THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 20, ISSUE 4, April 2018
Compatriot Waite Rawls had his day in court on March 24th where he could expand on this written appeal with a direct telephonic appeal and to answer questions. It is impossible to assess the success or failure of his efforts, but the lack of a positive response by this time is not encouraging to me. Thanks to all who took the time to write letters on his behalf. No matter what the outcome that support meant a lot to Waite. Twice a year our camp cleans a mile of Studley Road. The next clean up date will be set for this Spring, but there is another service opportunity this Saturday, April 21, where volunteers will gather together to do a family friendly cleanup of the Totopotomoy Creek Battlefield on Studley Road from 9-noon. This park is a beautiful recent addition to the National Battlefield Park system that is well worth your time to maintain and visit. In the next few months, I would like to honor ancestors of our camp who participated in battles of the campaigns of 1863. If you have information on the battles they fought in and where their units participated, I would like to share that with camp so, please send me their stories. Finally, many thanks to Paul Sacra for stepping forward with a fantastic program at the last minute last month. He is right, just because we have family stories about our ancestors during the war, we need to sometimes reassess them to see if they can be verified with historical facts. I hope to see you for another great presentation on the 17th. Andy
The April meeting will be held on April 17th, 2018 at our usual location, Roma's Restaurant. Our March meeting was held on March 20, 2018 at Roma's Restaurant. Present were 17 Camp members and 2 guests. Our own Paul Sacra provided a very interesting talk titled "Family Histories, (not always what you are told)". Paul Sacra and I will be attending the 59th Annual SCV Virginia Division convention in Roanoke, VA. On April 20-22, 2018. 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
"Richmond's Almshouse Becomes A War Hospital" by Alyson Taylor-White Alyson is an award-winning journalist, historian and educator with deep roots in Virginia. She was editor of the magazine the Virginia Review for 25 years where she travelled all over Virginia interviewing state and local officials from local courthouses to the statehouse in Richmond. This work, and the wonderful people she met along the way, resulted in valuable insights into Virginia's rich history. In 2011, she became accredited as an adjunct instructor at the University of Richmond. She has since created and taught a curriculum for both the School of Professional and Continuing Studies and the Osher Institute. These courses are for busy individuals who desire to learn more about and engage with their community. She has served on many nonprofit boards of directors including the Press Women of Virginia and the Eppington Foundation. She has worked with and for most major museums in the Richmond region, and continues to develop skills as a historical educator and interpreter at sites like the Library of Virginia, Virginia Historical Society, John Marshall House, St. John's Church, Valentine Museum, and Edgar Allan Poe Museum. Shockoe Hill Cemetery, A Richmond Landmark History was recently published by History Press of Charleston, South Carolina. The oldest city-owned burial ground was founded in 1822, and is the resting place of many fascinating occupants including Chief Justice John Marshall, Union Spy Elizabeth Van Lew, and Revolutionary War hero Peter Francisco. Just about everyone Edgar Allan Poe loved (and some he did not love) are there as well.
Scheduled speaker Gregg Kimball had the flu and was unable to be with us. Our own Paul Sacra pinch hit a grand slam home run in his interesting talk about revisionist history. Paul named the following categories of revisionism: Personal enhancement of an event that happened Information revealed by finding new documentation A direct lie Telling all of a story Stories handed down in families usually account for the first category. A story handed down claimed that an ancestor was a bodyguard to Yankee MGEN William T. Sherman. Research revealed that the ancestor was actually part of a provost guard in one of the units in Sherman's Army. Another family story had an ancestor serving a short time. Research revealed that the ancestor ran away and died of a fever. An ancestor in MGEN Benjamin Butler's Bermuda Hundred campaign allegedly faced galling fire. Research on the ancestor's unit revealed no such action. Paul went to Payne's Farm accompanied by the descendant of a soldier who allegedly took part in four charges. Walking the battlefield and studying the terrain showed that there was no way the event could have happened as the family story indicated. Yankee MGEN George B.McClellan's change of base in the seven Days campaign was criticized. McClellan was moving his base to the James River which led directly to Richmond. This was in keeping from McClellan's earlier observation of European military tactics. McClellan was also criticized for his failure to defeat General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia at Antietam. Little Mac did not know where Lee's army was, and he had to protect Washington and Baltimore. Yankee MGEN George G. Meade was criticized by President Abraham Lincoln for his failure to have his Army of the Potomac pursue Lee's Army after the three day battle of Gettysburg. Meade had no forage for his animals. Walter March 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: VACANT 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. July 2017 - April 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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