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VOLUME 12, ISSUE 6,           June, 2010
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A quick jump to the articles in this issue:
Commander's Comments, Adjutant's Report, June Program (next), May Program (last),
Fort Monroe, Camp Officers, Longstreet's First Corps, Editor Honored, Coming Events,


Having attended the annual Jefferson Davis Birthday Celebration today at
Hollywood  Cemetery  I am reminded of just how important it is to remain
hydrated in the coming days of summer when it is 90+ degrees out.  It is
truly  a  bit  ironic that as I am writing my comments, it is June 5th -
D-Day minus 1!  It has been called by historians as the  single  largest
amphibious assault on the European continent - where causalities were as
high in many units as they were during the War Between the States.   The
city  of  Bedford,  Virginia  near  my  hometown of Roanoke suffered the
highest causality figures of any community in America on D-Day, and  the
good  people of the area have honored those "Boys of Bedford" and all of
their comrades with a wonderful memorial in their honor.                

I have had the honor of visiting the D-Day Memorial in  Bedford  in  the
past, and I encourage any and all members and their families and friends
who have not traveled that way to do so.  It  is  definitely  worth  the
time  to  go,  and  you  may  just  help  to save a very, very important
Memorial to a lot of brave men.  You will not be able to meet any of the
"Boys  of  Bedford"  I  am  afraid  -  we lost the last remaining member
earlier last year, but his spirit and  those  spirits  of  his  comrades
still lives on.                                                         

The remembrance and preservation of our Southern history is what being a
member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans is all about  -  I  sometimes
think  that  some  of  our  members  forget that, but the bottom line is
simple - if we don't work towards preserving and remembering our history
- who will ??  Our children??  Our families??  Our friends??  Maybe, but
then again maybe not - regardless we can't take that chance.            

I mentioned this in a previous Commander's Comments but  I  feel  it  is
worth stating again - As we continue with our struggle of trying to save
our history and our heritage, I am reminded of what the  great  reporter
Edward R.  Murrow once said - "We can deny our heritage and our history,
but we cannot escape responsibilities for the results".  I dare say that
the  leaders  of our fair city should take heed to Mr.  Murrow's words -
as should others as well.                                               

For those members who may not have been aware - the Longstreet Camp just
last  week  lost a close and good friend in the passing of Barbara Boyd,
wife of past Longstreet Commander Harry Boyd.  While her death is  truly
a  shock  to  everyone-especially  her  family,  Barbara's  spirit  will
definitely live on in the memory each of us has of her.  Our  heart-felt
condolences to  Harry,  James,  Carrie, and Mallory.  The Camp Executive
Committee has  voted  unanimously  to  give  a  charitable  donation  in
Barbara's name.                                                         

I  appreciate  Walter  Tucker  filling  in for me at the last minute the
other evening at the Douglas S.  Freeman Senior awards night  at  Second
Baptist  Church  to  present  this  year's  Buck Hurtt scholarship award
winner.  I'm sure that Walter will fill us all in on this year's  winner
at our next Camp meeting.                                               

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

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

Deo Vindice!                       


Our Camp was saddened by the untmely passing of Barbara  Boyd,  wife  of
our  Camp's  Past Commander Harry.  Reverend Robert Dibble of River Road
Church Baptist in his eulogy cited a sermon by Frederick Buechner titled
" A  Room  Called  Remember. "  That was particularly appropriate, since
Barbara on  several  occasions  took  on  the  responsibilty  for  table
decorations  at  our annual Christmas banquet at the Westwood Club.  She
made sure that things were just  right.   Her  effervescent  personality
brightened  our  lives,  and  she will live in our memory.  Our sympathy
goes to Harry, son James, and daughters Mallory and Carrie.             

Camp member Ben Baird had surgery for a melanoma and then reconstructive
surgery.   He  is  recovering.  Ben has a heart condition which prevents
him  from  attending  meetings,  but  his  interest  in  our   Camp   is

Dave George's  wife  Marion  is  having to take chemo therapy for breast
cancer.  Please keep them in your prayers.                              

We have received from Headquarters membership  cerificates  for  friends
Ben  Marchi  and Andrew Vehorn.  We welcome them to our Camp and plan to
induct them at our 15 June meeting.                                     

Ben's ancestor Thomas Terrell Ball  served  in  Company  B  of  the  5th
Tennessee  Cavalry,  was  paroled  3  May  1865,  and  lived until 1924.
Andrew's ancestor William Jackson Vehorn was in Company  K  of  the  3rd
South Carolina Volunteers and died 26 January 1865.                     

At the Douglas S.  Freeman High School Class of 2010 Senior Awards Night
on Thursday 3 June our Camp presented the Buck Hurtt  Scholarship  Award
to Greyson Spencer, the outstanding senior history student chosen by the
history faculty.  Greyson plans to attend the  University  of  Virginia,
and  the  $ 500.00 award will help with his first year's expenses.  This
award is funded by donations by Camp members.  Freeman has alumni in all
50  states  and in 14 foreign countries.  Our Camp name is listed in the
printed program.  Our late past Commander Chuch  Walton  was  the  prime
mover  in establishing the award and made the first presentation in June
2003.  Chuck died of a heart attack one month later.  We then named  the
award  after  Chuck's  ancestor  Private Buck Hurtt of the 26th Virginia
Infantry.  Buck was captured at Petersburg 15 June 1864 and taken to the
infamous  prison camp at Elmira NY.  He died there March 1865, the month
before  General  Lee  surrendered  the  Army  of  Northern  Virginia  at

The Memorial Day service usually held at the Confederate Chapel on Grove
Avenue had to be moved to the auditorium in the headquarters building of
the United Daughters of the Confederacy because of construction going on
at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.  The  John  Marshall  Cadet  Alumni
Band  provided  outstanding  period  music,  including Dixie.  Principal
speaker Virginia Beard Morton, author of the Civil War  novel  "Marching
Through  Culpeper,"  had  as  her  topic Jeb Stuart's horse artilleryman
Major John Pelham, known as "The Gallant Pelham."                       

As we move through the Civil War Sesquicentennial, there  will  be  many
words  written  and  spoken  about  The War.  Some will make sense, some
nonsense.  It is our duty as descendants of the brave men  who  took  up
arms  to  defend their homeland against invaders to applaud the sensible
words and to challenge the nonsensical.                                 

Please let me know if you are planning to attend the National reunion of
the  SCV  in  Anderson,  SC  21-24  July.  Our Camp is entitled to eight
votes.  The credentials form naming delegates has to be signed  by  Camp
Commander  Kidd  and  myself,  so  your  notifying  us  promptly will be







Our June speaker will be Commander Doug Pruiett.  He will give  a  power
point  presentation  titled  "From Virginia to Kentucky: Kentucky in the
CSA." Doug is married with seven children and lives in Goochland County.
After   working  seventeen  years  as  an  aerospace  engineer  at  Cape
Canaveral, he entered full-time Christian work in  1996,  serving  as  a
corrections  chaplain and pastor.  He works with Good News Jail & Prison
Ministry, headquartered  in  Richmond.   He  is  descended  from  eleven
Confederate cavalrymen who fought valiantly under the command of General
John Hunt Morgan.  Two of these ancestors were crippled for life and the
remainder  spent  eighteen  months in prisoner of war camps before being
exchanged.  Doug is the chaplain of the 19th Virginia Infantry  Camp  in
Charlottesville and is the Virginia Division's 2nd Brigade Commander.   



Bill Young told us that his initial interest  in  the  War  Between  the
States  was  stimulated by his mother who told him that as a little girl
she  would  sometimes  sit  on  the  laps  of  veterans  living  at  the
Confederate  Old  Soldiers Home.  Bill's father, a doctor with an office
at Grove Avenue and Sheppard Street,  treated  patients  at  the  nearby
Confederate Home for Ladies and accepted Confederate money for payment. 

Bill proceded to tell us stories of the men connected with his artifacts
which he brought to our meeting.  First was a knife  given  to  Bill  in
1951  by  a 96 year-old gentleman who lived in the north side.  As a lad
of 6, the gentleman was told by his mother not to  go  on  the  Manassas
battlefield.   Naturally,  he went and found a wounded soldier, for whom
he fetched water.  The soldier said, "I'm going to die and I want you to
have  this  knife, which I carried in the Crimea as a member of the 17th

Next was a small horeshoe made from the metal  plates  of  CSS  Virginia
given to Bill by the president of Tredegar Iron Works.                  

A pistol with the inscription S.  Sutherland, Richmond, VA had been made
by Samuel Sutherland, known as the armorer of the Confederacy.          

J.  H.  Haydon, Company B, 24th  Virginia  Infantry  was  promoted  from
sergeant to lieutenant just before Gettysburg..  His signature as acting
Quartermaster matches that on his sword.                                

2nd LT James H.   Carr,  2nd  Alabama  Infantry,  was  assigned  to  the
artillery for awhile, but complained about doing nothing and enlisted as
a private in the 4th Alabama.  He died after Sharpsburg.  Bill displayed
his 1835 U.  S.  Militia sword.                                         

A  bootjack  belonged to Colonel Collin Leventhorpe, 11th North Carolina
Infantry.  He drilled his regiment six hours a day and paid them a great
compliment by saying, "You're almost as good as British regulars."      

A watch chain belonged to William Augustus Webb, CSN Atlanta 1863.  Webb
initially commanded CSS Teaser and later  commanded  CSS  Atlanta.   The
Virginia Historical Society has a full length oil portrait of Webb.     

Bill  showed  us  a knife belonging to Captain Robert Trigg (VMI) of the
Wise Fencibles.   That  regiment  were  taken  into  the  54th  Virginia
Infantry, which fought at Chickamauga.  Trigg told Yankees "I've got you
sutrrounded," and accepted the surrender of four Yankee regiments.      

An 1851 Colt revolver had US meticulously scraped off.   Captain  Robert
D.  Cowan of the 33rd North Carolina Infantry, who had been a West Point
cadet in 1860, was promoted to Colonel upon the death of Colonel Avery. 

There were sevaral other artifacts which had interesting stories  to  go
with them.                                                              

Bill and his son have researched the men associated with their artfacts,
bringing them alive  and  leading  to  the  title  of  his  presentation
"Talking Confederates."                                                 

Lon  Chaney, Sr.  was known as "The Man of a Thousand Faces" for all the
roles he played in the movies.  Bill Young may not be up to a  thousand,
but  he  does  a  remarkable  job  in  portraying a number of historical
characters, including Gabriel Archer (Jamestown),  Patrick  Henry,  John
Paul  Jones, George W.  Finley (56th Virginia Infantry), Woodrow Wilson,
General Douglas MacArthur, and others.  He is  always  entertaining  and

May meeting attendance: 25


Four announcements from Citizens for a Fort Monroe National Park (

1.  Three Virginia congressmen and both Virginia senators have  formally
asked  the  National  Park  Service  (NPS)  to join with the Fort Monroe
Authority in defining and drafting legislation for a national park  unit
-- actual size still to be determined -- at Fort Monroe.                

2.   The  Army  will  be  holding its Programmatic Agreement (PA) annual
meeting  at  Fort  Monroe's  Bay  Breeze  Community  Center  on  Tuesday
afternoon, June 1, from 1:30 to 3:30.                                   

3.   Effective  July 1, a new state law prohibits land sell-offs at Fort
Monroe and both renames and reworks the Fort Monroe Authority.          

4.  Tuesday, June 1, is  the  deadline  for  registering  for  "The  Day
Kikotan  Became  Hampton,"  the  mini-conference  scheduled  for  Monday
evening, June 7, 6 o'clock, at the American Theatre, 125 Mellen  Street,
in  the  Phoebus  section  of  Hampton.  For more, please see the May 16
listing on the "What's New" page.                             


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


War Horse editor and Webmaster: Gary F. Cowardin 262-0534 Website:



The following is a  listing  of  Longstreet  Camp  Donors  for  Virginia
Division  Special  Funds, Hurtt Scholarship Fund, Camp General Fund, and
the upkeep of "The Old War Horse" from  July  through   May   2010.   As
you  know,  our cumulative listing starts in July of each year and we do
not meet in August.                                                     

Walt Beam       Lloyd Brooks      Brian Cowardin         Clint Cowardin   
Taylor Cowardin Lee Crenshaw      Ray Crews              Jason Fazackarley
Dale Harlow     Michael Hendrick  Pat Hoggard            Don Jewett*      
Crawley Joyner  Jack Kane         Peter Knowles, II      Lewis Mills      
Conway Moncure                                                            
Bob Moore       Joe Moschetti     Joseph Sterling Price  Waite Rawls      
Peyton Roden    Cary Shelton      Chris Trinite          Walter Tucker    
Tom Vance       Andrew Vehorn     David Ware             Harold Whitmore  
Hugh Williams   Keith Zimmerman   Anonymous                               

* in memory of his late son Chris, who was a Longstreet Camp member

Friday, May 21, 2010
UDC Memorial Building, 328 N. Boulevard, Richmond. VA

Four Cowardins Honored by the UDC

Bestowal of Military Service Awards and Historical Evening BESTOWAL OF UNITED DAUGHTERS OF THE CONFEDERACY CROSS OF MILITARY SERVICE Gary Francis Cowardin, United States Marine Corps (4th from top right, your WH editor) BESTOWAL OF UNITED DAUGHTERS OF THE CONFEDERACY NATIONAL DEFENSE MEDAL Louis James Cowardin, Jr. United States Army (3rd from top right, my brother) BESTOWAL OF UNITED DAUGHTERS OF THE CONFEDERACY ARMED FORCES EXPEDITIONARY SERVICE MEDAL Louis James Cowardin, III, Army National Guard (top right, my nephew) BESTOWED THE HONORS A FEW YEARS AGO. Louis James Cowardin,(Sr) United States Navy (in wheelchair, my dad) All those present who had been previously honored were acknowledged and came up to the front. (see photo) The Cowardins were all honorably discharged from a US Military Service and are Descendants of William Henry Cowardin, Co. B, 12th Battalion, Virginia Infantry, CSA The speaker for the night was Sam Craghead speaking on the "Confederate Navy" Thanks goes to the UDC for a nice evening and these honors. Gary Cowardin


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Pamplin Historical Park and The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier and their Special Events Calendar

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