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VOLUME 19, ISSUE 2,           Frbruary 2017
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A quick jump to the articles in this issue:
Commander's Comments, Adjutant's Report, Frbruary Program (next),
January Program (last), Camp Officers, Longstreet's First Corps, Coming Events Links,


Yet again we find our Confederate monuments under attack  by  those  who
wish  to  rewrite  history  as  the  City Council in Charlottesville has
narrowly voted to remove the statue of R.E.  Lee from Lee  Park  and  to
rename the park.  The SCV maintains a Virginia Division Heritage Defense
fund to pay for the significant legal expenses necessary to fight  these
liberal   revisionist   efforts  to  senselessly  move  our  Confederate
monuments.  If you would like to make a contribution to  pay  the  legal
fees,  you may do so by sending a check payable to Heritage Fund in care
of the SCV Treasurer, Bill Graham, P.O. Box 605, Orange, VA 22960.      

Closer to home we have so far avoided serious attacks  on  our  numerous
historic  Confederate  monuments.   Last  year I wrote about a number of
them.  I continue today with the A.P.  Hill monument.  This monument  is
unique  since  it  is  the only one where the honoree is actually buried
under the monument.  Hill was killed in the Union  breakthrough  of  the
Confederate  lines  west  of  Petersburg on April 2, 1865.  He was first
hastily buried on a Chesterfield  farm  and  later  moved  to  Hollywood
Cemetery  in 1867.  Subsequently Lewis Ginter donated land for him to be
reburied on in 1891 at the present intersection of  Hermitage  Road  and
Laburnum Ave.  As these roads were widened the amount of land around the
monument kept getting smaller and  smaller.   This  is  one  case  of  a
monument  that  I personally would not mind seeing moved.  I do not know
if Ginter wanted it moved  to  this  Northside  location  to  help  sell
houses,  but  it  is  the  only grave to a prominent Confederate general
that,  while  beautiful  and  well  landscaped,  is  in  a   very   busy
intersection.   You can look but you cannot touch, visit to lay a wreath
or pay your respects.  The only annual commemoration for Hill is at  the
site of his death southwest of Petersburg, not the place where he is now
buried.  In 2011 this was reported to be the Richmond intersection  with
the  third  highest  number  of  vehicle accidents.  If there were funds
available it would  be  easy  to  justify  returning  him  to  Hollywood
Cemetery  to  rest  with  the  soldiers  who  served  and died under his
command.  At one time there was a serious proposal to move  the  statue 
to  Monument  Avenue  but  for  now  it appears to remain welcome by its
Northside community.                                                    

The Virginia Division SCV with celebrate Confederate National  Flag  Day
at Oakwood Cemetery on Saturday, March 4 at 2:00 P.M.  Patrick McSweeney
will be the speaker.   All  are  encouraged  to  attend  and  to  fly  a
Confederate flag on that day.                                           


Our January meeting was held on January 17, 2017 at our usual  location,
Roma's Restaurant.  In attendance were 17 members and 2 guests.         

John  J.   Fox was our featured speaker and his talk on "Stuart's Finest
Hour: The 1862 Ride Around McClellan's Army" was  very  interesting  and

Our  Camp is in good financial shape however please consider donating to
our Buck Hurtt Scholarship Fund so we may provide a scholarship equal to
those provided in the past.                                             

To date 68 members have renewed their membership with our Camp.         



NEXT MEETING - Tuesday, Frbruary 21, 2017




"Elizabeth Van Lew: Richmond's Controversial Spy"
Sandy Parker

Sandy is a retired regional principal with the  Virginia  Department  of
Corrections (formerly with the VA Dept.  of Correctional Education). She
has  an  EDS  from  the  George  Washington  University   in   education
administration,  M.S.   in  adult  education  from Radford, and M.A.  in
History from VA Tech as well as a B.A. in English.                      

With Dennis Madison, she taught courses in Richmond's Civil War  History
for  several  years  for Henrico Adult Education.  Throughout the years,
she has maintained an avid interest in  researching  several  civil  war
topics especially prisons, hospitals, and Elizabeth Van Lew.  She speaks
to high school students on various topics in civil war history  as  well
as  UDC, SCV, and round table organizations.  She wrote Richmond's Civil
War Prisons and various magazine articles.                              

She is involved actively in the Richmond Civil War Round Table as a past
president  and  current  secretary.   As  a  member  of the Chesterfield
Historical Society, she is on the African American Committee.   She  has
spoken  in  Black  History  Month  on  Elizabeth Van Lew's commitment to
African Americans before, during, and after the Civil War.  As  a  board
member  on  the Virginia Association for Adult and Continuing Education,
she supports the efforts of teaching, funding, and  legislative  actions
to  support  adults  in  need  of advancing their reading, writing, math
skills as well as achieving their GED as significant  to  the  workforce
and their families.                                                     


John J.  Fox, Jr., author of "Stuart's Finest Hour," told  us  that  the
idea  for Brigadier General J.  E.  B.  Stuart's famous ride came from a
10 June 1862 meeting at the Dabbs House headquarters of  General  Robert
E.   Lee, who wanted to know about the right flank of the Yankee Army of
the Potomac, commanded by Major General George B.  McClellan.           

As the Yankee Army came closer  to  Richmond,  many  citizens  fled  the
Capital  of  the  Confederacy  and were derisively referred to as "Fleet
Footed Virginians."                                                     

The Yankees established a supply depot at the  4,000  acre  White  House
Landing  on  the  Pamunkey  River.   Colonel Rufus Ingalls had to manage
distribution of 700 tons daily.                                         

Major differences regarding cavalry use influenced the spring 1862 clash
between  the Yankee and Confederate armies.  McClellan felt that cavalry
should be used as headquarters guards, in escort duty,  and  in  limited
scout  missions.   McClellan  felt  that  cavalrymen needed two years of
training.   Yankee  General  Winfield  Scott  felt  that   cavalry   was
unimportant  and  secondary.   Command  of cavalry units was split among
five Army corps.  Confederate Generals Joseph E.  Johnston and Lee saw a
greater role and supported a centralized cavalry command.               

Yankee  Brigadier  General  Philip St.  George Cooke was a Virginian and
the father-in-law of Jeb Stuart.  Jeb was  upset  at  his  father-in-law
remaining  in  the  U.  S.  Army.  He and Flora changed their son's name
from Philip St. George Cooke Stuart to James Ewell Brown Stuart, Jr.    

At 2 AM on 12 June Stuarts awakened his 1,200 cavalrymen and announced, 
"Gentlemen, in ten minutes every man must be in his saddle." Some of the
soldiers thought they were  going  to  the  Shenandoah  Valley  to  join
Stonewall Jackson.                                                      

Yankee  cavalrymen  of  Colonel  Richard Rush's 6th Pennsylvania carried
pikes, which made them appear ridiculous.                               

Four  Yankee  soldiers  were  captured  at  Tunstall's   Station.    The
Confederates  were  unable  to stop a Yankee train headed to White House
Landing.  Stuart decided that an attack would be too risky.  The Yankees
thought  that  Confederate  infantry  might  be present.  Cooke's Yankee
Cavalry in pursuit would not go faster that  the  infantry  accompanying
him.   He  thought  that  Stuart  would retrace his route back to Lee in
Richmond.  Stuart decided that circling McClellan's army would  be  less
risky than retracing his route.                                         

Several  skirmishes  had  few  casualties.   The only Confederate death,
occurring  at  Linney's  Corner,  was  Captain  William  Latane,   later
immortalized in a poem and a painting.                                  

The  raid ended 15 June.  Stuart and two men preceded the exhausted main
body of troops to Richmond and gave Lee valuable intelligence about  the
Yankee right flank.                                                     

The  spotlight  shone  on  three generals after the ride.  Stuart became
famous.  McClellan's image was tarnished, and dissension occurred in the
Union  ranks.  Cooke came in for much criticism for his slowness and saw
no field service after the Peninsular Campaign.                         
January Meeting Attendance: 19


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
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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 - 16 February 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

Pamplin Historical Park and The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier and their Special Events Calendar

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