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THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 19, ISSUE 3,           March 2017
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A quick jump to the articles in this issue:
Commander's Comments, Adjutant's Report, March Program (next),
February Program (last), Camp Officers, Longstreet's First Corps, Coming Events Links,

Andy COMMANDER'S COMMENTS

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

Art ADJUTANT'S REPORT

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   

GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247

NEXT MEETING - Tuesday, March 21, 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 MARCH SPEAKER


"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 PROGRAM



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 #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 - 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     

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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