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VOLUME 13, ISSUE 1,           January 2011
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A quick jump to the articles in this issue:
Commander's Comments, Adjutant's Report, January Program (next), November Program,
December Program (last), Camp Officers, Longstreet's First Corps, Coming Events,


I would like to wish all members of the General  James  Longstreet  Camp
#1247 a Very belated Happy New Year.  January always seems to bring with
it a renewed sense of hope for us all  -  New  Year's  resolutions;  the
beginning  of  a  new  year  and  new  opportunities.  Hope is certainly
something that I think we all can agree on is needed this year.         

If you are like me you have known people who have been directly affected
by  the  recent  economic  downturn  in the economy - from a decrease in
sales, to housing foreclosures, and people losing their  jobs,  and  yet
our local governments are more concerned about the rights over a parking
lot in downtown Richmond than the  very  people  they  were  elected  to
serve.   Frankly  with the reputation the City of Richmond has in caring
for their public cemeteries (Oakwood) - it probably  was  best  for  the
Commonwealth  to step in and "assume" responsibility.  Now a former City
councilman has decided that he has to insist that the name of  a  bridge
be  changed  because it might reflect racial inequality.  The bridge was
dedicated to a family of 5 that was brutally murdered 5-years  ago,  and
the  plaque  honoring  that  family was paid for from private donations.
Hopefully you saw the recent  article  in  the  Richmond  Times-Dispatch
talking  about  the 150th Anniversary Celebration of the War Between the
States.  Camp member Waite Rawls is quoted several times in the piece  -
hopefully  Richmond  will  finally  embrace its historic past, and learn
from it.                                                                

For those of you who were able to attend the Longstreet  Camp  Christmas
Banquet  in  December at the Westwood Club - I hope that you enjoyed the
evening.  We had a wonderful turnout, a great guest speaker  (Thank  you
Taylor),  and  there  was  good  food and much fellowship throughout the

A recent posting on the  Virginia  Division  SCV's  web-site  states  as
follows:  "January  14,  2011  -  Lee-Jackson Day Ceremony hosted by the
Virginia Division UDC and SCV at the Capitol Building in  Richmond,  VA.
Door  at  the  West  entrance will be open at 5:00 and the room has been
reserved from 5:30 - 8:30 pm.  A  listing  will  be  compiled  of  those
wishing  to  present  a  wreath  for this ceremony."   If you have never
attended, or haven't attended in a while, I strongly encourage you to do

As  a  reminder  - I would be remiss if I did not remind all SCV members
that the current Governor and his office mates all  promised  that  they
would  honor  All  Confederates  by  proclaiming  April  as  Confederate
History and Heritage Month in the Commonwealth if elected.   He  did  at
first  and  then spent the entire month back-tracking on his word.  I am
willing to give them all one more chance to see if these  gentlemen  are
indeed men of their word.  Otherwise - let's throw ALL the bums out!    

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

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

Deo Vindice!                       


We were pleased to induct at our November meeting  George  H.   Woodson,
Jr.,  whose  ancestor George F.  Waldrop served in Company I of the 10th
Virginia Cavalry.  George's  wife  Sheila  came  with  him  to  see  him

At  the  November meeting it was our pleaure to present Lewis Mills with
his award from Headquarters for his work in getting the word out to  the
SCV  about  the identity of 250+ Confederate soldiers buried in Woodland
Cemetery, Ashland.  We have receieved emails from compatriots  in  North
Carolina  and Florida thanking us for enabling them to locate the burial
place of soldiers in whom they were interested.                         

Once you  get  to  doing  genealogical  research,  new  information  and
sometimes  new  relatives  are  always turning up.  I found a previously
overlooked Confederate ancestor, great great uncle Richard H.   Dunn  of
the  55th  Virginia  Infantry.  He and his brother, my great grandfather
Iverson L.  Dunn, enlisted in Company F  10  March  1862.   Richard  was
killed  in  action  at  Waterloo  Bridge  24 August 1862, when Company F
prevented Yankee troops from burning the bridge.  This was part  of  the
Second Manassas Campaign.  Richard was survived by his widow Priscilla. 

At  a  reception  prior to the commissioning of USS Gravely (DDG 107) in
Wilmington NC in November, a lady from northern Virginia mentioned  that
she  was from Essex County.  I told her that my maternal ancestors lived
in Essex prior to moving to King and Queen.  She asked the family names,
and  I  told  her  Cauthorn  and  Dunn.   She said that she had Cauthorn
ancestors.  She is a genealogist.  I emailed her my Cauthorn  ancestors.
She  sent  me  a  parallel chart which revealed that she and I are fifth
cousins, once removed.  My brothers and cousin were as interested  as  I
in finding a new cousin.                                                

Last  summer  my  wife, her local sister, and I drove around Church Hill
looking at various houses where our grandparents had lived.   Several of
the houses looked really good.  In one house on North 21st Street, their
Confederate ancestor Andrew J.  Randlett (44th Virginia Infantry)  lived
above  my  grandparents  Walter  and Julia Cauthorn Dunn and their three
young daughters (the middle daughter later  becoming  my  mother).   Mr.
Randlett  gave the Dunn family a clock, which came to Jackie and me when
my mother passed in 1985.  Andrew J.  Randlett was a prisoner of war  at
Fort  Delaware,  as  was  my  great  grandfather  Andrew  B.   Cauthorn.
Connections never end.                                                  

The Sesquicentennial  will  be  picking  up  steam  in  2011.   Tons  of
information,  some  good  and  some  less  so, will be disseminated.  In
honoring our Confederate ancestors, we have a responsibility to  applaud
accurate   information   and   to   point   out   misinformation.    The
Times-Dispatch had an interesting story Sunday 2 January which  reminded
us  that  Virginia  initailly voted against secession, but reversed that
vote after Lincoln's call for volunteers to punish the seceding  states.
Robert E.  Lee said that he could not lift his sword against his people.
Author Shelby Foote said in an interview not too many years ago that  he
could not go against his people.                                        


NEXT MEETING - TUESDAY, January 18, 2011




January's speaker will be Major Bob Forman.  MAJ  Forman  was  born  and
raised  in  Cleveland,  Ohio.   He  is  a  graduate of the United States
Military Academy, Class of 1974, where he extensively  studied  military
history  to include the Civil War.  He had a 20-year Army career typical
of the Cold War era during which he continued his  study  of  the  Civil
War.   MAJ  Forman  is married to a Susan Melinda Byrd a Georgia native,
whose ancestral line goes back  to  colonial  times.   While  living  in
Montgomery  County,  Maryland and at his last military assignment at the
Pentagon, MAJ Forman promised Melinda that he would "get her back to the
South".   So  upon retirement from the Army in 1993, he moved his family
across the Potomac River about 30 miles  south  to  Leesburg,  Virginia.
Geographically,  if  not culturally, northern Virginia was in the South,
technically satisfying the promise.  MAJ (now retired) Forman  continued
his study of the Civil War visiting the many battlefields both north and
south of the Potomac.                                                   

After raising their  family  in  Leesburg  and  seeing  their  two  sons
graduate  from Georgia Tech in Atlanta, and their daughter from Virginia
Commonwealth  University  in  Richmond,  Bob  and   Melinda   moved   to
Chesterfield  County, Virginia in 2005 finally fulfilling the promise of
a "Southern" home.  During one of MAJ Forman's visits to a  local  Civil
War  site,  he  met  the  Commander  of  the  Chester  Station  Sons  of
Confederate Veterans, and the Chairman of the Military History Committee
of  the Chesterfield Historical Society.  Before you could say "Robert E
Lee", MAJ Forman had joined both organizations and  had  volunteered  to
author the Bermuda Hundred Campaign Tour Guide.                         

Bob,  Melinda,  his mother, one son and his wife, and their daughter and
her husband, are all residents of Chesterfield County.  Their other  son
is  a  resident of Atlanta.  Bob has spent more time living in the South
than in Ohio which he has been told makes him a "southern fried Yankee".



Virginia Division 1st LCDR Mike Thomas  educated  us  about  the  little
known 2nd Battle of Fair Oaks at our November meeting.                  

General  Longstreet had just returned to the Amy of Northern Virginia in
the fall of 1864.                                                       

Yankee General Grant had endorsed a plan of attack by Beast Butler.   On
October  26  Longstreet  received  reports of Yankee movement at Bermuda
Hundred.  He had his men up on the line at 3 AM.                        

The Yankee 10th Corps fired artillery, but did not attack.  Near today's
RIC  Airport,  Confederate  Martin  Geary's  700  soldiers  routed 1,200
Yankees, who retreated.  Confederate  General  Firld  held  Williamsburg
Road.   Word  was sent back to Yankee General Weitzel, who ordered 3,300
Yankees to step off.  22 members of the Virginia Home  Guard  held  them
off.   The  Texas  Brigade  came  to  their  aid.   The Yankees left the

US Colored Troops had advanced on Nine Mile Road.  The 24th Virginia hit
the Yankees on the right, and they were routed.                         

Confederate  Captain  Joseph  Banks  Lyle  said, "I am not authorized to
leave, but I am advancing." He  ordered  Yankees  to  surrender.   Their
officers  wanted  them to fight, but they wouldn't, and 614 surrendered.
The Yankees went back to Bermuda Hundred.                               

Captain Lyle was  promoted  to  Major,  but  he  never  learned  of  the
promotion.  The Confederate Medal of Honor was awarded to him in 2003.  

2,000 of 30,000 Yankees were casualties.  Longstreet lost 45 men.       

Hampton's Cavalry and Heth's and Mahone's Infantry stopped Yankees under
Hancock and Warren south of the James River.                            

A total of 65,000  Yankees  had  attacked.   Longstreet  in  independent
command  had  saved  Richmond in a strategic victory.  Never again would
Grant try to take Richmond.                                             

The election of 1864 was only two weeks away.  Grant was determined that
no  news of this defeat of the Yankee army would get out.  He threatened
court martial for any who spoke of it.  The lack of  publicity  of  this
battle has come down to the present day.  It is not mentioned in Jeffrey
Wert's biography of Longstreet or in E.  B.  Long's "The Civil  War  Day
by Day."                                                                

Mike   Thomas   has  performed  a  great  service  by  publicizing  this
significant Confederate victory, which came  under  command  of  General

November meeting attendance: 34


James City Cavalry Camp member Jerry White, co-author of "The Rebel  and
the  Rose,"  opened  his  talk  by telling us that Julia Gardiner became
known as "The Rose of Long Island" when she appeared in an ad as a young
lady.   Her  father was outraged.  Julia married President John Tyler in
the 1840's.                                                             

Jerry reviewed letters at Yale and the Swem Library at William and  Mary
in doing research for his book.                                         

James  Semple  attended  William  and  Mary  and Hampden Sydney prior to
serving 17 years as a U.  S.  Navy paymaster from 1844 until 1861.   He
married  Letitia Tyler, a daughter of President John Tyler and his first
wife.  Semple was paymaster in the Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia and
later  became  civilian head of a Confederate Navy bureau.  He separated
from his wife Letitia in 1862.                                          

Semple  left  Richmond  with  the  Confederate  government  April  1865.
Treasury  Secretary Reagan gave money to Semple, part of which was to be
given to Tidball.  Tidball built a home in Winchester had deposited gold
in a New Jersey bank.                                                   

In  Augusta  GA  Semple  gave  some  gold  to William Howell, brother of
Virginia Howell Davis.                                                  

Semple went on to Savannah and left some gold  with  friends.   He  then
stayed  at the Ottawa Hotel in Montreal.  Semple served as a courier for
the Fenians.  He opened an account at the Chemical Bank in New York  and
retrieved  funds  from Savannah.  He visited Varina Davis in Hampton, VA
and met Julia Gardiner Tyler at the Astor Hotel in  New  York.   He  did
several favors for Julia.                                               

Semple  also traveled to Albany NY and New Orleans.  On occasion he used
an assumed name Allen S.  James.  His odyssey ended in 1867 when he took
the oath of allegiance to the U. S.                                     

He  died  in  1883  in  New  Kent County.  His estate was left to Medora

Julia Gardiner Tyler died in 1889.                                      

There was a friendship between Semple and Mrs.  Tyler, but  no  evidence
of a romantic relationship.  Many mysteries remain.                     

Writer's  note:  We  were  pleased  to  have  with  us Harrison Tyler, a
grandson of President John Tyler and  Julia  Gardiner  Tyler.   Harrison
attended as a guest of our associate member Harrison Taylor.(2nd from   
                                                             left above)

December meeting attendance: 41


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 2011                        

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     Bob Moore                                                  
Joe Moschetti     Joe Price             Waite Rawls         Peyton Roden, Sr.
Cary Shelton      Chris Trinite         Walter Tucker       Hugh Williams    


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