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VOLUME 14, ISSUE 1,           January 2012
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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, 1861 Events (Jan,Feb), Coming Events,


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!                                                            


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                                       

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  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                                        

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

I  hope  that  your  holidays  have  been  pleasant,  and I wish you the
Happiest New Year.                                                      


NEXT MEETING - TUESDAY, January 17, 2012




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

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 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

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.                                                    

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.                                                        

December dinner meeting attendance: 50


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 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                     


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. 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 1862

6 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.


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 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 and their Special Events Calendar

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