THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 19, ISSUE 2, Frbruary 2017
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. Andy
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 informative. 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. Art
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"Elizabeth Van Lew: Richmond's Controversial Spy" by 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. Walter January Meeting Attendance: 19
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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 www.acwm.org