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VOLUME 12, ISSUE 7,           July, 2010
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A quick jump to the articles in this issue:
Commander's Comments, Adjutant's Report, July Program (next), June Program (last),
Camp Officers, Longstreet's First Corps, Winner Is, Coming Events,


As I sit down before the computer to write my  annual  comments,  it  is
just  past  4:30pm edt.  Back 145-years ago in a small farming community
in Pennsylvania, a great battle had just ended, or would  be  shortly  -
and  with  the end of that battle quite possibly the Southern Cause that
so many brave Confederate soldiers had fought and died for.  The  Battle
of  Gettysburg  has  probably  been  one of the most wrote-about, talked
about, discussed and researched battles of the War Between  The  States.
From  the  opening  skirmishes  on  the first day, to the late afternoon
attacks of the second day, to the final all-out charge of General George
Pickett's Division on the third day - no other battle has been dissected
by more historians, and arm-chair historians alike.                     

What if General Ewell had launched an all-out attack on  the  first  day
like General Jackson did at Chancellorsville??  What if John Bell Hood's
forces had been allowed to attack the way he wanted  to  attack  on  the
second  day??   What  if  General  Longstreet  had  brought up Pickett's
Division sooner on the second day-would he have used it then instead  of
letting  it  take  it's  time  to  come forward??  What if Alexander had
gotten better ammunition for his grand cannonade on the third  day-would
it have made a difference??  What if General Lee had listened to General
Longstreet's suggestions on attacking??  What if - what if  -  what  if.
Our  world  is  full  of "what if's" - it was back in the 1860's, and it
still is today.                                                         

The men who lined up and marched across those open fields at  Gettysburg
that  hot,  July 3rd afternoon - didn't ask themselves "what if" because
they trusted their leaders and believed in what they were fighting  for,
and  were  willing  to  pay  the  ultimate sacrifice for doing what they
believed to be right.  I would dare say that 147-years  later  -  we  as
their  descendents  can look upon them proudly for what they did and the
cause for which they were fighting for.                                 

As Longstreet X-Comm and Camp member Preston Nuttall said in an email to
me  previously  -  "Let us pause on this holiday weekend to remember and
honor these men.  Many today may  question  the  cause  for  which  they
fought,  but  none  can  question their spirit, their bravery, and their
willingness to sacrifice all in defense of the principles in which  they
so  strongly  believed.   Our  country  could  use a dose of that spirit
today, when despite being involved in two wars, the military cannot find
enough  volunteers to fill its recruitment quotas.  We are blessed to be
descended from the men who wore the grey." AMEN!!!                      

I look forward to seeing everyone at our next camp meeting - July 20th

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

Deo Vindice!                       


We were pleased to induct at our June  meeting  Andrew Vehorn.           

John  Thompson  Sr.   transferred  to the Captain Abner S.  Boone Camp #
2094 in Tennessee.  John remains an associate member and plans to return
to Richmond next year.                                                  

We  were  pleased to have back with us at our June meeting Peyton Roden,
Sr.  who had missed the April and May meetings due to surgery.          

Congratulations to John and Mary Vial,  who  celebrated  recently  their
50th wedding anniversary.                                               

Greyson  Spencer,  recipient  of the Camp's Buck Hurtt Scholarship Award
wrote us, "Thank you for the scholarship money.  Next year I will be  at
the  University  of  Virginia  where  I  hope  to  pursue  International
Relations, but on broader terms I simply wish to keep my  curiosity  and
zeal  for  learning  alive.   I  was  surprised  to be recommended by my
history teachers and honored to be recognized by your organization.   It
is  important to me to remember we live in a present that was created by
a past.  Institutions like yours  stand  as  pillars  that  support  our
cultural  history.   Regardless  of how distant and irrelevant the Civil
War may seem to people today, the statues of Lee and Jackson on Monument
Avenue  contradict  this  notion.  Please continue your efforts both for
the benefit of future generations and for future Freeman Rebels, so that
they  may continue in your, and one day hopefully my, footsteps, just as
you have followed in your fathers and your father's fathers."           

Thoughts in early July naturally turn to the epic battle  of  Gettysburg
1-3 July 1863.  I saw Jim Cochrane at Lowe's on 30 June.  In response to
my question, "Where are your cannons?" he said, "In the parking lot." He
was preparing to leave that day for the re-enactment.                   

The  drama  of  those three days is so riveting that we tend to overlook
the difficult return of the Army  of  Northern  Virginia  (ANV)  to  our
state.   Kent  Masterson Brown has performed a great service for history
by writing "Retreat from Gettysburg: Lee, Logistics, & the  Pennsylvania
Campaign."  While  Chancellorsville  was  Lee's outstanding victory, the
movement and holding together of  the  ANV  after  Gettysburg  with  few
losses was an outstanding achievement.                                  

Lee  went  more  tha  40  hours  with  no  sleep.  He designated medical
personnel to remain behind with wounded soldiers who could not be moved.
He  issued  appropriate orders for the march and maintenance of a strong
rear guard to deal with Yankee attacks.                                 

Major John Warwick Daniel observed Lee on 6 July and wrote,  "He  seemed
to  be  undisturbed  by  the trying scenes which he had so lately passed
through, and by the still more trying ordeal through which  he  was  now
passing.   He  had seen the hopes of success blighted in a few hours; he
had seen his gallant army twice driven back after hundreds  had  fallen,
and he felt that the responsibilty rested on his shoulders.  The enemy's
cavalry had been in his rear  and  destroyed  a  large  portion  of  his
trains,  and  a  broad river was still between him and his country.  Yet
with all his misfortunes weighing upon him  he  was  as  calm  as  on  a
peaceful summer day."                                                   

Lee  sent  Major Jed Hotchkiss to 2nd Corps Commander General Ewell with
this message, "Tell General Ewell that if these people keep  coming  on,
turn  back and thresh them soundly."  Ewell responded,  "By the blessing
of Providence, I will do it."                                           

Yankee General Meade began moving all seven of his corps less  than  two
miles  east  of  Lee's carefully prepared defense line.  Anticipating an
attack, Lee issued an order to the ANV,  "You  have  penetrated  to  the
country  of  our  enemies, and recalled to the defense of their own soil
those who were engaged in the invasion  of  ours.   Once  more  you  are
called  upon  to  meet  the  enemy from whom you won, on so many fields,
names that will never die.  Let  every  soldier  remember  that  on  his
courage  and  fidelity  depend  all  that  makes  life worth having, the
freedom of his country, the honor of his people, and the security of his
home.   Soldiers,  your  old  enemy  is  before you.  Win from him honor
worthy  of  your  right  cause  worthy  of  your  comrades  on  so  many
illustrious fields."                                                    

Great  adversity  reveals  character.   The  reverses  in  the battle of
Gettysburg and Lee's response on  the  retreat  from  that  famous  city
reveal that his character is worthy of respect until the end of time.   

Since  our  next  newsletter won't come out until September, please mark
your calendars now for Tuesday 7 December when our Christmas banquet  is
scheduled  at  the  Westwood  Club.   Food  and service there are always






SPEAKER CHANGE: Art Taylor will speak to us in September.

Les Updike will speak in his  place  this  month.   He  is  the  2nd  Lt
Commander  of  the  Capt.  William  Latane  Camp.  Art will speak on how
Richmond became the capitol of the Confederacy.                         



2nd Brigade Commander Doug  Pruiett  opened  his  Kentucky  power  point
presentaion  by  paying  tribute  to Virginia, from which so many of the
Bluegrass State's settlers came.  He showed pictures  of  Mount  Vernon,
Shirley, and Monticello.                                                

Daniel  Boone  and  his  band  of  30  improved the Wilderness Road.  He
founded Boonesborough.  200,000 people traveled Boone's Trace from  1774
to 1776.  Kentucky's eight counties grew from eight to 87 by 1860.      

Virginians  flocked to Kentucky to leave control of Virginia's elite and
to take advantage of bounty land offered to Revolutionary  War  veterans
which had to be claimed by 1796.  General VonSteuben had 17,000 acres!  

Kentucky was geographically and culturally a Southern state.            

Kentuckians' votes in the 1860 Presidential election were cast as follows:

	John Bell                45%
	John Breckenridge        36%
	Stephen Douglas          18%
	Abraham Lincoln	less than 1%

Bell was a Tennessean and Breckenridge a Kentuckian.                    

Kentucky initially declared  itself  neutral  in  The  War  Between  the
States,  but  the neutrality was violated.  Many pro southerners rode to
Tennessee and Virginia to join the Confederate army.  Lincoln  disbanded
the  pro South Kentucky State Guard and had a lock down by the successor
Union  Home  Guard.   Governon  Beriah  Magoffin  vetoed   anti-Southern
legislation.  Kentucky was the 13th star in the Confederate flag. During
The War, 40,000  Kentuckians  served  in  the  military  forces  of  the

The  battle  of  Richmond,  KY,  29-30  August 1862, was one of the most
decisive Confederate victories in The War.                              

Kentucky being such great horse country, 56 of 78 Confederate  regiments
were  cavalry.   A  lady named Mary Virginia Jackson recruited an entire
company.  She and her mother were imprisoned.                           

General John Hunt Morgan took The War  into  the  North  with  his  June
11-July  26,  1863  raid.   He  was  captured  and put in the Ohio State
Penitentiary.  He escaped.                                              

Doug gave us information about his Kentucky Confederate ancestors.      


June meeting attendance: 38


Commander: Michael Kidd 270-9651 1st. Lt. Cmdr.: Taylor Cowardin 359-9277 2nd Lt. Cmdr.: Thomas G. Vance 334-3745 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     John Vial              David Ware       
Harold Whitmore Hugh Williams     Keith Zimmerman       *Anonymous        

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

And the Winner is:

Gene Golden won a copy of Warriors of Honor.
Thanks to Walter buying a copy when he already had one?...


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