THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 10, ISSUE 8, SEPTEMBER, 2008
The "dog days of summer" are beginning to wind down for us all - although you wouldn't know it just yet with the high temperatures and humidity that are still with us these days. It sort of reminds me of the many letters and correspondence that I (and I'm sure many of you) have read over the years of the Confederate soldiers that fought in Virginia during this time of year - how a lot of them had never experienced the oppressive heat and humidity that is a Virginia summer, and didn't know how to deal with it. Yet, these brave and hardy men fought to the very end to protect and defend their homes and their families. With this beginning my second year as Commander of the General James Longstreet Camp #1247, I am able to sit back and look at where the Camp is today in comparison to where we were at the beginning of my command of the camp just last year. Our membership totals have remained relatively the same - while we have had several new members join our ranks, and we have had some transfers - we have also, unfortunately, lost some members as well. Our Camp membership numbers are still strong, and this year I would really like to see those numbers grow even stronger - and I truly believe with your help and support they can indeed do just that. I see a lot of potential and involvement with the Virginia Division-SCV and the Longstreet Camp in the coming years. One opportunity that has excited the Camp's Executive Committee and me is the need to choose new leadership for the Camp in the coming year. This is not to suggest that I have not enjoyed my tenure as Commander of this Camp (I most certainly have), but it is more of a reality check if you would - and I am looking to you - the members of the Longstreet Camp to help us out with this task. How you may ask?? It's simple really - become involved with the Executive Committee meetings and attend those meetings on a regular basis (we meet the 2nd Monday of every month that we have a camp meeting at Panera's,10301 West Broad Street, at 6 p.m,). Let any/all members of the Camp Executive Committee know of your interest in serving in a leadership capacity within the Camp; be involved with outside activities that may (or may not) concern the Longstreet Camp, but that are SCV-related (parades; State Fair booth; grave site dedications; etc.). My invitation stands to all Longstreet Camp members who are interested, but please let the Executive Committee know first of your interest in attending a meeting. The State Fair of Virginia is just around the corner (by the time you will receive this), and once again Commander Rob Millikin has asked for volunteers to help man the SCV's booth at this year's Fair. I had the chance to participate last year and definitely found it to be a very rewarding experience, and if my work schedule will allow for it - I hope to be able to lend my support to this again this year. I encourage any/all Longstreet Camp members to volunteer some of their time to assist Commander Millikin with this venture. I think you will find it as rewarding as I did. Don't forget to turn in your annual dues statement to Walter - you should have received a statement in the mail already. If you did not receive a statement and are in good standing with Longstreet Camp and the Virginia Division-SCV, then please contact Walter Tucker or me and we will get a form to you. If you know of anyone who was a Longstreet Camp member in the past, but may have let their membership expire - please let Walter or me know so that we may contact them to see if they would be interested in re-joining. I look forward to seeing everyone at our next Camp meeting in September - it promises to be an excellent meeting. Remember - "Longstreet is the Camp boys - Longstreet is the Camp!" Deo Vindice! Mike
We have sent to International Headquarters two certified membership applications for prospective new members John Almond and Joshua Stanton. John's ancestor Robert A. Ward served in Company B of the 22nd Virginia Infantry Battalion. Joshua 's ancestor Benjamin J. Stanton was a member of Company F of the 10th Virginia Infantry Regiment. New to our Camp is James D. Bradford, who transferred to Longstreet from Dearing-Beauregard camp # 1813. His ancestor James C. Bradford served in the 3rd Tennessee Cavalry. It was previously reported that Jason Fazackarley of Portsmouth, England transferred to Captain John Low CSN Camp # 2121. Jason decided to continue to call Longstreet his home camp, so he transferred back to us. We welcome all these gentlemen to our Camp. Congratulations to Camp members and wives who have recently had children. Richard and Karen Campbell had a daughter, Alice Boyd Campbell. Elizabeth Carter Knowles was born to Bolling and Darci Knowles. Delighted grandparents are Camp members and wives Barton and Madge Campbell and Peter Knowles, II and Brantlley Knowles. As the years advance, our camp members seem to give more (too much?) business to doctors. Ben Baird has been in the hospital twice recently with heart problems. Ben is unable to attend our meetings, but he remains loyal to our camp. Pat Hoggard had hip replacement surgery in July. He went home on time and is doing well. The hospital gave Pat's wife Sarah a button which had the word "Coach" on it. Pat, always a good team member, will naturally do what "Coach" tells him. Pat has graduated from physical therapy and is now on his own, fortunately under the watchful eye of Coach Sarah. As we enter a new camp year, some thank you's are in order. First, to all of our members who donated generously to The Old War Horse and to the Buck Hurtt Scholarship Fund. Next, to Dave George who, with the able assistance of his wife Marion, edits, publishes, and distributes our excellent newsletter. Then, to Gary Cowardin who maintains our Camp's web site. Lastly, to all our loyal members for their continuing support of our camp and its activities. Renewal dues notices have been mailed out by the Virginia Division. Please call me if you did not receive a notice. The procedure is better this year, since dues come to camp adjutants, who in turn will send the National and Division shares of dues to the Division treasurer. Division plans to send National its share of dues every two weeks. Checks received by me are deposited either the day they are received or the following business day, depending on how early the mail comes. Dues are coming in nicely. Three batches of dues have been sent to Division as of August 15. Several members sent in with their dues contributions to The Old War Horse, to the Hurtt Scholarship Fund, and to various Division projects. Your prompt action and your generosity are much appreciated. They told me at Ukrop's that I'm not too old to read the new free magazine Boomer Life. It was great seeing former Richmond Times-Dispatch writers on a recent cover and reading their articles. I just wish they were still at the T-D. The current issue has a story about Field Days of the Past, for which our camp member Bobby Williams does a lot of good work. Thank you, Bobby. This takes place September 19-20-21 on route 623 half a mile north of Broad Street Road (Route 250). One of my favorite periods of history is the seemingly endless war (1793-1815) pitting Great Britain and its allies against France. Bernard Cornwell has a great series of novels featuring Richard Sharpe, born into poverty, who joined the army as a way out. He received a battlefield commission in India for saving the life of Sir Arthur Wellesley (later Duke of Wellington). Sharpe is a fine warrior, but doesn't do well when the shooting stops, partly because he is not accepted by some incompetent aristocratic officers who purchased their commissions. In Sharpe's Prey, about the less well known 1807 Copenhagen campaign, Sharpe has been appointed quartermaster and is thinking of leaving the army. Division Commanding Officer Major General David Baird (1757-1829), who does appreciate good soldiers, tells him, "The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, and you don't piddle your life away because you don't like his dispositions." Baird himself lived by that sound philosophy. He was a POW for four years in India. He fell out with Wellesley and left India. Baird was captured at sea and released shortly thereafter. He was dismissed as Governor of the Cape after the Buenos Aires fiasco. He lost an arm in 1809 at Corunna, where Sir John Moore was killed. Baird was made a baronet and promoted General 1814. He became Governor of Kinsale 1819 and became Commander in Chief Ireland 1820-1829. Baird later was Governor of Fort George, Inverness, Scotland holding that post until his death 1829. Our Confederate ancestors who survived the Civil War experienced something that no Americans before or since had to endure. Their nation went out of existence. Some left the country, never to return. Most returned to a homeland devastated by The War. A tiny few succeeded in politics and business; most did not, exerting themselves in their fields, their shops, and their stores and in many cases watching their property taken away by carpetbaggers and scalawags. This had to be the worst time in the history of the South. The fact that they persevered is evidenced by the fact that we are here today. We should honor them for their courage in rebuilding the postwar South as much as we do for their military service in The War. Hope your summer is good. Look forward to seeing you September 16. Bring a friend to enjoy our fellowship. Walter
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Our upcoming speaker will be Fred Taylor, who will present "Last Battle at Appomattox-An Historical Account of North Carolina's Claim of Being "Last at Appomattox." This will include an in-depth look at the final hours of The Army of Northern Virginia. This should prove to be a very interesting program. Be sure to come for it and help us to give Mr. Taylor a warm Longstreet welcome.
Martin and Mary Schaller gave a dramatic reading in period dress from their book Soldiering For Glory. This book is based on the life and times of Mr. Schaller's ancestor, Col. Frank Schaller. Col. Schaller was a very ambitious European immigrant who was already a professional soldier before coming to America. The Schallers detailed his soldiering background, his wartime triumphs and setbacks along with his love interest and future wife, Sofie. Col. Schaller was a very flamboyant character and thirsted for fame and recognition. Although he didn't reach the level of fame achieved by Lee and Jackson, he has now finally achieved a greater level of recognition through the hard work and devotion of his descendant Martin Schaller and Martin's wife, Mary. Taylor COLONEL SCHALLER
2005-2008 CAMP OFFICERS LONGSTREET CAMP #1247Commander: 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
PUBLICATIONSWebmaster: Gary F. Cowardin 262-0534 Website: longstreetscv.org War Horse: David P. George 200-1311
The following is a listing of contributors to the upkeep of "The Old War Horse" from July, 2008. 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 Taylor Cowardin Peter Knowles, II Joe Moschetti Legend: * - Multiple contributions
HURTT SCHOLARSHIP FUNDPeter Knowles, II Joe Moschetti
VIRGINIA DIVISION, SCV FUNDWalter Beam Crawley Joyner Bob Moore Cary Shelton
A COMMENTARY ON THE SOUTH"Recognizing that it certainly isn't true of all of us, I would propose that a Southerner is distinguished by a sense of neighborliness, a garrulous quality, a wish to get together a lot." Charles Kuralt, in "Southerners: Portrait of a People"
CALENDAR OF VIRGINIA EVENTSDon't forget Pamplin Park and the Museum of the Civil War Soldier!! Contact them at their website, www.pamplinpark.org for full information and event schedule. Also take time to visit The Museum of the Confederacy!! Reach them through their website, www.mos.org
GENEALOGY MESSAGE FROM SCV NATIONALDear Compatriots, I hope you are well. You may remember back in April the announcement concerning our DNA project. If you have not tried this for yourself and are interested in furthering your own genealogical research, I have news that I am sure you will find interesting. The arrangements the SCV has made to allow our members to do this research using Family Tree DNA has just gotten better. Family Tree DNA set up a group program, offering us discounts and profit sharing for the SCV. But right now and until the end of August, they are giving us an even better deal. Family Tree DNA is offering a significant discount on many of their test upgrades. This promotion is geared towards bringing new members to the SCV by offering the following big incentives: Y-DNA12 orders include a FREE mtDNA test (Y-DNA12+mtDNA promotion price of $99; normally $189) Y-DNA25 orders include a FREE mtDNA test (Y-DNA25+mtDNA promotion price of $148; normally $238) Y-DNA37 orders price REDUCED to $119 (normally $189) Y-DNA37+mtDNAPlus orders price REDUCED to $189 (normally $339) Y-DNA67+mtDNAPlus orders price REDUCED to $288 (normally $409) mtDNAPlus price REDUCED to $149 (normally $189) This promotion goes into effect immediately and will be available until August 31st, 11:59PM CST. Take advantage of this while you can. Please visit Family Tree DNA's web site https://www.familytreedna.com and look it over. If you decide you would like to join the project you can do so from this link: https://www.familytreedna.com/surname_join.aspx?code=K17699 The current promotion is already included in the options. Genetic genealogy through the use of DNA is growing rapidly. It allows us to connect with other people that have perhaps more information to add to our family mystery. The following are web sites that go further into depth on this fascinating subject. https://www.familytreedna.com/faq.html http://www.isogg.org/ http://www.thegeneticgenealogist.com www.eyeondna.com/2007/07/02/genetic-genealogist-dr-blaine-bettinger-on-dna-and-genealogy I hope you find this service useful in your genealogical search. Please feel free to email me with any questions. I am, Respectfully yours, Michael Givens Lt. Commander-in-Chief Sons of Confederate Veterans firstname.lastname@example.org
JUST A LITTLE HUMOR! BISMARK'S LAWSThe less people know about sausages and laws are made, the better they'll sleep at night. When you say that you agree to a thing in principle, you mean that you have not the slightest intention of carrying it out in practice. Otto von Bismark, German Chancellor
BUREAUCRATIC IMMORTALITYSenator Lawton Chiles of Florida discovered that among the 4,987 forms used by the federal government was one that would be sent to city officials after a nuclear attack asking how many citizens survived, he was moved to comment, "The implication is that even if nothing else survives a nuclear blast, the bureaucracy will rise from the ashes,"