THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 20, ISSUE 6, June 2018
Compatriot Lewis Mills was one of several members presented Virginia Division awards for their service at our last meeting. See photo below. In addition, four of his Confederate ancestors were recently named as co-sponsors, with the Cowardin Southern Valor Fund, of five of our headstones at Hollywood Cemetery. These were Columbus Vaughn, Elijah Vaughn, John Jefferson Vaughn, and James Thomas Vaughn. His family members were all from Patrick County. The last of these, James, was much like those we are remembering in Hollywood Cemetery. He enlisted at age 17 in 1861 and died of pneumonia two years later in Chimborazo Hospital. He was buried in an unmarked grave in Oakwood. I am working with Lewis to mark that grave, but it may be a challenge. Unlike other cemeteries to which you apply to directly for a veteran's headstone, the Confederate section of Oakwood is managed by the Oakwood Committee of the SCV Virginia Division. I have submitted a preliminary application to the committee but other than being told that my form was out of date I do not know where we stand. We will submit a formal application and see what happens. The good news is that since the Oakwood committee will install the marker for free, it will save that expense, but even if it cost $200 to install, it might be worth the cost to Lewis to finally recognize an ancestor who was lost for over a hundred fifty years. Meritorious Service Award-Lewis V. Mills (road cleanup) Guardianship Award: Paul Sacra,James R. Pickens,Andy Keller,Peyton Roden Brian Cowardin (not pictured) Andy's award is for coordinating the headstone project. Andy
The June meeting will be held on June 19th, 2018 at our usual location, Roma's Restaurant. Our May meeting was held on May 15th, 2018 at Roma's Restaurant. Present were 17 Camp members and 4 guests. David Shultz provided a talk "William Nelson Pendleton" "The War Years". Again this year we received the Outstanding Camp Award! Our camp awarded two scholarships this year to the two outstanding history students at Douglas S. Freeman High School. The recipients were Max Markel who will be attending the College of William & Mary and Jihad Torky will be attending V C U in the fall. Our Camp Commander, Andy Keller presented the awards to the receiptants. We mourn the recent loss of one of our members, Larry Michael Pistole. Larry and his son Alex are members of our camp. Larry was a veteran of the Vietnam War. 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
The Campaigns and Battles of Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest by Brig. Gen. (Ret.) John Scales John attended the University of Alabama 1966-70, graduating in 1970 with a degree in physics and a commission as an infantry lieutenant in the U. S. Army. He graduated from infantry officer basic, airborne and Ranger schools before being assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division. Later he led a rifle platoon in combat in Vietnam and joined the 101st Airborne upon return to the US. Leaving active duty in 1975, he joined the 20th Special Forces Group of the Alabama National Guard while getting a master's degree at the University and becoming Special Forces qualified. Over the years, while first teaching and later working as a scientist in Huntsville, he commanded a Special Forces A Detachment, company, battalion, and the 20th itself. He also received a PhD in systems engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Selected for promotion to general and assignment to US Army Special Forces Command, he was first the deputy commander and later the acting commanding general. After 9/11 he was assigned to the Joint Special Operations Command and led a Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force in Afghanistan. General Scales retired from the military in late 2002 and continued his career as a scientist in Huntsville, being granted five patents and publishing three military history books, the latest of which is on the military career of General Forrest.
David Shultz told us that William Nelson Pendleton was sent to the U. S. Military Academy at West Point because an older brother turned down the appointment. Pendleton's father was able to secure the appointment for William Nelson, who had no desire to be a military officer. At The Point Pendleton became a friend of Jefferson Davis, Joseph E. Johnston, and Robert E. Lee, who were one and two years ahead of him, respectively. Pendleton graduated fifth in the class of 1830. Initially, Pendleton was assigned to the 2nd U. S. Artillery at Fort Moultrie, near Charleston ,SC. He contracted malaria and took ten months to recover. He was assigned to Fort Hamilton NY supervising a group of Irish immigrants engaged in construction. Their control by New York's infamous political machine Tammany Hall made Pendleton's task very difficult. Pendleton returned to West Point in 1831 to teach math. On 27 October 1832 he transferred to the 4th U. S. Artillery. He resigned his commission 31 October 1833 due to the issue of nullification. He loathed the Army and the U. S. government. As a youngster Pendleton had felt a call to the ministry. He was able to answer the call after his Army service. He served as a priest in several parishes. He became rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Lexington, VA in 1853. _ of the VMI faculty joined Pendleton's church. In 1860 he published Science: A Witness to the Church, which debunked Darwin's work. On 16 March 1861 Pendleton became a captain in the Regular Confederate Artillery and commanded the Rockbridge Artillery, a four gun battery. His guns from VMI were named Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. In July 1861 he was promoted to colonel and began serving as chief of artillery for BGEN Joseph E. Johnston's command during the first battle of Manassas. On 26 March 1862 Pendleton was promoted to brigadier general. His friendship with Jefferson Davis kept him from being removed as chief of artillery, which had been recommended by Robert E. Lee. Later, Pendleton's assignments were basically administrative. His knowledge of artillery was limited. His strength was as an organizer. Pendleton returned to his Lexington church after The War. Walter May 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 - June 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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