THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 12, ISSUE 7, July, 2010
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! Mike
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 excellent. Walter
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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. Taylor
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 Confederacy. 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. Walter June meeting attendance: 38
2007-2010 CAMP OFFICERS LONGSTREET CAMP #1247Commander: 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
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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 Legend: *In memory of his late son Chris, who was a Longstreet Camp member.
Gene Golden won a copy of Warriors of Honor. Thanks to Walter buying a copy when he already had one?...
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