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VOLUME 12, ISSUE 11,           November 2010
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A quick jump to the articles in this issue:
Commander's Comments, Adjutant's Report, November Program (next), October Program (last),
Camp Officers, Longstreet's First Corps, Special News Item, Coming Events,


As I finally sit down to write this month's comments it has  truly  been
an  amazing month so far.  Whether you agreed with the recent election's
results or not, I think  we  all  will  agree  that  the  newly  elected
representatives  to  Congress  will have their hands full of legislative
agendas  in the coming months.  I am quite certain that all voters  will
be  watching  the  new  Congress  closely  to see if they can keep their
campaign promises or not.  I am also quite certain that the debate  over
Health Care will continue into the coming year.                         

Next  Thursday  is  November  11th  -  Veterans Day, and as the son of a
Korean War Veteran I can tell you that November 11th is  always  a  Very
special  day  to  my  father  -  and  I'm also sure that can be said for
several members of the Longstreet Camp, as well as, numerous members  of
the  SCV.   To me, we should not only be honoring the fallen soldiers of
wars since World War I, but all wars involving  Americans-including  the
War  Between  the  States.   The  soldiers  who  fought in the WBTS were
Americans too - members of the same family-fathers  and  sons,  brothers
choosing different sides, and it was (and still is) one of the bloodiest
conflicts that has ever been fought by Americans.  As a side  note  -  I
will  be going to Sharpsburg, MD again this year with my son's Boy Scout
Troop 736 on the first week-end in December to help  honor  all  of  the
causalities  at their annual illumination ceremony that occurs the first
Saturday in December.  The battlefield  will  be  open  to  the  general
public  beginning  at 6pm so if you can make the drive up to Sharpsburg,
MD - I highly encourage you to do so.                                   

The annual Longstreet Holiday party is fast approaching at the  Westwood
Club.   The  members  of the Executive Committee have worked hard to try
and bring the cost of the Holiday party down so more people are able  to
attend  this  year,  and I think they have done an exceptional job.  All
Camp members who are planning to attend should make every effort to  get
your  reservation form turned into Walter Tucker as quickly as possible.
The holidays are always a hectic and busy time, so please get your  form
into Walter as soon as you possibly can.                                

We  were  not  able to get all members to register their membership with
the Longstreet Camp by the dead-line of October 31st.  I  encourage  all
members  of  Longstreet  to try and bring a prospective new member to an
up-coming camp meeting (like this month's meeting).  I would like to see
the  Longstreet  Camp membership continue to grow in spite of the recent
economic hard times that have hit our community, and  our  nation  hard.
Remember  gentlemen - this camp is about preserving our heritage and our
past for future generations to learn from; and also to correct  some  of
the  misconceptions  that  are  being  portrayed  by  the  press and the
Richmond City leaders of our ancestors.  It's our job to set the  record
straight because if we don't - who will??                               

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!                       


We have sent to Headquarters the membership  application  of  George  F.
Woodson, Jr., who has attended a number of our meetings as an affiliated
member while he did research on a Confederate ancestor.  That  ancestor,
George  H.   Waldrop,  served in Company I of the 10th Virginia Cavalry.
Waldrop was wounded at Brandy Station 9 June 1863.  He returned to  duty
and  survived  The  War.   We  shall  schedule an induction ceremony for
George when his membership certificate is received from Headquarters.   

As of 30 October, 92.3 % of our members have renewed their memberships. 

We were pleased to have with us at our October meeting Larry Brooks, son
of  our  late  member Lloyd, and his wife Sherri.  We presented to Larry
the resolution received from Headquarters honoring his father.          

Thanks to Bill Akers, his grandson Stuart, Lee Crenshaw, Ray Crews, Gene
Golden,  and  Crew  Chief  Lewis  Mills  for  cleaning up our section of
Studley Road, Hanover County,  near  Enon  United  Methodist  Church  on
Saturday 16 October.  We were blesed with good weather and completed our
work in two  hours.   Clint  Cowardin,  one  of  our  regulars  in  this
semi-annual  task,  was  on  a  cruise  to  Bermuda  celebrating his and
Carolyn's 40th wedding anniversary.  We extend  our  congratulations  to
Clint and Carolyn.                                                      

I  am really looking forward to hearing Gerald White, our speaker at the
Christmas banquet, because of a personal connection with a  grandson  of
Julia  Gardiner  Tyler, one of the main characters in "The Rebel and the
Rose." Lyon Gardiner Tyler, Jr.  was in the same Naval Reserve unit with
me in the 1950's and 1960's.  During that period, Lyon once appeareed on
a nationally broadcasted television panel show.  The panel was not  told
his name, but was informed that he was a grandson of a U.  S.  president
and its task was to guess which president.  The panel guessed presidents
who  served in the late 19th or early 20th centuries.  They came nowhere
close to guessing that his grandfather was  President  John  Tyler,  who
served  from  1841  to 1845.  President Tyler, the sixth Virginian to be
president, was the first vice president to  succeed  to  the  presidency
upon the death of the president.                                        

Lyon  worked on the Civil War Centennial 1961-1965.  That experience led
him to leave his law practice and return to college to pursue a  Ph.  D.
in history.  Lyon then taught at VMI and the Citadel.                   

As  we  move  through  the  Sesquicentennial  of  The War, it is well to
remember what was happening  during  those  fateful  years  and  how  it
affected our ancestors.  I plan to go through "The Civil War Day by Day"
by E.  B.  Long with Barbara Long and focus on the  units  in  which  my
ancestors  served.  That book starts with November 1860 and goes through
May 1865.  I anticipate concentrating more on the Sesquicentennial  than
I did on the Centennial, because during the latter my business career, a
banking school, and Naval Reserve duty occupied much of my time.        


Longstreet Christmas Banquet

Tuesday, December 7, 2010 (our December meeting)
Gerald White, co-author "The Rebel and the Rose: James A.  Semple, Julia
Gardiner Tyler, and the Lost Confederate Gold"

Click here to goto THEN PRINT the December dinner/program RSVP form,
Must be in by 12/1/10


NEXT MEETING - TUESDAY, November 16, 2010




Our speaker for the November meeting will be Virginia Division  SCV  1st
Lt.   Commander  Michael  Thomas.   He  will  speak  on  the  Battle  of
Williamsburg Road (October 27, 1864).  It  is  notable  because  it  was
General  James  Longstreet's  first  action  since  his  wounding at The
Wilderness the previous May.  This action also marked the  last  attempt
by Grant to take Richmond from north of the James.                      



Our own Camp member  Walter  Tucker  opened  by  saying  that  the  1860
election  was  the cause of our ancestors serving in the military forces
of the Confederate States.                                              

There were enough electoral votes in the nine largest states to elect  a
president.  Three of those nine, Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee, were
southern states.                                                        

The Democratic Party fractured at its April convention in Charleston SC.
Northern  and Southern Democrats could not agree on a candidate, and the
convention adjourned.                                                   

In early May the  Constitutional  Union  Party,  whose  purpose  was  to
preserve  the  North-South  status  quo,  was  founded.   Its convention
nominated former Senator John Bell of Tennessee for President and former
Senator, Secretary of State and Governor Edward Everett of Massachusetts
for Vice President.                                                     

Later that month  the  Republican  Convention  opened  in  Chicago  with
Senator  William  H.   Seward  of  New  York (35 electoral votes) as the
favorite candidate for President.  Other candidates  with  a  chance  of
winning  were  Senator Salmon P.  Chase of Ohio (23 electoral votes) and
former Representative Abraham Lincoln of Illinois (11 electoral  votes).
Two  other  candidates  were  Senator  Simon Cameron of Pennsylvania (27
electoral votes) and former Whig Edward Bates of Missouri  (9  electoral
votes.).   Seward,  Bates,  and  Chase had all alienated factions of the
party.  Seward led on the first two ballots, followed by  Lincoln.   The
other  three  candidates  were  nowhere close.  Lincoln led on the third
ballot and triumphed when Robert K.  Enos of Ohio persuaded three fellow
delegates to switch their votes to Lincoln.                             

In  June  the Democrats reconvened.  Douglas received the nomination for
President of the Northern faction.   The  bolted  Southerners  nominated
John C.  Breckenridge.                                                  

Some  Southern  politicians  began discussing what to do in the event of
Lincoln's  election,  which  was  all  but  assured  by  the  Democratic

On  November 6 Lincoln carried 17 states (all in the north and west) and
received four of New Jersey's electoral votes for a total of 180. Needed
to win was 152.  Breckenridge carried 11 states (including border states
of Delaware and Maryland) with 72 electoral votes.  Bell  carried  three
states,  Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee, with a total of 39 electoral
votes.  Douglas carried only one state,  Missouri,  and  received  three
electoral votes in New Jersey.                                          

South  Carolina  seceded  in December, followed by Mississippi, Florida,
Alabama, Georgia, and Louisiana in  January  1861  and  by  Texas  on  1

Lincoln  called  for  75,000  volunteers in April, three days after Fort
Sumter was fired on.  Two days  later  Virginia  seceded,  reversing  an
earlier  vote  to  remain  in the Union.  Arkansas, Tennessee, and North
Carolina seceded in May.                                                

Adjutant Tucker then  reviewed  the  ages  and  locations  of  his  five
Confederate  ancestors  in  1860, when they became Confederate soldiers,
and the units they joined.  Members were encouraged to follow ancestors'
1861-65 exploits as the Sesquicentennial unfolds.                       

October meeting attendance: 21


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     
Ray Crews                                                                    
Jerold Evans      Michael Hendrick      Crawley Joyner      Jack Kane        
Andy Keller       Peter Knowles, II     Lewis Mills         Bob Moore        
Conway Mocure                                                                
Joe Moschetti     Joe Price             Waite Rawls         Peyton Roden, Sr.
Cary Shelton      Chris Trinite         Walter Tucker       Hugh Williams    


At the annual meeting in September of  Pickett  Chapter  #115,  Military
Order of the Stars and Bars (MOSB), held in Richmond, Conway B.  Moncure
was elected Commander, Harry Boyd, LT.Commander,  and  Taylor  Cowardin,
Adjutant, for the next two years.                                       

Shown  is Allen Mock, Virginia Brigade Commander installing Moncure  and
Cowardin.  All officers are members of the Longstreet Camp.  Moncure  is
a  life  member of Sons of Confederate Veterans and volunteers as a tour
guide for the White House of the Confederacy in Richmond.               


Visit Virginia 150 Sesquicentennial Events
VA Sesquicentennial Logo
Visit The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar and their Events Calendar
Visit the The Museum of the Confederacy Online and their Events Calendar for MOC Events Calendar
Pamplin Historical Park and The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier and their Special Events Calendar

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