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THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 20, ISSUE 7,           July 2018
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A quick jump to the articles in this issue:
Commander's Comments, Adjutant's Report, July Program (next),
June Program (last), Camp Officers, Longstreet's First Corps, Coming Events Links,

Andy COMMANDER'S COMMENTS

I am on vacation this week so my comments will be brief.  First I  would
encourage  you to attend next week's meeting since Bob Krick will be our
speaker.  Second, this year is our biannual  election  year.   Elections
will  be held in November and any member in good standing is eligible to
vote and run for  any  office.   Currently  we  have  vacancies  in  the
Chaplain  and  Judge  Advocate  positions.   While it is not an official
position, I think Floyd would like for someone  to  serve  as  assistant
Quartermaster   with  the  simple  responsibility  of  bringing  limited
equipment to meetings especially for the few meetings he  is  unable  to
attend.   Paul  might  also  like  an  assistant  to help with lining up
speakers.  If you would like to run for office or just help  out  as  an
assistant let Art Wingo know.                                           
							 Andy

Art ADJUTANT'S REPORT

The July meeting will be held on July 17, 2018 at  our  usual  location,
Roma's  Restaurant.   Our  June  meeting  was held on June 19th, 2018 at
Roma's Restaurant.  Present were 13 Camp members  and  3  guests.   Ret.
General  John  Scales  provided  a talk "Nathan Bedford Forrest" "Did he
make a difference." REMEMBER THERE ARE NO AUGUST MEETINGS.              

DUES-Please note the Membership Renewal Form recently sent out has  some
corrections that need to be made.                                       

The  dues  have to be paid by August 31st, IF RECEIVED AFTER AUGUST 31st
THERE WILL BE A $5.00 LATE FEE.                                         

Life members do not have to pay  full  dues.   Please  look  for  a  red
triangle on the form by the amount Life Members DO NOT NEED TO PAY.     

We currently have 60 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, July 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 JULY SPEAKER


"First Blood Outside Richmond:
The Little-Known Battle of Slash Church in Hanover County." 
by
Robert E.L. Krick (Bobby)

Krick has lived or worked on Civil War battlefields almost  continuously
since  1972.   He  grew  up  on  the  Chancellorsville  battlefield near
Fredericksburg and  has  worked  in  various  historical  capacities  at
several  battlefields,  including  Custer  Battlefield  in  Montana, and
Manassas Battlefield.  Since 1991 he has been an historian on the  staff
at  the battlefield park in Richmond.  Mr.  Krick is widely published on
Civil War topics.  In  2003  the  University  of  North  Carolina  Press
published  his  biographical register of the Army of Northern Virginia's
staff officers (Staff Officers in Gray).  Most recently he had an  essay
in Cold Harbor to the Crater (2015, UNC Press).                         

OUR JUNE PROGRAM



Retired Army Brigadier General John R.  Scales, author of  "The  Battles
and  Campaigns of Nathan Bedford Forrest," told us that Forrest was born
in poverty in Tennessee.  He was the oldest child in the family.   After
his father died, he became a horse trader for his uncle.  His success as
a slave trader and a horse  trader  made  him  wealthy.   He  became  an
alderman in Memphis twice.                                              

When  The  War broke out, Forrest enlisted as a private.  He remained at
that rank only one month.  He became a Lieutenant Colonel of cavalry and
raised a battalion.                                                     

General  Scales  raised  the question, "Did Forrest make a difference in
The War?" He offered several examples of a positive answer.             

In July 1862 Forrest struck Yankees at Murfreesboro,  TN.   Yankee  MGEN
Don  Carlos  Buell diverted two divisions from moving to Chattanooga and
instead sent them to find Forrest and protect the railroad.  Chattanooga
remained  in  Confederate  hands  for  another  14  months.  Forrest was
promoted to Brigadier General after this action.                        

The effects of  Forrest's  West  Tennessee  campaign  in  December  1862
delayed  the fall of Vicksburg by five or six months.  Because Vicksburg
did not fall until July 1863, MGEN Ulysses S.  Grant's army did not have
time  to  prepare for and maintain another campaign before it was needed
to rescue MGEN William S.  Rosecrans after the  Confederate  victory  at
Chickamauga in September 1863.  Forrest was promoted to Major General in
December 1863.                                                          

Yankee BGEN William Sooy Smith was afraid of Forrest.  He was not alone.
Forrest's  defeat  of  Smith  at Okolona, MS in February 1864 kept Smith
from meeting with Grant and capturing  the  key  Southern  manufacturing
town  of Selma, AL.  This probably delayed Confederate defeat in The War
by several months.                                                      

Forrest's reputation inspired Yankees to be intimidated by  him.   After
Forrest's  June 1864 victory at Brices Crossroads, MGEN William Tecumseh
Sherman wrote to Secretary of War Edwin M.   Stanton,  "Forrest  is  the
very  devil.   I will order subordinates to follow Forrest to his death,
if it costs 10,000 lives and bankrupts the Treasury.  There  will  never
be peace in Tennessee till Forrest is dead."                            

Forrest was promoted to Lieutenant General in February 1865.            

After  The  War, Sherman said about him, "After all, I think Forrest was
the most remarkable man our Civil War produced on either side."         

Forrest's performance on the field of battle, his growth as  a  soldier,
and  his  rise  from  private  to  lieutenant  general support Sherman's
statement.                                                              
							Walter   
June Attendance: 16

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 - July 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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