THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 19, ISSUE 6, June 2017
I apologize for my absence at the last two meetings. I have a doctor's clearance to drive again so I was able to attend the Memorial Day program at the Chapel, present with Art Wingo our annual scholarship and present our Camp Wreath at the Jefferson Davis Memorial Program. Regretfully though I will also miss the June meeting as I will be out of town for that meeting. Hopefully I will be back again in July. As you write your checks to pay this year's dues of $55, which I hope you do very soon, keep in mind the need to support the various funds listed at the bottom of the form. Let me take a moment to explain some of them. Lenny Andy Waite Heritage Defense Fund - Since the tragedy in South Carolina and the removal of the Confederate monument in Danville several years ago, this has taken on a crucial level of importance since it takes money to pay the lawyers and court costs of those who must be hired to protect our heritage, our monuments and our good names. Our camp has not yet made a contribution to this fund but many of our members have and you should all include something for this worthy cause. Oakwood Cemetery Fund - A portion of your dues already going to Oakwood Cemetery which is located in Richmond's east end and is the final resting place of thousands who died and almost all of those who died at Chimborazo Hospital. Very few of these graves are properly marked but we have a window of opportunity to now install regulation VA headstones on each of these graves. There is a committee which can apply for the headstones at no cost but it costs $125 for the City of Richmond to install each one. The more funds we can provide, the sooner each grave can be marked before the VA funds again go away. The other two funds are the Welfare and General fund which I do not know much about and have not yet contributed to but that does not mean that they are unworthy of your consideration. All money contributed to any fund will be used for a worthy purpose. Andy
Our May meeting was held on May 16, 2017 at our usual location, Roma's Restaurant. In attendance were 21 Members and 4 guests. Our guest speaker was a member of our own camp, Waite Rawls. His topic was Topic: "The Real Cause (and Result) of the Civil War". The Camp inducted two new members during our May meeting, Larry Michael Pistole and his son, Alex Bennett Pistole. It is with sadness that I report the unexpected death of one of our members, David Pelham George, Jr. David died in May at his home in Texas. 2017 membership renewal is underway and all dues must be paid by September 1, 2017. On June 1, 2017 Commander Andy Keller and myself, on behave of the General James Longstreet S C V Camp #1247, awarded a $500.00 Buck Hurtt Scholarship to the outstanding Social Studies Student, Nitish Vaidyanathan. Nitish will be attending Stanford in the fall. Our Camp is in good financial condition however please consider donating to the Buck Hurtt Scholarship so we may provide a scholarship equal to those provided in the past. 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
"Blockade Running During the Civil War" by Preston Nuttall Preston spent 45 years as a professional investment manager, after getting a degree in Economics from the University of Richmond and a master's degree in Finance from the Wharton School of the Univ. of Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Pat, split their time at their home in the Northern Neck, as well as in Chesterfield Co. They have four children and eight grandchildren. Preston's family history in Virginia dates to the 17th century. He has identified nine ancestors who served in the Confederate Army, including two members of Pickett's Division who fought at Gettysburg. His lifelong hobbies are tennis, the Civil War, and writing.
Waite's talk was based on the overlooked outcome of the Civil War, which he believes is the most important. Most people today forget that the American form of government-a democratic republic-was a grand experiment when it was created. With the mission statement of the Declaration of Independence, followed by a flawed Articles of Confederation, the rest of the world believed the experiment would fail, like the French Revolution had failed. Most people today debate slavery versus state's rights as the cause and results of the war, but the Civil War was the biggest test of the form of government itself. Would it survive or would the U. S. simply balkanize into many smaller nations every time there was a disagreement? Many people, North and South recognized at the time of the secession debates that the phrase "to save the Union" was too limited in scope-to the United States alone rather than to the bigger proposition of the form of government. America survived the test of war and emerged to lead the world in a transition to democracy being the most accepted form of government in the 21st century. Waite finished with saying that the experiment continues today, as we seek "a more perfect Union" with changes continuing with time, pointing out the example of a woman's right to vote, which didn't come until 1920. Waite April Meeting Attendance: 25
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 - June 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
Visit the American Civil War Museum at Tredegar and the White House of the Confederacy www.acwm.org