THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 8, ISSUE 5, MAY, 2006
Last month the 2006 Virginia Division annual convention was held at the Hilton Garden Inn at Suffolk Virginia. This year, an election year for the division, candidates for leadership and four amendments to the Division's constitution were voted on. Below is a report from the convention so you can see what took place. Candidates for Division leadership mostly ran unopposed. Only the Commander and Judge Advocate positions were contested and the candidates proposed by the division's nominating committee won with a clear majority. Your new officers for the Virginia Division are as follows: Commander: Frank Ernest 1st Lt. Commander: John Sawyer 2nd Lt. Commander: Grayson Jennings Adjutant: Christopher Evans Quarter Master: Keith Morris Chaplain: Timothy Manninga Inspector: Joseph Wright Judge Advocate: Richard Crouch Archivist: Mike Rose Four amendments to the Division's constitution were also voted on. Amendment 1: Adding the Heritage Defense Chairman (who is appointed by the Division Commander) as a voting member to the Executive Committee. This was voted down by only seven votes. Concerns over the Heritage Defense member being an appointee and not an elected member to the committee was the main reason for opposition to the amendment. (Failed) Amendment 2: The creation of the Archivist position and making him in charge of taking minutes of all Division meetings (instead of the adjutant) and recording the history of the division. He would also take the adjutant's responsibilities if something were to happen to the current adjutant. This amendment was passed by a clear majority. (Passed) Amendments 3&4: The roles and responsibilities of the division regarding the care and preservation of the Confederate section in Oakwood Cemetery. These were passed with clear majorities as well. (Passed) Roll call voting was requested for the amendments and each camp delegate had to stand and vote for the amendments in turn. Voting for the unopposed candidates for office was conducted by a voice vote and candidates for the Commander and Judge Advocate positions were held by ballot vote. Longstreet members Michael Kidd and Harry Boyd won Distinguished Service Awards for their assistance to the Division during the past year. Congratulations! You make the camp proud!! Please make an effort to attend this month's meeting and bring a friend. We have a great speaker lined up and should be inducting our 80th member! Taylor
The membership application of L. A. (Andy) Keller, Jr. has been certified and mailed to headquarters. Andy's ancestor Philip Nelson served first in Captain Archibald Graham's Company of the Rockbridge Artillery and later in Company H of the 49th Virginia Infantry. Private Nelson was with the 49th on that fateful day in April 1965 at Appomattox. We welcome Andy to the Longstreet Camp, and we thank JEB Stuart, IV, for suggesting our Camp to Andy. Many thanks to Clint Cowardin, Lee Crenshaw, Gene Golden, and Lewis Mills for cleaning up our Camp's one mile section of Studley Road, Hanover County near Enon Church on Saturday, April 15. Lewis is to be particularly commended for chairing this and coordinating with the Virginia Department of Transportation. Early morning rain gave way to sunshine. Only thing negative was the outcome of the Battle of Haw's Shop May 28, 1864. Yankees led by Custer defeated the good guys. A leading figure in historic preservation in our area is John Marshall High School, Hampden-Sydney College and Union Theological Society graduate Robert Bluford, Jr. Bob is president of Historic Polegreen Church Foundation and authored a book Living on the Borders of Eternity: The Story of Samuel Davies and the Struggle for Religious Toleration in Colonial Virginia. Davies, a Presbyterian Minister, came to Hanover County from Pennsylvania in the 1740's to serve four meeting houses. He received his license to preach from Virginia Lieutenant Governor William Gooch and his council. He attracted many people to the services, some from the state supported Anglican church. Anglican minister Patrick Henry, uncle of the "Give me liberty" orator and lawyer, harassed him in every way possible and persuaded Gooch's Council to deny a license to John Rodgers, who came from Pennsylvania a year later to work with Davies. Actions by the elder Henry and his ilk contributed much to the anti-establishment church actions of the Virginia legislature after that war. It is all too easy today to take our religious freedom for granted and to overlook the courage of the dissenters of colonial times who suffered much, including spending time in jail, for their beliefs. A visit to the Virginia Baptist Historical Society on the campus of the University of Richmond will remind us of the early struggles. I was delighted to be asked to give my slide presentation about the men whose statues are on Monument Avenue at the April meeting. Frequently someone in the audience will bring to my attention information about these men of which I was unaware. Only recently did I learn that Arthur Ashe served in the United States Army. He was stationed at the United States Military Academy and assisted the tennis coach there 1966-68. The Army allowed him to play in selected tennis tournaments. Athletes playing their sports while in the service? Sure, but that's frequently been the case. The 1943 Chapel Hill Navy Pre-Flight School baseball team included Buddy Hassett, Johnny Pesky, Johnny Sain, and Ted Williams. Playing for Mickey Cochrane's Great Lakes in 1944 were Pinky May, Virgil Trucks, Billy Herman, Gene Woodling, and Schoolboy Rowe. Richmonder Jim Trexler, not a big leaguer, was a pitcher on that team. The 1944 Bainbridge Naval Training Center team included Dick Bartell, Elbie Fletcher, Buddy Blattner, Dick Sisler, and Bob Scheffing. Virginia's 1941 All American halfback Bullet Bill Dudley played football for Randolph Field. Johnny Mize asked to be discharged from the Navy because the government was losing money on him. As first baseman for the New York Giants in 1942 he was paying more in income tax than the Navy paid him in 1943. Needless to say, his request was denied. A high school classmate of mine spent his two years of Navy active duty playing baseball and basketball for the Norfolk Naval Station. Sailors on my first ship got TAD orders to Little Creek to play baseball and football during those seasons. Bob Feller enlisted in the Navy the day after Pearl Harbor was attacked. He played baseball for Norfolk Navy, but wanted to get into the war. He served on the battleship USS Alabama (BB 60) in the Pacific. When asked if he had any regrets about the time he spent in service, he said that he was disappointed that some modern baseball record books make no reference to military service. Who's Who in Baseball and Baseball Register published during active careers of such players showed "In military service" in the chronological career records. Baseball encyclopedias list it at the top, where it is less noticeable. Other players served in combat. Before World War Two, Cecil Travis was a hard-hitting shortstop for the Washington Senators. He got frozen feet and never was the same after the War. A classic was Warren Spahn. He had no decisions in four games for the Boston Braves in 1942. He spent the next three years in the Army, earning a battlefield commission. He was 25 years old on April 23, 1946, the year he won his first big league game. He went on to win 363 games, fifth on the all-time list and a figure unlikely to be reached by any of today's major leaguers, none of whom spent anytime in the service. I realize that you younger guys probably don't recognize some of the names above. Well, they're part of history. Let me know, and I'll tell you who they were. We've just returned from my ship's reunion in Charleston, SC. We went one day early and went to Savannah for the day. It's difficult to find two cities more enjoyable than Savannah and Charleston. There are sights to see, places to shop, and good food. We ate at the Gryphon in Savannah and at Queen Anne's Revenge on Daniel Island in Charleston. The latter has pirate artifacts, original paintings by the likes of Howard Pyle and a magnificent model of its namesake ship made by William G. Thomas-Moore, who operates Ship Shapes Maritime Gallery at 56 « Queen Street in Charleston. Shoot, we even had good food on the way, stopping for supper at Maurice's Barbecue in Santee, SC. Coming back to reality is tough, but there are compensations. I look forward to seeing you all at our May 16 meeting. Walter
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Our speaker for May will be Michael C. Hardy of Crossmore, NC, who is coming up to speak to us on The Battle of Hanover Courthouse. This is the subject of his latest book, "The Battle of Hanover Courthouse: Turning Point of the Peninsula Campaign, May 27, 1862." This book grew from the research that he began for his first book, the acclaimed history of the Thirty-Seventh North Carolina Troops. He hopes, but is not sure, that it will be "off the press" in time for him to bring some along on his visit to us. Let's give Mr. Hardy a great Longstreet welcome. Come and learn more about this local battle.
Longstreet's Adjutant Walter Tucker gave a very interesting slide presentation on the monuments of Monument Avenue. He not only detailed the history of each monument on this historic thoroughfare, but also gave us a brief biography of each man depicted by those great edifices. Walter was inspired to organize this program after being asked by several Yankees why Richmond has monuments dedicated to "losers." His rebuke to this question is a simple presentation of the facts. All of these men were of impeccable character and possessed qualities that made them great and which we should all aspire to. Walter started with the monument dedicated to J.E.B. Stuart at Lombardy Street. Stuart, a hero of the Mexican War and War of Northern Aggression, was sent with Robert E. Lee to take care of John Brown and his cohorts at Harpers Ferry in 1859. In 1863 Stuart was mortally wounded at Yellow Tavern and buried at Hollywood Cemetery. Stuart's monument was sculpted by Fred Moynihan was unveiled May 30, 1907. Upon Stuart's death, Robert E. Lee said, "He never brought me a piece of false information. I can scarcely think of him without weeping." Robert E. Lee's monument at Allen Avenue was next. Honor and duty to his home were the only things that prevented him from taking command of the federal army. A distinguished veteran of the Mexican War and the only person to graduate from West Point without a single demerit, Lee accepted command of the Virginia forces in 1861 and the entire Army of Northern Virginia in 1862. After the war he accepted the position of President of Washington College in Lexington, Virginia. After his death, the college changed its name in his honor to Washington and Lee. Today, you can visit his tomb at Lee chapel on the grounds of the historic college. It has been said that Episcopalian churches are all named after saints. Well, this church is not an exception. Lee's Statue was sculpted by Jean Antoine Mercie and was unveiled May 29, 1890. The next statue, moving west on this historic avenue is dedicated to the one and only president of the Confederate States of America. Jefferson Finis Davis was born in Kentucky and was a soldier and senator before being asked to become president of the CSA. His first wife was the daughter of Zachary Taylor (13th president and a man who he almost got in a duel with in the army) but she died three months after they were married. In 1845 he married Varina and on their honeymoon he took her to visit the grave of his first wife. How romantic! He resigned from his seat in the US Senate in 1861 and accepted the offer to be President of the CSA. After the war he was imprisoned at Fort Monroe and after released lived in Canada, England, and France. He accepted a highly lucrative position in the business sector and stayed out of politics for the rest of his life. He is buried in Hollywood Cemetery. His monument was sculpted by Edward Valentine and was unveiled in June of 1907. Stonewall Jackson's Monument at the intersection of the Boulevard was sculpted by F. William Sievers was unveiled October 11, 1919. Like many other Confederate greats, he attended West Point. He was an instructor of artillery at VMI and showed incredible strength and bravery in the Confederate army. A bit of an eccentric, he was very pious. In civilian life Jackson taught two Sunday school classes, one for slaves, and the other for free blacks. At these classes he not only taught them about God. He also taught them how to read. Killed by friendly fire on a reconnaissance mission he obtained immortality through his great leadership and genius on the battlefield. Matthew Fontain Maury is probably the least recognized figure of all the great monuments. A descendant of French Huguenots escaping religious persecution, Maury's love of the sea was evident early in his life. A midshipman in his youth, he never received any formal education. His genius in currents and navigation revolutionized oceanic travel across the world. He is considered the father of Oceanography and Marine Meteorology. A VMI professor for four years, he is buried in Hollywood Cemetery. His monument was unveiled November 11, 1929 and was sculpted by F. William Sievers. The final monument on the Avenue traveling west is Author Ashe. His statue was unveiled on July 10, 2006 after much controversy. As the only 20th century figure, his statue is seen by some to be out of place and in conflict with the theme of the historic Avenue. Ashe, a tennis champion and human rights advocate, served the US Military as an assistant tennis instructor at West Point. He is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery. Walter's rebuke to those who criticize the monuments is undoubtedly concrete. It is obvious that the "losers" are in fact winners and can teach us a lot if we only take the time to learn about their lives and the challenges they faced. Taylor
2005-2007 CAMP OFFICERS LONGSTREET CAMP #1247Commander: Taylor Cowardin 356-9625 1st. Lt. Cmdr.: William F. Shumadine, III 285-4044 2nd Lt. Cmdr.: Michael Kidd 270-9651 Adjutant/Treasurer: Walter Tucker 360-7247 Judge Advocate: Richard B. Campbell 278-6488 Quartermaster: R. Preston Nuttall 276-8977 Chaplain: Henry V. Langford 474-1978
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The following is a cumulative listing of contributors to the upkeep of “The Old War Horse” for the period July, 2005 through the current month. As you know, our cumulative listing starts in July of each year. Ben Baird Harry Boyd Lloyd Brooks Brian Cowardin Clint Cowardin Gary Cowradin Ron Cowardin Taylor Cowardin Raymond Crews* Jerold Evans Kitty Faglie* Richard Faglie David George Charles Howard Chris Jewett John Kane Frank Marks Lewis Mills Joe Moschetti John Moschetti Preston Nuttall* Ken Parsons Joey Seay Bill Setzer Austin Thomas David Thomas Walter Tucker* John Vial* David Ware Harold Whitmore* Hugh Williams In Memory of Chuck Walton-Anonymous In Memory of Chuck Walton-Ben Baird In Memory of Hef Ferguson-David George In Memory of Tom Lauterbach-Harold Whitmore Legend: * - Multiple contributions § - Visitor Donation + - in memory of Past Cmdr. Tom Lauterbach
THROUGH 2006 Confederate Navy Exhibit, featuring ships, commanders, naval technology, paintings and artifacts. Museum of the Confederacy, Richmond. For info: (804)649-1861 or www.moc.org MAY 19-21 North-South Skirmish Association 113th National Competition near Winchester. Uniformed competitors in member units competing with muskets, carbines breech-loading rifles, revolvers, mortars & cannon. Largest Civil War live-fire event in US. Free admission, sutlers, food. For info: spartan1@attglobalnet; www.n-ssa.org MAY 20 Two hour Brandy Station Battlefield Tour of Buford Knoll and Yew Ridge from Graffiti House, Brandy Station, 10 a.m. Fighting that took place later in the afternoon of June 9, 1863 between Gen. John Buford and Gen W. H. "Rooney" Lee's Brigade. No advance reservation required. $5 over age 12. Sponsored by Brandy Station Foundation. For info: (540) 547-4106, email@example.com, www.brandystationfoundation.com MAY 20 The Battle of Chancellorsville Tour with Michael Moore from Lee Hall Mansion, Newport News, 8-5. Sites associated with Lee's greatest victory & the loss of Stonewall Jackson. $50, for info: (757) 888-3371; w.w.w.leehall.org MAY 20-21 142nd Anniversary of the Battle of New Market on original 1864 battlefield. Daily battle, living history programs, Saturday dance. Infantry, cavalry, medical and artillery needed. Registration $10 12 and up before April 30. Walk-ons $20. All proceeds to New Market Battlefield State Park. For info, Event Manager Ron Paul, (717) 528-8761 until 1:00 p.m.; firstname.lastname@example.org MAY 27 Grand Illumination in the Fredericksburg National Cemetery, 8-11 p.m. Lighted candles for each of more than 15,000 men and women buried in the cemetery. Rain date May 28. For info: www.nps.gov/frsp/vc.htm MAY 29 Memorial Day Ceremony in Fredericksburg National Cemetery, Fredericksburg, 11 a.m. For info:www.nps.gov/frsp/vc.htm JUNE 3 Two-hour Brandy Station Battlefield Tour of Beverly Ford and St. James Church from Graffiti House, Brandy Station, 10 a.m. Early morning June 9, 1863, fighting between troops under Union Gen. John Buford and Gen. William E. "Grumble" Jones. No reservations required, $5. Sponsored by Brandy Station Foundation. For info: (540) 547-4106 email@example.com; www.brandystatrionfoundation.com JUNE 3-4 144th Anniversary of the Battle of Gaines' Mill at Dorey Park, Richmond. Lee, with Jackson, Longstreet, A. P. and D. H. Hill and Hood attacking Fitz-John Porter's V Corps. Both days morning tactical, afternoon battle. Southern BBQ and dance Saturday night. Military and civilian living history. $100 bounty for first registered artillery on arrival. $100 for infantry with most members attending. Registration fee 13 & older $6 by April 30, final registration May 15,$7, walk-ons, $8 with no meal ticket. Period sutlers welcome. Spectator admission free. Sponsored by Henrico County Recreation and Parks. Hosted by 44th Virginia Infantry, Company I. For information, registration, Rick Reed, (804) 590-3072, firstname.lastname@example.org JUNE 9 History at Sunset "Under the Guns: The Bombardment and Looting of Fredericksburg:" with Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Park historian John Hennessy. From Market Square downtown Fredericksburg, 7 p.m. For info: www.nps.gov/fsrp/vc.htm JUNE 9-11 3rd Annual Dixie Days, The Battle of Shady Grove Road: Prelude to Cold Harbor." At Pole Green Park, Mechanicsville, part of original battlegrounds of battle at Bethesda Church. Federal participants needed. No fee. For info: www.dixiedays.com JUNE10,11 "Chatham at War: Living History Week at Chatham Manor." at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Park. Living History presentation, demonstrations, special tours of 1771 manor house. For info: www.nps.gov/frsp/vc.htm JUNE 16 "History at Sunset: "The forgotten Plain at Fredericksburg: Bernard's Slave Cabins and Latimer's Knoll," from South Lee Drive with Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Park historian Frank O'Reilly, 7 p.m. For info: www.nps.gov/frsp/vc.htm JUNE 17 Two hour Brandy Station Battlefield tour of Kelly's Ford and Stevensburg, from Graffiti House, Brandy Station, 10 a.m. Begins with discussion of Union crossing at Kelly's Ford. Follows route of Union cavalry division to Stevensburg. No reservation required. $5 over age 12. Sponsored by Brandy Station Foundation. For info:(540) 547-4106, email@example.com, www.brandystationfoundation.com JUNE 17 The Bermuda Hundred Campaign Tour with Michael Moore from Lee Hall Mansion, Newport News. 9-5. Bermuda Hundred, Dutch Gap, Battery Danzler, Fort Stebens, George McClelland's Army of the Potomac. $45. For info: (757)888-3371; www.leehall.org June 24, 25 10th Annual Civil War Weekend at Pamplin Historical Park, Petersburg. Battlefield demonstrations, Civil War Medicine, music, encampment. Special guided tours throughout the day. For info: (804)861-2408, www.pamplinpark.org
In the 1948 presidential contest between Truman and Dewey, the latter looked like a winner. On election night, Dewey asked his wife, "How will it be to sleep with the President of the United States?" She replied, "A high honor, and quite frankly, darling, I'm looking forward to it." Next morning. at breakfast, Mrs. Dewey said "Tell me, Tom, am I going to Washington or is Harry coming here?" A Confederate soldier, brought before General Benjamin Butler to take the oath of allegiance at the end of the Civil War, impudently remarked, "We sure gave you hell at Chickamauga, General!" The furious Butler warned him if he did not take the oath immediately, he would be shot. With some reluctance, the rebel duly took the oath. Then he looked Butler in the eye and said, "General, I suppose I am a good Yankee and citizen of the United States now?" The General replied benignly, "I hope so." "Well, General, the rebels did give us hell at Chickamauga, didn't they?"
Preston Nuttall was AGAIN the happy winner of the drawing. The Old War Horse was delighted also as Preston treated him to another goodly portion of oats as a result! Again, he gave an appreciative whinny of thanks to our resident author.
Your editor and his wife are in the throes of moving!!! As a result of this, the Horse is somewhat shortened in length this month. All of the reference books have been packed and moved and we are surrounded by open spaces. We will be in our new quarters on the 15th of May. Dave George