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THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 20, ISSUE 4,           April 2018
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A quick jump to the articles in this issue:
Commander's Comments, Adjutant's Report, April Program (next),
March Program (last), Camp Officers, Longstreet's First Corps, Coming Events Links,

Andy COMMANDER'S COMMENTS

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

Art ADJUTANT'S REPORT

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   

GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247

NEXT MEETING - Tuesday, April 17, 2018

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


OUR APRIL SPEAKER


"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.                                                          


OUR MARCH PROGRAM



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 #1247

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: VACANT Quartermaster: Floyd Lane 519-1023 Historian: Gary Cowardin 262-0534 For officer E-mail addresses see our
Contact Us page.

PUBLICATIONS

War Horse Editor & Webmaster: Gary Cowardin cowardin@juno.com 262-0534 Website: longstreetscv.org


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LONGSTREET'S FIRST CORPS

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                          

COMING EVENTS LINKS

Visit the American Civil War Museum at Tredegar
and the
White House of the Confederacy
www.acwm.org

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

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