THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 19, ISSUE 3, March 2017
Last month I discussed the AP Hill Monument. This month I jump across town to the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Libby Hill Park. This monument has a beautiful location but not one I get to often any more. It is much more convenient for Waite Rawls to visit on his walks. Due to its height, 107 feet, and elevated location you do not have to visit Church Hill to see it. It is visible from many popular locations such as the new T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge or the Flood Wall walk as well as many areas in the Bottom. The monument is topped with a seventeen foot Confederate Soldier on a tower of 13 stone cylinders representing the thirteen Confederate States. (post card) (current) Like most of the Confederate monuments, paying for it was a challenge and it was not unveiled until May 30, 1894, likely Confederate Memorial Day. The original monument was to be designed by Moses Ezekiel but it was eventually designed by W.L. Sheppard with the soldier on top looking much like the standard county court house square monument. This may have helped kept the costs within budget. I do not know that I have ever heard anyone criticize this monument, although it was vandalized on July 3, 2015. Hopefully it is as loved by the people living on Libby Hill, as the AP Hill monument is by those in the Northside, and will remain standing tall for many to enjoy and contemplate for many more generations. Linny Kammeter has called me several times to let me know he is bringing new prospects to this month's meeting. He is to be congratulated for his devotion to the Camp. Help welcome them on March 21. I encourage all members to follow his example and help us grow. Andy
Our February meeting was held on February 21, 2017 at our usual location, Roma's Restaurant. In attendance were 13 members and 1 guest. Sandra Parker was our guest speaker and her topic was Elizabeth Van Lew: "Richmond's Controversial Spy". The 2017 Virginia Division S C V Convention will be held in South Boston, VA on April 21-23, 2017. More information can be found at: johnmjordanscv.org/docs/SCV-Convention-2017-Documents.pdf 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
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
"Lincoln's Greatest Journey" by Walter Dunn Tucker Born in Richmond's Church Hill neighborhood 5 October 1931. Attended Nathaniel Bacon Elementary School through 3rd grade. Moved to north side 1941 and finished elementary school at J. E. B. Stuart. After Chandler Junior High, graduated from John Marshall in 1949. Served three years active duty as a Navy Supply Officer after 1953 graduation from University of Richmond. After release from active duty October 1956 went to work for State-Planters Bank, which changed its name to United Virginia and then to Crestar. Retired from Crestar (since acquired by SunTrust) February 1994. Switched to Intelligence in the Naval Reserve and retired June 1973 with 20 years total Naval service. Bibles and hymnbooks belonging to my mother's maternal grandfather LT Andrew B. Cauthorn of the 26th Virginia Infantry stimulated my interest in The War upon her death in 1985. Walter has been a member of Longstreet for 30 years!
Our February speaker Sandra Parker opened by telling us that the late Richmond Civil War Round Table patriarch Roland Galvin responded to her question about Elizabeth Van Lew by saying, "Nice ladies don't talk about her." Elizabeth's father John Van Lew, owner of a successful hardware business, bought in 1836 the 2301 East Grace Street mansion, which had been built by Richmond Mayor John Adams in 1802. Elizabeth, born in 1818, was sent to a Quaker school in Philadelphia, which reinforced her abolitionist sentiments. Mr. Van Lew died in 1842. Elizabeth and her mother freed their slaves in the 1840s. They were members of the Richmond Abolition Society. The start of The War in 1861 made them unable to sell the house. Elizabeth made the home open to prison officials. She visited Yankee prisoners taking food, clothing, writing paper, and other items. She collected information about the Confederate army from the prisoners and passed it along to the Yankees. Elizabeth also received information from Mary Elizabeth Bowser, who worked in the Jefferson Davis household. This was passed on to the Union. It is estimated that Elizabeth had 300 individuals gathering information for her. Some of the Yankee escapees from Richmond military prisons went to the Van Lew home. The Van Lew home became a tourist attraction after The War, serving as a painful reminder to Richmonders of Elizabeth's work for the Yankees. Maggie L. Walker was born at the Van Lew home in 1867. Yankee General Ulysses S. Grant praised her for her work on behalf of the Union. He visited her once. She became Postmistress of Richmond in 1869 and served in that position until 1877. From 1878 until her death in 1900 she received financial assistance from family and friends of Bostonian Yankee Colonel Paul Joseph Revere, who had been helped by her when he was a POW in 1862. The Bostonians donated a tombstone which was placed on her grave in Shockoe Hill Cemetery. Richmond's disapproval of Miss Van Lew continued after her death. Her mansion was razed in 1911 and Belleveue Elementary School, still in use as a school today, was built on the property. Walter February Meeting Attendance: 14
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 - 16 March 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