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VOLUME 13, ISSUE 9,           September 2011
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A quick jump to the articles in this issue:
Commander's Comments, Adjutant's Report, September Program (next), July Program (last),
Camp Officers, Longstreet's First Corps, 1861 Events (September), Coming Events,


September 11th - definitely a date  that  all  Americans  can  and  will
remember.   I  dare say that each member of the Longstreet Camp can well
remember what they were doing and where they were that faithful  morning
10-years  ago  when  the  tradegies in New York City and at the Pentagon
were just  unfolding.   Before  that  day  was  complete,  almost  3,000
American  lives  were  lost.   Many  have  said  that since that day our
country has never been the same - and I would definitely agree with that
assessment.   Since  that  day  we as a nation have engaged in two wars,
lost  thousands  of  American  troops  and  have  become  a  nation   of
intolerance.   Religion  has  always  been  a  part of the makeup of our
nation, and the recent ceremonies has brought to my mind  the  following

"Be  it  therefore enacted by the General Assembly, That no man shall be
compelled to frequent  or  support  any  religious  worship,  place,  or
ministry  whatsoever,  nor  shall  be enforced, restrained, molested, or
burdened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer on account  of
his  religious  opinions  or  belief;  but that all men shall be free to
profess, and by argument to  maintain,  their  opinions  in  matters  of
religion, and that the same shall in nowise diminish, enlarge, or affect
their civil capacities."                                                

This statement comes from the Statute  of  Religious  Freedom  that  was
drafted  by  Thomas  Jefferson  in  1786  -  you can find a part of this
statute posted on an outside building wall at the bottom of the  Shockoe
Slip area around 14th street.  A lot of Confederate soldiers and leaders
- Stonewall Jackson and Robert E.  Lee just to name two, often mentioned
providence  in  their  dispatches  and reports.  Typically just before a
major battle or series of battles were to occur troops were seen  to  be
heavily attending church services in the camps.                         

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  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 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).                                                              

This  column will serve as my last as the Commander of the General James
Longstreet Camp #1247.  I have tried over the last 4-years  to  continue
the  work  that  previous Commanders Chuck Walton, Harry Boyd and Taylor
Cowardin began.  I have always been proud of  my  association  with  the
Longstreet  Camp, and will continue to do so going forward.  I have been
extremely fortunate to have  had  what  I  feel  to  be  the  best  damn
Executive  Committee that a Camp Commander could Ever have.  I know that
your new Executive Committee will do an  outstanding  job  as  our  camp
continues  to  move forward.  They need your support - and your input as
to the future of this camp.                                             

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

Deo Vindice!                       


We  hope  that  you  survived  the  earthquake  and  hurricane   without
significant  harm  or  damage.   Our  younger  son  lives in Keswick VA,
between Zion Crossroads and Charlottesville.  He  was  working  at  home
that  day  and  had  some  pictures fall off the wall, but no structural

Faithful Camp member Pat Hoggard spent some time  in  hospital  recently
with a stroke.  He is home now, taking therapy several times a week.  He
sounded like his usual cheerful self in a recent telehpne  conversation.
Our prayers are with Pat for a complete and prompt recovery.            

We  have  received  membership  certificates  from  headquarters for the
following  new  members  and  look  forward  to  inducting  them,  their
schedules permitting, at our 20 September meeting:                      

Name                   Ancestor                    Unit        

Jason M. Adams           Elkanah Edward Lyon    44th North Carolina Infantry
Richard L. Chenery, III  Thomas J. Stiff        24th Virginia Cavalry       
N. Douglas Payne, Jr.    John Henry Payne       28th Virginia Infantry      
Joseph Patrick Sweeney   Joseph W. Sweeney      2nd Virginia Infantry       

Many thanks to the 80.2% of our members who have paid their dues for the
current  fiscal  year  which began 1 August.  We also appreciate greatly
contributions to Virginia Division special funds and to  the  Camp.   We
hope that remaining dues will come in soon.                             

Thursday  1  September  was  a sad day in the history of our nation, the
Commonwealth of Virginia, and the City of Lexington, as the City Council
of  Lexington  voted  to  ban  all  flags  except  those of America, the
Commonwealth, and the City of Lexington from downtown flagpoles owned by
the  City.  This action bans, in addition to the Confederate flag, flags
of VMI and Washington and Lee.  The Council's  disdain  for  five  great
Americans, George Washington, Robert E.  Lee, Stonewall Jackson, Matthew
Fontaine Maury, and George Catlett Marshall is regrettable.  In his four
years  as  a  VMI student, Marshall was undoubtedly inspired by Jackson.
His high regard for Lee is expressed in a letter  he  wrote  to  Douglas
Southall  Freeman  in  1942, which letter is in the VMI Museum.  Letters
from several of our Camp members to the Mayor of Lexington  produced  no
satisfactory result.                                                    

The Veterans Administration continues to refuse to provide grave markers
to the SCV for Confederate soldiers buried in Oakwood Cemetery.  Senator
Jim  Webb  supports  the  SCV.   Unfortunately,  he will leave office in
January 2013.  Please write your senators and congressmen to honor these
Confederate veterans.                                                   

In  my  mention of World War Two veterans in a previous report, the name
of Harold Whitmore was inadvertently  omitted.   Harold  served  in  the
680th  Glider Field Artillery Battalion, which operated with the British
Second Army in Europe.   Harold,  please  accept  my  apology  for  this
glaring omission.  We thank you for your service.                       

A  slate  of  officers  will  be  presented to the Camp at our September
meeting for a vote by the Camp.  We look forward to a good  turnout  for
our first meeting of the fall.                                          

Mark your calendars NOW:                                    
Tuesday  6 December Christmas banquet                  


NEXT MEETING - TUESDAY, September 20, 2011




Our speaker will be Eric W.  Buckland.   Buckland  is  a  historian  and
author  and  has  previously  spoken  to  our  camp about Mosby's Keydet
Rangers.  His latest book is titled  Mosby's Men.  He will speak  to  us
about  other  members  of  Mosby's raiders including millionaire Charles
Broadway Rouss.  Buckland is a retired Lt.  Colonel in the US Army.   He
is  a  graduate of the University of Kansas and served for 22 years with
assignments as an Infantry Officer and a  Special  Forces  Officer  with
tours in El Salvador, Honduras and Panama.                              



Marc Ramsey, author of "The 7th South Carolina Cavalry: To  the  Defense
of  Richmond," first met that unit many years ago when he began his book
collection with an early edition of Edward  M.   Boykin's  "The  Falling
Flag:  Evacuation  of  Richmond,  Retreat, and Surrender at Appomattox."
Boykin rose to the rank of major and led the  formal  surrender  of  the
regiment at Appomattox on 10 April 1865.                                

The  7th  was  created in March 1864 at the urging of Major General Wade
Hampton by adding five independent cavalry  companies  to  the  Holcombe
Legion  Cavalry,  which was already in Virginia.  The 7th became part of
the cavalry brigade of Brigadier General Martin W. Gary.                

The 7th was the left flank of Confederate defenses  at  Drewry's  Bluff.
After  the  Bermuda  Hundred  Campaign  at  the  end of May, the 7th was
transferred to the north side of the James River under Colonel Alexander
C. Haskell.                                                             

On  30  May  the 7th counterattacked Yankees at Matadequin Creek, buying
some time for Matthew C.  Butler's  troops.   Haskell  and  Boykin  were
seriously wounded.                                                      

The  7th  formed the far right of the Confederate line at Riddell's Shop
on 13 June.  Gary's troops were outnumbered.  A.  P.  Hill came  up  and
drove the Yankees back two miles.  The Yankees had successfully screened
Grant's crossing of the James River.                                    

Gary's brigade came to the aid of Wade Hampton on  24  June  at  Samaria
Church.   The  Confederates for a change outnumbered the Yankees 3-1 and
won a victory.                                                          

Next action was at 1st Deep Bottom 27 July.  This was  followed  closely
by 2nd Deep Bottom/Fussell's Mill 13-20-August.                         

Actions followed at:                                                    
   New Market Heights/ Forts Harrison and Gilmer 28 September-1 October,
   Darbytown and New Market Roads 7 October;                            
   Nine Mile Road 27 October.                                           

The 7th went into winter quarters at Frazier's farm in November.        

The 7th was the last unit to leave Richmond 2 April 1865.  It  made  the
last charge at Appomattox 9 April 1865.                                 

July meeting attendance: 34


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, 2011 through 7 July 2012               

Walt Beam         Richard Chenery   Brian Cowardin  
Lee Crenshaw      Ray Crews         Michael Hendrick
Crawley Joyner    Jack Kane                         
Peter Knowles,II  Lewis Mills       Conway Mocure   
Bob Moore         Joe Price         Waite  Rawls    
Peyton Roden,Sr.  Cary Shelton      Chris Trinite   
Walter Tucker     Hugh Williams                     

September 1861

(Sesquicentennial match dates) 3 Confederate forces under Brigadier General Gideon Pillow, under orders from Major General Leonidas Polk, entered Kentucky, violating the neutrality of that state. 4 Confederates strengthened their strategically important position on the bluffs overlooking the Mississippii River at Columbus, KY. 6 Yankees under Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant captured Paducah, KY, a key city where the Tennessee River emptied into the Ohio River. This prevented the Confederacy from having its northern boundary on the Ohio River. 9 Yankees under Brigadier General William S. Rosecrans moved toward Carnifex Ferry, western Virginia. Yankees under Brigadier General Jacob D. Cox were operating in the Kanawha Valley. A third Yankee force dug in at Cheat Mountain to oppose Confederates under the general command of General Robert E. Lee. 10 General Albert Sidney Johnston became commander of Confederate armies in the west. Rosecrans struck Confederates at Carnifex Ferry, but failed to break the southern lines. Outnumbered and in a bad position, Confederates under Brigadier General John B. Floyd withdrew. The Yankee victory was useful in holding western Virginia for the Union. The KY legislature passed a resolution calling on the governor to order all Confederate troops in the state to depart. A resolution calling for both Yankees and Confederates to depart was defeated. 11 Confederates under Lee failed to dislodge Yankees at Cheat Mountain. 14 President Jefferson Davis rejected a complaint from General Joseph E. Johnston about the ranking of Confederate generals. This was the beginning of the endless disagreements between those two leaders. 15 President Abraham Lincoln and his cabiner discussed the removal of John C. Fremont in Missouri. Lincoln defended the arrest without charges of Maryland citizens allegedly disloyal to the Union. 18 Confederates occupied Bowling Green, KY. The Louisville Courier was banned from the mails because of its hostility to the federal government. 20 Yankees at Lexington, Missouri surrendered to forces led by Sterling Price. 25 Yankees occupied Smithland, KY, at the mouth of the Cumberland River. Confederate Brigadier General Henry A. Wise was relieved of command in western Virginia after long, confusing, and acrimonius disputes with his superior John B. Floyd. 30 The month closed with Lincoln concerned with what to do about Fremont, stabilizing the situation in KY, and the rising impatience over inaction in Virginia.


Visit Virginia 150 Sesquicentennial Events
VA Sesquicentennial Logo
Visit The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar and their Events Calendar September 16, 17, & 18, 2011 Visit Field Day of the Past and board the Sesquicentennial HistoryMobile.
September 24, 2011 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm Battle of North Anna Fund-Raising Bus Tour Led by NPS historian Robert E. L. Krick with stops at Jericho Mills and the Doswell House. Includes light breakfast & lunch at Hanover Tavern and their Civil War exhibit. Tickets are $65 for Tavern members and $75 for non-members. Contact David Deal at 804-537-5050 or
Henrico County Civil War Commemoration September 23 - 25 Henrico County - Gateway to Richmond, 1861 - 1865 Friday, September 23, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Road, Highland Springs, 23075 Registration is required. Please call 804-328-4491.
Encampment and Exhibits Saturday, September 24, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Tree Hill farm, 6404 Osborne Turnpike, VA 23231
Tours and Demonstrations in partnership with the National Park Service Sunday, September 25, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Fort Harrison, 8621 Battlefield Park Road, VA 23231
For more information about these goto:
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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