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VOLUME 14, ISSUE 4,           April 2012
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A quick jump to the articles in this issue:
Commander's Comments, Adjutant's Report, Chaplain, April Program (next), March Program (last),
Camp Officers, Longstreet's First Corps, 1862 Events (Apr,May), MOC-Appomattox, Letter, Coming Events,


As we are now moving towards  the  second  half  of  April,  Confederate
History  and  Heritage Month, we ought to each do something to celebrate
and honor our ancestors if we haven't done  so  already.   Do  you  know
where  your  ancestor(s)  are buried?  If so, when was the last time you
visited their grave(s) and made sure  the  site  was  clean,  green  and
weeded?  If you are unable to do that or have already done so, how about
going to one of our  many  local  cemeteries  that  contain  Confederate
graves?   Hollywood, Oakwood and Shockoe Hill cemeteries are just a few.
Just an hour of picking up trash, replacing Confederate flags that  have
been  torn up by lawnmowers or uprighting markers that have toppled over
will make a big difference.  If going out to cemeteries is not for  you,
just  committing  one  hour of your time towards any Confederate related
project would make your ancestors proud.  Remember S.D.  Lee's charge:  

   To you, Sons of Confederate Veterans, we will commit the  vindication
   of the Cause for which we fought.  To your strength will be given the
   defense of the Confederate soldier's good name, the  guardianship  of
   his  history, the emulation of his virtues, the perpetuation of those
   principles which he loved and which you love also, and  those  ideals
   which  made him glorious and which you also cherish.  Remember, it is
   your duty to see that the true history of the South is  presented  to
   future generations.                                                  

I hope you and your family had a great Easter  and  I  look  forward  to
seeing you at the next meeting.                                         

Walter presenting Taylor membership documents
for his son Turner born 12-31-11


Hugh Williams had a recent bout with pneumonia which  kept  him  in  the
hospital for two weeks and in the health care unit at Lakewood Manor for
one week.  We wish him well as he is back in his apartment.             

Thanks to Chris Trinite  who  represented  our  Camp  at  the  31  March
Virginia   Division  convention  in  Virginia  Beach.   Longstreet  Camp
received a Division Outstanding Camp Award.  To qualify, a camp must  be
in good standing with SCV National, must send a delegate to the Division
convention, and must meet five elective requirements.  The latter  which
enabled us to receive the award were:                                   

    We made a donation to erect a grave marker in Shockoe  Cemetery  for
    John Thomas Cunningham of the 4th Texas Infantry                    

    We  cleaned  up  our  one  mile section of Route 606 (Studley Road),
    Hanover County, near Enon United Methodist Church twice during the 

    Our Camp member Waite Rawls was speaker at the January 2012  meeting
    of The James City Cavalry Camp.                                     

    We published our outstanding monthly newsletter "The Old War Horse."

    We  awarded  a  one time scholarship grant to the outstanding senior
    history student at Douglas S. Freeman High School of Henrico County.

    We commend the entire Camp for your efforts  which  entitled  us  to
    receive this recognition.                                           

Convention delegates elected the following Virginia Division officers   
for the next two years:                                                 

    Commander        Mike Pullen                                     
    1st LCDR         Tracy Clary                                     
    2nd LCDR         Ken Parsons                                     
    Adjutant         Tony Griffin                                    
    Archivist        Edwin Ray                                       
    Treasurer        Joe Wright                                      
    Quartermaster    Cecil Thomas, III                               
    Chaplain         Michael Virts                                   
    Inspector        Tim Hamilton                                    

Camps in each brigade elected the following brigade commanders:         

    1st    Kentzy Joyner                                                
    2nd    Everette Ellis                                               
    3rd    David McCorkel                                               
    4th    Bill Graham                                                  
    5th    Ted Crockett                                                 
    6th    Vacant                                                       
    7th    Ron Graves                                                   

Longstreet is in the 2nd Brigade.  Everette Ellis has served in a  vital
leadership   position  for  the  Jefferson  Davis  memorial  program  in
Hollywood Cemetery each June.  He has visited our Camp in the  past  and
will do so again in his role as Brigade Commander.                      

The  two  most recent past Division Commanders Mike Rose and John Sawyer
will be members  of  the  Division  Executive  Council  along  with  the
officers named above.                                                   

Ken Parsons and Joe Wright are associate members of Longstreet Camp.    

Saturday  31  March was a busy day with the opening of the Museum of the
Confederacy (MOC) Appomattox facility.  Our Camp member  MOC  CEO  Waite
Rawls  presided  at  the  grand  opening.  Several other Longstreet Camp
members attended.                                                       

April is Confederate History  Month.   We  need  no  proclamations  from
anyone  to celebrate our heritage.  Our ancestors fought to defend their
homeland against invading armies.                                       

Central Virginia Battlefields Trust in Fredericksburg does a  great  job
in  battlefield  preservation.   In  a  recent mailing, Robert K.  Krick
penned a personal note applauding our Longstreet  Camp  for  support  of
preservation efforts.                                                   

We  can  still  use  a  few  volunteers for our semi-annual road cleanup
scheduled for Saturday 14 April.                                        

I look forward to seeing you at our 17 April meeting  and  to  receiving
donations  to  the Hurtt Scholarship Fund, the Old War Horse, and to the
Camp general fund.                                                      


Reminder to the Membership

Please alert me to anyone in the hospital, incapacitated, recent  family
loss, etc.                                                              
                                                      Barton, Chaplain
                                layman, engineer, and field arty guy too
                                (for those who don't know my background)
                               Barton Campbell:
                                John 11:25                             


NEXT MEETING - TUESDAY, April 17, 2012




Edwin Ray
"Researching Your Confederate Ancestors"

Every member of the SCV has at least  one  Confederate  ancestor.   Many
knew  that  because  as  a  child  a  proud  relative told them about an
ancestor who took up arms to defend his home and his country.  How  much
or  how  little  we  know  about those ancestors depends on how much the
person telling us the story knew and then how much or how little  effort
we put into finding out more.                                           

Next Tuesday's meeting will provide you with the basic tools you need to
flesh out the details of what is really known about  our  ancestors  and
maybe  help  us to find ancestors we were not even aware of who answered
the call.  Edwin Ray, Commander of the JEB Stuart Camp and an  archivist
at the Library of Virginia will cover "Where to Begin, Standard Sources,
and Advanced Research issues" for genealogical  research  using  sources
relative  to  the 19th century and databases of Confederate soldiers and
sailors.  He will also provide information on research at the Museum  of
the  Confederacy and the UDC Library.  Don't miss this meeting that will
help you write your own history.                                        
                                                           Andy Keller  


Our associate Camp member J.  E.  B.  Stuart, IV opened his  talk  about
the  pre-War  Between  the  States  years of his illustrious ancestor by
quoting lines from Stephen Vincent Benet's  magnificent  poem  "Army  of
Northern Virginia."                                                     

	"It is Stuart of Laurel Hill,
	`Beauty' Stuart, the genius of cavalry,
	Reckless, merry, religious, theatrical,
	. . .                                     
	A Rupert who seldom drinks, very often prays,
	Loves his children, singing, fighting spurs, and his wife. . . "

The original Jeb had early responsibilities.  At the  age  of  eight  he
rode a horse nine miles to Mt.  Airy NC to pick up mail.                

He entered Emory and Henry College at age 15 and did well in math.      

Military  servce  was  a  Stuart  famly  tradition.   Jeb  received   an
appointment  to the U.  S.  Military Academy at West Point in 1850, when
he was 17.  He received lots of demerits.  Many were for fights, some of
which  he found necessary to persuade cadets under his command to follow
orders.  Jeb loved soldiering, unlike  a  number  of  other  West  Point
students  who  were  there  for  the  engineering education.  Jeb sought
command and held several ranks as a cadet.                              

Jeb ranked 13th in the 1854 graduating class of 46 students.  The  cadet
ranking 1st in the class was George Washington Custis Lee, son of Robert
E.  Lee.  13 members of that 1854 class were killed in the  War  Between
the States, five Union, and eight Confederate.                           

Jeb Stuart strove to develop in himself four principles of leadership:  

	Tactical and technical proficiency      
	Maintenance of good order and discipline
	Assessment skills                       
	Passion for command                     

Stuart's aim was to serve to his country and his God.  As a  brevet  2nd
Lieutenant in 1854 he wrote:                                            

	Oh, God where're my footsteps stray
	For prairies far from battle din
	Still keep them in thy holy way
	And cleanse my soul from every sin.
	Lord, when the hour of death shall come
	And from this clay my soul release
	Oh grant that I may have a home
	In thy abode of heavenly peace.

Army action against Indians in West Texas as a member of the 1st Mounted
Rifles  caused  a  superior  to  describe  Stuart's  service as gallant,
prompt, and reckless.                                                   

Three fellow soldiers with him in the 1st Cavalry  at  Fort  Leavenworth
became  major  generals  in The War- Confederate Joseph E.  Johnston and
Yankees Sedgwick and Sumner.  Stuart served as regimental Quartermaster,
stating, "I will spare no effort to learn my duties." The post commander
was Philip St.  George Cooke, who became Jeb's father-in-law and later a
Yankee general.                                                         

When  Stuart cast his lot with the Confederacy, Sedgwick told him he was
making a mistake.  Ironically, both  were killed  within  days  of  each
other in May 1864.                                                      

Stuart's  passion  for  soldiering  and  leadership  were described by a
soldier in the toughly trained troops of the 1st  Virginia  Cavalry,  "I
like our commander, but he works us hard."                              
February Meeting Attendance: 37


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 7 April 2012              

Marian and Walt Beam   Barton Campbell   Richard Chenery 
Brian Cowardin         Clint Cowardin                    
Lee Crenshaw           Ray Crews         Michael Hendrick 
Don and Karen Jewett in memory of their son Chris         
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  

April 1862

5 Yankee siege of Yorktown began. 6-7 Yankees won battle of Shiloh. A. S. Johnston was killed. 8 Confederates at New Madrid Bend or Island No. 10 surrendered. 9 Confederate Senate passed a conscription bill. 10 Lincoln approved the joint congressional resolution calling for gradual emancipation of slaves by the states. Nothing ever came of it, because representatives of slave states in the Union refused to accept it. 11 Fort Pulaski, near Savannah GA fell to Yankees under Quincy Gilmore. 12 The Great Locomotive Chase took place in Georgia. It was more of an adventure story than a military operation. 16 Jefferson Davis approved the conscription act. 24 Farragut's Yankee fleet passed Confederate Forts Jackson and St. Philip below New Orleans. 25 Farragut's fleet arrived at New Orleans. Confederate Fort Macon, near Beaufort NC surrendered. 28 Forts Jackson and St. Philip surrendered.

May 1862

1 Yankee MGEN Ben Butler occupied New Orleans. 3 Johnston withdrew his Confederate army from Yorktown. 5 Johnston's army withdrew after heavy fighting at Williamsburg, President Lincoln with cabinet members Stanton and Chase left by ship for Fort Monroe to take a personal look at McClellan's advance into Virginia. 7 Lincoln and his party disembarked at Fort Monroe. 8 Stonewall Jackson's troops repulsed Yankees at the battle of McDowell. 9 Confederates evacuated Norfolk. 10 Yankees occupied Pensacola FL. 11 CSS Virginia (formerly USSMerrimack) was scuttled off Norfolk. 12 Natchez surrendered to Farragut. 15 Yankee ships were repulsed by the guns at Drewry's Bluff, eight miles below Richmond..

Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox Stages Grand Opening

(180 degree panorama photo of half those attending the opening dedication) On Saturday, a handshake between their re-enactors marked the opening of the Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox, dedicated to the history of the Confederacy and to the place where the war effectively ended and reunification began. Hundreds and hundreds were on hand for the grand opening, and while there was no official estimate, Museum President Waite Rawls called it "a great big honkin' crowd." Opening ceremonies began at 10 a.m., and by that time the grounds already were full. The main exhibit hall, which includes the museum's two marquee items - Robert E. Lee's sword and the uniform he wore at the surrender - was packed for hours. Visitors swarmed the main lobby area and parked themselves on the museum's benches just to wait their turn inside. The opening marked the culmination of what Rawls called six years of planning and construction. The facility, located just off Virginia 24 near U.S. 460 and about two miles from the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, is the first of multiple planned satellite locations for the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, and where it will share its vast collection of Confederate artifacts, papers and flags. The opening wasn't without controversy. As the 14 state flags rose in front of the museum's entrance, dubbed the "reunification promenade," a small plane circled overhead bearing a Confederate battle flag and a banner that read, "Reunification by bayonet SCV 1896." The plane, jointly sponsored by the national Sons of Confederate Veterans organization and the Virginia Flaggers group, represented the two groups' dissatisfaction with the museum's decision not to fly any flags of the Confederacy. A contingent from the Sons of Confederate Veterans Mechanized Cavalry group carried various Confederate flags around the grounds to draw attention to the omission, but heavier protest came from the Virginia Flaggers, who set up across from the driveway with a sign that read, "Cultural bigots destroying southern heritage." (Clips from an item by Dave Thompson) Editor's Note: The plane pulling the banner appeared to be the same one that was over Monument Avenue in Richmond the month earlier for our Heritage Parade. This time however, it caused a problem for at least half those in attendance. It made so much noise you couldn't hear the speeches or the National Anthem. On Monument Avenue it was not a problem as the sound system was much louder to overcome the normal city noise.

Letter to the Editor

Dear Sir, Although I have been a genealogist for many years, I have only recently started doing work and research on the Civil War. I have found a record for a Cartwright 'cousin' thanks to your website. James H Cartwright, enlisted in the 2nd MS Infantry in March 1862 and about six weeks later died of pneumonia (according to military records) in Ashland, Virginia. I have been unable to stop thinking about him. Did he get wet, cold, and stay that way? Too few clothes and no money to buy more? I am sure he had never been very far from his home in Silver Springs community, Tippah County, MS. Barely having left home, he sickened and died. What must his family have thought when they recd word. Or was it long after his death? After all these years, I want to express my gratitude to the loving service done by those ladies of Ashland so long ago, and the work your Camp has done to keep their memories alive for people like me. Except for you, James H would never have anyone to remember him. I have been invited to speak to the Ripley, (Tippah County) MS SCV Camp on May 7th about my Cartwrights who served. I selected six cousins who were all from the same area. James H was one of two who didn't come home. One cousin is a total mystery. We know he went, but there is no record of his death in service. Thomas and his brother, John Harvey Cartwright came back to Tippah. Their cousin - and my ancestor - James Thomas Asbury Cartwright (23rd MS), came home with an amputated leg from frostbite. But their lives went on and we have lived to remember and honor them. On behalf of my Cartwrights I thank you. Shirley (Cartwright) McKenzie Germantown, TN p.s. Germantown is a suburb of Memphis, but my area of interest is Tippah/Alcorn/Prentiss Counties, MS.


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