THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 20, ISSUE 5, May 2018
BATTLEFIELD TRIP - Paul Sacra, our own noted battlefield tour guide, has offered to lead us on a trip to Cedar Mountain and Payne's Farm this summer or fall. I have been to Cedar Mountain (Culpeper Co.) which is a beautiful park and have heard Paul's talk on Payne's Farm or Mine Run (Orange Co.). A date and cost has not been set for this activity, but if you would be interested and like more information, please let Paul or Lewis Mills know. Hopefully there will be a signup sheet at the next meeting. HONORING OUR ANCESTORS This month we remember some of our ancestors who fought during the summer of 1863, highlighting Page's Artillery Battery. Floyd Lane and Paul Sacra both had ancestors in Page's Battery. Page's battery was organized in Hanover County in the summer of 1861 with 100 men on their roster. It was also known during the war as Coleman's, Morris and Montgomery's artillery. Artillery pieces varied during the war, but primarily consisted of four light 12 pound Napoleons. During 1863, the battery was actively engaged in the battles of Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and Mine Run. ROLL of HONOR ANCESTORS of FLOYD and GAIL LANE Pvt. William H. Thacker - wounded at Gettysburg. Taken prisoner at South Mountain during the retreat and held at Fort Delaware prison for 23 months until the end of the war. Buried at Forest Grove Methodist Church cemetery, Ashland, VA. Floyd and I visited his grave earlier this month. Cpl. Joseph T. Mallory - wounded at Gettysburg. Pvt. Montgomery T. Patterson -wounded and captured at Five Forks. Pvt. Marcellus C. Lowery - (Gail Lane's ancestor) - captured after Gettysburg. Held prisoner at Fort Delaware where he died. Buried at Finn's Point National cemetery in Salem, New Jersey. ANCESTORS of PAUL SACRA Pvt. Jefferson M. Sacra -never wounded or captured. Paroled in Ashland on October 24, 1865. The last man of Page's Battery to take the oath of allegiance. Pvt. John S. Southworth - enlisted 8/19/1861 at age 15 or 16. Never wounded or captured. He joined the Orange Artillery, Fry's Battery following the loss of Morris Artillery at Spotsylvania. Pvt. Andrew F. Southworth - enlisted 8/3/1861. Wounded at Antietam and was captured at Spotsylvania when the battery was overrun at the Angle. He served about a year and a half as a prisoner at Ft. Delaware. If you have a unit you would like to have recognized please let me know.
We had a great crew for the Studley Road Cleanup this morning, Sat 5/5. Thanks to Paul Sacra, Wally Scott, me, Charles Lippy, Walter Tucker, Lee Crenshaw, Art Wingo and Lewis Mills, road chief. Andy
The May meeting will be held on May 15th, 2018 at our usual location, Roma's Restaurant. Our April was held on March 20, 2018 at Roma's Restaurant. Present were 16 Camp members and 5 guests. Alyson Taylor-White, award -winning journalist and historian provided a interesting talk titled "Richmond's Almshouse Becomes A War Hospital". Paul Sacra and I attended the 59th Annual S. C. V. Virginia Division convention in Roanoke, VA. on April 20-22, 2018. The convention was hosted by the Fincastle Rifles Camp #1326. During the business meeting officer elections were held and John T. "Johnny" Neville was elected Virginia Division Commander. Andrew B. Morehead was re-elected 2nd Brigade Commander. At the convention, our camp, General James Longstreet #1247, won an Outstanding Camp Award. 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
by David Shultz David Shultz is a licensed Archivist-Rare-Book & Manuscript sub-contractor specializing in the American Civil War and other related military histories. His personal specific interest is the Gettysburg Campaign whereas two direct ancestors were attached to army headquarters, Army of the Potomac, while a third marched North as a member of the medical corps, Army of Northern Virginia. Dating back to 1996 his publications include "Double Canister at Ten Yards: The Federal Artillery and the Repulse of Pickett's Charge," "Guide to Pennsylvania Troops at Gettysburg," "The Baltimore Pike Artillery Line and Kinzie's Knoll," "The Battle Between the Farm Lanes: Hancock's Ride Saves the Union Center July 2, 1863" and "The Second Day at Gettysburg: The Attack and Defense of Cemetery Ridge, July 2, 1863" (Coauthored by Scott Mingus Sr.). He is the recipient of numerous civic and government awards including special citations from the House of Representatives and Commonwealth's of Pennsylvania and of Virginia for meritorious public service concerning battlefield preservation. This includes the prestigious Jerry Russell Civil War Congress Battlefield Preservation Award in 2016 for helping save Fisher's Hill in Virginia as well as Artillery Ridge at Gettysburg. He is currently working on Confederate Light Artillery: The Gettysburg Campaign as well as Dr. Reverend William N. Pendleton: The War Years, 1861-1865. Recently retired he currently resides with his wife, Rosemary, in New River Station, a rural community outside Jacksonville, NC.
Alyson L. Taylor-White, author of Shockoe Hill Cemetery: A Richmond Landmark History, told us that Richmond's Alms House was built shortly before The War and operated by the City as a poor house. It is located on Hospital Street adjacent to Shockoe Hill Cemetery. In June 1861 the City rented the building to Confederate authorities as a military hospital. Its official title was General Hospital # 1. It was also called The General Hospital, City Home Hospital, and Alms House Hospital. Dr. Charles Bell Gibson was chief of surgery at the Medical College of Virginia from 1847 until his death in April 1865. He was an outstanding surgeon. In 1848 he performed the first surgery in Virginia using general anesthesia. Dr. Gibson served briefly as Surgeon-General of Virginia after Virginia seceded in April 1861. He became a surgeon in the Confederate States Army and was surgeon in charge of General Hospital #1. The hospital's earliest use was for wounded Yankee prisoners. Dr. Gibson's concern for all wounded was described by Yankee Colonel (later Major General) Orlando B. Willcox, who had been wounded and captured at First Manassas. "Dr. Gibson is a gentleman of the old school. His visits brought sunshine into the wards. He showed so much care for our situation in all respects, was so courteous and tender of our feelings and ready to do everything in his power for us consistent with his duty. He was so skillful in practice that our feelings toward him amounted almost to veneration." Alyson cited Confederate ladies Captain Sally Tompkins and Phoebe Pember for their valuable work in caring for the wounded at other Richmond hospitals. The capacity of General Hospital # 1 was 500 patients. In December 1864 the hospital was reclaimed by the City, which then rented it to VMI as its temporary location. The building suffered heavy damage when a nearby powder magazine exploded on evacuation night in April 1865. Yankee authorities took over, and the building was used as a poor house. It was returned to the City in December 1965 and was used for may years as the City Alms House. It is still in use. Walter April Attendance: 21
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 - May 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
Visit the American Civil War Museum at Tredegar and the White House of the Confederacy www.acwm.org