THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 20, ISSUE 9, November 2018
We had a glorious day for our headstone dedication on October 21. The had 34 people there for the presentations and the dedication of 59 headstones. I am working on 12 new application now. Thanks to the efforts of past Commander Taylor Cowardin, we recently received a grant of $3,000 from the Order of the Southern Cross for additional headstones at Hollywood Cemetery. I hope to include comments from my presentation in future newsletters, but there are several other importation topics I want to address today: The next meeting will be our bi-annual election. We currently still do not have candidates for Quartermaster or Judge Advocate. I have offered my services as Secretary of the Richmond Civil War Roundtable, so I have little time to pick up new responsibilities for the Camp so some of these functions may have to go unprovided if no one wishes to step up. Due to all the rain the Studley Road cleanup has been moved to November 17 so if you were not available earlier then you have another chance to get involved. Let Walter Tucker or me know. Finally get your reservations and checks in for the December Banquet. See the October War Horse for the reservation form or just send your check for $47 per person to Art Wingo. Andy
The November meeting will be held on November 20, 2018 IN A NEW ROOM at our usual location, Roma's Restaurant. (The new room is to the right all the way to the back.) Our speaker was Art Wingo presenting the talk on "The Battle of Franklin, TN". Present at our meeting were 17 members and four guest. As mentioned in the Commander's Comments. Our Camp provided a headstone dedication on October 21st at 3:00 at Hollywood Cemetery. The event was well attended. Thanks to our Commander Andy Keller for all the hard work he put towards making this event happen. Our Camp is in good financial condition however please consider donating to the Buck Hurtt Scholarship Fund. Our December Banquet will be held on December 4th at the Westwood Club, 6200 West Club Lane, Richmond, VA. Cost is $47.00 per person and Reservation form (found on the October Old War Horse) and funds should be sent to Art Wingo. To date, 59 members have renewed their membership with our camp. Our Camp is in good financial condition however please consider donating to the Buck Hurtt Scholarship Fund. Art
Will be re-scheduled in the spring. Paul
It's time to sign up for our 2018 Christmas Banquet/Ladies Night on Tuesday December 4th at the West Wood Club starting 6pm Dress: Gentlemen: Coat and necktie Ladies: Appropriate attire Social Hour: 6:00 PM Cash bar Dinner: 7:00 PM Program: 8:00 PM Speaker: Alyson Taylor-White noted Historian and Author "Mayor Mayo's Surrender of the City of Richmond" Click here to goto the RSVP form, print it, fill it out, and mail it along with a check to Art for our December 4th Dinner/Program, MUST be in by Monday 11/26.
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 Controversial John S. Mosby, Esq." by Chuck Young Chuck Young was raised in northern Fauquier County, Va., the heart of Mosby's Confederacy. He is the former Director of the John S. Mosby Museum Foundation in Warrenton, Va. And the former Historic Interpreter at Pamplin Historical Park in Dinwiddie County. Chuck was also a seasonal NPS historian at Ford's Theatre and at the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Parks. Chuck is currently the Visitor engagement Supervisor at the ACWM in Richmond.
"Mayor Mayo's Surrender of the City of Richmond" by Alyson Taylor-White Alyson is an award-winning journalist, historian and educator with deep roots in Virginia. She was editor of the magazine the Virginia Review for 25 years where she travelled all over Virginia interviewing state and local officials from local courthouses to the statehouse in Richmond. This work, and the wonderful people she met along the way, resulted in valuable insights into Virginia's rich history. In 2011, she became accredited as an adjunct instructor at the University of Richmond. She has since created and taught a curriculum for both the School of Professional and Continuing Studies and the Osher Institute. These courses are for busy individuals who desire to learn more about and engage with their community. She has served on many nonprofit boards of directors including the Press Women of Virginia and the Eppington Foundation. She has worked with and for most major museums in the Richmond region, and continues to develop skills as a historical educator and interpreter at sites like the Library of Virginia, Virginia Historical Society, John Marshall House, St. John's Church, Valentine Museum, and Edgar Allan Poe Museum. Shockoe Hill Cemetery, A Richmond Landmark History was recently published by History Press of Charleston, South Carolina. The oldest city-owned burial ground was founded in 1822, and is the resting place of many fascinating occupants including Chief Justice John Marshall, Union Spy Elizabeth Van Lew, and Revolutionary War hero Peter Francisco. Just about everyone Edgar Allan Poe loved (and some he did not love) are there as well.
"For The Want Of A Working Bridge" by Arthur(Art) C. Wingo Our Camp member Art Wingo, drawing on his research and visit to the battlefield, showed slides accompanying his talk about the 30 November 1864 battle of Franklin, Tennessee. Following his defeat in the Atlanta Campaign, Confederate LTGEN John Bell Hood hoped to lure Yankee MGEN William T. Sherman into battle by disrupting his railroad supply line from Chattanooga to Atlanta. Sherman did not fall for the bait. Hood then led his Army of Tennessee from Alabama, hoping to defeat Yankee forces at Nashville and move into Kentucky. Hood was opposed by his West Point classmate MGEN John M. Schofield, commander of the Yankee Army of the Ohio, who was hoping to beat Hood to Nashville. During the night of 29 November, Schofield passed by Hood's Army at Spring Hill. Hood was furious at his subordinate commanders and blamed them for the Yankee army's escape. The subordinates discouraged Hood's planned frontal assault against Yankee lines. The ever aggressive Hood paid no attention. It was late afternoon of 30 November when the Confederates began to move. Schofield decided to defend Franklin with his back to the river because he had no pontoon bridges available which would have enabled his men to cross the river. His army was well entrenched. A number of Confederates broke through Yankee lines, but were then repulsed. Severe fighting took place around the Carter House, where many civilians were in the basement. The Confederates were hampered by strong osage-orange abatis and by Union artillery. Wounded Confederate soldier Tod Carter died in the house in which he was born. Ferocious fighting went on until well after dark. The fields were covered with dead and severely wounded men of both armies. Yankee MGEN George H. Thomas ordered Schofield to bring his army to Nashville. The devastated Confederates were in control of Franklin, but the enemy had escaped again. Fourteen Confederate generals and 55 regimental commanders were casualties. Most famous was MGEN Patrick Cleburne. The bodies of Cleburne and several other dead generals were laid out on the porch of nearby Carnton Plantation. Several soldiers who survived the battle said that the carnage was the worst they'd ever witnessed. Hood took his army to attack Nashville, but its fighting effectiveness had died at Franklin. Walter Note: More information about the battle is available on Wikipedia and in several books, a recent one by James R. Knight published in 2009 as part of the Civil War Sesquicentennial Series. September 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 2018 - November 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 Preston Nuttall
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