THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 20, ISSUE 7, July 2018
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
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
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
"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).
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
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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 - 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
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