THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 19, ISSUE 9, October 2017
For many thoughts of the State Fair go to the smell of cotton candy and cute farm animals, but for me they are more inclined to go to the memories of hundreds of people stopping by the SCV booth to thank us for what we were doing to protect our monuments and the good names of our Confederate ancestors. This month was certainly no exception as Floyd Lane and I spent the day with Ron Moore and Edwin Ray greeting State Fair visitors and asking them to sign our petition to "Save our Monuments". We were also able to share the good news that the Charlottesville Court had supporting our position that the monuments there were indeed protected by state law. We collected 100s of signature with no negative comments and likely got signatures from 90% of those who passed by our double wide booth which featured a mountain howitzer and giant poster of the Jefferson Davis Monument and Robert E. Lee standing by the rear door of the Lee House. We also sold a lot of flags, pins and stickers and collected a sizeable amount of money in donations to support the causes we stand for. I would also like to thank Ray Martin and maybe one other member who went out earlier in the week to help man the booth. It can be an exhausting day but one full of gratitude to see that there are still many in our society who stand with us. Andy
Our October meeting will be held on October 17th at our usual location, Roma's Restaurant. Membership renewals have just wrapped up and we currently have 58 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. Please contact the Adjutant with any questions on dues. 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
It's time to sign up for our 2017 Christmas Banquet/Ladies Night on Tuesday December 5th at the West Wood Club starting 6pm Dress: Gentlemen: Coat and necktie Ladies: Appropriate attire Social Hour: 6:00 PM Cash bar Dinner: 7:00 PM Program: 8:00 PM Speaker: Kelly Hancock of the American Civil War Museum will be speaking about the "Marriage of Hetty Cary and General John Pegram" Click here to goto the RSVP form, print it, fill it out, and mail it along with a check to Art for our December 5th Dinner/Program, MUST be in by Monday 11/27.
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
"The Seven Days Battles" by Doug Crenshaw Doug studied history at Randolph-Macon College and the University of Richmond. A volunteer for the Richmond National Battlefield Park, he is a member of the Richmond Civil War Roundtable, and is a speaker, presenter and tour leader. His book, Fort Harrison and The Battle of Chaffin's Farm, was nominated in the nonfiction category for a Library of Virginia Literary award. Doug has also written The Battle of Glendale: Robert E. Lee's Lost Opportunity, and It Shall not be Given Up! a survey and tour of the Seven Days campaign. He is currently working on a similar book on the Peninsula Campaign for the Emerging Civil War series.
"The Battle of Peebles Farm" Randolph Hall Watkins opened his talk on the Battle of Peebles Farm by reminding us that Yankee LTGEN U. S. Grant often initiated simultaneous attacks north and south of the James River in the vicinity of Richmond and Petersburg during the siege beginning in June 1864. Randolph gave each of us helpful maps of the Petersburg area. In September 1864 Grant moved to take advantage of GEN Robert E. Lee's having removed units from his right to attempt to retake Fort Harrison. The western attack by Grant's army was to be carried out by MGEN Gouverneur Warren's V Corps and a cavalry division under BGEN David M, Gregg with units from the IX Corps and II Corps in support. Gregg's cavalry had repeating rifles. Warren's attack was aimed at Confederate fortifications guarding the Boydton Plank Road which was being used to carry supplies into Petersburg from the railhead at Stony Creek. BGEN Charles Griffin led the attack near Poplar Springs Church. His troops quickly captured Fort Archer on the extreme Confederate right flank. Lee had to recall the Light Division from its march toward Fort Harrison. Confederate MGEN Henry Heth's counterattack routed the IX Corps and forced one of its brigades to surrender. Warren helped rally the IX Corps and checked Heth's attack, Heth tried another flank attack the next day which was repulsed. Confederate defenders lost works. The Yankees extended the siege lines past the Peebles Farm area to Fort Fisher and became firmly entrenched. Walter A video recording of Randy Watkins talk from our September meeting is available at this link. It is in three parts: https://youtu.be/goM87Cmsan8 September Meeting Attendance: 21
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.
PUBLICATIONSWar Horse Editor & Webmaster: Gary Cowardin email@example.com 262-0534 Website: longstreetscv.org
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 - October 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
If you haven't already done so, please sign up for our semi-annual cleanup of our Camp's one mile section of Studley Road, Hanover County on Saturday 21 October. A signup sheet will be available at our 17 October meeting. You may also sign up by emailing Walter Tucker at firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit the American Civil War Museum at Tredegar and the White House of the Confederacy www.acwm.org