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VOLUME 10, ISSUE 2,           FEBRUARY, 2008
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A quick jump to the articles in this issue:
Commander's Comments, Adjutant's Report, February Program (next), Humor, January Program (last),
Camp Officers, Longstreet's First Corps, Beauvoir, Calendar, MacLeod Leaves, Poetry,


Like a lot of us, I spent this past Sunday evening  watching
an  excellent  Super Bowl game.  I wasn't really a supporter
for either team since my team had already  lost  earlier  in
the  play-offs,  so I was just looking for a good all-around
game - and it certainly didn't disappoint.  Being a  fan  of
the  game, I have always tried to catch some of the pre-game
activities, and this year shortly before the game,  the  Fox
Network  paid their own tribute to the men and women who are
serving in our armed forces all across the globe  by  having
the  Declaration  of  Independence recited by members of the
NFL - past and present.  It was definitely a time  to  pause
and  reflect  on  the  many sacrifices that our soldiers and
their families are facing today - and  also  the  sacrifices
that were made many years ago.                              

Webster's  defines  sacrifices  as  "giving  up of something
valued; a loss in giving up something valued; or an offering
to  God." Sort of makes you stop and think for a second, and
at the same time reflect on what has been sacrificed for us.

Members of our families sacrificed themselves  for  a  cause
for  which  they  believed  in,  and in a lot of cases for a
leader that they believed  in.   Definitely  the  leadership
qualities  of  a  General  Stonewall  Jackson, General James
Longstreet, and General Robert  E.   Lee  could  instill  in
their  men time and again the desire to sacrifice their very
existence just so our nation could exist - and with that our
homes, our families, and our way of life.                   

Rarely  do  we see that type of leader exist today, but they
have existed - General George  Washington;  General  Patrick
Cleburne; General Nathan Bedford Forrest; General John Black
Jack" Pershing; old "Blood and Guts" General George  Patton;
and The Marine's Marine-General Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller.  I
would dare say that there are many, many more  leaders  than
just  these  few  mentioned who could instill in their men a
desire to "pay the ultimate sacrifice" for the good of their

Now I am not suggesting that we all go out tomorrow and fall
on our swords, but we need to keep in  mind  the  sacrifices
that  were made for us by those that came before us - and at
the same time keep  their  memory  alive  by  continuing  to
support  the  cause  which  we  hold so near and dear to our
hearts today.                                               

Make it a point each day to educate just  one  person  about
the  SCV  and the Confederacy.  Make it a point to educate a
young person about our history - not what they may have been
taught  in  school, but the reality of what really happened.
Let's all sacrifice a bit of ourselves to better educate our
neighbors, our communities, and if called upon, our schools.

If  you  have  children  or  grandchildren that have a class
field trip to The Museum of the Confederacy or Pamplin  Park
-  then  sacrifice  your  time to go and be with these young
people to help them better understand why  people  did  what
they  did so many years ago, and take pride in the fact that
you are educating them about your history and your heritage.
When  they  see  that  interest, and hear that enthusiasm in
your voice, then they will start  to  ask  questions  -  and
before  you  know  it  -  they  will  be  actually  learning
something.  It's a great feeling!                           

Don't  forget  -  we  need  to  continue  to  work  for  the
Commonwealth  of Virginia to recognize the month of April as
Confederate History and Heritage Month.                     

Also, please remember that the Annual History  and  Heritage
Parade  is  still scheduled for Sunday, April 6th, beginning
at 2:00 p.m.  at the DMV - and ending in Hollywood Cemetery.
I  appreciate  so  many  of you last month volunteering your
time to come to Hollywood and serve as a welcoming committee
for  the parade marchers, but we are always looking for more

I have been asked by a member of  the  UDC  to  see  if  the
Longstreet  camp  would  be interested in assisting with the
planning and coordination of the upcoming  Children  of  the
Confederacy Convention that will be held in July.  I hope to
have more details to pass along to you in the coming months.

It has been suggested to me that we start to do tours of our
area  for  members of the Longstreet Camp and their families
and friends.  I have asked the Museum of the Confederacy  if
they  would  be  interested in being our first tour and they
have agreed.  We will be discussing  this  at  this  month's
Camp  meeting  -  plan to attend as we want everyone's input
and support to this venture.                                

Remember -
"Longstreet is the Camp boys - Longstreet is  the Camp!"

I look forward to seeing everyone at our next camp meeting! 

Deo Vindice!                                                


We extend our sympathy to former Camp member Frank Marks  in
the  passing  of  of  his wife Rosemary.  Frank and Rosemary
attended several of our Christmas  banquets.   Frank  was  a
loyal  member  until his medical problems prevented him from
attending meetings.                                         

We  have   received   from   headquarters   the   membership
certificate  of  Joseph Sterling Price.  Because he lives in
Ohio and his attendance at a Camp meeting, is uncertain,  we
have mailed to him his membership certificate and membership
card.   We  have  sent  to   headquarters   the   membership
application  of Philip Cary Shelton, whose great grandfather
Charles Swanglin Davis served in Company  L,  1st  Regiment,
Orr's  South Carolina Rifles.  Cary lives in Glen Allen, and
we plan to hold an induction ceremony for  him  soon.   That
ceremony is a formality; he's already a member.             

Another new Camp member is Peter R.  Evans of Littlehampton,
England.  Peter  was  a  member  of  another  camp  and  was
recruited for Longstreet by Jerry Wells.                    

Peter   can   join   with   another  English  member,  Jason
Fazackarley of Portsmouth, in  defending  against  marauders
from across the English Channel!                            

We  welcome  these  new members to our Camp.  We now have 83
members, the highest number ever.                           

We were required to submit Camp Articles of  Association  to
headquarters  by January 31.  This was caused by a change in
the state of incorporation of our parent  organization,  the
Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV).                         

SCV   was   organized   in  1896  and  was  incorporated  in
Mississippi in 1978.  On June 21, 2005 the  old  Mississippi
corporation was merged into a new Texas corporation.        

Our   Camp   was   founded  in  1961  as  an  unincorporated
association, which status is unchanged.  By far the  largest
part  of  the  Articles consists of language required by the
Internal Revenue Service.  We modified very  slightly  other
parts  of the Articles for clarification before sending them
to headquarters.  Our Camp members who have given  us  email
addresses will receive a copy via email.  If any of the rest
of you would like to have a copy, please let  me  know,  and
I'll  give you one at the next meeting or mail you one.  The
articles are on one side of a sheet of paper.  They are  not
exciting reading and may cure insomnia.                     

Last   month's  report  gave  information  about  endangered
historic site Fort Monroe and an organization  dedicated  to
saving   that   national   treasure.   Some  other  historic
preservation organizations worthy of support are:           

Civil War Preservation Trust       
Washington, DC            	           

Central Virginia Battlefields Trust
Fredericksburg, VA                        

Museum of the Confederacy          

Richmond Battlefields Association  

Our Camp member Waite Rawls is CEO of the Museum.  Our  Camp
member,  Sam  Craghead,  works  at the Museum and is a board
member of Richmond Battlefields Association.                

There will always be plenty to do to preserve and defend our
heritage.   We SCV members should be in the lead doing this.
In that magnificent movie Zulu, a young private, looking  at
more  than  4,000  Zulus  attacking  139 British soldiers at
Rorke's Drift January 1879, asked  Colour  Sergeant  Bourne,
"Why us?."                                                  

Bourne  replied "Because we're 'ere, lad, and there's nobody

That question and answer are appropriate for SCV members  in







Great News!!  Our old  friend,  Mike  Gorman,  will  be  our
speaker for February.                                       

Mike  has  worked up a new presentation using the Library of
Congress' digitally enhanced photographs of  the  Civil  War
era.   These amazingly sharp and detailed photographs depict
Richmond during the Civil War.                              

You will remember his program of battlefield  pictures  that
enthralled  us so much not too long ago.  Well, we feel that
this one will equal or exceed that presentation.            

Those of you that have not experienced a Gorman presentation
are in for a real treat!                                    

Make every effort to attend this meeting so that we may give
Mike a great Longstreet welcome!                            

Be sure to bring a friend who may be curious  to  know  what
goes on at a Longstreet Camp Meeting.                       


Jeff  Toalson,  author  of  No  Soap,  No   Pay,   Diarrhea,
Dysentary,  &  Desertion, began his talk by quoting a letter
written by his great grandfather  Private  James  A.   Wood,
Company D, 11th Virginia Infantry, to his mother, "I suppose
you  all  have  forgotten  me  or  you  would  have  written
oftener."   This  suggests  the  importance  of  letters  to

Jeff's book focuses on what the soldiers and the folks  back
home  wrote  about during the last 16 months of The War.  It
contrasted greatly with what generals wrote, such as General
John  Bell  Hood's  description  of  the Army of Tennessee's
retreat after its defeat at Nashville December  1864,  "From
Pulaski  I  moved  by  the  most  direct  road to Bainbridge
crossing on the Tennessee River, which was  reached  on  the
25th,   where   the   army   crossed  without  interruption,
completing the crossing on  the  27th,  including  our  rear
guard...   After  crossing the river, the army moved by easy
marches to Tupelo, Miss."                                   

The same march was described thusly by 2nd Lieutenant Samuel
Robinson,  63rd  Virginia  Infantry, "We have retreated some
200 miles through the mud half leg deep and a great many men
was  entirely  barfooted  and almost naked.  The men marched
over frozen ground till their feet was worn  out  till  they
could  be  tracked  by the blood and some of them their feet
was frosted and swollen till they bursted  till  they  could
not stand."                                                 

Jeff's  book  is a composite diary reflecting letters of 220
men and 50 women.  Many of these  were  found  in  the  Swem
Library  at William and Mary and the Roanoke Public Library.
He described his book as a kaleidoscope of voices  from  the
declining days of the Confederacy.                          

A  stark  picture is painted.  A soldier from the 16th Texas
Infantry said that the area after a  battle  looked  like  a
butcher  shop with amputated arms and legs all around.  Jeff
found recipes for rats.  One soldier wrote  that  rats  were
more valuable than Confederate money.                       

Joseph  Hoover, 45th Tennessee, wrote that his ration in the
prison at Rock Island, was reduced to bread, beef, and mule.

Daniel  Schrekhise  was  a  farm  laborer  who  had  paid  a
substitute  to enter the Confederate Army in his place.  The
Army was badly in need of men, and  Daniel  was  drafted  in
February,  1864,  being assigned to Company I, 62nd Virginia
Infantry.  He wrote to his father about the horrors  of  his
first battle, Cold Harbor, June 3, 1864.                    

Jeff   recounted  several  other  interesting  letters.   In
response to a  question  about  a  question  about  possible
defeatism  in  the  minds of Confederate soldiers, Jeff said
that the soldiers still felt they could win The War.        

Writer's note:                                              

Our new Camp member, long time SCV member Chris Trinite  had
an ancestor in the same unit as Jeff Toalson's ancestor.    



Commander: Michael Kidd 270-9651 1st. Lt. Cmdr.: Taylor Cowardin 359-9277 2nd Lt. Cmdr.: Thomas G. Vance 282-6278 Adjutant/Treasurer: Walter Tucker 360-7247 Judge Advocate: Harry Boyd 741-2060 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 listing of contributors to the upkeep  of
"The  Old  War  Horse" from July, 2007.  through the current
month.  As you know, our cumulative listing starts  in  July
of each year and we do not meet in August.                  

Lloyd Brooks*
Brian Cowardin
Clint Cowardin
Gary Cowardin
Taylor Cowardin
Ray Crews
Jerold Evans
Kitty Faglie
Richard Faglie
Michael Hendrick
Michael Kidd
Peter Knowles,II
Lewis Mills
Conway Moncure
Robert Moore
Joe Moschetti
John Moschetti
Peyton Roden
Bill Setzer
Rufus Sarvay
Will Shumadine
Austin Thomas
John Vial
Jerry Wells
David Ware
Bobby Williams
Hugh Williams 

In memory of Robert Mahone-Raymond Crews
In memory of Hef Ferguson and Chuck Walton-Walter Tucker

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

Your support of the War Horse is really amazing!  There  are
very  few organizations, if any, in this area that can equal
it.  It really shows how great our Camp spirit is and proves
what  a  wonderful group of men and their wives we have here
in Longstreet Camp.                                         

Your editor is honored to be a part of the life  of  such  a
community of friends.                                       

My thanks to all of you!

"The South is anyway below the line where restaurants will bring you grits in the morning (and the Deep South is where they bring the grits without asking.") Fred Powledge



The Mississippi Division of The Sons of Confederate Veterans
has  announced  that  the  home of President Jefferson Finis
Davis in Biloxi had been 75% restored as of January, 2008.  

Thanks go to the many conservators involved in the hard work
that   they   have   done  so  far.   They  came  from  such
organizations as the  Winterthur  Estate  in  Delaware,  The
University  of  Delaware's  Art Conservation Department, New
York University, Buffalo State College, University of  Texas
at Austin and Winterthur/University of Delaware.            

Hurricane Katrina, in 2005, caused severe destruction to the
home and museum.  All of the outbuildings were  washed  away
and many relics in the Museum and Davis' library were either
destroyed or carried away by the flood.                     

(The picture above was taken in 2003.)

"Southerners can claim kin with anybody.  It's  one  of  our
most dexterous talents!"                                    

				Guy Davenport


THROUGH MARCH "Lee and Grant" exhibit at Virginia Historical Society, Richmond. Includes paintings, documents and artifacts providing reassessment of the generals' lives, careers, impact and development of historical thought and popular attitudes about them. Catalog, online exhibition. Monday-Saturday 10-5, Sundays free, 1-5. For info: (804) 358-4901; THROUGH APRIL 7 Special exhibit on the Confederate Navy at the Museum of the Confederacy, Richmond. Objects, photos, documents, including the last Confederate Flag to be lowered by the commerce raider, C.S.S Shenandoah. For info: (804) 649-1861; FEBRUARY 9 "Hearts at War" at the Museum of the Confederacy, Richmond., 1 p.m. Commemorating the relationship of Jefferson and Varina Howell Davis, looking at Valentine traditions and courtship during the Civil War through artiufacts, love letters and stories. For info: Linda Lipscomb, (804) 649-1861, Ext. 32;; FEBRUARY 13 Mock Trial at Dinwiddie Courthouse, Petersburg, 10 am. Presentations by Chris Calkins and SCV Camp 1734 on who is buried in grave #4824 at Popular Grove National Cemetery- 14th New York Sgt. J. Ritchie or 14th North Carolina Sgt. Ivy Ritchie. Moderated by Supt. Bob Kirby, A. Wilson Greene. John Latschar and Patrick Schroeder, Judges. For info: (804) 732-3531; FEBRUARY 23 "Jefferson Davis; A man in Full" symposium at the Library of Virginia Lecture Hall, hosted by the Museum of the Confederacy, Richmond, 9:30 - 4. Speakers include Joan Cashin, Donald Collins, William J. Cooper, William C. ˛Jack" Davis. $35 members, $45 non-members. For info: Linda Lipscomb (804) 649-1861 Ext 32;;

Cynthia MacLeod Leaves Richmond !!

The superintendent of Richmond National Battlefield Park was made superintendent of the Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia last month. She had taken command of the nine site, 1,700 acre park here in 1990 and had overseen more than 200 employees. She cited the acquisition of additional land and "expanding and invigorating the interpretation" as her greatest accomplishments during her Richmond stay. Assistant Superintendent David Ruth has taken over as Acting Superintendent in Richmond pending the appointment of a new chief for the park.

Poetry of the War

Your editor ran across this short poem by one of the nation's great poets and thought that you might enjoy it also. It is short and succinct, and I think, describes Lee very well. ROBERT E. LEE A gallant foeman in the fight, a brother when the fight was o'er, The hand that led the host with might The blessed torch of learning bore. Thought may the minds of men divide, Love makes the hearts of nations one, And so, the soldier's grave beside, We honor thee, Virginia's son. Julia Ward Howe


By Major S. A. Jones Representing nothing on God's earth now, And naught in the waters below it- As a pledge of the nation that's dead and gone, Keep it, dear friend, and show it. Show it to those who would lend an ear To the tale that this paper can tell, Of liberty born, of patriot's dream- Of the storm-cradled nation that fell. Too poor to possess the precious ores, And too much of a stranger to borrow, We issued today our promise to pay, And hope to redeem on the morrow. The days rolled on and weeks became years, But our coffers were empty still, Gold was so rare that the Treasury quaked, If a dollar should drop in the till. But the faith that was in us was strong indeed, And our poverty well discerned, And these little checks represented the pay, That our volunteers earned. We know it had hardly value in gold, Yet as gold her soldier received it, It gazed in our eyes with a promise to pay And each patriot soldier believed it. But our boys thought little of price of pay, Or of bills that were ever due; We knew if it brought us bread today, 'Twas the best our poor country could do. Keep it, for it tells our history o'er, From the birth of its dreams to the last, Modest and born of the angel Hope, Like the hope of success it passed. (Editor's Note: This poem was written on the back of a piece of Confederate currency by Major Jones.)

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