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VOLUME 19, ISSUE 8,           September 2017
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A quick jump to the articles in this issue:
Commander's Comments, Adjutant's Report, September Program (next),
July Program (last), Camp Officers, Longstreet's First Corps, Coming Events Links,

Andy COMMANDER'S COMMENTS

2nd Brigade Commander Andrew Morehead assisted with the presentation  of
Virginia Division awards to six members of the Camp at our July meeting.
Lewis V.  Mills was presented  with  a  Meritorious  Service  Award  for
leading the Studley Road Cleanup twice this past year not to mention his
leadership over the last some  25  years  on  this  project.   Our  road
cleanups  consisted  of  a  one-mile section of Route 606, Studley Road,
Hanover, VA., near the historic Enon United Methodist Church.           

Five members who made significant contributions to the Corp.  William H.
Cowardin/Southern  Valor  Memorial  Fund  were  awarded the Guardianship
Award.  This fund was established by our camp for the placement cost  of
headstones  for  Confederate  grave  sites.   These  members  were Brian
Cowardin, Crawley Joyner, III, J Harrison Smith, Sr., Peter Knowles, II,
Robert Liesfeld.                                                        

Attendance  was  14  members and nine guests including at least two full
blooded Indians including the speaker's wife, Joy, and Terry W.   Price,
Chief of the Wolf Creek Cherokee Tribe.                                 

STATE FAIR - The Longstreet Camp will be staffing the SCV booth  at  the
State  Fair on Friday October 6.  Call me at 382-6605 to sign up to help
and get your free ticket to the fair.                                   

Charles Lippy of our camp attended the last meet meeting of the Monument Avenue commission and was one of the lucky few chosen to speak. He shared with me a copy of his comments which were as follows: Hi, I'm Charles Lippy of Richmond. I give this with all due respect of the slaves of the past. I guess the monuments were put in Richmond because it was the capital of the Confederacy. The monuments would be good for tourism for the city. We have a tradition in this country of honoring veterans for their sacrifice. History plaques and monuments can be put up for the end of slavery or other things but there is no room on most of the monuments for signage since they are in the middle of the streets but they could be put on street corners. I think placing anti-monument signage on the north side of Monument and pro-monument signage on the south side of Monument would be a good idea since there are two sides to this issue. Thank you. Charles Lippy Andy

Art ADJUTANT'S REPORT

Our September meeting will be  held  on  September  19th  at  our  usual
location, Roma's Restaurant.                                            

Membership  renewals  have  just  wrapped  up  and  we  currently have a
majority of our members that have renewed their membership.   For  those
members that have not renewed at this time, The VA Division and National
are offering a short grace period for dues.  Any member  renewing  after
November 1st.  must pay a reinstatement fee.                            

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.                                             

It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of one of our  long
time  members,  Walter  Johnson  (Pat)  Hoggard,  Jr.   Pat's  Civil War
Ancestor was Nathan S. Hoggard, 4th N C Cavalry.                        
							Art   

GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247

NEXT MEETING - Tuesday, September 19, 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 SEPTEMBER SPEAKER


"The Battle of Peebles Farm"
by
Randolph Hall Watkins

I'll be speaking on the Battle of Peebles Farm with special emphasis  on
how  Grant's  near  simultaneous attacks north of the James River forced
Lee to consider evacuating Petersburg  to  defend  a  direct  attack  on
Richmond.  In doing so, the plans Lee laid out and executed in September
allowed him to successfully evacuate Petersburg when the  city  fell  in
April.   The  talk  should  prove  that  Lee  was an exceptional forward
thinking commander worthy of our admiration.                            

Randy Watkins has a career in Public Service.  He is a 12  year  veteran
of  the  US  Navy  and  Naval  Reserve  as  well  as  being a 20 US Army
reservist.  Prior to working  for  the  National  Park  Service  he  was
employed by the UVA Police Department and the Chesterfield County Police
Department.  With the National Park Service since 1996, he serves as  an
Interpretive Park Ranger and the Historic Weapons Supervisor.           

He  received  a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science
from VCU in 1971.  Randy was born in Richmond and lived  on  a  farm  in
western Hanover County.  His wife, Elizabeth, is from Big Lick, Virginia
and they have 2 children, 2 step-children and 2 step-grandchildren.     

Randy currently lives in Dinwiddie County at Sysonby,  circa  1763-1780.
The  property  was  once owned by Fletcher Archer, who commanded the 3rd
Battalion Va.  Reserves at the Battle of Old Men and Young Boys on  June
9,  1864.   Randy's  own  ancestor  in the Army of Northern Virginia was
Robert Henry Watkins,  sergeant,  Company  G,  46th  Virginia  Infantry,
Wise's Brigade.                                                         

OUR JULY PROGRAM

Fifth Division Commander Michael Virts spoke  on  the  contributions  of
Confederate  Cherokees  in  both North Carolina and Oklahoma.  This is a
review of the North Carolina  portion  of  the  program.   To  hear  the
complete  presentation,  visit our Facebook page or the YouTube link for
the program recording.                                                  

"Thomas' Legion" of  Cherokees  from  the  mountains  of  western  North
Carolina was a unit of the Confederate Army organized in 1862 and fought
in the last skirmish of the War Between the States on May  6,  1865,  at
Waynesville,  North  Carolina.  Thomas' Legion was a true legion in that
it was a combined armed unit  consisting  of  5  infantry  companies,  3
cavalry  companies,  1  artillery  company,  and 1 company of miners and
sappers.  On April 9, 1862, Colonel Will Thomas organized and raised the
North  Carolina  Cherokee  Battalion  at  Qualla,  North  Carolina.   On
September 27, 1862, Will Thomas organized Thomas'  Legion  of  Cherokees
from  the  mountains  of North Carolina.  This armed force averaged from
2,000 to 2,500 throughout the war.                                      

Thomas' Legion of Cherokees fought under  General  Jubal  Early  in  the
Shenandoah  Valley  of  Virginia  during the Valley Campaign in 1864.  A
garrison of federal troops surrendered to Thomas' Legion of Cherokees at
Waynesville,  North  Carolina,  on May 6, 1865.  On May 6, 1865, Thomas'
Legion of Cherokees fired the last shot of the War Between the States in
action at White Sulfur Springs, (today Waynesville) North Carolina.     

The Cherokees of Thomas' Legion were Christians, most of them Baptist or
Methodist.  They had signed a pledge stating  that  they  would  abstain
from alcohol.  Thomas' Legion of Cherokees was never defeated by federal
troops.   On  February  21,  1863,  the  Knoxville  Register   newspaper
described Thomas' Legion of Cherokees as "the best scouts in the world."
Due to Thomas' Legion of  Cherokees,  federal  forces  never  subjugated
western  North  Carolina.   Several  sources  note that the Cherokees of
Thomas' Legion didn't own any slaves and "had no  interest  in  slavery,
present  or prospective." The Cherokees of Thomas' Legion were survivors
of the infamous Trail of Tears, the Indian Removal Act of  1830  of  the
federal  government  having  hidden  in  the  mountains of western North
Carolina for years to avoid capture.  Thomas' Legion  of  Cherokees  has
been  recognized  as one of the most courageous and honorable units that
the Confederacy ever fielded.                                           
                                                      Andy
July Meeting Attendance: 23

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.

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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 2017 - Sepember 2017                    

Arthur Cowardin    Gary Cowardin       Leroy Crenshaw, III
Jerold Evans       J Harrison Smith    Michael Hendrick   
Phillip Jones      Leroy Keller        Roger Kirby        
Lewis Mills        Conway Moncure      Floyd Mozingo      
Stephen Parsons    Joseph Price        Leon Smith         
Chris Trinite      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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