THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 19, ISSUE 8, September 2017
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
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
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"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.
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
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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 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
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