THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 21, ISSUE 5, May 2019
Save the Monuments - We have won round one of the battle to save the Charlottesville monuments and by extension all Confederate monuments. The fight has not been cheap, and the battle is not over. There are two more issues to be settled this year. One of those is the individual liability of the Charlottesville city councilors who started the problem by deliberately seeking to violate the protections provided in state law for these monuments. A commentator in last Saturday's newspaper wrote in the city council's defense saying that no one would want to hold such an office if they could be sued over their votes. What he failed to mention is that responsible legislators rarely if ever vote to knowingly break the law or that when they do it is very expensive for the citizens who are harmed to go to court to protect their rights. The SCV and other litigants are seeking is to recover the costs which they have born in protecting our rights, but in the meantime, we are running out of money to continue the fight. Our Camp needs to follow the lead of our fellow camps and make a contribution to help continue and to win this fight. We have received an offer of a sizable donation from one member and I would challenge every member of the camp to make a contribution sizable enough for our camp to make a difference in this fight which may be the most important in our lifetimes. I will do my bit and hope you will as well. Bring your check to the next meeting or mail it to: Art Wingo 1414 Patriot Circle Glen Allen, VA 23059-4532 Andy
The May meeting will be held on Tuesday, 5/21/19 in the NEW ROOM at our usual location, Roma's Restaurant. (The new room is to the right all the way to the back.) The April meeting was held on April 16 at our usual location Roma's Restaurant. Our Speaker was Henry Kidd and his topic was, "The Confederate Metal of Honor" The VA State S C V Convention will be held from April 26-28, 2019 in Colonial Heights, VA and the camp was represented by Commander Andy Keller, 1st Lt Commander Paul Sacra and Adjutant Art Wingo. Longstreet's Camp received an Outstanding Camp Award for 2018-2019. To date, 60 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
"Prisons & Hospitals of Civil War Richmond" by Beth & Chris Houlihan Beth Houlihan, President Richmond Historic Haunts Beth's involvement in RVA tourism started in 2008. With degrees in Education, Theater & Writing from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, sharing her passion for history with an audience has always come naturally for her. She is the President of Richmond Historic Haunts and acts as the company's creative director and head tour guide. Chris Houlihan, Vice President Richmond Historic Haunts Chris entered the tourism community a couple short years after Beth. An engineer by trade, with a degree from Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, his interests are rooted in the historic architecture and infrastructure that contribute to the fabric of modern Richmond. He is the Vice President of Richmond Historic Haunts and is responsible for keeping things ticking behind the scenes. Occasionally you can catch him out sharing tales on the tours too. The Company: Richmond Historic Haunts Tour Company is focused on sharing the offbeat and overshadowed aspects of RVA's history. The company is the sister of Haunts of Richmond Ghost Tours, a company founded on the premise of sharing ghost stories with a passion for the history that accompanies the spirited tales. As Haunts of Richmond continued to grow and more stories were collected, ghost and history alike, a load of fascinating little-known information was gathered that never quite fit with the ghost tour company. Nevertheless, there was a strong desire to bring these tales forward in a way that would do justice to the history of Richmond, and those who have lived through it.
"The Confederate Medal of Honor" by Henry Kidd There was no Confederate Medal of Honor struck during the war. In 1960 the Sons of Confederate Veterans wanted to fulfill their wishes and create a medal to be awarded. 50 of the original designs were awarded by the 1990s. Henry did not like the initial design and asked if he might redesign it with the great seal of the confederacy and the center. Honor duty sacrifice and valor surrounded the center each pocket of the star standing for a different branch of the military. The grey ribbon includes a battle flag and in subdued colors. As an example of a recipient of the honor: South Carolina sergeant Richard Kirkland was awarded the Medal of Honor for his valor in the Battle of Fredericksburg and for aiding the wounded on the battlefield he would be known as the Angel of Marye's Heights. April Attendance: 14
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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