THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 19, ISSUE 10, November 2017
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. Art
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.
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 Battle of the Crater" by 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" by 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 Audacity. 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. Walter To see this talk click this youtube link. October Meeting Attendance: 19
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.
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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 - 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
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. Walter
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