THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 21, ISSUE 1, January 2019
On Saturday, January 19th, 2019,1:30 pm, the 212th anniversary of his birth, the Lee-Jackson Camp #1, SCV will hold a commemorative service for Gen Lee at the Confederate War Memorial Chapel, 2900 Grove Ave at Boulevard in Richmond, VA. David Born will portray Col Charles Marshall, Aide-de-camp and Military Secretary to the general during the war. During this period he came to know the General as well as any man. He will share his insights with us. Col Marshall also spoke at the dedication of Gen Lee's statue on Monument in 1890. The service will also feature comments from the VA UDC, period music accompanied on the newly restored organ and a special message from President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Several restoration projects have recently been completed in the sanctuary and on the grounds and plans are being developed for the stained-glass windows. Andy
The December meeting was held on December 4th, 2018 at the Westwood Club. Our Speaker was Alyson Taylor-White. Her topic was "Mayor Mayo's Surrender of the City of Richmond." The January meeting will be held on Tuesday, 1/15/19 in the NEW ROOM at our usual location, Roma's Restaurant. (The new room is to the right all the way to the back.) 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. It is with great sadness that we recently lost a long time member. Rufus Sarvay, IV passed away on Christmas Day from a recent illness. He was a special friend of mine and will be greatly missed. Art
Will be re-scheduled in the spring. 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
"A Soldier's Life" by Randolph Hall Watkins Randy Watkins has a career in Public Service. He is a 12 year veteran of the US Navy and Naval Reserve as well as being a 20 US Army reservist. Prior to working for the National Park Service he was employed by the UVA Police Department and the Chesterfield County Police Department. With the National Park Service since 1996, he serves as an Interpretive Park Ranger and the Historic Weapons Supervisor. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science from VCU in 1971. Randy was born in Richmond and lived on a farm in western Hanover County. His wife, Elizabeth, is from Big Lick, Virginia and they have 2 children, 2 step-children and 2 step-grandchildren. Randy currently lives in Dinwiddie County at Sysonby, circa 1763-1780. The property was once owned by Fletcher Archer, who commanded the 3rd Battalion Va. Reserves at the Battle of Old Men and Young Boys on June 9, 1864. Randy's own ancestor in the Army of Northern Virginia was Robert Henry Watkins, sergeant, Company G, 46th Virginia Infantry, Wise's Brigade.
"The Controversial John S. Mosby, Esq." by Chuck Young Chuck focused on the postwar career of John S. Mosby in speaking at our November meeting. Mosby was not included in the parole of Army of Northern Virginia soldiers in 1865. Robert E. Lee intervened with U. S. Grant, who likely secured Mosby's parole. Mosby was constantly harassed by Yankee troops on court days in northern Virginia. His wife Pauline visited President Andrew Johnson and was rebuffed. She then called on Grant with better results. Mosby's feud with Generals Jubal Early and Tom Rosser became public in 1867. Mosby entered politics in 1869, supporting the Conservative (Democrat) candidate for Virginia Governor. Former General George Pickett and Mosby met with Lee in Richmond in 1870. Pickett later remarked' That old man had my division massacred at Gettysburg." Mosby said, "Well, it made you immortal." Lee, like Mosby, was looking forward, while Pickett, like too many Confederates, was looking backward. Mosby would not attend Confederate reunions, saying that they were political. He feuded with many former Confederates. In 1875 Mosby closed his Warrenton office and moved to Washington, DC. He supported Republican Rutherford B. Hayes for president. In 1890 he refused to attend the dedication of the Lee Monument in Richmond, because Jubal Early would make insulting allusions to "men who have deserted since the war." Mosby battled the "fashionable cult" of Lee and its leaders. He was critical of General James Longstreet's memoirs. He embarked on a crusade to clear Stuart of blame for the defeat at Gettysburg. Several prominent Confederates claimed that Stuart disobeyed orders. Mosby's research discovered that Stuart had discretionary orders from Lee, which Longstreet had approved. Mosby attempted to see Lee's order book, but was kept from doing so by Colonel Charles Marshall, military aide and secretary to Lee. Mosby finally got access several years after Marshall's death. Mosby did attend a reunion of the 43rd Battalion in 1895. He said, "I prefer healing the wounds of the war. I do not enjoy making them bleed afresh. In 1909 a University of Virginia football player died during a game. Mosby said that football should be no part of the curriculum of the university. Mosby died in 1916. Walter November Attendance: 22
"Mayor Mayo's Surrender of the City of Richmond" by Alyson Taylor-White Alyson, author of "Shockoe Hill Cemetery: A Richmond Landmark History," told us at our December Christmas banquet that the population of Richmond quadrupled after it became the Capital of the Confederacy. The connection of the Mayo family to Richmond went back many years. Mayor of Richmond Joseph Mayo, born November 1795, was the great grandson of the original Joseph Mayo, who, with his brother William, worked with William Byrd in founding the town of Richmond. The younger Joseph Mayo had clients all over the country. He served as Richmond's mayor from 1852 through the end of the War for Southern Independence. John Mayo (1769-1818) built the first bridge across the James River. The City suffered much during The War. Average citizens were starving. Mayor Joseph Mayo became known for his authoritarian manner, threatening to shoot rioters. When the Confederate army and government abandoned Richmond in April 1865, Mayor Mayo was left with no instructions. He called a city council meeting, where members agreed to destroy liquor in the city, lest drunken residents sack the city. Departing troops burned tobacco storehouses. Mayor Mayo rode his carriage eastward out of the city, hoping to find a Yankee officer to whom to surrender. He handed over a surrender note to Yankee Major Atherton Stevens and his 40 men of the 4th Massachusetts Cavalry. Major Stevens dictated orders to protect inhabitants and property. Stevens was followed by General Godfrey Weitzel, who telegraphed Ulysses S. Grant that the city had surrendered. After Lincoln's assassination, Grant ordered the arrest of Mayor Mayo and any city councilor who had not taken the oath of allegiance. Union-sympathizing Virginia Governor Francis Pierpont allowed Mayo to resume his office as mayor. Mayo was later removed by military governor John Schofield. Some people said that Mayo was out of his mind when he surrendered the city. In his final years he was placed in an asylum, suffering from dementia. He died in 1872. Walter December Dinner Attendance: 27
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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 - January 2019 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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