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VOLUME 12, ISSUE 10,           October, 2010
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A quick jump to the articles in this issue:
Commander's Comments, Adjutant's Report, October Program (next),
September Program (last), Camp Officers, Longstreet's First Corps, Coming Events,


October is upon us all in all of its glory - and chilly mornings.  I for
one  do  enjoy this time of year in the Commonwealth with the beauty and
majesty of the Fall Foliage.  Now if we can just get a bit more rain  on
our lawns, then things will be greening up in Central Virginia.         

October  also  marks the end of the annual State Fair of Virginia.  This
year's Fair was once again held at the Meadow Event Park  up  Interstate
95 around the Doswell/Kings Dominion area.  If you didn't get the chance
to attend this year's State Fair of Virginia-don't feel  too  bad  about
it.   This year the Virginia Division SCV was one of the previous year's
exhibits who did not participate in exhibiting in this year's fair.  The
reason's  I'm  sure were many and varied, but from what I heard of those
who did attend it just didn't seem quite the same without the SCV  being
present.  Perhaps next year the SCV will be back to exhibit once again. 

For those of you who may not know, I was recently named to the Jefferson
Davis Memorial Committee.   This  Committee's  responsibility  is  among
other  things  to host the annual Jefferson Davis Celebration every June
at Hollywood Cemetery at the Davis circle.  If you have ever been to the
Davis circle, then you may recall the splendid tall tree's that provided
excellent shade for the program.  Unfortunately the summer storms reeked
havoc  on  those beautiful trees and they became up-rooted and had to be
removed.  The flag poles were damaged  as  well,  but  have  since  been
replaced  with  brand  new  ones.   So  the  committee will of course be
looking for ways to try and make sure that everyone be as comfortable as
possible.   Certainly  if  you have any suggestions I would be more than
happy to present them to the Committee.                                 

The Longstreet Camp recently lost a wonderful and long-serving member of
our  family  -  Lloyd  Brooks  succumbed  to the cancer that he had been
fighting for so long.  He will be sorely missed by all.  We hope to have
a  member of Lloyd's family present at this month's meeting as we have a
special presentation we would like to make in his honor.  Please do your
very best to attend this month's Camp meeting.                          

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 the Longstreet Camp
and the Virginia Division-SCV, then  please  contact  Walter  Tucker  or
myself  so  we can get a payment 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 myself know so that we may
contact them to see if they would be interested in re-joining  (I  would
also  encourage  you  to  do the same).  I would really like to hit 100%
renewal for our Camp before October 31st!                               

I look forward to seeing everyone at our next camp meeting - it promises
to be an excellent meeting.                                             

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

Deo Vindice!                       


Our Camp is saddened by the passing of compatriot Lloyd  W.   Brooks  on
September  17.   Lloyd had several health issues earlier this year which
caused him to miss our February and  March  meetings.   He  attended  in
April, May, and June, but treatments for cancer caused him to miss July.
Lloyd's fellow  Lakewood  Manor  resident  Hugh  Williams  and  I  shall
particularly  miss him.  The two of them would come to our home and ride
with me to meetings.  We had many pleasant conversations.  Lloyd  and  I
had  several  other connections.  We spent our early years on Richmond's
Church Hill.  I worked part time at Lloyd's  employer,  Southern  States
Cooperative,  1950-53  while  a  student  at the University of Richmond.
Lloyd's ancestor George Tazewell Brooks  served  in  the  55th  Virginia
Infantry,  as  did  my  great  grandfather  Iverson  L.  Dunn and Hugh's
ancestor Richard Brooks.                                                

Two of our members will be moving  out  of  town.   Crawley  Joyner  has
wintered  in  Florida  for several years and will be making the Sunshine
State his permanent residence this month.  Cody Oliver has taken  a  job
in Pittsburgh with his present employer.  We shall miss both of them and
wish them the best in their new locations.                              

On the positive side, our associate member John C.   Thompson,  Sr.   is
back  in  Richmond.   John  sort  of  bounces  around  between  here and
Tennessee, with occasional forays into Florida.                         

As of 7 October 89.74% of our 78 members had paid renewal dues.   It  is
hoped that the remainder will come in by the 19 October meeting to avoid
$ 10.00 in reinstatement fees.                                          

We always need to be on the lookut for new members.   Our  best  sources
are referrals by family and friends of existing members.                

It  is  intersting  to  look  at  our  Camp's  ancestor list to see what
regiments and states are represented.  As expected  of  a  Camp  in  the
Capital of the Confederacy, Virginia leads all by a considerable margin.
South Carolina is next, followed closely by North Carolina.  After  that
come  Tennessee,  Louisiana,  Alabama,  Georgia,  and  Mississippi.  Our
ancestors served in to Confederate regiments of two states which did not
secede,  Kentucky and Missouri.  The only seceded states not represented
in our Camp are Arkansas, Florida, and Texas.                           

Fort Monroe continues to be a timely topic as the departure of the  Army
from  that historic landmark approaches.  The fall issue of the magazine
of the National Parks Conservation Association  had  a  feature  article
entitle  "Freedom's  Fortress."  Dynamic John Quarstein, a member of the
Fort Monoroe Federal Area Development Authority, will be speaking  about
the  Fort  at  the  November  11 annual dinner of the Richmond Civil War
Round Table at the Jepson Alumni Center at the  University  of  Richmond
November 11.                                                            

We  have  to  be extra alert over the next five years of the War Between
the States Sesquicentennial as misleading words and ideas are  trumpeted
from  the rooftops.  Commander Richard Hines of Jefferson Davis Camp had
an excellent column  on  the  op-ed  page  of  the  August  29  Richmond
Times-Dispatch  challenging  an  erroneous  column  which appeared in an
earlier edition.  Outstanding battlefield  prservationist  Jack  Ackerly
wrote  similarly  in  the  September  Richmond  Civil  War  Round  Table
newsletter.  It is our duty to speak  and  write  the  truth  about  our
ancestors and the cause for which they fought.                          

Mark  your  calendars  for  Tuesday  7  December, the date of our annual
Christmas banquet at the Westwwod Club.   Food  and  service  there  are
always excellent.                                                       


Lloyd Webster Brooks






Our own memeber, Walter Tucker will be speaking about the
Election of 1860 and Secession.



Art Taylor

Art Taylor of Captain William Latane Camp # 1690 gave us  background  on
the  famous  Confederate  cavalryman after whom his camp is named before
getting into the more famous Stuart's ride around McClellan.            

William's father, H.  W.  Latane, of Meadow Farm,  Essex  County,  owned
real estate valued at $ 23,000 according to the 1850 census.            

William,  born  16  January  1833, studied medicine at the University of
Virginia and then at the medical department of  Hampden-Sydney  College.
He  did  graduate  work in Philadelphia and began practicing medicine in
his native Essex County in 1855.  He did a lot of charity work.         

The 1860 census showed that 77 year old H.  W.  Latane owned $ 46,000 in
real  estate  and  $  160,000  in personal property.  That census showed
William Latane as a 27 year old M.D.                                    

When the War Between the States erupted, William Latane  chose  to  join
the  Confederate  Army,  not as a surgeon, but as a member of Company F,
known as the Essex Light Dragoons, of the Ninth  Virginia  Cavalry.   He
was promoted to Captain in 1862.                                        

On  12 June 1862 Jeb Stuart, as ordered by Robert E.  Lee, left Richmond
with 800 men on his famed reconnaissance mission to ascertain  the  size
and location of McClellan's Yankee army.  Stuart's cavalrymen rode north
to Yellow Tavern and  turned  northwest.   His  command  picked  up  400
additional men at Kilby Station.  They traveled 32 miles the first day. 

After  midnight  Stuart and Rooney Lee went to Hickory Hill, home of the
Wickhams.  On 13 June there were several clashes  with  federal  cavalry
units.   In chasing Yankees, Confederates captured members of Fitz Lee's
prewar unit.                                                            

Rooney Lee's Ninth Virginia Cavalry was the vanguard of  Stuart's  group
and  encountered  the  Fifth U.  S.  Cavalry after passing through Haw's
Shop.  William Latane led a charge, crying "Forward, boys,  give  it  to
them."  He  was  mortally  wounded.   The Confederate Army moved on, and
Latane was buried at Summer Hill in Hanover County.                     

Latane's death came early in The War before the horrendous casualties of
later  battles and thus received more attention than it would have if it
had happened later.  Latane was immortalized in an elegy "The Burial  of
Latane,"  by  John  Reuben  Thompson  and  in the painting by William D.
Washington.  The adulation  came  immediately,  Latane  being  the  only
casualty  in Stuart's Ride.  That exploit gave intelligence to Robert E.
Lee, which was helpful in enabling Lee's  Army  to  save  Richmond  from
McClellan's  Yankee army during the Seven Days' Campaign.  Copies of the
the painting were displayed in  many  Southern  homes,  contributing  to
Latane's fame.                                                          

September meeting attendance: 31


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


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Longstreet Camp Donors to  Virginia  Division  Special  Funds,  Old  War
Horse, Hurtt Scholarship Fund, and Longstreet Camp General Fund.  As you
know, our cumulative listing starts in July of each year and we  do  not
meet in August.                                                         
1 July - 6 October 2010

Walt Beam         Brian Cowardin        Clint Cowardin      Lee Crenshaw     
Jerold Evans      Michael Hendrick      Crawley Joyner      Jack Kane        
Andy Keller       Peter Knowles, II     Lewis Mills         Bob Moore        
Joe Moschetti     Joe Price             Waite Rawls         Peyton Roden, Sr.
Cary Shelton      Chris Trinite         Walter Tucker       Hugh Williams    


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