THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 7, ISSUE 6, JUNE, 2005
The 46th Annual Convention of the Virginia Division SCV was held in Richmond May 20-22, 2005, and as most of you know it was hosted by the Longstreet Camp. To say that the event was a success would be like saying that Robert E. Lee did a pretty good job as a general. I am very pleased to report that this year's Convention was an overwhelming triumph! Our venue, the Richmond Sheraton West Hotel, is an absolutely beautiful facility and the staff went out of its way to accommodate our attendees. I found it most appropriate that the hotel sits atop a portion of the outer defenses of Richmond, constructed by the Confederate Army early in the War. It is remarkable, but trench lines are still visible in the woods adjoining the Sheraton property. The theme for this year's Convention was "Still United - Still Proud"; a reference to the fact that although the membership of the Virginia Division is fiercely loyal to the United States, we are equally loyal to our Confederate heritage. This was readily apparent to all who entered the Sheraton as they were greeted upon their approach by a huge First National Flag flying proudly atop the center flagpole directly in front of the main entrance of the hotel. Giving further evidence of our presence were two Confederate artillery pieces flanking either door of the Sheraton leaving no question that at least for the weekend, this part of Richmond was once again the property of the CSA. The banquet room reserved for the Saturday evening dinner also served as the venue for the Commander's Reception. A most impressive room in and of itself, it was made even more so by the addition of over fifty Confederate Flags of all descriptions that were hung on the walls or displayed on staffs throughout the room. Each Camp that attended the event was encouraged to bring its Camp Flag, and a section of the room was reserved for these special symbols of our heritage. It was a magnificent sight to see, and a number of non-SCV guests stopped by to marvel at our colors. The business session of the Convention went quite smoothly, all things considered, and the banquet was a sumptuous feast attended by nearly 100 members and their guests including several National officers of the SCV. The National contingent was led by Commander-In-Chief Sweeny, who expressed his sincere appreciation to the Longstreet Camp for our efforts as host for the event. Those attending the banquet were delighted with a stellar performance by Patrick Falci, who portrayed in costume the life and exploits of General A. P. Hill. Mr. Falci also portrayed General Hill in the movie "Gettysburg" and served as a consultant on the film "Gods and Generals." At the awards ceremony following the banquet, Virginia Division Commander Brandon Dorsey presented the Longstreet Camp with a Certificate of Appreciation for our role in the Convention. The award reads thusly, "Be it known to all that the General James Longstreet Camp has distinguished itself in the area of preserving Confederate History and Heritage. The camp has aided the Sons of Confederate Veterans in an outstanding manner by hosting the 2005 Virginia Division Convention. In doing so, the camp has brought Honor and Dignity to its members and our forefathers. The Virginia Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans is pleased to present this award in recognition of this service and achievement." I was informed by a number of Division and National officials that this was one of the best attended and best organized Conventions in recent memory, and I was asked by several people to consider the possibility of having Longstreet host the 2006 Sons of Confederate Veterans National Convention. High praise indeed! There are many people who are deserving of praise for their role in the monumental success of this event, but I would like to thank personally the members of the Longstreet Convention Committee - Lt. Commander Taylor Cowardin, Lt. Commander Mike Kidd, Adjutant Walter Tucker, Executive Council Member, and my lovely bride Barbara Boyd. Also Longstreet Camp Executive Council Members - Preston Nuttall, Dave George and Pat Hoggard and those members of the Longstreet Camp who showed their support by attending the Convention. Thanks also to Jim Cochrane, Commander of Knibbs Battery for the cannons which guarded the entrances of the Sheraton, The Museum and White House of the Confederacy and Executive Director Waite Rawls, Cowardin's Jewelers, Beverly Hills Jewelers and the management and staff of the Richmond Sheraton West Hotel, as well as all those who provided flags for display throughout the weekend. Gentlemen, be proud this day that you are associated with the General James Longstreet Camp #1247!! I wholeheartedly concur with the sentiments of our beloved past Commander Chuck Walton, who on more than one occasion voiced the opinion that, Longstreet's the best damn Camp in the Confederacy!" I'm sure that Chuck and General Longstreet himself are smiling on our performance as hosts of the 2005 Virginia Division Convention. In praise of General Longstreet after the Battle of Chickamauga, Confederate General John Breckinridge said, "Longstreet is the man, boys! Longstreet is the man!" In like praise of the General's Camp after our victory in hosting the Division Convention, I say, "Longstreet is the Camp, boys! Longstreet is the Camp!" DEO VINDICE. Harry
Our Camp should be justifiably proud of its role as host camp for the 2005 Virginia Division Convention held May 20-22 at the Sheraton Richmond West. The committee of Harry and Barbara Boyd, Taylor Cowardin, Mike Kidd, and others worked diligently to produce a first class event. The printed program, the t-shirts, and the drinking glasses will serve as lasting reminders of this outstanding gathering. Pat Hoggard labored long and hard at the registration desk. Patrick Falci's dynamic performance as General A. P. Hill was unforgettable. Adding more luster to the Longstreet Camp was Commander Harry Boyd's stellar keynote speech at the Jefferson F. Davis Memorial Service at Hollywood Cemetery June 4. Harry's topic was "The Special Relationship between Davis and Lee." The St. Andrew's Legion Pipes and Drums opened the service playing Scotland the Brave, Bonnie Dundee, and Bonnie Blue Flag as they marched in. This stirring music had the crowd ready to charge any bastion where enemies might be entrenched. The Honor Guard of the Captain William Latane Camp raised the colors, and the crowd recited the pledges to the flags. After Harry's talk, two outstanding young violinists, Robert Koeze, Jr. and Emma Koeze played Dixie beautifully. During the program the crowd got to sing Carry Me Back to Old Virginny and Bonnie Blue Flag. Winding down the program were alternating musket and cannon salutes fired by the Latane Camp Honor Guard and several artillery re-enactors. Bugler Charles Terry played taps. The St. Andrew's Legion Pipes and Drums and the Latane Honor Guard concluded the program, marching off to Dixie. If this outstanding program didn't stir your Southern blood, then you need to become a permanent resident under the ground of Hollywood Cemetery. On Memorial Day Jackie and I went to Oakwood Cemetery to place Confederate flags on the graves of her great grandfather Andrew J. Randlett, 44th Virginia Infantry, and Albert W. Mountcastle, 15th Virginia Infantry. Mountcastle, first husband of Jackie's great grandmother Sarah Adams Mountcastle Peak, died in Confederate service in 1862. Neither of these soldiers is famous, but they are our family and are worthy of remembrance. There have been so many battles in our nation's history that it is difficult to give them all the attention they deserve. Reference is sometimes made to "major" battles. If you're in combat, it's a major battle, no matter what some commentator or writer says. One of the last World War Two battles in the Pacific is imbedded in our minds because of an immortal photograph, a sculpture, and a movie. Joe Rosental's famous picture of the raising of the American flag by the Marines on Iwo Jima is the basis for the Iwo Jima memorial. Hardly a year goes by without John Wayne's movie Sands of Iwo Jima being shown on television. Because of these memorable visual images, the last year of the Pacific war seems to run from Iwo Jima to the dropping of the atomic bombs to the surrender in Tokyo Bay. Overshadowed by these vivid memories is Okinawa, where enormous casualties foreshadowed what might have happened if it had been necessary to invade the home islands of Japan. The gigantic number of Okinawa casualties, Japanese and American, played a significant role in the decision of our political and military leaders to use atomic bombs to shorten the war. Ask somebody what is the significance of June 6, and the answer will likely be D-Day, 1944, the Normandy invasion of Fortress Europe. This date relegated the long lasting and bloody Italian campaign to a place of less apparent importance. D-Day 1944 also obscured the fact that June 6, 1918 was the opening day of the World War One battle of Belleau Wood, a landmark day in the history of the Marine Corps. Questioning the man in the street about the significance of June 4 is likely to elicit a blank stare. On this date in 1942 an American fleet defeated the Japanese in the battle of Midway. This was not only a key victory at an important stage of the war, but it was revolutionary in tactics. Neither fleet ever saw the other. Aircraft from carriers did all the damage. Shortly before this battle Admiral William F. Halsey was sent to hospital with shingles He recommended to Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, Commander in Chief Pacific that his good friend Raymond Ames Spruance replace him as commander of a group of aircraft carriers. Some narrow-minded naval aviators condescendingly referred to Spruance as a cruiser sailor. Halsey and Nimitz knew their man, as Spruance distinguished himself at Midway and throughout the remainder of the war. He was every bit as capable as Halsey, and possibly more so. He did not have the latter's flamboyant personality. Halsey got a fifth star as Fleet Admiral; Spruance never received this deserved recognition. Samuel Eliot Morrison wrote of Spruance, "He envied no one, rivaled no man, won the respect of almost everyone with whom he came in contact and went ahead in his quiet way, winning victories for his country." Anyone who answered the call of his country, went where he was sent, and served honorably is worthy of respect and remembrance. The SCV exists to honor the memory of those valiant souls who served the Confederate States of America. We are fortunate to be their descendants. Walter
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At the request of members who were not present at the Jefferson Davis Birthday celebration, we have made arrangements for the keynote speaker to deliver his address to us at our June meeting. From all the comments that we have received, the speech was a really great oration and was warmly received by all present. The topic was "The Special Relationship Between Davis and Lee." Be sure to attend this presentation by the Honorable Harry Boyd, our Longstreet Camp Commander!
Mr. Carl Wood, our May speaker, brought with him a panoply of artillery shells and balls which might have turned the tide if Porter Alexander had had them at Gettysburg. Mr. Wood displayed his array of ordnance and described their characteristics to us. He talked of his long lasting love affair with ordnance of the period and how easy it used to be to find relics of these interesting objects. He went into the intricacies of fuses, mentioning the Boerman fuse, a time fuse, and a Schenkel fuse. He spoke of how an experienced artillerist could estimate with great accuracy the proper time to set on a fuse. Most of the ordnance at the beginning of the war was in the arsenals. With the north having the greater industrial capacity, the South was at its usual technological disadvantage. In addition to the exploding stuff, he brought along several reference books and praised particularly written works by Warren Ripley and Peter George. Walter The troops examining the collection with great interest!
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The following is a cumulative listing of contributors to the upkeep of “The Old War Horse” for the period July, 2004 through the current month. As you know, our cumulative listing starts in July of each year. Ben Baird Lloyd Brooks Phil Cheatham John Coski § Brian Cowardin* Clint Cowardin Gary Cowardin* Ron Cowardin* Taylor Cowardin Raymond Crews* Lee Crenshaw John Deacon* Jerold Evans Pat Hoggard* Charles Howard Chris Jewett Jack Kane* Michael Kidd Ann Lauterbach+ Frank Marks Lewis Mills* Conway Moncure Kitty Moreau § Jerry Morris Joe Moschetti Richard Mountcastle* Preston Nuttall* Martha Petro § Ken Parsons Norman Plunkett §* Joseph Seay Bill Setzer Will Shumadine Austin Thomas Walter Tucker* John Vial David Ware Hugh Williams Bobby Williams Legend: * - Multiple contributions § - Visitor Donation + - in memory of Past Cmdr. Tom Lauterbach
THE LUCK OF THE DRAW!!The winner of our monthly drawing was Preston Nuttall, our own resident Confederate novelist, who has published one book and is now completing a second. As you can see, Preston was somewhat pleased at the outcome!
Gene Lyon gave a short presentation on the origin of "Taps," which we Americans consider to be the most beautiful and moving of all bugle calls. He discussed the controversy over who actually was responsible for its composition and made us acquainted with the verses of the melody. Thanks, Gene, for sharing this with us.
We of Longstreet were involved in two important and meaningful events over the last two months. On May 20-22, our Camp sponsored the Annual Virginia State SCV convention and on June 4, our Camp Commander, Harry Boyd delivered the address at the annual celebration ceremony for Jefferson Davis' Birthday. We wanted to share some highlights of those events with you in the pictures that follow.
STATE SCV BUSINESS MEETING CIC DENNE SWEENEY & CMDR.BRANDON DORSEY THE HEAD TABLE AT THE BANQUET CMDR.HARRY BOYD & DIRECTOR BRAGDON BOWLING MR. & MRS. PATRICK FALCI STATE COMMANDER BRANDON DORSEY ADJUTANT WALTER TUCKER & AT THE RECEPTION HIS WIFE, JACKIE CMDR.DORSEY PRESENTS CERTIFICATE TO CMDR.BOYD GEN A.P.HILL AT HIS BEST!
COMMANDER BOYD DELIVERS THE ADDRESS THE MASSED COLORS STIRRING MARTIAL MUSIC WAS PROVIDED A THUNDERING SALUTE ACROSS THE JAMES THE HONOR GUARD AT ATTENTION