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THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 19, ISSUE 1,           January 2017
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A quick jump to the articles in this issue:
Commander's Comments, Adjutant's Report, January Program (next), December Program (last),
November Program, Camp Officers, Longstreet's First Corps, Coming Events Links,

Andy COMMANDER'S COMMENTS

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

Art ADJUTANT'S REPORT

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   

GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247

NEXT MEETING - Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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 JANUARY SPEAKER


"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.                          

OUR DECEMBER PROGRAM



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

OUR NOVEMBER PROGRAM


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 #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.

PUBLICATIONS

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


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LONGSTREET'S FIRST CORPS

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     

COMING EVENTS LINKS

Visit the American Civil War Museum at Tredegar
and the
White House of the Confederacy
www.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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