THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 19, ISSUE 5, May 2017
Adjutant Art Wingo and I attended the 2017 Virginia Division Annual Convention and Reunion in South Boston last month. The Camp was named as one of the Outstanding Camps in the Division. Our new ribbon will be installed at the Camp meeting next week. Other awards will be presented at a later date. Following are a list of significant announcements which were made at the convention. > Dues: Membership Renewal System Forms will be mailed to members on June 1. Those not paid by September 1 will be delinquent. A system is coming to allow for online dues payment. > Oakwood Cemetery: The motion to defund Oakwood Cemetery from the annual dues was withdrawn. > Website: The Division website is again operational at scvvirginia.org > MOC: 1st Lt. Commander Edwin Ray is still trying to contact those who contributed to the legal action against the Museum of the Confederacy to inquire if they would like their contribution returned or to give it to the Division's Heritage Defense Fund. > June 3 - Jefferson Davis Services at 10:00 at Hollywood Cemetery. > June 10 - Rededication of the Virginia Monument in Gettysburg. This is the 100 anniversary of the dedication of the monument and members are encouraged to attend this special celebration. There will be three nearby Confederate Memorial Day Services, Monday May 29. Please turn out to support these events. > The Lee-Jackson Camp will hold its annual service at the Confederate Chapel at 10 am. The Speaker will be Bud Robertson, Jr. > The JEB Stuart Camp will also be holding its annual celebration at 2 pm at Huguenot Springs Cemetery, Powhatan. The cemetery is just south of the river via Rt. 288. If anyone is going to this event and would like to present the Camp wreath let me know. > The Dearing-Beauregard Camp will hold its annual celebration at 3 pm in Blandford Cemetery, Petersburg. Andy
Our April meeting was held on April 18, 2017 at our usual location, Roma's Restaurant. In attendance were 19 members and 3 guests. Col. Greg Eanes was our guest speaker and his topic was "Sailors Creek". We welcome three new members to our Camp; C Ray Martin transferring in from the Latane Camp and two new members, father and son; Larry Michael Pistole and Alex Bennett Pistole. We will present the Pistoles with their membership package at our May meeting. 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, our Camp has 71 new and or renewed members on the roll. Art
Our Camp Road CleanupOn Saturday 29 April Camp members Clint Cowardin, Lee Crenshaw, Linny Kammeter, Waite Rawls, Paul Sacra, Wally Scott, and Walter Tucker joined Road Boss Lewis Mills in cleaning up our one mile section of Studley Road (Route 606), Hanover County, near Enon United Methodist Church. Having such a good turnout of workers enabled us to complete the task in record time. Faithful regular helpers Andy Keller and Art Wingo could not be with us due to Andy's leg injury and a death in the family of Art's son-in-law. Walter
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
"An American Experiment in Government The Real Cause (and Result) of the Civil War." by Waite Rawls Waite became the Executive Director of the Museum of the Confederacy in January 2004 and was elected President and CEO in November 2006. He is now the President of the American Civil War Museum Foundation, which includes the Museum and White House of the Confederacy. Formerly, he spent thirty years as an investment banker in New York and Chicago, including being the Vice Chairman of Continental Bank. Additionally, he has been an Adjunct Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology and a Visiting Professor at the Darden School. Mr. Rawls is a Trustee of the Camp Foundation, a former Trustee of the Civil War Trust and of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, a former Trustee and President of the Alumni Association of the Darden School, and a former member of the Board of Visitors of the Virginia Military Institute. He currently serves on the Board of the Bank of Essex. A native of Franklin, Virginia, he has a BA from the Virginia Military Institute and his MBA and JD from the University of Virginia. He is a member of the Gen. James Longstreet Camp #1247 of the SCV, the George Pickett Chapter #115 of the MOS&B, the Order of the Southern Cross, and the Virginia Division of the Sons of the Revolution. He joined the Franklin Civil War Roundtable at age 9.
Our April speaker was retired Air Force Colonel Greg Eanes, author of "Sailor's Creek: The Black Day of the Army." He opened his talk by referring to Yankee MGEN Phil Sheridan's statement that the ferocious fighting which took place on 6 April was obscured by the 9 April surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia (ANV) at Appomattox. Having abandoned Richmond and Petersburg, General Robert E. Lee headed the ANV west in search of supplies and to join General Joseph E. Johnson's army in North Carolina to oppose MGEN William Tecumseh Sherman's Yankees. LTGEN Ulysses S. Grant wanted to destroy the ANV, which he pursued. General James Longstreet's combined First and Third Corps led the Confederate night march west. Following were two divisions commanded by LTGEN Richard H. Anderson, LTGEN Richard S. Ewell's Reserve Corps (Richmond garrison troops), and MGEN John B. Gordon's Second Corps. Sailor's Creek was an all day battle which encompassed three principal engagements fought in close proximity, mostly at about the same time. Yankee MGEN Horatio Wright's VI Corps battled Ewell's Corps at the Hillman House. Brevet MGEN Wesley Merritt's Yankee cavalry fought Anderson's Corps at Marshall's Crossroads. MGEN Andrew A. Humphreys' II Corps fought a running battle with Gordon's Corps at Lockett's Farm. Ewell's Corps was surrounded, and it surrendered, satisfying Sheridan's desire. Captured along with Ewell were generals Seth M. Barton, Meriwether Lewis Clark, Sr., Montgomery D. Corse, Dudley M. DuBose, Eppa Hunton, Joseph B. Kershaw, and Custis Lee. Artillery COL Stapleton Crutchfield was killed. At Marshall's Crossroads MGEN George Crook's and BGEN George Armstrong Custer's cavalry exploited the gap in the Confederate line of march. A charge by BGEN Henry E. Davies, Jr. caused the entire Confederate line to collapse and the survivors to flee. Custer received from COL Frank Huger Santa Anna's spurs, which the latter had received from his father MGEN Benjamin Huger, who had received them from GEN Winfield Scott in the Mexican War. Custer received from Frank Huger permission to keep the spurs on loan. Custer's widow sent to COL Huger one spur recovered from the Little Bighorn battlefield. The spur was later donated to the Virginia Historical Society. Double bridges over Little Sailors Creek and Big Sailors Creek just before they merged were broken down, stranding hundreds of wagons and blocking Gordon's troops. They fell back, and many escaped, some reaching High Bridge with Gordon. General Lee returned to a bluff above the battlefield and exclaimed in front of MGEN William Mahone, "My God, has the army dissolved?" Mahone replied, "No, General, here are troops ready to do their duty." Lee stated, " Yes, there are still some true men left...Will you please keep those people back?" Confederate soldier Vaughan Wilson, in civilian clothes at a farm, was asked by a Yankee soldier, "Are you one of R. E. Lee's soldiers?" Honesty prevailed over safety, and he said that he was, resulting in his imprisonment. His descendant, retired Army Lieutenant General Samuel Vaughan Wilson, served as president of Hampden-Sydney from 1992 until 2000. Shortly after the Sailor's Creek battle, Grant began his correspondence with Lee, which led to the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox on Sunday 9 April. Sailor's Creek Map: Battle of Sailor's Creek - Hillsman Farm | Civil War Trust Walter April Meeting Attendance: 22
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 - May 2017 Brian Cowardin Leroy Crenshaw,III Jerold Evans Michael Hendrick Phillip Jones Crawley Joyner,III Andy Keller Peter Knowles,II Floyd Lane Lewis Mills Conway Moncure Preston Nuttall Floyd Mozingo Stephen Parsons Jim Pickens Joseph Price Waite Rawls,III Peyton Roden, Sr. James Smith, Sr. Chris Trinite Ed Trope,Jr. Walter Tucker
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