along with a check to Art for our December 12th Dinner/Program, MUST be in by 12/3 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
"Eyes Over The Peninsula" by Bryce VanStavern Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Bryce came to the American Civil War Museum in the fall of 2000. Starting in Visitor Services, working behind the Museum's front desk, Bryce also quickly started doing tours in the White House of the Confederacy. During this time Bryce, a lifelong lover of aviation history, also began working as an educator at the Virginia Aviation Museum where he developed the program, "The Wright Stuff" explaining the Wright Brother's use of the scientific method to many area school children. Bryce's knowledge of the Wright Brothers garnered him an appearance on The History Channel's "Modern Marvels: The Technology of Kitty Hawk." Bryce took on the full-time role of Visitor Services Supervisor at the Museum of the Confederacy in 2003. He became the Interpretation Supervisor of the White House of the Confederacy in the spring of 2014.
Our October speaker Larry Chowning is a lifelong resident of Urbanna. In addition to being a newspaper reporter for the "Southside Sentinel" he has written several books about the Chesapeake Bay region. For his book "Soldiers at the Doorstep", Larry interviewed several descendants of soldiers, citizens, and slaves of the War Between the States era. Larry emphasized the value of oral history as handed down in families. He spoke of several of these in our October meeting. Larry's great grandfather Charles Henry Palmer of the 44th Virginia Infantry was shot in the jaw at the battle of Frayser's Farm in June 1862 . Before starting to operate, the doctor gave Palmer a bullet to bite. Larry still has the bullet with Charles Henry's teeth marks in it. Sergeant William X. Smith was shot in the throat and killed at the battle of Chancellorsville 5 May 1863. Family legend has it that his father, George Smith, sent trusted slaves to bring his body home to Middlesex County for burial. After Yankee Ulric Dahlgren was killed by Confederates in King and Queen County in May 1864, Judson Kilpatrick sent 1,000 soldiers from Gloucester Point to make the local citizens pay for their part in the battle. The only building spared from destruction was the tavern. When Yankees ordered everyone out of the building, several citizens said that a sick man was upstairs. The Yankees were told that the man had smallpox, so the Yankees moved on to the next building. When Kilpatrick's "mounted devils " came to Middlesex Courthouse, they found no county records. Clerk P. T. Woodward had successfully hidden the records. The saddest day of The War for Robert Terry Totty was 10 April 1865, the day he was paroled at Appomattox. Totty saw a lovely young woman on horseback being bothered by a triumphant Yankee soldier. Totty warned the Yankee not to do something that he would regret. The Yankee backed away and left the young lady alone. On Christmas Day 1865 Totty married Mildred Yowlin, the young lady that he had met on horseback at Appomattox in April. Mr. Joseph Eubank, owner of Nesting Plantation, came riding toward the slave shanties just before time to go into the fields on a memorable April day in 1865. He said, "Well, you are all free. The War is over and lost. You can go, or you can stay. If you stay, you can live in your houses, and I'll give each family a cow. I'll want the first calf from the cow, and you can have the second. " Most of the former slaves stayed. Josephine and Helen Steck, aged nine and twelve, of Middletown, Maryland, as a special treat of their Easter vacation, were taken to see the play "Our American Cousin" at Ford's Theater in Washington on 14 April 1865. The girls were thrilled to be seeing the President of the United States. They first thought that the shot and the leap of the assassin were part of the play. Reality set in, and they became part of the mad rush leaving the theater. Walter September Meeting Attendance: 22
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, 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 - 7 November 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
Visit the American Civil War Museum at Tredegar and the White House of the Confederacy www.acwm.org