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VOLUME 9, ISSUE 9,           SEPTEMBER, 2007
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A quick jump to the articles in this issue:
Commander's Comments, Adjutant's Report, September Program (next), July Program (last),
In Memoriam, Camp Officers, Longstreet's First Corps, VA Events, Lincoln Letter, DUES,


Members of the Longstreet Camp - it is with great pride  and
a  sense  of humility that I assume the post of Commander of
this camp.  A camp whose members are second to none, who all
understand  the  undying  principle  of this camp is to help
preserve and protect the  history  of  the  Confederacy  for
future  generations - and to also help educate the public on
what our cause was, and is, all about.                      

As I ponder this responsibility - I can think back to one of
the  first  contacts I had with the General James Longstreet
Camp.  That was  with  former  Commander  Chuck  Walton.   I
quickly realized after speaking with Chuck his dedication to
the camp and to the  cause.   After  becoming  a  member  of
Longstreet  back  in  August 2001 - I was asked by Commander
Walton to become a member of the Executive  Committee.   I'm
sure Chuck was just laying the ground-work for the continued
success of the camp, and it has been evident when  you  look
at  those  who have followed after Chuck as Commander of the
Longstreet Camp.  Harry Boyd and Taylor Cowardin  both  have
done outstanding jobs as Longstreet camp commanders, and our
membership has grown as a result of their work and  efforts.
I can only hope to continue the trend.                      

July has always been an exciting time of year for my family,
and I dare say for most families - Longstreet being  one  of
them.  Unfortunately some heartache has come in the month of
July as well.  It was in July, 1861  that  the  first  major
battle  of  the  W.B.T.S.   occurred in a sleepy little town
called Manassas, VA  which  resulted  in  the  Confederacy's
first  victory  on  the battlefield.  July 1-3, 1863 saw the
horrific struggle occur in Gettysburg, PA resulting in  over
50,000  casualties  to  both  armies-followed  by the July 4
surrender of the city of Vicksburg, MS after a  long  siege.
July 30, 1864 saw the explosion of a Federal mine underneath
the breastworks along the Confederate lines at Petersburg  -
a  battle later known simply as "The Crater." July 2005, saw
the Longstreet Camp lose its former commander Chuck  Walton;
and then this past July, 2007 - the Longstreet camp suffered
the loss of another of  its  family  -  Chris  Jewett.   Our
thoughts  and  prayers  are with Chris, his mom and dad, his
sister Katie and the entire Jewett family - as well  as  the
12th  Virginia Infantry re-enactors unit that Chris was such
a vital part of, and like the  Longstreet  camp-a  group  he
truly enjoyed being with.                                   

As  we  move  forward  -  I  challenge  all  members  of the
Longstreet camp  to  continue  to  help  the  camp  grow  by
inviting  in  new members, but also by helping to bring back
members who haven't been able to make meetings in the  past.
I  encourage  all members to become more involved in helping
to get the word out about our organization - and  our  camp.
We have always had outstanding programs and speakers - and I
fully expect that trend to continue.  We have some important
ceremonies  on  the horizon that we will be letting you know
about in the up-coming months, and I encourage you  to  come
and  be  a  part  of  the  process.   Help  us  all  to make
Longstreet the camp it truly can - and will be!!  Remember -
"Longstreet is the camp boys-Longstreet is the camp!"       

I look forward to seeing everyone at our next meeting on the
Deo Vindice!                                                


Congratulations to former Camp member Preston Lauterbach and
his  wife  Elise  on  the  July 5th birth of their 7 pound 4
ounce daughter, Margaret Grace.  Preston is the son  of  our
former   Camp   Commander,   the   late  William  T.   "Tom"
Lauterbach.  Preston and Elise live in Memphis.             

It was great having Robert  Mahone,  recovered  from  recent
illness, at our July meeting.                               

Several   other   members  have  been  keeping  the  medical
profession busy.  Pat Hoggard had both knees replaced and is
getting  around.  Jerold Evans had two surgeries.  Gene Lyon
is recovering from surgery.  Harold Whitmore has been having
some  problems.   Ben  Baird  has not been at full speed for
some time.  We wish continued  recovery  for  all  and  hope
they'll be able to attend our September 18 meeting.         

The  membership  application  of Crawley F.  Joyner, III has
been  certified  and  sent   to   headquarters.    Crawley's
ancestor,  Thomas F.  Terry, served in Company K of the 47th
Virginia Infantry.  Our thanks go to  JEB  Stuart,  IV,  who
recommended our Camp to Crawley.                            

We  have  added  two other members through transfer.  Former
Virginia Division Adjutant/Treasurer  Jerry  Wells,  a  long
time  friend of our Camp, has decided to make Longstreet his
home camp.  Jerry persuaded his friend Jason Fazackarley  of
Portsmouth,  England  to come with him into our Camp.  Jason
is now our easternmost member.   With  Michael  Hendrick  in
California  guarding  our western flank, Longstreet Camp has
quite a reach!  We extend a hearty welcome  to  these  three
new members of our camp.                                    

Many  thanks  to all who have paid renewal dues.  Membership
cards for local paid members  will  be  distributed  at  the
September  18 meeting.  Cards have been mailed to all out of
town paid members.  We hope that the rest will either pay at
the September meeting or mail to me.                        

I recently visited the Moore's Creek National Battlefield at
Currie, NC.  This February  1776  Revolutionary  War  battle
pitted  Loyalists  against  Patriots.   The  Loyalist forces
included Scottish Highlanders who  came  to  this  continent
after the defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie's army at Culloden
April 1746.  To get land in the new world,  the  Highlanders
had  to  swear  allegiance  to the British King.  One of the
Loyalist soldiers was the  husband  of  the  immortal  Flora
MacDonald.   The battle at Widow Moore's Creek Bridge wasn't
big enough (1,500 Loyalists vs.   1,000  Patriots)  to  make
Bryan  Perrett's  The  Battle  Book, but it had far reaching
consequences.  Robert Leckie wrote  in  George  Washington's
War, "Moore's Creek Bridge was a Tory disaster.             

North  Carolina  remained  firmly in the rebel camp, Georgia
and South Carolina stiffened their opposition to the  Mother
Country  and  Sir  Henry  Clinton  found no jubilant army of
triumphant Loyalists ready to welcome him  when  his  little
fleet dropped anchor off the Cape Fear River."              

My  first  knowledge of this battle came many years ago from
reading The Scotswoman, by Inglis Fletcher, author  of  many
historical  novels about colonial and post Revolutionary War
North Carolina from 1584 through 1788.  The dedication  page
of  The Scotswoman reads "Dedicated to The Highlanders, Bold
and Valiant, whose inherent love of  freedom,  courage,  and
integrity  have  contributed much to the strong character of
this country."                                              

When I think of Scots, memories of my late great friend, Hef
Ferguson,  who  served  as  Camp  Commander  in  1999,  come
immediately to mind.   I  recall  fondly  the  good  natured
verbal  jousting  between  Hef  and  his predecessor as Camp
Commander Tom Lauterbach as they refought Culloden with  the
Scots  vs.   the  Hanoverians.  Our camp has been blessed by
the leadership of Tom and Hef and their successors, the late
Chuck  Walton, Harry Boyd, and Taylor Cowardin.  Mike Kidd's
dedication to the Camp and to the SCV are harbingers of  the
leadership he will provide as Camp Commander.  None of these
men could accomplish anything without the loyal  support  of
our members.                                                

The  recent collapse of the bridge in Minneapolis reminds us
that there is never a  shortage  of  blame  when  things  go
wrong.   An old timer discussing the December 7, 1941 attack
on Pearl Harbor by the  Japanese  remarked,  "That  wouldn't
have happened if Longstreet had been on time at Gettysburg."

Our Camp founder Bill Mallory, one of the most knowledgeable
students of The War that I've had the pleasure  of  knowing,
said  that so many Southerners spent so much time and energy
assigning blame for our  Gettysburg  defeat  to  Confederate
generals  that  they  conveniently  ignored  90,000 well-led
Yankee soldiers defending strong positions who had more than
a  little  bit to do with the South's loss.  The general for
whom our Camp is named has come in for much  criticism  over
many  years.   Tiring of the unceasing clanging cymbals, the
national SCV in its August 1992 convention at Wilmington, NC
adopted  a  resolution absolving General Longstreet of blame
for the Confederate loss at Gettysburg.                     

This  issue  of  The  Old  War  Horse  contains   the   full
resolution.   The resolution has done little to diminish the
verbal battles about General Longstreet, which appear to  be
likely  to  go on forever.  I am proud to be a member of the
Longstreet Camp and to have a great grandson of the General,
Dan  Paterson,  as  a  fellow  Camp member.  I hope that you
share this pride.                                           







Lieutenant Colonel William Stringer, USMC (Ret.) 

Colonel Stringer was commissioned a second lieutenant in the
United  States Air Force in June, 1972 after graduating from
the U.  S.  Air Force Academy with a degree in International
Affairs.   Resigning his commission in the Air Force, he was
recommissioned a lieutenant  in  the  United  States  Marine
Corps in April, 1978.                                       

Colonel  Stringer  has  served  in a variety of operational,
staff, and command billets at the company, battalion, Marine
Expeditionary Brigade, and Headquarters Marine Corps levels.
His  fleet  Marine  Force  duty  assignments  have  included
Operations   Officer,   Executive   Officer,  and  Battalion
Commander of a motor transport battalion, Commanding Officer
of  a  Combat  Service  Support  Detachment  and  Operations
Officer  for  a  conceptually  new   organization,   Support
Battalion, 3rd Force Service Support Group.                 

Other  assignments have included Staff Secretary, 9th Marine
Amphibious Brigade, and Ground Officer  Assignment  Monitor,
Headquarters Marine Corps.                                  

Colonel Stringer retired from the Marine Corps in September,
1997 after three years as a faculty  member  of  the  Marine
Corps  Command and Staff College where he twice received the
Elihu Rose Award as the College's most outstanding educator.

He is currently serving as a Deputy Commandant of Cadets for
the  Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets and as an Adjunct Faculty
Member of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College.       

Colonel Stringer's personal awards include  the  Meritorious
Service  Medal  (with gold star), Joint Service Commendation
Medal,  Navy  Commendation  Medal  (with  gold  star),  Navy
Achievement  Medal  (with  gold  star),  and  several  other
service, expeditionary, and unit citations/medals.          

He is married to the former Jane Wendling  of  Dayton,  Ohio
and they have one daughter, Erin.                           


Russell Darden began his presentation by asking how many  in
the  audience  had heard of Hicksford.  Only three responded
in the affirmative.                                         

While troops in the Petersburg lines  were  settling  in  as
comfortably  as  possible  for  the winter in early December
1864, Yankee General  Ulysses  S.   Grant  decided  that  he
wanted  to  destroy  the  remainder  of the Army of Northern
Virginia's main supply line, the Petersburg-Weldon Railroad.
There was already a break in the line at Stony Creek.  Grant
wanted destruction of the rail line all  the  way  south  to
Weldon, NC, a major rail center vital to the Confederacy.   

Accordingly,  Grant ordered General Gouverneur Kemble Warren
to add another couple of divisions  to  his  5th  Corps  and
complete  the  destruction  of the railroad.  The order went
through the nominal commander of the Army  of  the  Potomac,
General George Gordon Meade.                                

Warren set out from the Petersburg lines on December 7, 1864
with  22,000  infantrymen,  4,000  cavalrymen,  and  a   few
artillerymen to complete his task.  Confederates had old men
and young boys guarding the bridges over various rivers  and
creeks  crossed  by  the railroad.  Warren brought engineers
from Petersburg  to  rebuild  the  bridges  which  had  been
destroyed  by  the  Confederates.   The Yankee army traveled
southeast along  the  Jerusalem  Plank  Road,  east  of  the
railroad.     They   crossed   the   Nottoway   River   near
Hawkinsville, turned west, and camped at Sussex Court House.

Russell Darden told us that his Watkins ancestors had a farm
in  the path of the Yankee army.  His great grandmother died
on December 7th, only three months after the  death  of  her
husband.   Although  none  of  that family had served in the
Confederate Army, the Yankees burned the home and a building
full of cotton.                                             

General  Robert  E.   Lee  had  received  intelligence about
Warren's expedition and he ordered General A.  P.   Hill  to
take  his  troops to Hicksford (today's Emporia).  Artillery
was ordered up from Weldon to be placed on  the  heights  on
the  south  bank  of  the  Meherrin  River,  which separated
Hicksford from  Belfield.   The  Confederate  artillery  was
protected by Roberdeau Wheat's Louisiana Tiger Infantry.    

The  Yankees pushed the Confederates away at Stony Creek and
forced them to fall back toward Jarratt.  Yankees  continued
to advance, but ended up in a plain north of Belfield, where
Confederate artillery from  the  Hicksford  heights  blasted
them into turning back toward Petersburg on December 10th.  

On the Yankees retreat toward Petersburg, they burned Sussex
Court House and property of civilians.  A significant number
of  Yankee  soldiers  found some apple brandy and got drunk.
Southern bushwhackers killed Yankee stragglers.             

15 year-old  Benjamin  Watkins,  a  collateral  ancestor  of
Russell's,  went back to the destroyed home place.  Appalled
by what he saw, he  joined  the  Confederate  10th  Virginia
Artillery.   Captured at Sailor's Creek, he was taken to the
infamous Point Lookout Prison Camp and died there.          

All too often, significant actions in a war are obscured  by
more  spectacular  events.   Russell  Darden's  presentation
enlightened us about a little  known  running  battle  which
took  place  not  too far from Richmond.  We are indebted to
him for adding to our store of knowledge of The War  and  of
the devastation wrought upon civilians.                     

Writer's  note:  This  six  day  expedition of Warren became
known variously as the Weldon, the Belfield, the  Hicksford,
or  the  Applejack  Raid.   It  is  covered  in  Noah  Andre
Trudeau's  The  Last  Citadel:  Petersburg,  Virginia,  June
1864-April  1865.   Chapter  Thirteen of that book is titled
appropriately "We Cannot  Believe  Americans  Can  Do  These
Things."  This  book  is  available  for  circulation at the
Library of Virginia and at Henrico County Public Library.   


In Memoriam

Our Compatriot, Christopher Peyton Jewett, age 27, passed away suddenly on Saturday, July 21, 2007. He is survived by his parents, Donald and Karen, his sister, Katie, his grandparents, Joyce Wellford and Hartley Jewett and his wife Clara; two aunts and their spouses, Sharon and Doug Jackson and Joy and Jack Myer; four cousins, Meischer and Marieka Jackson, Dana Dowsett and Lisa Myer; and his faithful dog, Copper. In addition to being a member of Longstreet Camp, Chris also belonged to the 12th Virginia Regiment Civil War Reenactment Group. He is shown below with members of both groups at a 2005 gravestone marking ceremony in Hollywood Cemetery, honoring Col. J. G. Clark of the 1st Corps, Army of Northern Virginia. (Chris is 3rd from the left.) Chris thoroughly enjoyed his membership in both groups and we of Longstreet enjoyed having him as a Compatriot. He was a fine young man, struck down in the prime of life, and our sympathy and condolences go out to his family. If you so wish, a memorial contribution may be made to St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 9000 St. Martin's Lane, Richmond, Virginia 23294


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The following is a listing of contributors to the upkeep  of
"The  Old  War  Horse" from July, 2006.  through the current
month.  As you know, our cumulative listing starts  in  July
of each year and we do not meet in August.                  

Ben Baird
Harry Boyd
Lloyd Brooks*
Gary Cowardin
Ron Cowardin
Taylor Cowardin
Brian Cowardin*
Clint Cowardin*
Lee Crenshaw*
Raymond Crews*
Jerold Evans*
Kitty Faglie*
Richard Faglie*
Dave George
Michael Hendrick
Pat Hoggard
Charles Howard
Chris Jewett
John Kane
Roger Kirby
Peter Knowles, II
Frank Marks
Mike Miller*
Lewis Mills
Conway Moncure
Joe Moschetti*
John Moschetti*
Preston Nuttall*
Ken Parsons
Peyton Roden
Rufus Sarvay
Will Schumadine
Joey Seay
Bill Setzer*
John Shumadine
Harrison Taylor
Austin Thomas
David Thomas
Walter Tucker*
Tom Vance*
John Vial*
Will Wallace
David Ware
Jerry Wells
Harold Whitmore*
Hugh Williams*
Joe Wright

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
In memory of Hef Ferguson and Chuck Walton-Walter Tucker

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


  THROUGH  2008
"Virginia   and   the   Confederacy   :  A  Quadricentennial
Perspective" exhibit at The Museum  of  the  Confederacy  in
commemoration  of  Virginia's  400th anniversary.  Featuring
artifacts from Lee, O'Ferrall, Stuart, Cook  and  others  in
the Museum's collection.  For information:

"Jefferon Davis's Richmond." historic walking  tour,  Museum
of  the  Confederacy,  Richmomd,  12:00  noon.  Members, $10
non-members.  Reservations required.  For information,  Dean
Knight, (804) 649-1861, Ext.  37,

"Wartime  Waltzing"  at  the  Museum  of  the   Confederacy,
Richmond,   with   the  Virginia  Homespun  Dance  Ensemble.
Demonstrations of 19th century dances  including  Civil  War
dance   demonstrations  by  members  or  the  12th  Virginia
Infantry, Co.  B, Longstreet's Corps., lectures,  chance  to
participate.  Free with regular admission.  For information,
Linda Lipscomb, (804) 649-1861, Ext.  32,

143rd  anniversary  of  the  Battle  of  Stanardsville.   In
Stanardsville.  Battles of Rio Hill and Stanardsville, Civil
War ball, ladies tea,  mini-camp/soldier  school  for  kids,
living  history,  worship  services,  music.   Sponsored  by
Greene County Economic  Development  Authority.   Hosted  by
34th  Virginia Infantry and 53rd Pennsylvania Infantry.  For
Information,          Greene          County,          (434)

Elizabeth Roller Bottimore  Lecture  "The  British  View  of
General  Robert  E.   Lee"  by  Brian  Holden-Reid of King's
College, London, at University of Richmond, 7:30 p.m.   Free
admission.  For information, Linda Lipscomb, (804) 649-1861,

Period  Firearms  Competition.   The  North-South   Skirmish
Association's  116th  National Competition, near Winchester.
Live  fire  matches  with  muskets,  breech-loading  rifles,
revolvers,    mortars,   cannon.    Free   admission.    For

OCTOBER 11, 12
"Two Days With Ed Bearss" tour by bus and  on  foot  of  The
Wilderness  and  Spotsylvania.  Dine with Greg Mertz.  $235.
Sponsored by the Friends of  Manassas  Battlefield  National
Park.    Checks   to  P.O.   Box  2847,  Manassas,  Virginia
20109-0894.  For information,

"Jefferson Davis' Richmond" historic walking tour, Museum of
the  Confederacy,  Richmond.   12:00  Noon.  $7 members, $10
non-members.  Reservations required.  For information,  Dean
Knight, (804) 649-1861 Ext.37, dknight@

11TH Annual Symposium,  "Infamous  Episodes  and  Disastrous
Endeavors  of  the  Civil  War"  at Pamplin Historical Park,
Petersburg.   Topics  include:  "Sabotage  at  City  Point,"
"Blunders     of     the     Vicksburg     Campaign,"    The
Dahlgren-Kilpatrick  Raid,"  "The  Surrender   at   Harper's
Ferry,"  "Mr.  Lincoln Goes to War" and "Grant's Failures at
Petersburg." Reservations and fee required, For  information
and          reservations,          (877)          726-7546,

143rd Reenactment of the Battle  of  Cedar  Creek  on  Cedar
Creek     Battlefield,     Middletown.     Daily    battles,
demonstrations, symposia events.  Admission, 2-day pass $20,
day  pass  $12; students, active military, half price, Cedar
Creek Brigade, children  under  5  and  parking  free.   For
information,  tickets,  Cedar  Creek Battlefield Foundation,
(540) 869-2064;


                                Executive Mansion, Washington
					September 19, 1864

To General W. T. Sherman                                     
Major-General Sherman:                                       

The state election of Indiana occurs on the 11th of October,  
and the loss of it, to the friends of the Government would    
go far toward losing the whole Union cause.  The bad effect   
upon the November election, and especially the giving the     
State government to those who will oppose the war in every    
possible way, are too much to risk if it can be avoided.  The 
draft proceeds, notwithstanding its strong tendency to lose   
us the State.  Indiana is the only important State voting in  
October whose soldiers cannot vote in the field.  Anything    
you can safely do to let her soldiers, or any part of them,   
go home and vote at the State election will be greatly in     
point.  They need not remain for the Presidential election,   
but may return to you at once.  This is in no sense an        
order, but is merely intended to impress you with the         
importance to the Army itself of your doing all you safely    
can, yourself being the judge of what you can safely do.      

Yours truly,                                                  
A. Lincoln                                                    

(Sounds like the poor old barefoot and ragged Rebels had old
Abe  concerned  about  losing the war and was trying hard to
"get out the Vote!")                                        


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and mail to:
Walter Tucker          
2524 Hawkesbury Court  
Richmond, VA 23233-2426

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