THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 21, ISSUE 7, July 2019
Many thanks again to Les Updike who spoke to the camp on the topic of West Virginia or west Virginia. As we all know, prior to the war what is now West Virginia was part of our Virginia, although with different demographics. Most of the slaveholding population was in the east and for years there had been animosity over that as well as Virginia's tax policy. When the Virginia Convention voted on the issue of Secession, the western counties were the main, if not the only hold outs, but not all of them. A number who had voted to secede from the Union were grabbed by the counties that wanted to secede from Virginia and were incorporated into its illicit boundaries. Les went into the constitutional requirements which had to be met and made it clear that a lot of sleight of hand was necessary to allow the state to be split including the approval of Virginia's government. In order to make it work, a new illegitimate government had to be created which Lincoln was eager to allow. What was not so clear to me was why any of this was at all essential to the Union war effort or Republican party, since anyone could still choose to fight on either side in the war and Virginia's votes were not really needed by Congress. In the long run, the two Virginia's now have two additional electoral votes which West Virginia used to offset ours in the last election. Good for them. Andy
The July meeting will be held on Tuesday, 7/16/19 in the NEW ROOM at our usual location, Roma's Restaurant. (The new room is to the right all the way to the back.) The 2019-2020 Dues statements have been mailed out to each member. Please follow the instructions on the form and mail the entire form to my attention listed at the bottom of the page. Dues are to be paid no later than August 31, 2019. There is no meeting for our Camp in August. 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, The Heritage Defense Fund, and Southern Valor Monuments Fund. Art
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H.V."Bo" Traywick, Jr. My presentation will be on the diary of my great-grandmother's brother, who was killed at the Battle of Savage's Station during the Seven Days' Battles in 1862. He kept a diary from the time he volunteered to serve in the 3rd Regiment, South Carolina Volunteers, the day after Fort Sumter was fired on, until the time he was killed. His diary was with his remains when his father came up to get him and bring him back home. His sister had it published in 1916 for the family and surviving members of his command, and our copies are showing their age, so I have re-published it, divided it into chapters, and added context from D. Augustus Dickert's History of Kershaw's Brigade. Dickert also served in the 3rd SC. A native of Lynchburg, Virginia, "Bo" graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1967 with a degree in Civil Engineering and a Regular Commission in the US Army. His service included qualification as an Airborne Ranger, and command of an Army Engineer company in Vietnam, where he received the Bronze Star. After his return, he resigned his commission and ended by making a career as a tugboat captain. During this time he was able to earn a Master of Liberal Arts from the University of Richmond, with an international focus on war and revolution. He currently lives in Richmond, where he writes, studies history, and occasionally commutes to Norfolk to serve as a tugboat pilot. In addition to several articles and letters published in Confederate Veteran magazine, and several essays with the Abbeville Institute blog and the blog site "Reckonin'," he has published one of the sixteen essays in the Society of Independent Southern Historian's educational booklet Understanding the War Between the States. Prompted by the recent assaults on Confederate monuments, he has published a booklet entitled The Monumental Truth: Five Essays on Confederate Monuments in the Age of Progressive Identity Politics (2018). He is the author/editor of five books: Empire of the Owls: Reflections on the North's War against Southern Secession (2013), (which is in its third printing); Road Gang: A Memoir of Engineer Service in Vietnam (2014); Virginia Iliad: The Death and Destruction of "The Mother of States and Statesmen" (2016); A Southern Soldier Boy: The Diary of Sergeant Beaufort Simpson Buzhardt 1838-1862 (2016); and Starlight on the Rails: A Vietnam Veteran's Long Road Home (2018), all published by Dementi Milestone Publishing. Two of his books have been awarded the Jefferson Davis Gold Medal for History by the Virginia Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, one of which has also been commended by the Virginia General Assembly for its scholarship. All books are available on order from the publisher, from Amazon, from bookstores, and from the author's web site: www.hvtraywickjr.com
"West Virginia or Western Virginia?" by Les Updike (See the COMMANDER'S COMMENTS for comments about Les' talk) June Attendance: 13
Save the date 12/3/19December 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.
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 - July 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
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