THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 19, ISSUE 1, January 2017
On December 30th, Paul Sacra, Linny Kammeter and I joined with the family and friends of Compatriot Patrick Sweeney to bid him one last goodbye. It would be a tribute for all of us to love our heritage, our families and our God to the degree shown by Pat. His large presence will be missed at Camp meetings. I am now in full swing of researching and applying for Veterans Administration headstone markers to be funded with the Corp. William Henry Cowardin Southern Valor Memorial Fund. I am following several criteria in selecting soldiers to honor. One of them is to look for those with the same surname of active members. So far I have found a Wingo, a Sacra, several Lanes and several Crenshaws. You are invited to visit the Hollywood Cemetery office to see if any graves of soldiers who bore any of your family names are available to be marked (If they are already marked the book should have a hand written M by the name). Visit the cemetery website first and you may get lucky in their genealogy section. If you wish to suggest someone, let me know. You do not have to have any known relationship. Finally January marks the annual observance of the birthdays of several important Confederate generals, including Lee and Jackson as well as our own James Longstreet on the 8th and George Pickett on the 16th. The Lee Jackson Camp will host its annual Lee's birthday program on the 19th at the Confederate Memorial Chapel at 1:30 PM. David Palmer will continue his tradition and appear as Gen Lee in full dress uniform. The Stuart-Mosby Society will also sponsor its annual event in the State Capital on Saturday January 21st at 11:00 and a JEB Stuart Life Ceremony at Hollywood Cemetery on Saturday, February 4th at 10 am. You are encouraged to attend all of these events to show your support for keeping their memories alive for surely if we forget them then America will do the same. Andy
Our December Christmas Banquet/Ladies Night was held on December 12, 2016. In attendance were 19 members and 27 guests. The following Officers were installed at the banquet. Commander: Andy Keller, 1st. Lt. Cmdr: Paul Sacra, 2nd Lt. Cmdr: Chris Trinite, Adjutant: Art Wingo, Judge Advocate: Waite Rawls, Quartermaster: Floyd Lane, Web Master/Historian: Gary Cowardin. Our Speaker, Beth Parnicza provided a very interesting talk on "Going Back: Returning to Fields of Glory".(see write up & link below) The Executive Board of our camp has directed and payment has been made as donations to the following; American Civil War Museum (membership and donation), Central Virginia Battlefield Trust, Richmond Battlefield Association and the Richmond Fisher House. On a sad note; we lost one of our own in December after an illness in the hospital. Patrick Sweeney died in late December in a local hospital. Pat was a very dedicated member and was honored to be a part of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and especially our Camp. Our Commander: Andy Keller and 1st. Lt. Cmdr: Paul Sacra along with member Lenny Kammeter attended a service held to honor Patrick. To date 68 members have renewed their membership with our Camp. Art
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"Stuart's Finest Hour: The 1862 Ride Around McClellan's Army" by John J. Fox John J. Fox grew up in Richmond, Virginia. He graduated from Washington & Lee University with a BA in U.S. History in 1981 and then served on active duty in the U.S. Army for seven years as an armor officer and aviator. His 2004 book, Red Clay to Richmond: Trail of the 35th Georgia Infantry Regiment, received the "2005 James I. Robertson Jr. Literary Prize for Confederate History" and a 2006 research award from the Georgia Secretary of State. His 2010 book, The Confederate Alamo: Bloodbath at Petersburg's Fort Gregg on April 2, 1865, received a 2011 IPPY Award for non-fiction. His articles have appeared in numerous Civil War magazines and newspapers. His newest book, Stuart's Finest Hour: The Ride Around McClellan, June 1862, was released in September 2013. He is a member and past commander of Turner Ashby Camp #1567, SCV. When he is not writing, Fox is a pilot for American Airlines. He lives with his family in Winchester, Virginia.
Beth Parnicza, a park historian at the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park, shared with us words and thought of veterans who returned to the area after The War. A member of the 123rd New York said, "I live over again in my memory the awful 11 days spent here where such suffering was endured. The field is now quiet and peaceful, but there is the constant presence of death." Yankee staff officer Theodore Lyman visited 13 April 1866. He recalled, " So many things crowded on the mind I could have cried." A New Testament was found behind the lines. Bullets in the trees were noticeable. Morris Schaff felt the presence of ghosts and that spirits still haunted the battlefield. A South Carolina soldier thought that the spirit of death seemed still to brood over the place. He found the silence and gloom to be painful. He fought all the battles over again and resolved to keep the stories of his comrades alive. At a May 1884 reunion there was good fellowship and agreement that both sides fought with honor and valor. An 1891 gathering caused a local newspaper to proclaim, "The Yankees are with us again." The dedication of a monument to Yankee General John Sedgwick, killed at Spotsylvania May 1864, prompted erection of a better monument to Stonewall Jackson at Chancellorsville. The dedication was expected to draw 300 to 500 people. 5,000 came! There was agreement among veterans that: The War made us better; The War was worth it; It is only in conflict that great heights can be reached; General Nelson A. Miles opined, "Our mission is peace." Walter If you would like to see December's Dinner speaker's talk online, it can be found here on YouTube
December Dinner Meeting Attendance: 46
Bryce VanStavern of the Museum of the Confederacy told us that balloon pioneers were the French Montgolfier brothers Joseph (1740-1810) and Jacques (1745-1799). A cynic asked, " Of what use is it?" Benjamin Franklin responded, "What good is a newborn baby?" The French created a balloon corps which went to Egypt with Napoleon in 1798. It was disbanded in 1802. American professor Thaddeus Lowe (1832-1913) had become fascinated by ballooning. He demonstrated on the Mall in Washington and sent a telegram to President Abraham Lincoln, who invited him to the White House. Lincoln sent him to General Winfield Scott, where he was rebuffed four times. Lincoln accompanied him, which got him the meeting that he sought with Scott. Lincoln ordered Scott to form a Balloon Corps with Lowe as Chief Aeronaut. Lowe incurred two disasters at the battle of 1st Manassas. In the Peninsula campaign Lowe loaded two new balloons and hydrogen gas generators onto the converted coal barge George Washington Parke Custis, making it the first ever aircraft carrier. Lowe observed action during several battles of the Seven days campaign. Lowe contracted malaria. The Balloon Corps was reassigned to the Engineer Corps. Conflicts with the Army led to Lowe's resignation in May 1863. The Balloon Corps ceased to exist in August. In the Confederate Army Captain John Randolph Bryan was discouraged and resigned, only to be reinstated by Joseph E. Johnston, who told him that he was the only experienced aeronaut. Why did the use of balloons not catch on? There was no Lindbergh effect which stimulated interest. There was no Union victory using balloons. McClellan, who appreciated balloons, was relieved of his command. The Army for the most part was indifferent to balloons. Walter
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 - 10 January 2017 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. Chris Trinite Ed Trope,Jr. Walter Tucker
Visit the American Civil War Museum at Tredegar and the White House of the Confederacy www.acwm.org