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VOLUME 13, ISSUE 11,           November 2011
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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, 1861 Events (Nov,Dec,Jan), Coming Events,


I find it hard to believe that it is already November!  Thanksgiving  is
less than a month away and Christmas is less than two months away.  We're
already seeing Christmas ads on TV and Christmas merchandise is  now  in
stores.   Two  weekends  ago  the  weather  also sent us a reminder that
winter will soon be upon us.  Luckily we received only wind and rain but
the  north  had  a  devastating snow storm.  150 years ago our ancestors
were constantly out in the elements braving the cold rain and snow often
without  shoes  and warm coats.  We must never forget the suffering they
endured and the sacrifices they made to fight for their homeland and way
of life.  The next time you have to be out in the cold and start to feel
miserable, remember your ancestor who couldn't escape it.  He  not  only
had  to fight in it.  He had to live in it.  We sure are fortunate today
with all of our modern amenities!                                       

Don't forget to send in your RSVP  form  to  Walter  for  the  Christmas
Banquet.   Waite  Rawls  will  be  our  guest  speaker and dinner at the
Westwood Club never disappoints!                                        

Deo Vindice!                                                            


We were pleased to induct at our October meeting new member  Richard  L.
Chenery,  III,  whose  ancestor  Thomas  J.   Stiff  served  in the 24th
Virginia Cavalry, the same unit in which Charles Mills, ancestor of  our
Camp member Lewis Mills, served.                                        

Gary Cowardin was elected Camp Quartermaster at our October meeting. 2nd
Brigade Commander Doug Pruiett  then  installed  our  officers  for  the
current year.                                                           

Hats off to Paul Sacra who was part of the volunteer group searching the
North  Anna  Battlefield  Park Area for Robert Wood, Jr., the eight year
old autistic boy who was missing for six days and was  found  Friday  28

Pat Sweeney is recovering nicely from surgery, but is not  driving  yet,
so he's not sure that he can be with us at the November meeting.        

Rain  postponed  our scheduled 29 October semi-annual cleanup of Studley
Road, Hanover County, until Saturday 12 November.  Most  who  signed  up
are available for the new date.                                         

Good  news  on  the  preservation  front  came from Washington Tuesday 1
November as President  Obama  signed  a  proclamation  designating  Fort
Monroe  as  a national monument.  Energetic preservationists worked hard
for this significant step in having a good portion of the Fort  becoming
a  national  park.   Presidents  Andrew  Jackson,  John  Tyler,  Millard
Fillmore, Abraham  Lincoln,  Jefferson  Davis,  Ulysses  S.   Grant  (as
General),  Woodrow  Wilson,  and  Dwight D.  Eisenhower (as General) had
connections with the Fort.  Famous soldiers serving at the the Fort were
Sergeant  Major  Edgar  Allan  Poe,  Lieutenant Robert E.  Lee, Benjamin
Butler, and Emory Upton.  Matthew B.   Ridgway  of  World  War  Two  and
Korean  War  fame  was  born at Fort Monroe.  Famed Indian warrior Black
Hawk was imprisoned at Fort Monroe.                                     

With the deadline for membership  renewals  without  reinstatement  fees
passing  on  31  October, Longstreet Camp remains strong with 75 regular
and five associate members.                                             

Reservaions  are  coming  in  nicely  for  our  6   December   Christmas
Banquet/Ladies  Night  at  the  Westwood  Club.   The  Club  always  has
excellent food and service.  We look forward to  this  festive  occasion
with our own Camp member Waite Rawls as speaker.                        

William C.  "Jack" Davis and Jame I.  "Bud " Robertson, Jr.  have edited
a series of books titled "Virginia at War" with one volume for each year
of  The  War.   Essayists  in  the  1861 volume in addition to Davis and
Robertson are Craig Symonds,  Joseph  Glatthaar,  John  Coski,  Ervin L.
Jordan,  Jr., Michael Mahon, and C.  Stuart McGehee.  All five books are
in the Library of Virginia.  Surprisingly, only 1864 is in  the  Henrico
County  Public  Library.   All  five  are  available  for  purchase from                                                              

Respected War historian Gary Gallagher spoke at  the  Jepson  Leadership
Institute  of  the  University  of  Richmond  on Friday 4 November about
command relationships in  The  War,  focusing  on  Abraham  Lincoln  and
Ulysses  S.   Grant and Jefferson Davis and Robert E.  Lee.  Gary's most
recent book is "The Union  War."  Gary  believes  that  we  should  read
history  forward  and  not  backward,  understanding  the times in which
people lived, rather than  viewing  history  through  our  21st  century

Be sure and thank a veteran on Veterans Day.                            

Click here to goto THEN PRINT the December dinner/program RSVP form,
Must be in by 11/30/11


NEXT MEETING - TUESDAY, November 15, 2011




Kelly Hancock, Manager of Education and Programs MOC

"Captain" Sally Tompkins
This talk will highlight the life of "Captain" Sally Tompkins,  focusing
on  her  wartime  work in Richmond.  What was so special about Robertson
Hospital?  Why was Sally  commissioned  a  captain?   And  why  did  her
hospital  face  closure  on more than one occasion?  These questions and
more will be explored.                                                  


SunTrust Mortgage retiree (before the crash!)  and  Chartered  Financial
Planner John Phillips gave an interesting power point presentation about
coins, currency, and tokens likely to be found  in  a  soldier's  pocket
during The War.                                                         

The  first  American  dollar was based on the Spanish coin "ocho (eight)
reales." One fourth of this coin would be two reales; hence  the  origin
of the phrase "two bits" for a quarter.                                 

John showed us the following images:                                    
  1/2 cent                                                              
  1857 Flying Eagle cent                                                  
  1851 silver 3 cent piece which would buy a three cent postage stamp     
  1842 seated Liberty half dime (There was no such thing as a nickel then)
  1834 capped bust quarter                                                
  1851 and 1854 gold dollars                                              
  1851 Liberty quarter Eagle                                              
  1852 $10 Liberty Eagle                                                  
  1851 $20 double Eagle                                                   

  Tokens issued by merchants.                                           

Confederate currency included a $1 Corporation of Richmond, VA  dated 19
April  1861.   Much  was  printed  by  Heyer and Ludwig at 8th and Broad
Streets.  John also showed us state notes, city notes, and bank notes of
the period.

It  is  impossible  to describe adequately in writing the impact of this
September meeting attendance: 43


Commander: Taylor Cowardin 359-9277 1st. Lt. Cmdr.: Andy Keller 270-0522 2nd Lt. Cmdr.: Paul Sacra 270-1292 Adjutant/Treasurer: Walter Tucker 360-7247 Judge Advocate: Harry Boyd 741-2060 Quartermaster: Gary Cowardin 262-0534 Chaplain: Barton Campbell 794-4562 Chaplain Emeritus: Henry Langford


War Horse editor & Webmaster: Gary 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 2 November, 2011          

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


(Sesquicentennial match dates, including meeting to meeting) 1 Major General George B. McClellan succeeded aged, obese, ailing Lieutenant General Winfield Scott as commanding general of the U S Army. 4 Stonewall Jackson took command of the new Shenandoah Valley District. 5 General Robert E. Lee was named commander of the new Department of South carolina, Georgeia, and East Florida. 6 Jefferson Davis was elected to a six year term as President of the Confederate States of America. 7 Yankees occupied the Port Royal-Hilton Head area in South Carolina. Yankees under Grant captured Belmont, MO, but had to get on their vessels and retreat in response to a Confederate attack led by Leonidas Polk. 8 Yankee ship USS San Jacinto seized Confederate delegates Slidell and Mason from British mail packet Trent. 9 Yankees from their new base at Port Royal seized Beaufort, SC. 11 Near Fort Monroe Professor Thaddeus sent up observation balloons from "balloon boats." 14 USS San Jacinto with captured Confederate delegates Slidell and Mason arrived at Fort Monroe. The Confederate Navy Department called for offers for ironclad men-of-war. 16 Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts and Postmaster General Montgomery Blair protested the capture of Mason and Slidell and urged their surrender at once. 18 In Kentucky soldiers of the Confederate Army adopted an ordinance of secession, making it like Missouri with two state governments. 19 Major General Henry W. Halleck assumed command of the Union Department of Missouri in St. Louis. 21 Jefferson Davis named Judah P. Benjamin Secretary of War. 25 Confederate Navy Department accepted a shipment of armor plate for the ironclad CSS Virginia (formerly USS Merrimack). 26 A convention at Wheeling adopted a constitution for a new state to be called West Virginia. 28 The Confederate Congress officially admitted Missouri to the Confederate States of America. 30 Great Britain's government informed the U. S. government that the seizure of the Trent was an act of aggression and would be the cause of harsh measures taken by Britain.


1 Lincolm expressed to McClellan his displeasure at the inaction of the Union Army. 4 The U. S. Senate unaminously expelled John Breckenridge of Kentucky. 9 The U. S. Senate created the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War. This was approved by the House the next day. 13 Both armies retreated after a battle at Camp Alleghany, western Virginia. 26 The U. S. agreed to release Mason and Slidell. 30 The U. S. government and some leading banks suspended specie payment This suspension continued until 1879.


3 Stonewall jackson embarked on the Romney campaign. 10 Jackson's army entered Romney, which had been evacuated by Yankees. Brigadier General William W, Loring went over Jackson's head with a complaint that Jackson had mistreated his soldiers. Jackson submitted his resignation, which was wisely not accepted. 11 Yankees under Brigadier General Ambrose Burnside sailed from Hampton Roads for the coast of North Carolina. Lincoln accepted the resignation of Secretary of War Simon Cameron. 13 Burnside's force arrived at Hatteras. Landing was delayed by lack of low draft vessels and landing craft.. Lincoln nominated Edwin M. Stanton as Secretary of War. 15 The Senate confirmed Stanton's appointment.


Visit Virginia 150 Sesquicentennial Events
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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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