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VOLUME 14, ISSUE 2,           February 2012
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A quick jump to the articles in this issue:
Commander's Comments, Adjutant's Report, February Program (next), January Program (last),
Camp Officers, Longstreet's First Corps, 1861 Events (Feb,Mar), Coming Events,


I enjoyed seeing everyone at the January meeting.  William Connery  gave
a  very  interesting talk about Robert E.  Lee.  1st Lt.  Commander Andy
Keller has done an outstanding job lining up speakers for  the  camp  in
2012.  If you haven't been to a meeting in a while you should definitely
try to attend one soon.  I am looking forward to  this  month's  program
about  the treasures from Gettysburg Battlefield Park Museum.  This will
be a fascinating program and one you should bring a guest  to  see.   As
always,  I  am  available  to  hear  your  suggestions about activities,
programs and events that would benefit the camp.  Send me  an  email  or
give me a call!                                                         
I hope to see you at the next meeting!


The January 14 Lee-Jackson Day parade in Lexington drew  either  300  or
1,500  marchers,  depending  on the news source.  A special drawing card
this year was a protest against the  Lexington  City  Council's  banning
from  city  owned  poles of all flags except those of America, Virginia,
and the City of Lexington.  The latter does not exist.  The ban includes
flags  of  Washington  and Lee and VMI.  A third engine of the Lexington
economy is tourism, which attracts visitors particularly  interested  in
Robert E.  Lee and Stonewall Jackson.  A reason given for the banning of
the Confederate batle flag is that it makes some people feel  unwelcome.
I  feel  most unwelcome in a city that bans the flag under which five of
my ancestors served their nation.  One was  killed  in  battle;  another
spent a year as a prisoner of war.                                      

For  several  years  our  Camp has made donations to three organizations
vital to the memory of our Confederate ancestors.   The  Museum  of  the
Confederacy  is  led  by  our Camp member Waite Rawls, CEO, who keeps us
informed about the Museum's activities and  has  us  excited  about  the
opening  of  the Museum's additional location in Appomattox on 31 March.
The 15 year old Central Virgina  Battlefields  Trust,  headquartered  in
Fredericksburg,  has  saved  890 acres of battlefield in that area where
four famous battles took place.  The Richmond  Battlefields  Association
last year celebrated its tenth birthday and has saved many acres in this
area, where two major campaigns of the War took place.  On May 19  there
will  be  a  dedication  of  a monument to the Texas Brigade at Gaines's
Mill.  Our Camp has a connection to that brigade, since we had  a  grave
marker  dedication,  spearheaded  by  our  Lewis  Mills,  to  one of its
soldiers at Mt.  Olivet Baptist Church, Beaverdam, in the year 2000.    

Information about these worthy organizations can be found on  their  web

Many  thanks  to  Camp  member  Richard Chenery who noticed the terrible
condition  of  the  Confederate  flag  flying   over   the   Confederate
fortification  preserved  at the Brook Run shopping center on Brook Road
(Route 1) north of Emmanuel Episcopal Church.  Camp member  Gene  Golden
was  kind enough to take some pictures of the flags.  The Virginia Beach
owner of the shopping center maintains the  site,  but  the  flags  were
handled  by  an  individual  now  deceased.  After looking at other flag
poles around town and conferring with the  organizations  flying  flags,
action  will  be  taken to replace the Confederate flag and the American
flag, which is also in bad shape.  Despite living  near  that  site  and
going  to the shopping center often until 1998, I had never walked up to
the fortification site to read the three information plaques.   Two  are
about   Confederates.    The   third   calls   attention   to  Gabriel's
Insurrection, the slave revolt whose rendezvous point was just north  of
the  shopping  center  where  Brook  Run crosses the road known in those
days as the Brook Turnpike.                                             

Registration for the Virginia Division Convention in Virginia  Beach  30
March  -  1  April  will cost $ 35.00 if made by 10 March and $ 45.00 if
made thereafter.  The ever lively  John  Quarstein  will  speak  on  the
Battle of the Ironclads at Saturday's lunch.                            

It  is  hoped that Camp members will make donations to the Old War Horse
and the Buck Hurtt Scholarship Fund at our February meeting.            



NEXT MEETING - TUESDAY, February 21, 2012




Kyle Stetz

"Witnesses to Gettysburg: Treasures from the Museum Collection"

After almost 150 years, there are few tangible links to  the  Battle  of
Gettysburg.    One  such  link  is  through  the  items  in  the  museum
collection of Gettysburg National  Military  Park.   We'll  discuss  the
campaign,  battle,  and  aftermath  using the items that witnessed these
events.  By understanding these museum items and the stories attached to
them,  we  can  get  a  better,  but  more  importantly, a more personal
connection to the events of July 1863.                                  

A native of western New York State, Kyle attended undergrad at the State
University of New York at Fredonia as an Education and History major. He
received a master's in Public  History  from  the  University  of  North
Carolina  at  Greensboro.   He  has  worked  as  a  Living Historian and
Seasonal  Park  Ranger  at  Gettysburg  from  2006-2009  &  2011.   Kyle
currently resides, with his wife Nancy, in Charlottesville, Virginia.   


William Connery offered a bit of alternative history by suggesting  that
if  the  Confederacy  has won its independence Robert E.  Lee would have
been elected president.  Jefferson Davis was elected  to  a  single  six
year term in 1862.                                                      

Connery  pointed  out  that  every  president  elected from 1868 (Grant)
through 1900 (McKinley) had served in The War.                          

Lee told Channing Smith "I cannot give Colonel Mosby  any  advice."  His
advice  to  all  Confederate  soldiers  was  "Go  home  and build up our
shattered land."                                                        

While residing at Derwent, Lee was offered the presidency of  Washington
College  in  Lexington.   This  has  been  suggested  to the trustees by
Episcopal  priest  and  former  Confederate   General   William   Nelson
Pendleton,  who  was  serving  as  rector  of  Grace  Episcopal  Church,
Lexington.  Lee accepted on two conditions.  He would teach no  classes,
citing his health.  The college authorities needed to understand that he
was under a  cloud,  not  knowing  what  action,  if  any,  the  federal
government might take against him.                                      

Lee  sent  his  application for restoration of his citizenship to U.  S.
Army Commanding General U.  S.   Grant.   Lee's  application  encouraged
other  Confederate  veterans  not already pardoned to apply for pardons.
Grant forwarded Lee's application to President Andrew  Johnson,  and  it
disappeared.   The  papers  turned up in 1975, and President Gerald Ford
signed the restoration of Lee's citizenship.                            

In a faculty meeting at  Washington  College  a  professor  bad  mouthed
Grant,  the  1868 Republican  candidate for President.  Lee said that if
the professor did not withdraw those remarks, "Either you or I will have
to resign."                                                             

Lee  solicited  reminiscences  from his generals, intending to write his
memoirs.  Considering his service as  a  soldier  in  the  U.   S.   and
Confederate  armies, he wrote, "Circumstances change.  George Washington
fought for the King of England and then against him."                   

As college  president,  Lee  instituted  practical  courses.   He  wrote
Lexington  native  Cyrus McCormick, who donated $ 10,000 to the college.
Lee wrote Sir John (later Lord) Acton, "A strong central government will
be aggressive abroad and despotic at home."                             

The New York Herald suggested Lee for President of the U.  S.  in 1868. 

Lee  took a trip south in the spring of 1870, during which he was met by
adoring crowds.                                                         

He handed out his last diplomas as college president 23 June 1870.      

When Lee died in October 1870, the northern lights appeared in the  sky,
something  which according to legend happened only when kings and heroes
January Meeting Attendance: 22


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 8 February 2012           

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

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. 22 Jefferson Davis was inaugurated as President of the Confederate States of America. 23 Lincoln named Andrew Johnson as military governor of Tennessee. 24 Yankees under Nathaniel Banks occupied Harpers Ferry. 25 Yankees occupied Nashville, which became capital of Tennessee, USA. 26 Lincoln signed the Loan and Treasury Bill, which created a national currency of U. S. notes.

March 1862

2 Final Confederate units under Leonidas Polk abandoned Columbus, KY. 8 Yankees under Curtis concluded the three day battle of Pea Ridge (Elkhorn Tavern), MO by defeating Van Dorn's Confederates. CSS Virginia destroyed Yankee vessels in Hampton Roads. 9 CSS Virginia and USS Monitor fought to a draw in the world's first battle of ironclads. 11 Lincoln removed McClellan as General in Chief of all Yankee Armies, but retained him in command of the Department and Army of the Potomac. 14 Yankees under Burnside captured New Bern, NC. Yankees under Pope captured New Madrid, MO. 17 McClellan began embarking the Army of the Potomac at Alexandria en route to the James and York Rivers in what became the Peninsula Campaign. 18 Judah Benjamin, criticized as Confederate Secretary of War, became Secretary of State. George Wythe Randolph became Secretary of War.


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