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VOLUME 14, ISSUE 5,           May 2012
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A quick jump to the articles in this issue:
Commander's Comments, Adjutant's Report, Chaplain, May Program (next), April Program (last),
Camp Officers, Longstreet's First Corps, 1862 Events (Apr,May), Coming Events,


I would like to thank Adjutant Tucker for all his hard work in  applying
for  and  ensuring  that  we  met  the  qualifications  for the Virginia
Division's Outstanding Camp Award given to our camp at the last Virginia
Division  Convention.   I  would  also like to thank all of you for your
participation in camp activities to help us get the award.  We are truly
fortunate to have such a great camp!                                    

I hope you can make it to the next meeting.  I always love learning more
about Stonewall Jackson and our May program shouldn't disappoint!       



Welcome to David Bridges, who transferred to our Camp from Major General
I.   R.   Trimble Camp # 1836 of Ellicott City, Maryland after moving to

Thanks to Clint Cowardin, Lee Crenshaw, Gene Golden, Andy  Keller,  Boss
Lewis  Mills, Paul Sacra, Austin Thomas, Dave Thomas,  and Walter Tucker
for cleaning up our one  mile  section  of  Studley  Road  (Route  606),
Hanover  County, near Enon United Methodist Church on Saturday 14 April.
The good turnout enabled us to complete the job quickly.                

Kudos to Gary Cowardin for his fine work in editing The  Old  War  Horse
and  in  maintaining our Camp's web site.  For the second time in recent
months we have been contacted by a descendant of one of the  Confederate
soldiers  buried  in Woodland Cemetery, Ashland.  This one reminds us of
the errors that can creep into records.  The soldier's  surname  on  the
folder   in  the  National  Archives  and  in  the  Broadfoot  Index  of
Confederate Soldiers is spelled Ganbill.  The  papers  in  the  Archives
folder  spell the surname Gambill.  Two reliable sources said that it is
useless to ask the Archives to correct its mistake which has been  there
for nearly 150 years.                                                   

A  number of people had a hand in putting the Woodland roster on our web
site.  Judy Lowry of the Page Library of Montpelier brought the  Library
of Virginia research of the Ashland April 1862 Confederate States Burial
Book by W.  E.  Winfrey and Bill Thames to the attention of Lewis Mills.
At  our request National Park Service historian Bobby Krick reviewed the
roster and wrote a narrative  about  Ashland  and  the  Cemetery.   Gary
Cowardin then put the narrative and roster on our web site.             

Errors   easily   occur  on  death  certificates,  which  are  based  on
information given by a grieving family member at  a  time  of  emotional
stress.   The  death certificate of my maternal grandfather Walter Louis
Dunn has the incorrect first name of his father and misspells the maiden
name of his mother.  It also states that his year of birth was 1866. The
1870 census shows him as being 10 years old.                            

The death certificate of my  Confederate  great  grandfather  Robert  L.
Tucker has his middle name as Lee.  The roster in the regimental history
of the 1st Virginia Infantry has Luscius as his middle name.            

Stones in cemeteries perpetuate errors.  Jackie's grandmother  Ida  Peek
Randlett  (known  affectionately  as  Nanny)  ordered  a  marker for her
father.  It sits in Oakwood Cemetery with  a  Yankee  regiment  thereon.
Nanny said that was a mistake, since he was supposed to have been one of
Morgan's raiders.  Jackie and I researched his record  at  the  Kentucky
Archives  in  Frankfort  and verified that he was a Kentucky Confederate
Cavalryman, although not one of Morgan's group.  Jackie and her  sisters
were elated.                                                            

A  speaker at a Richmond Civil War Round Table a few years ago responded
to a question by saying, "It's in the official records."  That  response
implied  that  he  had  never  read Captain Sir Basil H.  Liddell Hart's
wonderful little book "Why Don't We Learn From History." Hart  wrote  of
an  incident  in  March  1918"    An eminent French general majestically
dictated orders giving the line on which the  troops  would  stand  that
night  and start their counter-attack in the morning.  After reading it,
with some perplexity, the corps commander exclaimed.' But that  line  is
behind  the  German front.  You lost it yesterday.' The great commander,
with a knowing smile, thereupon remarked' This is for  history.'  For  a
great  part  of  the  war  he  had  held a high staff position where the
archives on which much official history  would  later  depend  had  been
under   his   control."   Thus,   errors   in  records  are  not  always

In early June our Camp will be presenting  the  Buck  Hurtt  Scholarship
Award  to  the outstanding senior history student at Douglas S.  Freeman
High School.  Buck's surname is  spelled  Hurt  in  the  roster  in  the
regimental history of the 26th Virginia Infantry.  When I questioned our
late Camp Commander Chuck Walton about the spelling, he said, "My mother
spelled  it  with two t's, and I wasn't about to cross her." Not wishing
to be haunted by either ghost, it's two t's for me.                     


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                             






Rebecca Cumins

"Lee's Right Arm, The Death of Stonewall Jackson"
May 10 marks the 149th  anniversary  of  the  death  of  General  Thomas
"Stonewall"  Jackson  as  a  result  of wounds received at the battle of
Chancellorsville.  Our speaker, Rebecca Cumins' topic  for  our  May  15
meeting  will thus be particularly timely.  Becky, a member of the Board
of Directors for Confederate Memorial Hall in New Orleans, was  recently
elected as their first woman President.  She works for the National Park
Service  as  a  historian  at  Fredericksburg,  Spotsylvania,   National
Military Park.                                                          

2012 Speaker Schedule

We have a great series of programs planned for the rest of the year and we want you to be able to plan ahead so that you do not miss any of them. In May we will have Rebecca Cumins speaking on the Death of Stonewall Jackson. After that the schedule is as follows: Month Speaker Topic June Andrew Talkov, VHS Civil War Artist Edwin Forbes July Richard Nicholas Sheridan's Central Virginia Raid September Bob Krick, NPS October Tom Crew, LOV John Brown - A Perfect Steel Trap November John Coski, MOC The Road Home from Appomattox December Marilyn Iglesias, UDC Captain Sally Tompkins, CSA Marilyn is a member of the UDC and will perform her one woman recreation of Confederate nurse and Captain Sally Tompkins. You may recall that we had a program from the Museum of the Confederacy on the Captain last November. This presentation should be special interest for our December meeting as there are generally many more women in attendance on that occasion. Andy Keller


Virginia Division Archivist Edwin Ray of the Library of Virginia covered
more  sources  of  information  about  Confederate ancestors than can be
contained in this brief writeup.                                        

Compiled service records of each Confederate soldier were done  by  unit
and  were created from periodic unit rosters captured by the Yankees and
taken to Washington.  The Library of  Virginia  has  Virginia  units  on
microfilm.   The  Library of Virginia has unit histories published by H.
E.  Howard.  Each volume contains a roster.                             

The most complete compiled service records are at the  United  Daughters
of the Confederacy.                                                     

The  Library  also  has  pension  records,  prison records, and hospital
records.  The Museum of the Confederacy has the latter two.             

The Virginia Division of the SCV is working on the roster of Confederate
soldiers  buried in Oakwood Cemetery.  Hollywood Cemetery has records on
soldiers buried there.                                                  

Postwar testimonial records can be helpful, as are  Confederate  Veteran
magazines and Southern Historical Society papers.                       

The  Museum  of  the Confederacy has a medical and hospital series and a
POW collection.                                                         

The UDC headquarters library has records of the Southern Cross of Honor,
cemetery records, and the Roll of Honor.                                

Edwin is working on the Virginia record of military dead.               

In addition to these sources, family record such as family Bibles can be
very helpful.                                                           
April Meeting Attendance: 34


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 5 May 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  

May 1862

16 Yankee General McClellan established his headquarters at White House, formerly a Lee property, on the Pamunkey River. 17 Yankee General McDowell on the Rappahannock was ordered to march upon Richmond in cooperation with McClellan's Army of the Potomac. 19 President Lincoln disavowed the emancipation proclamation of Major General David Hunter. Lincoln again appealed for adoption by the states of his policy of gradual, compensated emancipation. 23 Stonewall Jackson's troops easily defeated Yankees under Colonel John R. Kenly at Front Royal. 25 (Sunday) Jackson defeated Yankees at Winchester. 30 Confederates under General Beauregard abandoned Corinth, Mississippi. 31 At the battle of Fair Oaks General Joseph E. Johnston was wounded. He was succeeded for a few hours by Gustavus W. Smith.

June 1862

1 General Longstreet's attack was repulsed by Yankees at fair Oaks. Jefferson Davis appointed Robert E. Lee to command of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. 3 Confederates abandoned Fort Pillow, Tennessee, rendering northern Mississippi River outposts of the South useless. 6 Yankee gunboats defeated Confederate warships at Memphis. 8 Confederates, primarily under General Ewell, defeated Yankees under John C. Fremont at Cross Keys. 9 Confederates beat Yankees at Port Republic, concluding Jackson's brilliant Valley Campaign. 12 Confederate cavalry under J. E. B. Stuart began just north of Richmond the famous ride around McClellan. 15 Stuart arrived in Richmond to report to Lee on the ride around McClellan. 17 General Braxton Bragg was named commander of the Western Department of the Confederate Army. 18 Yankees under Brigadier General George W. Morgan occupied Cumberland Gap. 19 President Lincoln signed into law a measure prohibiting slavery in the territories of the United States.


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