THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 19, ISSUE 4, April 2017
April is traditionally a month to celebrate our Southern heritage. We can now celebrate since our first order of Confederate Soldier headstones are currently being installed at Hollywood Cemetery and more are to come. Later this year, we will host a dedication ceremony for them. On the 22nd of this month Art Wingo, Chris Trinite and hopefully myself will represent the Camp at the Virginia Division Convention where we should again be named and "Outstanding Camp" and hopefully we will bring home other awards as well. The following Saturday, April 29, we will again clean our beautiful section of Studley Road. If you have never participated in this event please do so. There is no better way to get to know your fellow Camp members and many hands make the work go quickly. Unfortunately I will miss this event since I need to return to Philadelphia. Our daughter, Andrea, and her husband had their second son on April 3. He was 3 lbs. 2 oz. and nine weeks premature with heart, lung and kidney issues. They named him Owen because he is a little fighter and he is still fighting for his life. I hope to be at the meeting Tuesday but may miss the May meeting as we are trying to alternate weeks here with the other set a parents. We ask for continued prayers for Owen and his parents. Andy [Road Cleanup Help Still Needed, if you can help please notify me (Walter) by email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 360-7247 that you can help with the road cleanup on Saturday 29 April]
Our March meeting was held on March 21, 2017 at the usual location, Roma's Restaurant. Walter D Tucker, a member of our camp, was our featured speaker. He provided a very informative talk on Lincoln Greatest Journey. Seventeen members and three guest were attended the meeting. The Virginia Division S C V 2017 convention will be held April 21-23, 2017, at the historic Berry Hill Resort and Conference Center, 3105 River Road, South Boston, Virginia 24592. More information can be found - John M. Jordan Camp 581 Halifax Virginia. johnmjordanscv.org/docs/SCV-Convention-2017-Documents.pdf Thanks to all of the members that made contributions to the Buck Hurtt Scholarship Program. Their contributions made it possible to provide a scholarship this year equal to other years. 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
"Sailor's Creek" by Colonel Greg Eanes, USAF (Retired) A native of Nottoway County, Virginia, Colonel Greg Eanes retired from the Air Force in August 2011 after nearly 34 and one-half years of service. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious wartime achievement in DESERT STORM, an Oak Leaf Cluster to the Bronze Star for work in Afghanistan and other wartime recognitions for work in Iraq and the Global War on Terror. He holds a Master's Degree in Military History from American Military University. A regional military historian, Colonel Eanes has authored 20 books and monographs most of which are centered on military activities as they relate to Virginia and Virginians. (His books are available on Amazon.com) As a business and community leader he was active in helping develop Southside Virginia's regional tourism infrastructure through historic preservation and interpretation activities to include the Lee's Retreat and Virginia's Retreat consortium, the Wilson-Kautz Raid Civil War Trails Driving Tour, lobbying for establishment of a new visitor's center at Sailors Creek Battlefield Historic State Park and lobbying for Staunton River Bridge Battlefield State Park funding. He also facilitated the acquisition of about 35 acres of additional battlefield property at Sailor's Creek with funding from the Civil War Battlefield Trust. As the public relations officer for the Sons of Confederate Veterans Centennial in Richmond in 1996, Eanes coined the phrase, "Blue plus Gray equals Green" to highlight the economic benefits of War Between the States tourism -- currently over $2 billion a year --- making the case to community leaders that historic preservation in support of heritage tourism is also an economic development, job creation and job preservation measure. Colonel Eanes was awarded the 'Key to the City' of Chase City for his efforts in developing the Wilson-Kautz Driving Tour. He is a recipient of the UDC National Defense Medal, the UDC Global War on Terror Cross of Military Service and the UDC Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal for his research, writings and declamations. He participated as a speaker at the February 2015 'Minorities in the Confederacy' symposium hosted by the Georgia Civil War Commission at Chickamauga. He is the Mayor of the Town of Crewe. He and his wife Rose have been married for over 32 years. They have two adult daughters, one son-in-law and a two-year old grandson and a two-month old grandson.
Noah Andre Trudeau's excellent book "Lincoln's Greatest Journey:Sixteen Days that Changed a Presidency, March 24-April 8, 1865" provided material for Longstreet Camp member Walter Tucker's talk at our March meeting. Yankee Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant arrived at City Point (present day Hopewell) with the Army of the Potomac in June 1864. He chose not to dwell in the spacious Appomattox Manor plantation home of the Eppes family, but lived in a tent. While he was away in Washington, his subordinates built a cabin which served as his home and headquarters. Mrs. Grant persuaded the General to invite President Abraham Lincoln to visit him. Mrs. Lincoln and son Tad accompanied the President in River Queen with warship USS Bat as naval escort. The ships departed Washington at 1 PM on Thursday 23 March 1865 and arrived at Fortress Monroe at 11:45 AM the next day. They arrived at City Point at 9:00 PM. On Saturday 25 March the presidential party took a train to Globe Tavern. Lincoln reviewed some troops and rode over part of the Fort Stedman battlefield. MGEN Phil Sheridan visited Grant the next day and received approval of his request to remain with the Army of the Potomac rather than being sent to North Carolina to join MGEN William Tecumseh Sherman's Army of Tennessee. The presidential party reviewed soldiers at Aiken's Landing. Mary Todd Lincoln, riding with ladies in an ambulance, became angry because the wife of MGEN Edward Otho Cresap Ord rode with the men on horseback. The first lady's anger carried over to the next day. Sherman arrived on the 27th and met with Grant, Lincoln, and RADM David Dixon Porter. Grant refused Sherman's request for the Army of the Potomac to defer further action until Sherman's Army would arrive from North Carolina. In a meeting the next day Lincoln told an anecdote which implied that he would prefer Jefferson Davis leaving the country. Secretary of State William H. Seward called on Lincoln on 31 March, fearing that Lincoln would offer the Confederates a peace deal. On 1 April Lincoln sent two messages to Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton to have a coachman waiting for the arrival in Washington of Mrs. Lincoln. On Sunday 2 April the Yankee 6th Corps broke the Confederate line, leading to the Confederate abandonment of Petersburg and Richmond. Lincoln, with an escort of only 12 sailors, visited Richmond on 4 and 5 April. Large crowds of recently freed slaves led the authorities to give him greater protection. He met with Confederate representative Judge John A. Campbell, but nothing could be accomplished because the latter had no instructions or authority from Jeff Davis. Mrs. Lincoln accompanied the President on a tour of Petersburg on 7 April. River Queen and USS Bat departed at 11 PM on Saturday 8 April and arrived in Washington the next day. Palm Sunday. Lincoln received a message from Grant at 9 PM with the happy news that Lee had surrendered. Walter If you would like to see/hear Walter's talk it can be found on youtube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=GL0YTus0Bi4&feature=youtu.be February Meeting Attendance: 20
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.
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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 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