THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 21, ISSUE 4, April 2019
We had another glorious day for our headstone dedication on April 7. We had 28 people there for the presentations and the dedication of 33 headstones including one for Private Algernon Tyler who died at the Confederate Soldiers Home in 1919. His descendant, Barbara Spears and her husband, Dennis Spears, traveled from Maryland with friends to participate in the program. I would also like to thank Paul and Pricilla Sacra, Brian and Taylor Cowardin, Brian Jones and Linny Kammeter for their parts in the ceremony. As before the participation of the General W. C. Wickham Color Guard with David Hinton on bagpipes added immensely to the grandeur of the ceremony. We now have only enough money left in the Corp. William Henry Cowardin Southern Valor Fund for another 11 headstones and some 50 have been identified for marking, so if you would like to see this project continue please make your contributions to the fund. On a more negative note, we have been advised that the VA is seeking to prevent the marking of additional graves, so time is of the essence. Any funds which are contributed and cannot be used will be returned. Andy
The April meeting will be held on Tuesday, 4/16/19 in the NEW ROOM at our usual location, Roma's Restaurant. (The new room is to the right all the way to the back.) Our camp held a Grave Headstone ceremony at Hollywood Cemetery on April 7, 2019. The VA State S C V Convention will be held from April 26-28, 2019 in Colonial Heights, VA. To date, 58 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
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 Confederate Medal of Honor" by Henry Kidd Henry is a life-long resident of Colonial Heights, Va. He graduated from Virginia State University with a BS in Art Education, served 6 years as a Sergeant in the Army Reserves and retired from Philip Morris. He is a nationally known artist with his works displayed in museums such as West Point, the Virginia Historical Society & the MOC. Henry is a member of the 12th Va. Infantry reenactor unit and portrays General Lewis Armistead at Gettysburg Reenactments. He was recognized by the Va. General Assembly with a Joint House & Senate Resolution for his artwork and efforts aiding the September 11th victims. He was the official artist for the 150th anniversary of the battles of Gettysburg and Cloyd's Mountain. He is the past Va. State Commander and National Commander of the Army of Northern Virginia Sons of Confederate Veterans.
"'We are Virginians': Richmond's Antebellum Militias and the Secession Crisis" Dr. Gregg Kimball of the Library of Virginia and author of "American City, Southern Place," told us that pre-War militia units were akin to social clubs. Manliness and brotherhood were important concepts. Richmond was an immigrant city, and some of the militia units consisted of members of similar background, such as Irish or German. The Richmond Light Infantry Blues served in 1800 upon the discovery of Gabriel's revolt. Militia units also served at the time of Nat Turner's rebellion. The Richmond Grays were more working class than the Blues. The Blues abolished drinking, but that didn't last very long, and temperance was abandoned. George W. Munford, a Virginia politician and militia leader, believed that "America was a Union of States, a union of sovereigns, a union of equals, a union of love and not of force, a Union to protect life and liberty and property; a Union whose power is given and power restrained, and power attained; a Union where each star shines with its own lustre, undimmed by the others, with no difference between them." Many reciprocal militia visits were with northeastern cities. These visits produced goodwill and respect. George Washington was an international icon associated with cities of America's northeast. Militias attended the dedication of the George Washington monument in Richmond's Capitol Square in 1858. In that same year militia units participated in the reburial of former President James Monroe in Hollywood Cemetery. Several New York units attended, since Monroe had been buried there prior to the moving of his body to Richmond. Virginia Governor Henry A. Wise was a driving force in arranging the reburial. Virginia militia units were sent to Harper's Ferry in 1859 to deal with the John Brown raid. That was a polarizing event. Before that, many Virginians did not bear ill feelings toward the North. As feelings hardened, these Virginians said, "Where Virginia leads, we shall follow." After secession in 1861, many militia units became part of the Confederate Army. Walter March Attendance: 20
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: Linny Kammeter 270-2177 Judge Advocate: VACANT Quartermaster: VACANT Historian: Gary Cowardin 262-0534 For officer E-mail addresses see our Contact Us page.
PUBLICATIONSWar Horse Editor & Webmaster: Gary Cowardin email@example.com 262-0534 Website: longstreetscv.org
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 - February 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 Jim R. Picken
Visit the American Civil War Museum at Tredegar and the White House of the Confederacy www.acwm.org