THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 19, ISSUE 7, July 2017
As we again reach the month of July, we pause to reflect on our nation's independence so hard won 236 years ago. But we may also pause to remember the high water mark of our second war for independence which also occurred early in July of 1863. The battle of Gettysburg was one of the longest battles of the war and was certainly the most bloody for both sides. It is also the one that most people quickly associate and identify with the war. It was the war in microcosm with the South at first victorious only to find its resources too thinly stretched to prevail in the end. Gettysburg thus is particularly important in family history to those families on both sides which had ancestors fighting there. I decided to look back at my ancestors to see which were present and where they were on July 3. I had one direct ancestor and nine collateral ancestors who served in the Confederate Army, four of which were at Gettysburg, all serving in George Pickett's division. The highest ranking ancestor was Colonel Henry Gantt, commanding the 19th Virginia Infantry. Under his command was Captain Waller Massie Boyd of Company G. Colonel Gantt was severely wounded in the face before the attack even stepped off. Captain Boyd survived to make it at least as far as the famous stonewall on Cemetery Ridge. He was said to be the first to touch the wall but was wounded and captured in the attack. He was held at various POW camps before being exchanged in March 1864. Colonel Gantt's replacement was killed. Next to them was the 18th Virginia Infantry with my only paternal ancestor, Richard Henry Cobbs. He had been wounded at Gaines Mill but apparently escaped injury at Gettysburg. Finally there was Kinloch Nelson who was a Lieutenant of Ordinance assigned to General James Kemper's Brigade. He also escaped any serious injury. His brother, Philip Nelson, who was my direct ancestor, was at his home in Lovington, Virginia caring for their dying father after having hired a substitute the previous year. War sometimes leaves a strange legacy. Colonel Gantt survived the war only to die in 1884 from a loss of blood due to hemorrhaging of his facial wound received at the Battle of Gettysburg. The next year his younger brother Price, who seems to have managed to avoid serving in the war, possibly by being the overseer of their farm, married Lila Goode Boyd, the youngest sister of Waller Boyd thus cementing those families together. Their son was my grandfather. Andy
Our June meeting was held on June 20, 2017 at our usual location, Roma's Restaurant. In attendance were 17 Members and 3 guests. Our guest speaker was a member of our own camp, Preston Nuttall. His topic was "Blockade Running During The Civil War". 2017 membership renewal is underway and all dues must be paid by September 1, 2017. 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
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"Confederate Cherokees.....Thomas' Legion" by Michael Virts Michael is currently the 5th Brigade Commander of the Virginia Division. He was born in Virginia and his father's mother's ancestors were next door neighbors to the Lee Family on Orancoc Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. This is the home that Robert E. Lee grew up in as a small boy. Besides being next door neighbors, they also attended the same church as the Lee's did in Old Town; that being Christ Church. Mike's Confederate ancestors were all Virginians. He majored in History at Mars Hill University in Madison County, North Carolina. Mike has been a Chaplain of the Frank Stringfellow Camp #822 in Fairfax, Virginia, in the 4th Brigade. He also served as Commander, Lt. Commander, Adjutant, and Chaplain of the Major General Fitzhugh Lee Camp #1805 in the 5th Brigade. Mike served as a Virginia Division Chaplain and is presently serving as the Treasurer and Communications Officer of the Major General Fitzhugh Lee Camp #1805. Michael Virts' native background is through his father, who was Cherokee.
Our Camp member Preston Nuttall used as the source for his talk his latest historical novel The Blockade Runner. Goals of blockade running were to maintain the close association between the Confederacy and Great Britain, to export cotton, and to import arms and other manufactured products needed by the Confederacy. Hero of the novel was nonfictional Cambridge graduate Thomas E. Taylor, who started out as a clerk working for Edward Lawrence and Company, a British business located in Liverpool. He so impressed management that he was given the opportunity to serve as supercargo on a ship. Most of Tom's sea activity consisted of runs between Wilmington NC and Nassau in the Bahamas. Taylor's early ship, an old steamer named Dispatch, was described as a 20 year collection of rotting planks and rusting nails. Dispatch was replaced by a new ship Banshee. It was fast, had a telescope mast, was gray- green in color, and displayed no lights at night. A later ship was Condor, manned by Brits and captained by Captain William Hewett of the Royal Navy. Its most famous passenger was Confederate spy Rose Greenhow. In rough weather off Fort Fisher, the small boat in which she was a passenger capsized, and she drowned. She was wearing gold in a sack around her neck. Tom Taylor found her body, which was shipped to Wilmington. Hewett and Greenhow were real historical characters. Rose had left on Condor dispatches addressed to Jefferson Davis. Tom Taylor took them to Richmond. Jefferson Davis was out of town, so Tom gave them to Robert E. Lee when they had lunch together. After The War, Tom returned to Liverpool, a wealthy man. Officers in charge of blockade runners could retire after three round trips; Tom made 27! Walter Writer's note: I read the novel in a week after our Camp meeting. It is interesting and had a romantic attachment which originated when Tom Taylor was in Nassau. April Meeting Attendance: 20
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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 - July 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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