THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 20, ISSUE 2, February 2018
It is my unfortunate duty to advise you that S. Waite Rawls, a member and officer of the Camp, has been brought up on charges and convicted by the Sons of Confederate Veterans. He has now been expelled from our brotherhood. A list of those charges has been posted on our Facebook Group site. Neither I nor our adjutant received any notification of this action and our input was not requested. If Waite had not advised us of the action we would have likewise been subject to expulsion for allowing him to continue to attend meetings. None of my subsequent correspondence with Headquarters has ever been acknowledged much less responded to. In his defense I would like to add my thoughts on the matter. I have been a member of the Museum of the Confederacy for many years and have seen their financial struggles during the last decade or more. At the time they combined to form the American Civil War Museum, they were on the verge of bankruptcy which would have led to the disposal of their assets by the Commonwealth of Virginia. While the State might find Virginia institutions interested in materials related to Virginia, their collections cover the entire South and at best would have been scattered across the country if not sold outright to pay their expenses. The generous offer of $15,000,000 by private parties to fund a new museum offered their Board of Directors a lifeline to save their collections for permanent display in Virginia while also providing the seed money to construct a new state of the art museum with improved storage space. This new museum will allow for the display of even more Confederate artifacts in number and in square footage. Yes, this comes at the cost of losing much control over how the artifacts would be displayed, but the critical responsibility which we should all be able to agree on was that they were preserved and the collection kept intact. Certain items were also moved to the Virginia Historical Society, where a new joint venture between the Historical Society and the Confederate Memorial Literary Society (the official name for the Museum of the Confederacy) has gained substantial resources to scan and store those books, diaries and photos than was available in the small MOC library. That project has already borne fruit with the availability of 1,500 photographs that have been made available online at http://digital.vahistorical.org by searching for "Confederate Memorial Literary Society". or use this direct link Waite Rawls has been a member and friend of the Sons of Confederate Veterans for many years. He has been extremely active in our camp as a speaker, officer and even a regular on our semi-annual road cleanup team. When he retired from banking, he returned to Virginia to see what he could do to right the floundering ship of the Museum of the Confederacy and had to make many hard decisions. It is regrettable that in doing so it has damaged his reputation with so many in the SCV and UDC, but the bottom line is that he was the only remaining member of the SCV in the management or even the employment of the American Civil War Museum. Would it not be better to have someone who honors his Confederate heritage as a friend on the inside to represent our interests rather than another enemy? Waite does have an appeal pending and if you would like to write a letter on his behalf you may address it to Compatriot Thomas V. Strain, Jr., Commander-in-Chief, Sons of Confederate Veterans, P. O. Box 59, Columbia, TN 38402-0059 Andy
The meeting will be held on February 20th, 2018 at our usual location, Roma's Restaurant. The January meeting was held on the 16th at Roma's Restaurant. There were 17 members and 1 guest in attendance. Our speaker, Scott Williams provided an excellent talk on "The Bermuda Hundred Campaign". During his talk he provided one of the best power point presentations we have ever had presented to our group. We recently lost two of our long time members Harold Whitmore and former member Walt Beam. We currently have 61 of our members that have renewed their membership. Our Camp is in good financial condition however please consider donating to the Buck Hurtt Scholarship Fund. Art
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
"Short Stories Behind the Historical Artwork" 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.
"The Bermuda Hundred Campaign" Speaker Scott Williams told us that May 1864 found Confederate GEN Pierre G. T. Beauregard in North Carolina and MGEN George Pickett in command of forces in Richmond and Petersburg. Confederate GEN Robert E. Lee was in the Wilderness with his Army of Northern Virginia opposing the Yankee Army of the Potomac commanded by MGEN George G. Meade. LTGEN Ulysses S. Grant, commander of all Yankee armies, accompanied Meade until the end of The War. Grant commanded a four pronged attack on all Confederate armies. MGEN William T. Sherman's Army of Tennessee attacked Confederate forces in Georgia led by GEN Joseph E. Johnston. Yankee MGEN Franz Siegel's troops were to march up the Shenandoah Valley to attack Confederate forces led by MGEN John C. Breckenridge. MGEN Benjamin Butler's Army of the James would lead yet another attack on the Confederate capital of Richmond. Butler's troops were to land at Bermuda Hundred and proceed up the James River. Attacking on three fronts in Virginia would prevent Lee from shifting forces from one area to another. Butler was not helped by his subordinates MGEN William F. "Baldy" Smith of the XVIII Corps and MGEN Quincy Gilmore of the X Corps. Smith had thought that he would command the Army of the James. Butler landed his troops at Bermuda Hundred, at the confluence of the James and Appomattox Rivers, on 5 May, the same day that Grant and Lee began the battle of The Wilderness. Butler also sent troops to City Point, which could be used to threaten Petersburg. On 6 May Confederate BGEN Bushrod Johnson's brigade stopped initial Yankee probes at Port Walthall Junction. Next day, a Yankee division drove BGEN Johnson Hagood's and Johnson's brigades from the depot and cut the railroad. Butler's thrust toward Petersburg on 9 May was met by Johnson's brigade at Swift Creek. Yankees drove back a Confederate attack, but failed to follow up. On 10 May MGEN Robert Ransom's Confederates attacked at Chester Station, and the Yankees retired to their trenches at Bermuda Hundred. Butler's attacks on 12-16 May at Proctor's Creek failed, and he once again withdrew to the Bermuda Hundred line. After Beauregard drove back Butler's line near Ware Bottom Church, the Confederates constructed the Howlett Line, which led to Grant's comment that Butler was in a corked bottle. Walter Use this link to see Scott's talk on Youtube January Attendance: 18
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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. July 2017 - February 2018 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
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