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VOLUME 13, ISSUE 7,           JULY 2011
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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, 1861 Events (July & August), Coming Events,



When I was deciding what to write as my annual Commander's  comments,  I
remembered last year's comments and decided to look back at those words.
Back 148-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!   

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 148-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 has said 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!

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

Deo Vindice!                       


We extend our sympathy to Barton Campbell upon the passing of his mother
at the age of 100.                                                      

Ben  Baird  recently  spent  seven  weeks in the hospital with heart and
other problems.  Lee Crenshaw's wife Paige has serious lung problems and
is  in  Manor Care.  Please keep the Baird and Crenshaw families in your

June was a banner membership month for  our  Camp.   We  inducted  Glenn
Mozingo  at  the  June  meeting.   We  have  received  from headquarters
membership certificates of Jason Adams, Richard L.   Chenery,  III,  and
Doug Payne.  Jason's ancestor Elkanah Edward Lyon served in Company A of
the 44th North Carolina Infantry.  Richard's ancestor Thomas  J.   Stiff
served  in Company C of the 24th Virginia Cavalry.  Doug's ancestor John
Henry  Payne  served  in  Company  C  of  the  28th  Virginia  Infantry.
Inductions  of these three members will most likely take place after our
summer break.  Jason will be on National Guard training and Doug will be
on vacation in July.  Richard spends most of the summer out of town.    

It is significant that three of the four new members were recommended to
Longstreet Camp by existing camp  members.   Glenn  Mozingo's  son,  who
attended  his  induction,  is  in the Scouts with our camp member Austin
Thomas, who is the son of our associate member Dave Thomas.  Jason Adams
is  the  grandson of Gene Lyon.  Doug Payne was brought to us by Raymond
Crews.  Family and friends are excellent sources of new members.        

Each Camp is required to submit an annual report to headquarters  as  of
June 30.  The influx of new members in June enabled our Camp to increase
its membership by one from last year.  Highlights of the year  shown  on
our Camp report were:                                                   

  Awarding for the ninth year the Hurtt Scholarship Award               
  Twice cleaning up our one mile section of Studley Road, Hanover County
  Ordering of a grave marker for a Confederate soldier                  
  Donatiing to Citizens for a Fort Monroe National Park                 
  Providing camp members as speakers at another SCV camp.               

Renewal dues notices are scheduled to be mailed by the Virginia Division
this month.  Please consider making a donation to the Camp when you send
your dues to me.  Better still, make a donation at our July 19 meeting. 

We hear and read much about the World War Two  generation.   Three  Camp
members  answered  the call of our country when they were needed.  Henry
Langford and Hugh Williams served in the Army in Europe.  Bob Moore  was
in  the  Navy  in the Pacific.  Compatriots, we salute you and thank you
for your service.                                                       

We look forward to seeing you at our July meeting.                      

Mark your calendars NOW:                                    
Tuesday 20 September 1st meeting after the summer break
Tuesday  6 December Christmas banquet                  







Marc Ramsey is going to speak to us about the 7th SC Cavalry at the June
19th Meeting. Marc will be bringing some copies of his book for sale.   



Dave  Goetz,  leader  of  Mosby's  Confederacy  Tours,  said  that  John
Singleton  Mosby  was  a frail and sickly child.  His closest friend was
his mother.                                                             

At the University of Virginia Mosby and a bully named George Turpin  had
a  disagreement  about  fiddlers  playing  at  their respective parties.
Turpin said that the next time he saw Mosby he'd  "eat  him  raw."  They
met. Turpin lunged.  Mosby shot him in the face; Turpin survived.  Mosby
was sentenced to a year in the Albemarle jail for "unlawful shooting."  

Mosby read law books while he was in jail.  His health deteriorated.   A
doctor  was  fearful  that he would die.  A petition with 300 signatures
helped secure his release.  He later was pardoned.   William  Robertson,
who had prosecuted him, mentored him in reading law.  Mosby opened a law
office in Albemarle County.   He  met  Pauline  Clarke,  and  they  were
married by a priest in Nashville, TN.  They settled in Bristol, VA.     

Mosby  enlisted  in  the  Confederate  Army  upon  Virginia's secession.
Initially he was in the Washington Mounted Rifles, commanded by  Grumble
Jones.   He was not in the fight at First Manassas.  Mosby resigned from
the command when Fitzhugh Lee replaced Jones.                           

Jeb Stuart picked Mosby as a scout.  Stuart used  intelligence  supplied
by  Mosby  in  his famous ride around McClellan.  Stuart gave Mosby nine
men to conduct guerilla operations  behind  Yankeee  lines  in  northern
Virginia, primarily in Fairfax, Loudoun, Fauquier, and Clarke counties. 

Mosby's  command  grew and became the 43rrd Batallion, Virginia Cavalry,
Partisan Rangers.  It was later increased to a  regiment.   Mosby's  men
carried several pistols rather than cavalry sabers.                     

Dave  recounted  several  famous exploits of Mosby's men.  They captured
Yankee general Edwin Stoughton and 28 of his men at Fairfax Courthouse. 

In July 1864 Mosby's men fought Yankee William Forbes's 150 men who  had
been looking for The Gray Ghost.  2/3 of Forbes's men were casualties.  

350  of  Mosby's men attacked a wagon train going from Harper's Ferry to
Winchester, burning 20 wagons and capturing 200 prisoners.  Citizens  of
Berryville came out and helped themselves to food.                      

Mosby's  men  were  not  at the surrender at Appomattox.  After that sad
day, Mosby disbanded his command rather  than  surrender.   He  was  not
offered parole and was arrested three times.  His wife Pauline called on
President Andrew Johnson requesting that her husband be left  in  peace.
General  of  the  Army  Ulysses  S.  Grant wrote a parole and gave it to

Mosby became a pariah because he became a Republican.  He was  appointed
U.   S.   consul  in  Hong  Kong,  but  was removed when Democrat Grover
Cleveland was elected President in 1884.  Based on a request from Grant,
Leland  Stanford  gave  Mosby  a job with the Southern Pacific Railroad,
where he worked for 16 years.                                           

When Grant died, Mosby said that he had lost his best friend.  Grant had
said  that  few men could have led a unit such as Mosby's without losing
the entire command.                                                     

Dave gave us a handout which contained  a  quote  from  Ranger  John  W.
Munson.   "Mosby's  correct  estimate  of men, his absolute freedom from
jealousy and selfishness, his unerring judgment at critical moments, his
devotion to his men, his eternal vigilence, his unobtrusive bravery, and
his exalted sense of personal honor, all combined to create in the  mind
and  hearts of those who served him a sort of hero worship.  Long before
I ever set eyes on him I looked forward to the day when I would be  able
to take my hat off in his presence, and offer to follow him."           

Writer's Note:  Members with Internet access can learn more about Dave's
tours by visiting web site  That site has  a
link which has a 2  page summary of Mosby's life.                      

April meeting attendance: 26


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 & Webmaster: Gary F. Cowardin 262-0534 Website:



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, 2010 through 9 July 2011               

Bill Akers        Walt Beam         Brian Cowardin        Clint Cowardin  
Lee Crenshaw      Ray Crews         Jerold Evans          Michael Hendrick
Pat Hoggard       Don and Karen Jewett*                                   
Ben Marchi        Crawley Joyner    Jack Kane             Andy Keller     
Mike Kidd         Peter Knowles,II  Lewis Mills           Conway Mocure   
Bob Moore         Joe Moschetti     Joe Price             Waite  Rawls    
Peyton Roden,Sr.  Cary Shelton      Chris Trinite         Walter Tucker   
Hugh Williams                                                             
*In memory of their son Chris

JULY 1861

(Sesquicentennial match dates) 2 President Lincoln authorized General Winfield Scott to suspend the writ of habeas corpus along any military line between New York and Washington. 4 Lincoln put the entire blame of starting The War on the South. 6 CSS Sumter deposited seven prizes at a Cuban port in the first commerce raiding foray. Cuba later released the ships. 10 The Confederate government concluded a treaty with the Creek Indians, the first of nine arranged by agent Albert Pike. 11 Yankees under Rosecrans defeated Confederates under John Pegram at Rich Mountain, western Virginia. The U. S. senate expelled the senators form Virginia, North Carolina, Arkansas and Texas plus one from Tennessee. A mere formality-They had already left. 12 McClellan's Yankees occupied Beverly, western Virginia. 13 Confederates were deferated at Carrick's Ford, western Virginia. 14 Yankees set up blockade at Wilmington, North carolina. Horace Greeley ran "Forward to Richmond" on the masthead of the New York Tribune. 16 Yankee Army under Irvin McDowell moved toward Centreville and Manassas. 17 Joe Johnston was ordered to move his troops from the Shenandoah to Manassas. 18 Longstreet's men repulsed the Yankees at Blackburn's Ford. 21 Confederates defeated Yankees at Manassas. 22 George McClellan was ordered to Washington to take command of the army led to defeat by McDowell. He assumed command on July 27. 30 Beast Butler at Fort Monroe wrote the Secretary of War asking for clarification on the continuing problem of "contraband" as he designated slaves who had come into the fort. 31 The State Convention of Missouri elected Hamilton R. Gamble as pro-union Governor.


(Sesquicentennial match dates) 1 General Robert E. Lee arrived in western Virginia to coordinate activities there. Brazil recognized the Confederate States of America as a belligerent. 2 The Yankee Congress passed the first national income tax. 3 A balloon ascension was made at Hampton Roads from the deck of a Yankee vessel. 6 A pro-union camp was established in Kentucky known as Camp Dick Robinson over the protests of pro-secessionists and neutralists. 7 Confederate forces under John B. Magruder burned Hampton, VA. 8 Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant assumed command of the district of Ironton, MO. 10 Yankees under Brigadier General Nathaniel Lyon were defeated by Confederates at Wilson's Creek, MO. 14 Yankee Major General John C. Fremont declared martial law in St. Louis city and county, which was followed by the suppression of two allegedly pro-Southern newspapers. 17 The federal departments of northeastern Virginia, of Washington, and of the Shenandoah were merged into the Department of the Potomac, from whence came the name the Army of the Potomac. Beast Butler left Fort Monroe and went on to head forces organizing for an attack in the Cape Hatteras. 19 The Confederate Congress in Richmond agreed to an alliance with Missouri and virtually admmitted the state into the Confederacy. Thus the state had two governments. Lincoln made Virginian George H. Thomas a brigadier general in the Yankee Army. 24 Lincoln told Governor Beriah Magoffin of Kentucky that he would not remove pro-Union forces being organized in his state. 27 Yankee attack on Cape Hatteras began. Fort Hatteras surrendered the next day. 30 Fremont in Missouri issued his famous unauthorized emancipation proclamation and extended martial law throughout the state. 31 The Confederate government appointed five full generals in order of seniority with the following dates of rank: Samuel Cooper 16 May Albert Sidney Johnston 28 May Robert E. Lee 14 June Joseph E. Johnston 4 July Pierre G. T. Beauregard 21 July


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