ls-ls-nltr.jpg THE OLD WAR HORSE
VOLUME 19, ISSUE 10,           November 2017
SCV logo

A quick jump to the articles in this issue:
Commander's Comments, Adjutant's Report, November Program (next), December Program (dinner),
October Program (last), Camp Officers, Longstreet's First Corps, Cleanup Crew, Coming Events Links,


After Virginia seceded from the Union in April 1861,  large  numbers  of
troops  were  moved  from the deep South to camps around Richmond.  Many
would never see a battlefield since now living  in  crowded,  unsanitary
conditions  they  quickly  fell  prey  to  the grips on diseases such as
typhoid, measles and malaria.  Literally within weeks of enlisting  many
were  buried  in  Hollywood  Cemetery  in graves marked only with wooden
crosses that soon disappeared.  Fortunately the cemetery kept records of
where each soldier was buried but to this day they are unmarked.        

I  am  now  working  on  the  second group of headstone applications for
Hollywood Cemetery whose  installation  will  be  funded  by  the  Corp.
William  Henry  Cowardin  Southern Valor Fund.  I have selected Soldiers
Section K as the next section to be  marked  and  have  started  at  the
beginning of the alphabet to select graves in an area where hundreds lie
unmarked.  This is a scenic hill between  the  pyramid  and  the  famous
black  dog sculpture.  The most notable grave in it presently is that of
Pvt.  Henry L.  Wyatt of the 1st Regiment of N.C.  Volunteers.   Private
Wyatt  was  the  first  Confederate soldier killed in action on June 10,
1861 at Bethel, VA.  Soon afterwards he was being joined almost daily by
those  dying  of  disease.   I  am currently working on the B's and have
identified 18 soldiers and completed applications for eight.  I hope  to
submit to the cemetery groups of 10, but we only have funds available to
install markers for 27 of the 1000s that  appear  to  be  unmarked.   We
cannot  mark  them  all, but we could reasonably hope to eventually mark
all those in our adopted section.   Please  consider  making  additional
contributions  to  the memorial fund so that one day this bare hill will
be covered with gleaming white marble headstones  honoring  hundreds  of
young  men  who  died  far  too  young  and  a few seasoned veterans who
survived the hardships of the post war years to live to a ripe old age. 

             Hollywood Cemetery section K       Andy


The November Meeting will be held on November  21,  2017  at  our  usual
location, Roma's Restaurant.                                            

Our  October  meeting was held on October 17th.  We had 17 members and 2
guests in attendance.   Our  speaker,  Doug  Crenshaw  provided  a  very
interesting talk on "The Seven Days Battles."                           

Our  Christmas  Banquet/Ladies Night will be held on December 5, 2017 at
the Westwood Club.                                                      

We have a good speaker lined up for the meeting that  should  appeal  to
all.   Please  consider  attending.   As of this writing we only have 17
members and quest singed up.                                            

We currently have 61 of our members that have renewed their membership. 

Thanks  to  members  Andy  Keller,  Charles  Lippy,  Floyd  Lane,  Linny
Kammeter, Lewis Mills, Walter Tucker and Lee Crenshaw for working on the
Road Cleanup in October.  (see more below)                              

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.                                             

Still 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" (see below)
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.


NEXT MEETING - Tuesday, November 21, 2017




"The Battle of the Crater"
Henry Kidd

Henry is a life-long resident of Colonial  Heights,  Va.   He  graduated
from  Virginia  State  University  with  a BS in Art Education, served 6
years as a Sergeant in the Army Reserves and retired from Philip Morris.

He is a nationally known artist with his works displayed in museums such
as  West  Point,  the Virginia Historical Society & the MOC.  Henry is a
member of the 12th Va.  Infantry reenactor  unit  and  portrays  General
Lewis  Armistead  at  Gettysburg Reenactments.  He was recognized by the
Va.  General Assembly with a Joint House &  Senate  Resolution  for  his
artwork  and  efforts  aiding  the  September  11th victims.  He was the
official artist for the 150th anniversary of the battles  of  Gettysburg
and  Cloyd's Mountain.  He is the past Va.  State Commander and National
Commander of the Army of Northern Virginia Sons of Confederate Veterans.


"One Bright Moment: The Wedding of Hetty Cary and John Pegram"
Kelly Hancock

Hailed as the social event of the season, the wedding of one of the most
beautiful  belles  in  the  South to a dashing brigadier general was one
bright moment amid the gloom of 1865.  However, ill omens  preceded  the
wedding  and tragedy would follow soon on its heels.  Learn the story of
Hetty Cary and John Pegram and the events that surrounded their  wedding
on January 19, 1865.                                                    

Kelly serves as the  American  Civil  War  Museum's  Interpretation  and
Programs   Manager,   coordinating   the   research,   development,  and
implementation of interpretive programs for public  audiences  both  on-
and  off-  site;  supporting  the  work  of  the Education Department by
leading  projects  focused  on  the  heritage  traveler  audience;   and
collaborating on offerings for the teacher audience.                    

A native of New Mexico, Kelly received her B.  A.  in history along with
her  teaching  certification  from  Eastern  New Mexico University.  She
taught 7th grade social studies before moving to Richmond.  Kelly  began
work  at  The Museum of the Confederacy in 1998 and served as Manager of
Programs and Education from 2002 -  2013.   With  the  creation  of  the
American Civil War Museum, Kelly assumed her current position.          

Kelly enjoys spending time with her husband Robert, playing with her two
cats, Cordelia and Ophelia, supporting  the  work  of  her  church,  and
feeding her passion for the 1920s.                                      


"The seven Days Battles"
Doug Crenshaw, author of several books  about  The  War,  told  us  that
Yankee  GEN  George  B.   McClellan  in  the  spring of 1862 brought the
largest army ever assembled in America up the Peninsula to the  environs
of Richmond.                                                            

McClellan  was not an abolitionist and considered the Army's purpose was
to restore the Union.   He  ordered  his  soldiers  not  to  damage  any
civilian property.                                                      

Confederate  General  Joseph  E.   Johnson  was  wounded on 1 June 1862.
President Jefferson Davis concluded after a conversation with  him  that
MGEN  Gustavus  W.   Smith  was  not  an  acceptable  choice  to succeed
Johnston.  He then appointed General Robert E.   Lee  to  take  command.
Lee's  ordering  of  significant  earthworks protecting Richmond led his
critics to refer to him  as  "Granny  Lee"  or  "the  King  of  Spades."
Confederate  artillery  officer  E.  Porter Alexander expressed to Davis
staff member Joseph Ives his concern that the  time  taken  in  building
fortifications would give McClellan the opportunity to gather his forces
and prepare an attack.  Alexander wondered if Lee had  the  audacity  to
attack.   Ives  assured  Alexander  that  Lee's  was  the most audacious
officer in either army and that his  name  might  be  considered  to  be

Lee   did  not  know  many  of  the  Confederate  division  and  brigade
commanders.  He had not time to create  a  better  organization  of  his
Army.  His staff was minimal.  Artillery was assigned to brigades.      

Lee  felt that he should attack McClellan before the former was ready to
attack.  McClellan's army was divided by the  Chickahominy  River.   Lee
ordered  BGEN  Jeb Stuart to gather information about the right flank of
BGEN Fitz John Porter's division.  With this information,  Lee  prepared
to  attack  Porter's  V  Corps north of the river.  The Yankees repulsed
MGEN A.  P.  Hill's attack at Beaver Dam Creek.  MGEN Stonewall  Jackson
was late in arriving and took no part in this battle.                   

Jackson's  guide  got  confused about New and Old Cold Harbor, causing a
counter  march.   A.   P.   Hill's  attack  at  Gaines's  Mill  was  not
supported.  BGEN John Bell Hood's Texas Brigade broke the Yankee line.  

Lee's  Army  missed a great opportunity at Frayser's Farm, where several
of his attacks were repulsed.                                           

Yankees on Malvern Hill repulsed several Confederate attacks on 1  July.
Against  the  desire  of several of his subordinates, McClellan withdrew
his army to Harrison's Landing under protection of Yankee gunboats.     

Lee had succeeded, with many casualties, in keeping Richmond  safe  from
McClellan's Army.                                                       
 To see this talk click this youtube link.

October Meeting Attendance: 19


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.


War Horse Editor & Webmaster: Gary Cowardin 262-0534 Website:



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 - November 2017                    

Arthur Cowardin    Gary Cowardin       Leroy Crenshaw, III
Cecil Duke, Jr     Jerold Evans        J Harrison Smith   
Michael Hendrick   Phillip Jones       Leroy Keller       
Roger Kirby        Lewis Mills         Conway Moncure     
Floyd Mozingo      Jim Pickens         Stephen Parsons    
Joseph Price       Peyton Roden, Sr    Leon Smith         
Chris Trinite      Walter Tucker                          

Longstreet Camp Road Cleanup

On a bright and  sunny  Saturday  21  October  April  Camp  members  Lee
Crenshaw,  Linny  Kammeter,  Andy Keller, Floyd Lane, Charles Lippy, and
Walter Tucker joined Road Boss Lewis Mills in cleaning up our  one  mile
section  of  Studley  Road (Route 606), Hanover County, near Enon United
Methodist Church.                                                       

Having such a good turnout of workers enabled us to complete the task in
record time.                                                            


Visit the American Civil War Museum at Tredegar
and the
White House of the Confederacy

Pamplin Historical Park and The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier and their Special Events Calendar

Return to the top of this newsletter
Return to Newsletter Index
Return to Home Page
©2017 James Longstreet Camp, #1247, SCV - Richmond, Virginia