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VOLUME 7, ISSUE 7,           JULY, 2005
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A quick jump to most of the articles in this issue:
Commander's Comments, Adjutant's Report, July Program (next), June Program (last), Camp Officers, Longstreet's First Corps,
Camp Elections, A.P.Hill Phone Call, Raffle Winner, Longstreet Sale, SCV News & Events, Jackson, Humor,


Gentlemen, in the course of the existence of any  successful
organization, especially one rooted in the principles of one
of the most honored and revered  organizations  in  history,
The  Confederate  States  Military, there comes a time for a
change of command.  That time has come for the General James
Longstreet Camp.                                            

I  have  had the singular honor of serving as your Commander
for nearly three years, serving with equal  pride  as  First
Lieutenant  Commander prior to that, and I assure you that I
could have aspired to no greater posts in any  organization!
If   you  will,  allow  your  Commander  a  few  moments  of

I was introduced to the SCV by  none  other  than  the  very
formidable recruiting team of Chuck Walton and Hef Ferguson.
I had attended the now legendary lecture on the Prison  Camp
at Elmira by Chuck and Hef and had introduced myself to them
after the program,  expressing  my  appreciation  for  their
efforts.   The  next thing I knew I was on the way home, the
proud  owner  of  a  Longstreet  Camp  business  card   with
Commander  Ferguson's  name  and  number, and a hand-written
invitation on the back as to the date and time of  the  next
meeting.   When  I  arrived at the appointed hour, I learned
from Chuck of the untimely passing of Hef  Ferguson  a  mere
two  days  before.   Chuck  assumed  the  post of Commander,
filling the remainder of Hef's term.  When the time came for
Camp  elections,  much to my surprise Chuck asked if I would
consider the nomination for the  post  of  First  Lieutenant
Commander.  Honored beyond measure, I immediately agreed and
was subsequently elected, serving for the usual term of  two
years.   It  was  then  that I was nominated for the post of
Commander to lead, as Chuck so eloquently phrased  it,  "the
best  damned Camp in the Confederation!" Being so elected, I
sought to continue the  work  that  Chuck,  Hef  and  others
before   me   had  begun  of  building  Longstreet  into  an
organization worthy of recognition, and making it a place to
honor  our ancestors as well as to celebrate our Confederate
heritage, but no sooner had  I  assumed  my  post  than  the
tragedy  of  Chuck's  death  rocked  the  Camp.   I had been
relying  heavily  on  Chuck's  advice  and  counsel,  and  I
experienced   a   tremendous   loss   both   personally  and
"professionally" as Commander.  But no  Commander  has  been
blessed  with a more capable and dedicated Executive Council
as that which came to my assistance  as  I  began  to  learn
exactly  what  it meant to command a Camp of our caliber.  I
am eternally grateful to  Walter  Tucker,  Taylor  Cowardin,
Mike  Kidd,             Dave George, Preston Nuttall and Pat
Hoggard,  because  without  their  leadership  and  creative
abilities  the  Camp  would  not  have  the  reputation  for
excellence it now enjoys.                                    

My grandmother, always a staunch  supporter  of  The  Cause,
held to the belief that pride was a sin.  Well sin or not, I
am bursting with pride in  this  Camp  and  its  membership!
Allow  me to mention just a few of our accomplishments.  Our
active membership, once able to be counted on the fingers of
one hand, has grown to number in the 70s and it continues to
grow at an increasing  rate.   The  Camp  now  sponsors  the
annual  "Buck  Hurtt  Scholarship  Award"  for excellence in
historical academic pursuits by  a  graduating  high  school
senior.     The   Longstreet   Camp   Website,   masterfully
administered by Compatriot Gary Cowardin, has become a model
for  other  Camps  throughout  the  organization.   The Camp
Newsletter, The Old War Horse, and its  editor  Dave  George
have   received   national  recognition  for  excellence  in
publishing.  Members of the Camp chaired a Special Committee
of the Virginia Division, SCV, researching the creation of a
local radio program  focusing  on  Confederate  history  and
heritage   and  making  recommendations  as  to  format  and
personnel.  The project was approved for  implementation  by
the  Division, but concerns over interference with a similar
project at the National level put the local program on  hold
indefinitely.  The Camp's Executive Council was requested to
act as liaison between the entire SCV and the  producers  of
the play "Shades of Gray" which had its world premier at the
Carpenter Center in  Richmond.   The  play  was  a  dramatic
recounting  of  the life and times of Robert E.  Lee and the
Camp  was  responsible  for  a  number  of  highly   visible
functions  such  as  coordinating  public appearances by the
cast,  review  of  the  script  for   historical   accuracy,
publicity  notices,  decorating of the Carpenter Center, and
greeting the public at each of the showings.  The  producers
were  so impressed with the results of our efforts that Camp
representatives were requested to  accompany  the  cast  and
crew  to  the  play's  opening in Charleston, West Virginia.
Since then, the producers  have  consulted  with  Longstreet
representatives  on  a number of occasions regarding matters
pertinent to the continuing performance of "Shades of Gray."

Longstreet  has  had   major   roles   in   organizing   and
coordinating  other  high-profile  SCV  events  such  as the
annual  History  and  Heritage  Parade  in   Richmond,   the
Lee-Jackson Day Celebrations at the State Capitol (acting as
the "Host Camp" for this year's event), the annual Jefferson
Davis  Birthday  Celebration  at Hollywood Cemetery (where I
had the honor of being the key-note speaker at  this  year's
event),  and of course Longstreet was the Host Camp for this
year's Virginia Division Convention here in  Richmond.   The
event was hailed by all as a tremendous success, and several
requests were made by National Officers  for  Longstreet  to
coordinate  future Conventions of the National SCV.  We have
received (and continue to receive) inquiries concerning Camp
activities  and  requests  for  assistance with genealogical
research from across the  United  States  as  well  as  from
several foreign countries, the latest coming from Australia.
Through the  outstanding  efforts  of  Past-Commander  Lewis
Mills,  several  gravesites  of  Confederate  soldiers  from
states other than Virginia were located  in  Hanover  County
and the soldiers identified.  And currently, several members
of General Longstreet's Staff, now buried in unmarked graves
in Hollywood Cemetery, have been identified and arrangements
are underway to have appropriate markers placed on each.   I
could  continue,  but  I  think  my  point  has  been  made.
Longstreet is an acknowledged leader in the Cause, not  only
nationally  but internationally.  With all due respect to my
sainted grandmother and to Patrick Henry, whom I  shall  now
paraphrase, "If Pride be a sin, make the most of it!"       

At  the  July meeting, we shall elect Camp Officers to serve
for the next two years.   In  keeping  with  tradition,  the
Executive  Council will present a proposed slate of officers
who  have  agreed  to  serve,  pending   election   by   the
membership.   These men are of the highest moral and ethical
bearing and all have proven their dedication and  commitment
to the continued growth, success and excellence of the Camp.
You  will  find  no  finer  slate   of   officers   in   any
organization,  anywhere.   Nominations  from  the membership
will also be entertained.                                   

Gentlemen,  to  say  simply  that  it  has  been  an  honor,
privilege  and pleasure to serve as Commander of the General
James Longstreet Camp #1247 would be a gross understatement.
Mere words cannot convey my sense of gratitude and affection
for the membership, the Executive Council and of  course  to
Chuck  and  Hef  for  affording  me  this  opportunity  of a
lifetime.  I think the sentiments of John  Mosby,  expressed
to  his troops in his farewell address of April 21, 1865 sum
it up as well as any words can.  "After  an  association  of
more  than  two  eventful years, I part from you with a just
pride  in  the  fame  of  your  achievements  and   grateful
recollections of your generous kindness to myself.  And now,
at this moment of bidding you  a  final  adieu,  accept  the
assurance of my unchanging confidence and regard. Farewell."

	By  the way, I still have the business card inviting
	me to my first meeting.

DEO VINDICE.                                                


Several of our Williamsburg area compatriots have decided to
form  their  own  camp in that area and have chosen the name
"James City Cavalry".  The Camp number is 2090.             

Ken Parsons found our Camp and joined us in  February  2002.
David  Ware  was  already  an  SCV member and transferred to
Longstreet a year later.  These two  compatriots  have  been
our best recruiters, bringing in respectively five and three
new members.  Others who plan to transfer to the James  City
Cavalry Camp are:                                           
		Fred Boelt         
		Matthew Ferguson   
		David Forrest      
		Charles Howard     
		Richard Mountcastle
		Scott Summerfield  
		Will Wallace       

We wish them well.  The SCV will be  strengthened,  as  they
will be able to recruit more members close to home.  We hope
that some will become affiliated members of Longstreet.     

Commander Boyd requested that I present the Buck Hurtt Award
to  the  outstanding  history  senior  at  Douglas  Southall
Freeman High School at the school's  senior  awards  program
Monday June 13.                                             

This year's recipient is  Courtney  Moseley,
who plans to attend William and Mary.

This  was  the third year that our Camp has done this.  Past
Commander  Chuck  Walton  made  the  award  two  years  ago.
Following  Chuck's  untimely  death  in  July  2003 the Camp
decided to name the award after  Chuck's  ancestor,  Private
Buck  Hurtt  of  the  26th  Virginia Infantry, who died as a
prisoner of war March 1864 in the notorious Yankee prison at
Elmira,  New York.  Chuck had developed an outstanding slide
presentation about Elmira which he had  done  for  many  SCV
camps  and  for several Civil War Round Tables.  We give the
student a letter informing him (or her)  that  a  check  has
been  sent to Douglas S.  Freeman High School, which in turn
will send a check to the student's  school.   Chuck's  widow
Patricia  and  his  son Chip receive copies of our letter to
the student.                                                

Each year the Camp files an annual report with International
Headquarters  as  of  June  30.   On  July 1, 2004 we had 69
members.   Nine  new  members  joined  our  Camp  and   four
transferred  to  us from other SCV Camps.  One member former
member rejoined.  Seven members dropped out.  One  of  these
lives  in Williamsburg area and will probably join the James
City Cavalry Camp.  One member transferred his membership to
another camp after his move out of state.  This left us with
75 members.  We have several prospective members who will be
joining  us early in the new fiscal year.  With a reasonable
recruiting effort on our part, we can be back up to 75 after
the transfer out of the Williamsburg area group.            

John  Coski's  book  The  Confederate Battle Flag: America's
Most Embattled Emblem  received  excellent  reviews  by  Bud
Robertson  in the Richmond Times-Dispatch and by J.  Michael
Martinez in the most recent issue of Blue &  Gray  magazine.
John  is a good friend of our Camp, having addressed us on a
variety of subjects over the years.  It is pleasing  to  see
his work receive this well-deserved praise.                 

July  19 will be our last meeting of the summer.  We hope to
see you all there.                                           





Jack Trammell will speak on
"The Secret War - Confederate Nitre Minning"

Jack works at Randolph-Macon College and  is  finishing  his
Ph.   D.   at  Virginia  Commonwealth  University.   He is a
frequent  Civil  War  writer  for  popular   magazines   and
newspapers  and  has published nine books, including a Civil
War  related  mystery,  Gray  that  is   available   through   He resides on a farm in Louisa County with his
wife and children.                                          

Please come and help us give Jack a LONGSTREET welcome.


Camp Commander Harry Boyd gave an  interesting  power  point
presentation  about the relationship between Jefferson Davis
and Robert E.  Lee at our June meeting.                     

Their friendship began when they were cadets at West  Point.
No  two  men could have been more different then.  Davis was
one of the worst behaved cadets both on and off the post. He
narrowly  escaped  expulsion.   Lee  was known as the Marble
Model, receiving no demerits in his four years there.       

Davis got out of the Army to  manage  a  plantation  and  to
enter politics.  Lee remained in the Army.  Davis obtained a
volunteer commission  in  the  Mexican  War,  where  he  was
wounded.   Lee  distinguished  himself  and was described by
Winfield Scott as the best officer he'd ever seen.          

As Senator, Davis had recommended Lee as potential commander
of   a   revolutionary   army  in  Cuba.   Lee,  at  Davis's
suggestion, met with Cubans to discuss  their  plans  for  a
revolt  against Spain.  Lee did not feel comfortable joining
the army of another country while under  oath  as  a  United
States Army officer, so he declined the offer of the Cubans.

The  paths of these two great Southern leaders crossed again
in the 1850's, when Lee served  as  superintendent  at  West
Point while Davis was Secretary of War.  Davis increased the
size of the Army by four regiments, two each of infantry and
cavalry.  Lee commanded one of the cavalry regiments.       

In  June  1861  Lee was a Confederate general without either
troops or an assignment when  Governor  Letcher  transferred
all  Virginia  military  personnel  into  the service of the
Confederate  States  of  America.   Davis  used  Lee  as   a
household  staff  officer.   Lee  assisted Beauregard in the
planning of lines at First Manassas and wanted to go  there,
but, Davis went after the battle.                           

When concerns were raised about western Virginia in the fall
of 1861,  Davis  wanted  to  use  independent  troops.   Lee
opposed  this  and  was  sent  to  the area without specific
written orders.  He was  blamed  for  the  loss  of  western

A fortuitous Yankee shell wounded General Joseph E. Johnston
at Seven Pines May 31, 1862.  Davis then  appointed  Lee  as
Commanding  General of the Army of Northern Virginia.  Lee's
leadership  of   the   Army   in   its   successes   through
Chancellorsville justified Davis's choice.                  

In  June  1863 Davis was more concerned about Vicksburg than
about Virginia.  Lee convinced Davis of  the  importance  of
moving  the  war  north  of  Virginia.   Not wanting Davis's
interference in the Gettysburg campaign, Lee  abandoned  his
lines of communication as he moved toward Pennsylvania.     

Lee   accepted   full   responsibility  for  the  defeat  at
Gettysburg and offered his resignation.  Davis had the great
good  sense to realize that he did not have a better general
as a replacement and declined Lee's offer.                  

Davis was at Sunday morning worship service in  St.   Paul's
Episcopal  Church  April  2,  1865  when  he  received Lee's
message that he was  abandoning  his  lines  at  Petersburg.
Davis  moved  the  government to several locations before it
was disbanded and he was captured.                          

Davis and Lee were both indicted as traitors by  grand  jury
in Norfolk.  Lee kept his freedom because of his parole from
General Grant at Appomattox.  Davis was imprisoned  for  two
years  at  Fort  Monroe.  He was released in 1867 after bond
was  posted  by  northern  businessmen.   Neither  was  ever
brought  to trial because the Yankees were fearful of losing
in a law court what they had won on the battlefield.        

Davis made his first public speech after The War in November
1870,  the  month  after  Lee's  death,  in Richmond's First
Presbyterian Church.  He concluded  his  praise  of  Lee  by
stating,  "I  may  add  that never in my life saw in him the
slightest tendency to self-seeking.  It was not his to  make
a  record, it was not his to shift blame to other shoulders;
but it was his with an eye fixed upon  the  welfare  of  his
country,  never  faltering to follow the line of duty to the



Commander: Harry Boyd 741-2060 1st. Lt. Cmdr.: Taylor Cowardin 356-9625 2nd Lt. Cmdr.: Michael Kidd 270-9651 Adjutant/Treasurer: Walter Tucker 360-7247 Quartermaster: R. Preston Nuttall 276-8977 Chaplain: Henry V. Langford 340-8948


Webmaster: Gary F. Cowardin 262-0534 Website: War Horse: David P. George 353-8392



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

* - Multiple contributions                 
§ - Visitor Donation                       
+ - in memory of Past Cmdr. Tom Lauterbach 


J.E.B. STUART, VI Jeb, who has been orchestrating the raffle drawing recently, won the raffle at the last meeting!! He was delighted, as you may tell from the broad smile he is showing above and the Camp was also delighted when Jeb turned his prize over to the Longstreet Buck Hurtt Fund. With men like this in our Camp, how can we not succeed?


Be sure to attend our next meeting on Tuesday, July 19th  in
order  to  vote on your new slate of officers for the coming
term.  Nominations, as always, will also be taken  from  the


The telephone rang the other night and your editor was  very
surprised to find himself speaking to General A.  P.  Hill !

No, I haven't lost my mind ('tho there are some who are sure
that I am, at least, in the process of doing so!)           

Patrick Falci, our guest speaker at the State SCV convention
was  on  the  line.   He  called to thank me for sending him
copies of the June  issue  of  "The  Old  War  Horse"  which
featured pictures of him and his wife at the banquet.       

Patrick  told  me  that  he  and his wife thoroughly enjoyed
themselves in Richmond and were delighted with the reception
that they received in the capital of the Confederacy.       

I,  in  turn,  assured him that all of us were happy to have
the opportunity of meeting the two of them and that everyone
present thoroughly enjoyed his presentation.                

For those who have not seen him, here is Falci as Hill!     



The date has been set for our Longstreet Christmas  Banquet.
It  will  be held on the evening of December 6, 2005, at the
Westwood Club in Richmond.  Please make sure  to  mark  this
date  on  your calendar so that we may have the best turnout


Display of the VASCV

Convention Tee Shirt that the Camp has for sale.  Sales were
brisk at the June meeting and the shirt was well received.  

The  motto  is  "STILL UNITED, STILL PROUD" accompanied with
our flags.                                                  

Here, Tom is showing one of the  VASCV  Convention  beverage
glasses  that  are  also  for  sale.   Each  attendee at the
convention received a glass to take home as a souvenir.     

The glasses are inscribed with the SCV seal on one side and

Sons of Confederate Veterans
Virginia Division
2005 Convention
Richmond, Virginia

on the other. The glasses hold 10oz. of your favorite beverage.

The tee shirts are prices at $11.00 each and the glasses are
$20.00 for a matched set of four.                           

Be sure to ask about these items at the next meeting.


For the benefit of our newer members, we have eleven regular
monthly  meetings per year (including our Christmas Banquet.
August gives your officers and your webmaster and  editor  a
breathing spell of sorts!                                   

Our Fall season opens with our meeting on September 20th.   


THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2005                                   

The Museum of the Confederacy, Richmond                     
Now is a good time to take in the  special  exhibit  on  The
Confederate Navy at the Museum.                             

Due  to  the MCV construction, things are a little confused,
but the signs will lead you to the parking deck.            

Hours are: Monday thru Saturday 10 am-5  pm  and  Sunday  12
Noon-5 pm.   For info: 804-649-1861 or          

The Museum of the Civil War Soldier, Petersburg If you haven't taken your family or friends to visit Pamplin Park, take time to do so now. It is a great experience! To get to the Park, which is only 30 minutes from Richmond, take I-95 South to Petersburg and pick up I-85 South, which bears off to your right. Take I-85 South to Exit 63-A (US 1-South). Proceed 1 mile and the Park entrance is on the left. The Museum is open every day from 9 to 5 pm, except New Year, Thanksgiving and Christmas. For information: 1-877-PAMPLIN or
JULY 22 "Heroes and Homefolk," A Walk Through Fredericksburg's City and Confederate Cemeteries," another of the "History at Sunset" walking tours at Fredericksburg and the Spotsylvania Military Park. Admission is free and tour starts at 7:30 pm at the gate to the cemetery (end of Amelia Street.) For info: 540-373-6122 or
JULY 24 "The Haunted Woods: Voices of Hazel Grove and Fairview," another of the "History at Sunset Tours." Free admission, 7-8:30 pm. Meet at Driving Tour Stop #9 at Hazel Grove on Chancellorsville Battlefield. For info: 540-373-6122 or
JULY 32 "Briefing to Hon. E.M. Stanton and Staff on the Capabilities of the Union Balloon Corps" lecture at The Graffiti House, Brandy Station, 2-3:15 pm by Col. Ken Purks, USA Ret. Reservations required. $5 donation to Brandy Station Foundation. For info: Jim, 540-439-3549 or
AUGUST 5 "Stonewall's Final Battle: Jackson Shrine by Candlelight." Another of the "History at Sunset" walking tours at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. Candlelight tours at 7:30, 8:15 and 9 pm. Meets at the Stonewall Jackson Shrine. For info: 540-786-2880 or
AUGUST 12 "Where Valor Sleeps: Fredericksburg's National Cemetery," a provocative look at the Cemetery's development and some of the men buried there, using all new research by historian Donald Pfanz. Part of the "History at Sunset' walking tours at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. Free, 7-8:30 pm. Meet at Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center. For info: 540-373-6122 or

Jackson at Winchester, Virginia
J. W. Randolph-1863

Come, stack arms, men; pile on the rails;
Stir up the camp-fire bright!
No growling if the canteen fails; 
   We'll make a roaring night.
Here Shenandoah brawls along,
Here burly Blue Ridge echoes strong,
To swell the brigade's rousing song,
   Of Stonewall Jackson's Way."

We see him now-the queer slouch hat
  Cocked o'er his eye askew;
The shrewd, dry smile, the speech so pat,
  So calm, so blunt, so true.
The "Bluelight Elder" knows 'em well.
Says he, "That's Banks; he's fond of shell.
Lord, save his soul! We'll give him"-well,
That's Stonewall Jackson's way.
Silence! Ground arms! Kneel all! Caps off!
  Old Massa's going to pray.
Strangle the fool that dares to scoff.
  Attention! It's his way.
Appealing from his native sod,
In forma pauperis to God.
"Lay bare thine arm! Stretch fourth thy rod,
Amen." That's Stonewall's way.

He's in the saddle now. Fall in.
Steady the whole brigade!
Hill's at the ford, cut off; we'll win
  His way out, ball and blade.
What matter if our shoes are worn?
What matter if our feet are torn?
Quick step! We're with him before morn-
  That's Stonewall Jackson's way.

The sun's bright lances rout the mists
  Of morning, and by George!
Here's Longstreet, struggling in the lists,
  Hemmed in a ugly gorge.

Pope and his Dutchmen! Whipped before,
"Bay'nets and grape!" hear Stonewall roar.
Charge, Stuart! Pay of Ashby's score
  In Stonewall Jackson's way.

Ah! maiden, wait and watch and yearn
  For news of Stonewall's band.
Ah! Widow, read with eyes that burn
  That ring upon thy hand.
Ah, wife sew on, pray on, hope on;
Thy life shall not be all forlorn,
The foe had better ne'er been born
  That gets in Stonewall's way.


Stuart went directly to General Jackson's tent.  The General
was  asleep  and the cavalry chief threw himself down by his
side, taking off nothing but his sabre.  As the night became
chilly,  so  did  he,  and  unconsciously  he  began to take
possession of blankets and got between the sheets.  There he
discovered  himself in the early morn in the full panoply of
war, and he got out of it.  After a while, when a lot of  us
were  standing  by  a  blazing log-fire before the General's
tent, he came out for his ablutions.                        

"Good morning, General Jackson," said Stuart, "How are you?"

Old Jack passed his hands through his thin and uncombed hair
and  then  in  tones  as  nearly comic as he could muster he
said, "General Stuart, I'm always glad to see you here.  You
might  select better hours sometimes, but I'm always glad to
have you.  But, General," as he stooped and  rubbed  himself
along  the  legs,  "you  must  not get into my bed with your
boots and spurs on and ride me around like a  cavalry  horse
all night!"                                                 

                             -Douglas, I rode with Stonewall

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