THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 20, ISSUE 8, September 2018
Fall is almost upon us and with it there will be two special activities for you to take advantage of. First on Sunday, October 21 at 3:00 pm, we will dedicate the 55 Confederate Veteran headstones in Hollywood Cemetery's Soldier Section K. These headstones were provided at no cost to the Camp by the Veterans Administration and installed with funds generously donated to the Corp. William Henry Cowardin Southern Valor Fund. Former Second Brigade Commander, Les Updike, will conduct much of the program. The Brig. General W. C. Wickham Camp #2250 will provide the Color Guard. If you would like to be involved by reading or pointing out the graves as their names are read, please let me know. Next on Saturday, October 27th will be the battlefield trip to Mine Run and Cedar Mountain. That's two important events in one important week. We have also applied for a grant from the Order of the Southern Cross for $3,000 which will allow us to complete the remaining missing headstones in Section K. Andy
The September meeting will be held on September 18, 2018 at our usual location, Roma's Restaurant. As usual, there was no meeting held in August. Our July Meeting was held on July 17th, 2018 at Roma's Restaurant; the speaker was Robert E. L. Krick and the talk was titled "First Blood Outside Richmond: The Little-Known Battle of Slash Church in Hanover County. 15 members and 5 guests were present for our meeting. National, VA Div. and Camp dues for 2018/2019 were to conclude on August 31, 2018 however it has been extended to September 21, 2018. If you have not paid your dues please do so by September 20, 2018. To date, 54 members have renewed their membership with our camp. There are several events forthcoming as mentioned in the Commanders comments. Please join us for these events. Our Camp is in good financial condition however please consider donating to the Buck Hurtt Scholarship Fund. Art
A field trip by carpool to the Battlefields of Cedar Mountain and Payne's Farm will occur on October 27th with November 10th as a rain date. We will leave from the Skipwith United Methodist Church parking lot on Skipwith road by Skipwith Elementary School, leaving at 8:15am. We will visit Cedar Mountain in the morning and Payne's Farm in the afternoon. Travel will be along some of the Union Army routes during the 1864 Overland Campaign. There will be fast food and bathroom breaks along the way. Please bring your own water, walking shoes and wear long pants. It will be a long day in the field with classic maps at hand. The Camp is asking for a $10 fee per head. Confederate Burial Sites in Virginia Paul Sacra is assisting the Va. Division with the categorizing of Confederate Burial sites in Virginia. Please forward any information about your family's Confederate burial sites to Paul. Include complete Name, Birth Date, Day of Death, Highest Rank, Burial Site, County or City of Burial Site. Example: John Leland Sacra, b. 05/6/1838, d. 7/4/1863, Sgt., St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Henrico Co. This includes all of your family soldiers that you know of, not just the one you entered the Camp under. Paul
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
"America Overthrown" by Garland Favorito Garland is a native Virginian and author of "Out Nation Betrayed". He currently lives near Atlanta where he serves as the volunteer Elections Director of the Constitution Party of Georgia, and is the founder of VoterGA (Voters Organized for Trusted Elections Results in Georgia). Garland is a retired computer business analyst by trade and a Constitutionalist through activism. He is recognized as one of the top government watchdogs in Georgia.
"First Blood Outside Richmond: The Little-Known Battle of Slash Church in Hanover County." Outstanding National Park Service historian Robert E. Lee (Bobby) Krick told us that the 27 May 1862 Battle of Slash Church (known by Yankees as the Battle of Hanover Courthouse) was the first major battle around Richmond. With Stonewall Jackson unchecked in the Shenandoah Valley, President Abraham Lincoln kept Yankee troops around Washington, DC and Fredericksburg. This policy kept MGEN George B. McClellan's Army of the Potomac from protecting his flank by linking up with the Fredericksburg troops under MGEN Irvin McDowell. The Virginia Central Railroad was vital to the Confederacy by transporting food from the breadbasket of Virginia. McClellan wanted to clear eastern Hanover County of Confederates with 12,000 troops under BGEN FitzJohn Porter. Confederate BGEN Joseph Reid Anderson was proceeding south from Hanover Junction to link up with BGEN Lawrence O'Bryan Branch, whose headquarters was at Slash Church. Branch nabbed two deserters and put them in the county jail. Fighting took place in Dr. Kinney's front yard with the 28th North Carolina opposing two New York regiments and one regiment each from Michigan and Pennsylvania. The Yankees were facing two separate groups of Confederates. The 18th North Carolina drove Yankees away from their guns. Heavy casualties took place as the 37th North Carolina and the 2nd Maine were shooting at each other through a worm fence. In one case, three of four brothers were killed. Branch, although outnumbered three to one, was criticized for the Confederate defeat. He requested a court of inquiry, which was refused by Robert E. Lee. Lee felt that the Army needed to operate in the present and to plan for the future. Looking back at a completed action would be a wasteful distraction. Bobby concluded by saying that there are no markers on the Slash Church battlefield. Walter July Attendance: 22
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 2018 - September 2018 Arthur B. Cowardin Gary F. Cowardin Leroy Crenshaw, III Howard S. Donald Michael A. Hendrick Phillip L. Jones Crawley F. Joyner Peter I C Knowles, III Roger H. Kirby Charles Lippy Lewis Mills Joseph A. Moschetti Floyd G. Mozingo Stephen A. Parsons Joseph S. Price Peyton H. Roden, SR Robert L. Ryan J Harrison Smith, Sr. William B. Setzer Samuel Chris Trinite Walter D. Tucker
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