THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 21, ISSUE 6, June 2019
As you may recall Henry Kidd spoke at our May meeting but there were so many stories on Medal of Honor recipients that they could not all be included in last month's speaker report. Two who I was not familiar with were both members of the Coleman Scouts in Tennessee. Confederate Roll of Honor: Confederate Medal of Honor Coleman Scouts: The Eyes and Ears of the Army of Tennessee The first was young Sam Davis for whom our SCV Youth Camp is named. Sam was barely 21 but seemed much younger. He was captured in November 1863 and taken to Pulaski, Tennessee. The Yankees wanted him to identify his commander and to tell them where he was hiding. It so happened that Coleman was in the next cell, but they didn't know who he was. Sam was very polite but refused to give them the information that they wanted. The Union general then wanted to question him but when he would not cooperate threatened to hang him as a spy. Sam said he would rather die than betray his commander. They next put a Union spy in with him who was pretending to be a Confederate but that did not work either. Finally, they put a noose around his neck and again threatened to hang him if he would not talk. He kept his silence and he was hung. He became famous in Tennessee and became known as the "Boy Hero of the Confederacy". Private Davis was awarded the very first Confederate Medal of Honor in 1977. The second was Private Dewitt Smith Jobe. He was captured one morning in late August 1864 while sleeping in a cornfield. He also refused to say who is commander was, so they threatened to blind him. When he would not talk, they did blind him. Next, they cut out his tongue for not answering their questions. Finally, they tied him to one of their horses and dragged him through the corn field until he was dead. Now people think waterboarding is a war crime, the Yankees knew how in inflict real torture. Andy
Again this year our camp provided the sound system for the celebration of Jefferson Davis' Birthday June 1st at Hollywood Cementery.
The June meeting will be held on Tuesday, 6/18/19 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 May meeting was held on May 21 at our usual location Roma's Restaurant. Our Speakers were Beth and Chris Houlihan of Historic Haunts. Their topic was, "Prisons & Hospitals of Civil War Richmond. Our camp recently awarded two $400.00 Buck Hurtt Scholarships to the two outstanding History Students at Douglas Freeman High School. The award winners were (Abe) Abdelrhman Fouad El Abbassi and Adam Notley. Abe will be attending J Sergeant Reynolds Community College and Adam will be attending the University of Virginia. 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. Heritage Defence - It was discussed in the last newsletter that we wished to make a contribution to the mounting legal expenses of the fight to uphold Virginia's current veterans monument laws and in particular save the Confederate monuments in Charlottesville. To date, we have collected $900 from Camp members. It would be good to see us contribute $1,000 or more so please send in your contributions to me, Art Wingo or even better bring a check with you to the meeting. Art Wingo 1414 Patriot Circle Glen Allen, VA 23059-4532 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
"West Virginia or Western Virginia?" by Les Updike BRIEF BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH Native of Lynchburg, Virginia EDUCATION BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE Vocational Electricity & Electronics Diploma: E.G. Glass High School Central VA C C: A.S. Degree, Summa Cum Laude, General Studies John Tyler C C: A.A.S. Degree, Summa Cum Laude, Mortuary Science Tennis Instructor: Central Virginia Community College: (1976-1987) Moody Bible Institute: Scofield Bible Course and Advanced Gospel Studies. Calligraphy Instructor: City of Lynchburg & Campbell County Adult Education Departments Dog Obedience Training Instructor: Lynchburg Dog Owners' Club. He retired from AT&T as a Communications Technician with 38 years' service. MILITARY 3RD Class Petty Officer, Electronics Technician, U.S. Navy (1960-1965) PROFESSIONAL LICENSES 2ND Class FCC Radio-Telephone Operators License Board Certified Mortician: National Conference of Funeral Service Examination Boards MEMBERSHIPS Member of the Maj. Gen. Wm. McCain International Headquarters Camp 584, Columbia, Tennessee Past 2nd Brigade Commander, Virginia Division, SCV Past Member: Gen. James Longstreet Camp 1247, SCV River Road Baptist Church American Legion Mended Hearts International Richmond Shape Note Singers FAMILY He and his wife Barbara, who is also a member of both the DAR and UDC, have two sons, three grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. INTERESTS His hobbies include: a capella singing of old time shape note music, playing golf with his buddies, Bible study, cruise ship vacations, tracing his genealogy, and all things Confederate. He is also the author of the Confederate Poem Tis' For You, Dear Sir
"Prisons & Hospitals of Civil War Richmond" by Beth & Chris Houlihan Uncivil Wards - Richmond was unprepared for the impact of the war that came to Virginia in 1861. It needed space for thousands of prisoners and thousands of more patients in hospitals. Among the facilities that were created, which we learned more about at our last meeting, were Belle Isle Prison. Originally intended for 3000, it grew to over 9000 and Libby Prison which began as a tobacco warehouse. It was bought by Captain James Libby from Maine well before the war thus immortalizing his name. He converted it into a Ships Chandler since it backed up to the canal basin. He also owned a prominent home at the edge of the nearby hill that also took on his surname. Although he moved back north, his sons fought for the Confederacy and rented the building to the Confederate government. They used it to initially house 360 Union officers. It too quickly grew well beyond its capacity and gained a grim reputation for the suffering caused by the overcrowding. Nearby was another primarily civilian prison called Castle Thunder which was used by the government to hold in men and women as well as African Americans. Hospitals included the Chimborazo Hospital on Church Hill, Winder Hospital just west of Hollywood Cemetery, as well as various hospitals operated by the individual state governments for soldiers from their states. These hospitals were eventually closed well before the end of the war and incorporated into Confederate government run hospitals. Many of these old hospital buildings still stand today and can be seen on tours offered by our May speakers from Richmond Historic Haunts. Andy We were impressed enough to plan our December 3rd Supper at Patrick Henry's Pub this year with Richmond Historic Haunts. The plan so far is 3-course meal with storytelling in between courses. The History Dinner tickets will be $35 each. (Save the date 12/3/19. More info will be given later in the year.) May Attendance: 19
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.
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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 - June 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 Andy Keller
Visit the American Civil War Museum at Tredegar and the White House of the Confederacy www.acwm.org