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VOLUME 9, ISSUE 4,           April, 2007
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Commander's Comments, Adjutant's Report, April Program (next), March Program (last), Camp Officers,
Longstreet's First Corps, Calendar of Events, Gen. Birthdays, New Books, A Favorite Song, Humor


Have you ever heard of  the  "Cary's  Invincibles?"  If  you
lived  in  Civil  War Richmond you would.  Hetty, Jennie and
Connie Cary  were  some  of  the  most  famous  citizens  of
Richmond  throughout  the  war.   Their  beauty,  talent and
dedication to the Confederate cause made them  some  of  the
most popular dinner guests and desired women in the south. 

Hetty  and Jennie were in Baltimore when the war first broke
out.  Hetty, argued  to  be  the  most  beautiful,  waved  a
Confederate flag outside the window of her father's home one
day as Yankee soldiers marched by.  She  had  to  leave  the
city immediately for fear of arrest and imprisonment.  Before
leaving home  for  Richmond  she  and  her  sister,  Jennie,
managed  to  hide  drugs  and  other  articles needed by the
Confederacy in their dresses and ran the blockade along with
their  brother.   Jennie is responsible for setting the poem
"Maryland, My Maryland" to its famous melody which she  took
from an old German song "Lauriger Horatius."                

Connie  Cary,  Hetty  and  Jennie's  cousin,  was  active in
theater  and  contributed  a  column  known   as   "Blockade
Correspondence"   to   the   Southern  Illustrated  News  of
Richmond.  This correspondence gave tips for Southern ladies
on  how  to  keep up with the latest styles with what little
they had.   She  ended  up  marrying  Burton  Harrison,  the
personal  secretary  of President Jeff Davis.  In September,
1861, Connie, Hettie and Jennie.  sewed the  first  examples
of the Confederate Battle Flag following a design by William
Porcher Miles  and  later  modified  by  General  Joseph  E.

The  Carys  contributed  greatly  to  the  social  scene  of
Confederate Richmond.  One winter, as the brave sons of  the
south  froze and starved to death on the battlefields, Hetty
decided to throw a "starvation party"  to  show  solidarity.
This  party had music for entertainment but that was it.  No
drink or food was  served.   Soon  this  was  the  rage  and
everyone was throwing their own "starvation parties."       

Tragedy  spares  no one and Hetty soon learned this the hard
way.  She married the young  and  heroic  Brigadier  General
John Pegram the last January of the war.  There were several
ominous hints of tragedy to come the  day  of  the  wedding.
Those  who  believe in superstitions will know that a mirror
breaking, the horse rearing (kicking up its  back  legs)  on
the  way to the church and tearing your wedding dress on the
church's door are not good signs.  Never the less,  the  two
were   married  at  St.   Paul's  Church  and  went  to  his
headquarters in Petersburg to spend their honeymoon. Exactly
three  weeks  to  the day of their wedding she found herself
back in the same church with her husband but this  time  she
was standing over his coffin.                               

All  three  Cary women survived the war with the Confederacy
always dear to their hearts.  These women along with all  of
the  other  Southern ladies of the time deserve the love and
respect of us all.                                          

Deo Vindice,


Stand up for our Confederate heritage  during  the  historic
month of April.                                             

Please help with our road cleanup May 5.                    

Support the Museum of the Confederacy.                      

The rest of my report this month is my letter which follows:

2524 Hawkesbury Court                                       
Richmond, VA 23233-2426                                     

April 2, 2007                                               

Dr. Kenneth P. Ruscio                                       
Washington and Lee University                               
Washington Hall 25                                          
204 West Washington Street                                  
Lexington, VA 24450                                         

Dear Dr. Ruscio:                                            

Before the opening game of  the  1952  World  Series,  Casey
Stengel,  63  year old manager of the New York Yankees, took
his 20 year old center fielder, Mickey Mantle, to the  right
center  field  fence in Ebbets Field to show him how to play
balls bouncing off that concave  wall.   Casey  told  Mickey
that he used to play there.  Mantle said incredulously, "You
did?" Casey responded, "Yeah, Mick.  I wasn't  born  at  the
age of 60 managing the Yankees."                            

Dr.   Ruscio,  Robert  E.   Lee wasn't born at the age of 58
serving as president of  Washington  College.   In  a  story
about  the  possible  move to Lexington of the Museum of the
Confederacy, it is alleged that you said, "The school honors
Lee   the   educator,   not   the   soldier."  While  it  is
understandable for you to emphasize General Lee's role as an
educator, it is both unfortunate and misleading to ignore or
belittle his 36 years (40 if you count his years as  a  West
Point  student)  of Army service.  To do so is comparable to
acting as if Secretary of  State  (and  later  Secretary  of
Defense)  George  Catlett  Marshall  and President Dwight D.
Eisenhower never served in the Army.  It  is  unlikely  that
any  of  these  three  great  Americans would have served in
their  post-Army  positions  had  it  not  been  for   their
exemplary military service.                                 

General   Lee   acquired  experience  leading  a  school  as
Superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West
Point.  He was probably offered the presidency of Washington
College because he was the most respected man in the  South.
That esteem came from his role as General in the Army of the
Confederate  States  of   America,   where   his   Christian
character,  integrity,  ability,  and  sense  of  duty shone

Both Marshall and Eisenhower thought highly of Lee,  as  did
President  Harry  S.   Truman.   Lee  was  one  of  Truman's
lifelong heroes.  There are nine references to Lee in  David
McCullough's  biography  of  Truman.  If you haven't already
done so, please read in the Marshall Museum at  VMI  General
Marshall's  21 May 1942 letter about Lee to Douglas Southall
Freeman.  President Eisenhower extolled the virtues  of  Lee
in explaining why he had a picture of that great American on
his office wall.                                            

Lee critics abound in today's society.  It is unlikely  that
any  of  them  are of the caliber and character of Marshall,
Truman, and Eisenhower.  Their virtues,  as  General  Lee's,
are  timeless.   If  any discount their views of Lee because
they've been dead for many years,  I  submit  the  names  of
modern  historians  Gary  Gallagher,  Robert  K.  Krick, Bud
Robertson, Emory Thomas, and Ed Smith.                      

I have always had a high  regard  for  Washington  and  Lee,
having  attended  both the 2005 Institute for Honor focusing
on General Marshall and the 2005 Tom Wolfe seminar.         

Friends of mine who knew you at my alma mater, University of
Richmond,  speak  favorably of your leadership of the Jepson
School.  You will  bring  greater  credit  to  your  present
university by honoring General Lee's military service, which
lasted much longer than his tenure  as  an  educator.   This
service was a vital and integral part of his being. Generals
Lee and Marshall are two of  the  finest  Americans  in  the
history  of  our  country.  When you combine their Lexington
connections with those of Stonewall Jackson and the name  of
Washington  in  your  university,  Lexington is a remarkable
place.  While I hope that  the  Museum  of  the  Confederacy
remains  in  Richmond,  Lexington  would  be  an outstanding

Walter Dunn Tucker                                          


We inducted Howard S.  Donald, Jr.  at the February meeting.
This  brings  Longstreet's membership up to 88 members!  (81
members and 7 associate members.)                           

We thank Don for choosing Longstreet as his  Camp.   If  you
haven't  done  so  already, be sure to introduce yourself to
him at the April meeting and make him feel welcome.         






Our  speaker  for  April  will  be  the  Past  Commander  of
Longstreet   Camp,   Harry   Boyd,  a  student  of  history,
researcher of supernatural occurrences and author.          

Harry's presentations are always lively and informative  and
he and his wife have had some rather interesting experiences
in their travels!!                                          

Harry's  subject  will   be   "The   Civil   War   and   the
Supernatural."  We  know  that  you will enjoy this program!
Don't miss it!                                              


Don Hakenson opened his talk about  John  Singleton  Mosby's
connection  with  northern Virginia by paying tribute to his
elementary school teacher who  in  teaching  about  The  War
Between  the  States  emphasized  Lee,  Jackson, Stuart, and
Lincoln, in that order.                                     

Don's accumulation over the years of information  about  his
home  area  motivated him to write a book which he wanted to
be a history book, a story book, and  a  tour  book.   After
receiving    insufficient   offers   from   publishers,   he
courageously decided to self-publish his work entitled  This
Forgotten   Land:A   Tour  of  Civil  War  Sites  and  Other
Historical Landmarks South of Alexandria, Virginia.  He  has
sold about 2,000 copies.                                    

He  then  proceeded  to relate some anecdotes from the book.
His question, "What was the name  of  Longstreet's  spy  who
gave  him  information  about  ther  Yankee army just before
Gettysburg?" brought forth the  correct  surname,  Harrison.
Don  then  asked,  "What  was his first name?" This question
produced silence from the audience.  Don enlightened  us  by
informing  us  that  Harrison's first name was Henry.  Henry
Harrison married Laura Broaddus in Washington DC in 1863. He
later  went  to Montana, leaving his wife and two daughters.
They didn't hear from him until he returned in  1900.   He's
buried in Kentucky.                                         

In  September  1863  Mosby  made  a  reconnaissance  in  the
vicinity of Alexandria to capture the  pretend  governor  of
Virginia,  Francis  Pierpont,  who  had  been  appointed  by
President Abraham Lincoln.  Luckily  for  Pierpont,  he  had
been  called  to  the Yankee capital by Lincoln.  Mosby then
decided to raid the Rose Hill house and  capture  Pierpont's
aide,  Colonel  Daniel French Dulaney.  Riding with Mosby on
this raid was Colonel Dulaney's son.  Upon their seeing each
other, the son greeted his father by saying, "How do Pa, I'm
very glad to see you." Father replied,"  I'm  sorry  to  see
you."  Yankee  Colonel  Dulaney was sent to Libby Prison and
later exchanged.  Young Confederate Dulaney was killed about
a year later in a raid.  His burial place is unknown.       

In  January  1862  Colonel  Wade Hampton led a contingent of
Confederate  cavalry  across  the  Occoquan   River   toward
Alexandria.  They encountered a small body of Yankee cavalry
a few miles beyond Pohick Church.  Hampton pursued  about  1
1/2 miles when the Yankees disappeared beyond Potter's Hill.
As Hampton and two troopers, ahead of the rest, started down
the  valley,  they  were  warned by a gray uniformed soldier
coming out  of  the  undergrowth.   This  soldier  had  been
watching the Yankees for hours and warned Hampton that there
was a Yankee ambush awaiting him.  Hampton wisely  retreated
back  across  the Ocoquan.  The alert Confederate who warned
Hampton was John Burke, known as "the  spy  with  the  glass
eye."  Burke  rose to the rank of colonel in the Confederate
army.  Burke returned to his law practice in Marshall, Texas
after The War.                                              

Don has performed a notable service by reminding today's and
future generations that northern Virginia was once rural and
that  much  of  historical  interest took place there.  It's
hard to imagine that today in that land of over-development,
multi-lane  roads, and some of the worst traffic jams in the
country.  Don serves as a tour guide  in  Mosby's  Virginia.
For  more  information  about the incidents mentioned above,
about his book, and about Don and his activities, visit  his
web site,



Commander: Taylor Cowardin 359-9277 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


Webmaster: Gary F. Cowardin 262-0534 Website: War Horse: David P. George 200-1311



The following is a cumulative listing of contributors to the
upkeep of “The Old War Horse” for the period September, 2007
through the current month.   As  you  know,  our  cumulative
listing starts in July of each year.                        

Ben Baird
Lloyd Brooks
Brian Cowardin*
Clint Cowardin*
Gary Cowardin
Lee Crenshaw
Raymond Crews*
Jerold Evans*
Kitty Faglie*
Richard Faglie*
Dave George
Pat Hoggard
Louis Heindl
Chris Jewett
John Kane
Roger Kirby
Mike Miller*
Conway Moncure
Joe Moschetti
Preston Nuttall
Rufus Sarvay
Lewis Mills
Waite Rawls
Peyton Roden
Bill Setzer
John Shumadine
Will Schumadine
Harrison Taylor
Walter Tucker*
John Vial
Will Wallace
David Ware
Harold Whitmore
Hugh Williams
Joe Wright

In Memory of Bill Jones-Anonymous
In memory of Tom Lauterbach-Anonymous
In Memory of Chuck Walton-Ben Baird

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

Your editor thanks each of you for your contributions to the
welfare  of The Horse.  Without them, we could not afford to
publish it.                                                 

All suggestions,articles and comments are always appreciated.



THROUGH MAY "Many Thousands Go: African  Americans  and  the
Civil  War,"  new  exhibit  at Pamplin Historical Park & The
National Museum of the Civil War  Soldier  focusing  on  the
contributions of black soldiers & civilians on both sides of
the conflict.  Featuring original  copy  of  the  Thirteenth
Amendment  (through  September,  2006,)  artifacts  from the
William A.  Gladstone black militaria  collection  owned  by
Pamplin  and  other  collections.   For info: 1-877-PAMPLIN;

THROUGH  SEPTEMBER  "Generations:  The   MacArthur   Family"
exhibit   at   The  MacArthur  Memorial,  MacArthur  Square,
Norfolk.  Displays on General of the Army Douglas  MacArthur
from  MacArthur  clan roots in 14th century Scotland, to his
father who received the Medal of Honor  in  the  Civil  War,
other   family  members.   Monday  through  Saturday,  10-5,
Sundays,   11-5.    Free.    For   info:   (757)   441-2965;

APRIL19-22  "To the Gates of Richmond, Virginia 1862." Civil
War Preservation  Trust  Annual  Conference  in  Portsmouth.
Speakers  include  Ed  Bearss,  Robert  E.   L.  Krick, John
Quarstein,  Richard  Sommers,  Craig  Symonds,Brian   Steele
Wills, Tours, bookstore, authors, award banquets.  For info:
(888)606-1400 or

APRIL  20-22  CANCELLED.   "Robert  E.    Lee,   The   Final
Achievement."   Play   at  Historic  Bolling  Haxall  House,
Richmond.  For info: (866) 808-1861, (804)272-8888.         

APRIL  20-22  Skirmish   at   Jeffersonville.    Reenactment
sponsored  by  Crab  Orchard  Museum in Tazewell.  For info:

APRIL 27-29 Town of Buchanan inaugural  Civil  War  Weekend.
Sons    of   Confederate   Veterans   living   history   and
demonstrations  in  middle  of   town.    UDC   home   front
demonstrations  in  middle  of  town.   Lee's address to the
troops.  Civil War large  screen  movies.   Pre-registration
and reservations required.  No fee, sutlers free.  For info:
(540) 254-3304,

APRIL 28 "Soldiers  Without  Guns"  at  Endview  Plantation,
Newport   News,  VA.   10-4.   Military  medicine  from  the
Revolution to  the  present.   Living  history,  re-enactors
demonstrations,  children's  activities.   Admission charge.
For info, (757) 887-1862,

APRIL 28 Robert E.  Lee Symposium, "General Robert E.   Lee:
Hero  or  Traitor?"  in  Arlington.   Speakers  include  Ron
Maxwell, Thomas DiLorenzo, Kent Masterson  Brown,  John  J. 
Dwyer,  Clyde  Wilson, Donald Livingston and Banquet Speaker
Robert C.  Crick.  Hosts: The Steven D.  Lee Institute, Sons
of  Confederate  Veterans.   For  info:  Brag Bowling, (804)

MAY 4-6 CANCELLED."Robert E.  Lee, The  Final  Achievement."
Play  at Historic Bolling Haxall House, Richmond.  For info:
(866) 808-1861, (804)272-8888.                              

MAY 4-6 145th Anniversary of the Battle of  McDowell  during
McDowell  Heritage  days.  Saturday battle, lectures, guided
wagon tours of each camp and the village, period music.   $5
admission.    Sponsors:  Highland  Historical  Society,  5th
Battalion A.  N.  V., Shenandoah Battlefields Foundation and
Highland  County  Chamber  of  Commerce.   For  info:  (540)

MAY 5&6 Military Living History commemorating the Battle  of
Williamsburg    at   Endview   Plantation,   Newport   News.
Demonstrations all day.  Included  with  regular  admission.
For info: (757) 887-1862,

MAY  9-13  41ST  Annual  Council  on America's Past Military
History Conference at the Clarion Hotel,  Hampton.   General
emphasis  on  U.   S.   Military  activities  from  earliest
history through American Revolution and Civil War  to  Cuba,
Cold  War,  missile  defenses  and  today.  Special focus on
Revolutionary War, Civil War and World War II military  role
in  Tidewater  area  and  Indian  Wars  in settlement of the
Western    Frontier.     For    info:    (703)     912-6124,

MAY  10-13 "The Wilderness to the North Anna" three-day tour
of the 1864 Overland Campaign with  Pamplin  Park  Executive
Director  A.   Wilson Greene.  Sites include The Wilderness,
Spotsylvania Courthouse, North Anna.  Reservations  and  fee
required.     For   info:   (804)   861-2408,   Ext.    606,


LT. GENERALS:                                               
Simon Bolivar Buckner- 4/1/1823-Hart Co., KY              
Leonidas Polk-10/1/1806-Raleigh,NC                        

MAJ. GENERALS:                                              
Henry Watkins Allen-4/29/1820-Pr. Edward Co., VA           
Phillip St. George Cocke -4/17/1808-Fluvanna Co., VA       
James Dearing-4/25/1840-Campbell Co., VA                   
John Smith Preston-4/20/1829-Abingdon, VA                  

BRIG. GENERAL:                                              
Edward Cary Walthall-4/4/1841-Richmond, VA                 


Plenty of Blame to Go  Around:  Jeb  Stuart's  Controversial
Ride  to  Gettysburg, by Eric.  J.  Wittenberg and J.  David
Petruzzi, 428pp.  2006.   Savas  Beattie,  521  5th  Avenue,
Suite 3400, New York, NY 10175, $32.95 plus shipping.       

A  Time for Glory, by R.B.  Greenwalt.  Blue/Gray Press LLC,
611 Frederick Road, #201, Baltimore, MD 21228.  $24.95  plus
shipping.  (Novel)                                          

The Battle of Hanover Courthouse, by Michael C.  Hardy.  205
pp., 2006.  McFarland & Co., Inc., Box  611,  Jefferson,  NC
28640, $45 plus shipping.                                   

Worthy  Opponents: General William T.  Sherman, USA, General
Joseph E.  Johnston, CSA by  Edward  G.   Longacre,  392pp.,
2006.   Rutledge  Hill Press.  P.  O.  Box 14100, Nashville,
TN 37214, $29.99 plus shipping.                             



There's a yellow rose in Texas
That I am going to see.
No other soldier knows her --
No soldier, only me.
She cried so when I left her,
It like to broke my heart,
And if I ever find her,
We never more shall part.

CHORUS:She's the sweetest rose of color
This soldier ever knew.
Her eyes are bright as diamonds,
They sparkle like the dew.
You may talk about your dearest May
And sing of Rosa Lee,
But the Yellow Rose of Texas
Beats the belles of Tennessee.

Where the Rio Grande is flowing
And the starry skies are bright,
She walks along the river
In the quiet summer night.
She thinks, if I remember,
When we parted long ago,
I promised to come back again
And not to leave her so.--CHORUS

Oh, now I'm going to find her,
For my heart is full of woe,
And we'll sing the song together
That we sang so long ago.
We'll play the banjo gaily,
And we'll sing the songs of yore,
And the Yellow Rose of Texas
Shall be mine forever more.--CHORUS

Oh, now I'm headed southward,
For my heart is full of woe.
I'm going back to Georgia
To find my Uncle Joe.
You may talk about your Beauregard
And sing of Bobby Lee,
But the gallant Hood of Texas,
He played hell in Tennessee

(Wonder how many people are aware of the last verse of  this
old favorite that is often sung around the campfire??) Ed.  


The Oxford Rule                                             
It's is not, it isn't ain't, and it's it's, not its, if  you
mean  it  is.  If you don't, it's its.  Then too, it's hers.
It isn't her's.  It  isn't  our's  either,  it's  ours,  and
likewise yours and theirs.                                  
                                     Oxford University Press

A drug is that substance which, when  injected  into  a  rat
will produce a scientific report.                           

Revised Proverbs                                            
If you give a man enough rope, he'll hang you.              

The wages of sin vary considerably.                         

Out of the mouths of babes comes Gerber's strained apricots.

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