THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 14, ISSUE 1, January 2012
Happy new year! It's hard to believe 2011 is out and 2012 is in. I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas and new year's holiday. We had a wonderful Christmas banquet at the Westwood Club and I would like to thank Longstreet Camp member and Museum of the Confederacy CEO Waite Rawls for his wonderful update on the Appomattox branch of the Museum. We can not wait for the grand opening and I hope to have a large delegation from the Longstreet Camp at the museum's opening day ceremonies. There is a lot in store for the Longstreet Camp in 2012. 1st. Lt. Commander Andy Keller has lined up some excellent speakers for our monthly meetings and we hope to see you there. We are also planning to hold a grave marking ceremony for the marker we had placed at Shockoe Hill Cemetery for J. T. Cunningham and will let you know when a date is set. I look forward to seeing you at our next meeting on the 17th! Deo Vindice! Taylor
We extend a hearty welcome to Les Updike, who has transferred his membership to our Camp from another local camp. Les's Confederate ancestor William A. Gibbs served in Company I of the 34th Virginia Infantry and was killed at Petersburg 31 August 1864. At our Christmas banquet Les recited his poem "Tis' for You, Dear Sir." Congratulations and best wishes to Taylor and Jodi-Beth Cowardin on the birth of their son Lewis Turner Cowardin II on 31 December 2011. Camp member Brian Cowardin and his wife Connie are proud grandparents. Many thanks to Richard Chenery, Clint Cowardin, Lee Crenshaw, Gene Golden, Don Jewett, Andy Keller, Road Boss Lewis Mills, and Paul Sacra for joining me in our semi-annual cleanup of our Camp's section of Studley Road near Enon United Methodist Church, Hanover County, on Saturday 12 November. The excellent turnout enabled us to finish faster than ever. Thanks also to Barton Campbell for donating to our Camp a portrait of Nathan Bedford Forrest that was used in a silent auction at the Christmas banquet. Several members bid, with the winning bid being made by Brian Cowardin. Most of the proceeds were added to the Buck Hurtt Scholarship Fund. The Virginia Sesquicentennial 2012 Signature Conference scheduled at VMI on 22 March is sold out. You can be put on the waiting list by visiting web site www.virginiacivilwar.org The Museum of the Confederacy Symposium "Person of the Year 1862" on Saturday 25 February features historians David Blight, Bob Krick (the elder), James McPherson, Jack Mountcastle, and Emory Thomas. Each panelist will nominate the person he thinks had the most influence on the Union and the Confederacy during that year. Attendees will then vote on their choice. Reservations can be made by visiting the Museum's web site www.moc.org or calling the Museum. Last year's program focusing on Person of the Year 1861 was outstanding. The SCV has a Confederate Heritage Rally with an evening event Friday 24 February and the main activities, including a heritage parade, on the next day. The proposed schedule can be found at web site confederate150.com/2012info.html Four of our greatest Confederate and American heroes have January birthdays- James Longstreet on the 8th, Matthew Fontaine Maury on the 14th, Robert E. Lee on the 19th, and Stonewall Jackson on the 21st. May we always honor them. Jackie and I spent the weekend of 18-20 November in Fredericksburg and vicinity. This reminded us of our great good fortune in living in Virginia. On Friday afternoon we visited the 1772-1789 Fredericksburg home of Mary Ball Washington, which her son George bought for her. Kenmore, which we had visited some years ago, was the home of George's sister Betty and her husband Fielding Lewis. The Kenmore plantation was adjacent to Mary Ball Washington `s home. On Saturday mornig we headed north to Arlington House, which suffered some damage in the August earthquake. While in Arlington National Cemetery we visited the grave site of the late Bill McIntosh, who was the beloved Minister of Senior Adults at our church. Bill was a career Army officer who graduated Union Theological Seminary after his military service was completed. Saturday afternoon we toured Mount Vernon, which has added a splendid museum/education center since our visit there a number of years ago. Sunday morning we toured Chatham, across the Rappahannock River from Fredericksburg. William Fitzhugh, a friend of George Washington, built Chatham between 1768 and 1771. Chatham served as Yankee headquarters during the December 1862 battle of Fredericksburg. The view of Fredericksburg is great when the leaves have fallen off the trees. Americans are forever indebted to the late John Lee Pratt, a former General Motors executive, who left the estate to the National Park Service in his will. It is part of the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park and houses on the second floor the office of the Park Superintendent Mrs. Pratt collected Faberge eggs and left her collection to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.. On the way home we stopped at the Stonewall Jackson Shrine at Thornburg. Park Service Ranger Becky Cummins brought tears to our eyes when she spoke about Jackson's last days after his mortal wounding at Chancellorsville. I hope that your holidays have been pleasant, and I wish you the Happiest New Year. Walter
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William Connery (The History Guy) Honoring President Robert E. Lee As he rode back to Richmond, over the devastated countryside of his beloved Virginia, General Robert E. Lee was deep in thought about his own future and the future of his Homeland. William Connery, author of the recently released Civil War Northern Virginia 1861 from The History Press, will speak to the Camp on Honoring President Robert E. Lee, based on Lee's decision to help a small college in western Virginia to revive education among the young men of his State, many of whom he had led into battle.
Kelly Hancock of the Museum of the Confederacy told us that Sally Louisa Tompkins, the youngest of four children, was born at Poplar Grove, Mathews County in 1833 to Colonel Christopher Tompkins and Maria Patterson Tompkins. Colonel Tompkins died when Sally was five years old. In 1850 the family was living in Norfolk, where Sally attended a female institute. They later moved to Richmond, where Sally's mother died. Sally joined St. James Episcopal Church in Richmond. She was less than 5 feet tall and was described as being cheerful and devout. Hundreds of soldiers wounded at the First Battle of Manassas July 1861 were brought to Richmond for treatment and recuperation. Sally opened a hospital with a capacity of 25 patients.at 3rd and Main Streets in the home of Dr. John Robertson. President Jefferson Davis ordered that all hospitals be brought under military command. The Robertson Hospital had been run so well that it was excepted. President Davis appointed Sally a Captain in the Confederate Army September 1861. She refused to accept pay. The Robertson Hospital received good inspection reports. Despite this, Inspector William A. Carrington recommended closing of the hospital in October 1862 and again in January 1863. He later revoked a closing letter, but put Dr. Alexander Garnett in charge. The hospital treated 1,334 patients during The War. Only 73 died. This was probably due to Captain Sally's reported obsession with cleanliness. The last patient was discharged June 1865. Diarist Mary Chesnut was a frequent visitor to the hospital and referred to Sally as "our Florence Nightingale. After The War Sally rented a home at 6th and Main Streets and continued her charitable work. Sally went to live in the Richmond Home for Confederate Ladies in 1905. She died in 1916 and was buried with full military honors at Christ Church in Mathews County. A stained glass window was put in St. James Church in her honor. Walter November meeting attendance: 29
The Westwood Club provided the Camp with its usual excellent food and service at our annual Christmas banquet on 6 December. Attendance was the best since 2007. Our Camp member Waite Rawls gave a powerpoint presentation about the Museum of the Confederacy's additional location on Horseshoe Drive near the intersection of Routes 24 and 460 at Appomattox. The building will be 12,000 square feet with 5,000 square feet of exhibit space. Outside the building will be 14 state flags representing the seceded states. The first exhibit will be Confederate flags.There will be lots of audio visual technology. A person entering the exhibit hall will start with secession and then proceed to mobilization, The War, the surrender, the reaction to the surrender, and the diiaspora. To humanize the War will be a wall of faces. Robert E. Lee's uniform and sword wiil be in a transparent case with motion sensitive lighting. When groups come to the Museum, a National Park ranger from the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park will come to the Museum to speak to them. There will be close cooperation between the Museum and the Park Service. Grand opening is scheduled for 31 March. Waite's presentaion stimulated in our members a desire to visit this valuable addition to the Museum of the Confederacy. Walter December dinner meeting attendance: 50
2011-2012 CAMP OFFICERS LONGSTREET CAMP #1247Commander: 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
PUBLICATIONSWar Horse editor & Webmaster: Gary Cowardin firstname.lastname@example.org 262-0534 Website: longstreetscv.org
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 29 December 2011 Marian and Walt Beam Barton Campbell Richard Chenery Brian Cowardin Clint 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
JANUARY 18623 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. 18 Former President John Tyler died in Richmond and was later buried in Hollywood Cemetery. 19 Yankees under Virginian General George H. Thomas defeated Confederates led by Brigadier General George B. Crittenden at the battle of Mill Springs, Kentucky. Confederate Brigadier General Felix Zollicoffer was killed. 22 Brigadier General Henry A. Wise was named to the Confederate command at Roanoke Island NC. 26 Confederate General P. G. T. Beauregard was sent to the West, where he became second in command to General Albert Sidney Johnston. This left General Joseph E. Johnston in full command in Virginia. 30 Yankee ironclad USS Monitor was launched at Greenpoint, Long Island, NY. Confederate commissioners Mason and Slidell arrived in a British warship at Southhampton, England. 31 Britain's Queen Victoria declared it was her purpose to observe neutrality in The War.
February 18626 Confederates surrendered Fort Henry, on the Cumberland River. 7 General Albert Sidney Johnston ordered Generals John B. Floyd and Gideon Pillow to Fort Donelson. 8 Yankee General Ambrose Burnside defeated ill Confederate General Henry A. Wise's troops at Roanoke Island, acquiring control of Pamlico Sound. 9 Yankee Brigadier General Charles P. Stone, the loser at Ball's Bluff, was arrested in Washington DC and sent as a prisoner without charges to Fort Hamilton, NY. 13-14-15 Yankee ground forces and gunboats attacked Fort Donelson. 16 Nathan Bedford Forrest and cavalrymen escaped from Fort Donelson. Floyd and Pillow departed, leaving General Simon Bolivar Buckner to surrender to U. S. Grant. 17 Grant was promoted to Major General. 20 Confederates abandoned Columbus, KY, no longer defensible after the fall of Forts Henry and Donelson.
COMING EVENTSVisit Virginia 150 Sesquicentennial Events www.virginiacivilwar.org/events.php
Visit the The Museum of the Confederacy Online www.moc.org and their Events Calendar for MOC Events Calendar Sunday, January 29, 2012, 1PM - 4 PM The MOC and the Byrd Theater to Present Redford's "The Conspirator"
Pamplin Historical Park and The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier www.pamplinpark.org and their Special Events Calendar