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VOLUME 14, ISSUE 7,           July 2012
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A quick jump to the articles in this issue:
Commander's Comments, Adjutant's Report, July Program (next), June Program (last), Camp Officers,
Longstreet's First Corps, Conway's Post, 1862 Events (July,Aug,Sept), Fort Monroe, Coming Events Links,


Please be sure to attend this  month's  meeting.   It  is  an  important
meeting  because we will elect camp officers for the 2012-2014 term.  It
is hard to believe my term is almost over but I  am  overjoyed  for  the
camp  to  know  that  the  next  slate  of  officers  will  continue the
Longstreet Camp's tradition of excellence in the SCV.  I am pleased that
we  will  have  a full slate of officers to elect.  Most of the officers
have agreed to serve again in their current position.  The only  changes
will  be  in the Commander and Lt.  Commanders.  I know that Andy Keller
will do an excellent job as Commander with Paul  Sacra  and  Les  Updike
serving  as 1st Lt.  and 2nd Lt.  Commanders respectively.  As you know,
the Longstreet Camp is the best camp in the whole SCV.  I am honored  to
have  served  as  your  Commander  and  look  forward  to to seeing what
wonderful things are in store for us in the future!  I hope to  see  you
on Tuesday!                                                             

Proposed slate of officers for 2012-2014

Commander: Andy Keller 1st Lt. Cmdr.: Paul Sacra 2nd Lt. Cmdr.: Les Updike Adjutant/Treasurer: Walter Tucker Judge Advocate: Harry Boyd Chaplain: Barton Campbell Quartermaster, War Horse Editor, & Webmaster: Gary Cowardin


At our June meeting we inducted  Mike Liesfeld,  whose  ancestor  George
Washington Jones served in the 62nd Virginia Infantry.                  

We  have  received  from  Headquarters the membership certificate of Art
Wingo, whose ancestor Thomas Lindley Johns served in Hurt's  Battery  of
the Alabama Light Artillery.  We plan to induct Art at our July meeting.

Two  visitors,  one  a  relative and the other a friend of a Camp member
attended our June meeting.  We hope that they'll become members.        

Preston Nuttall had surgery on 21 June.  It went well, and he went  home
after  four days.  A few days thereafter pain, fever, and chills put him
back in the hospital.  He was still there Saturday morning 7  July,  but
was doing  better and hoping to go home on the weekend and to attend our
17 July meeting.                                                        

The home of Pat and Sarah Hoggard was badly damaged by a tree falling on
it  in  the  terrible storm of 25 July.  Fortunately, no one was at home
when the tree fell.  They are in temporary quarters for  several  months
while the home is being repaired.                                       

Annual  report  for 30 June submitted to Headquarters showed that we had
80 regular members, the same as a year ago.  During the year we took  in
three  new  members and had two members transfer to us from other camps.
Five members did not renew their membership.                            

We have received a nice thank you note from Miss Carter Lyon,  recipient
of  our  Camp's  Buck  Hurtt  Scholarship  Award.   She  has Confederate
ancestors  and  plans  to  major  in  history  as  a  part  of  the  St.
Andrews-William and Mary Joint Degree Programme.                        

Last  month  Jackie  and  I  took a wonderful cruise on the Columbia and
Snake Rivers aboard Queen of the West of American Cruise Lines.  On  the
last  night  a  member  of the Nez Perce Tribe sang, spoke, and played a
musical instrument in giving a presentation about his famous tribe.   We
also  visited the National Park Service Nez Perce historic site.  What's
that got to do with The War Between the States?  A number of Yankee WBTS
generals  stayed  in the Army and fought American Indians after The War.
Oliver O. Howard  was as ineffective against the Nez Perce as he was  at
Chancellorsville.   Nelson  A.  Miles  persuaded Chief Joseph of the Nez
Perce to stop fighting.  Miles was most infamous for  putting  Jefferson
Davis  in  leg  irons  at  Fort  Monroe.   Commanding General William T.
Sherman wanted to shift responsibility for Indian relationships  to  the
Interior  Department, showing that bureaucratic machinations have always
been with us.                                                           

We hope you'll attend our 17 July meeting  and  that  you  have  a  good
summer.   Our  Camp  does  not meet in August.  Renewal dues notices are
scheduled to be mailed around 1 August.  Prompt payment of dues will  be
greatly appreciated.                                                    






Sheridan's James River Campaign of 1865 through Central Virginia

Sheridan's James River Campaign of 1865 through Central Virginia   is  a
book  by  Richard  Nicholas  that  tells  the story of General Philip H.
Sheridan's final cavalry raid in the Civil War in March of  1865.   From
the Shenandoah Valley, Sheridan led his 10,000  cavalrymen over the Blue
Ridge into Charlottesville and surrounding counties along the north side
of  the  James  River from Nelson County as far downstream as Goochland.
From there he turned north to the Virginia Central  Railroad  in  Louisa
County,   circled  around  Richmond,  and  eventually  joined  Grant  at
Petersburg in the last week of the war.  With the exception of  a  minor
skirmish  with  the remnants of Jubal Early's little army at Waynesboro,
the raid encountered no organized resistance.                           

The raid was militarily insignificant and had no impact on  the  outcome
of  the  war.   But  for  the  thousands  of  people  in the path of the
marauders, the event had  an  enormous  impact  that  would  endure  for
generations.  It would take generations for many of them to recover from
the damages  and  destruction  caused  by  the  raid.   Nicholas's  book
attempts  to  tell  the story of some of those people and their personal

Nicholas is a native Virginian and a retired  geologist  now  living  in
Albemarle  County.   A  member of the SCV, his grandfather served in the
57th Virginia.  Graduated from John Marshall High School, the University
of Virginia, and the University of Kansas.  He has authored two books in
the Howard Virginia Regimental History Series.                          

Richard will have Sheridan's James River Campaign of 1865 through Central
Virginia available at the meeting for $22.  Checks should be made out to:
"Historic Albemarle." All proceeds go to the local Historical Society.    

Month Speaker Topic 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.


Andrew Talkov of the Virginia Historical Society told us that Civil  War
newspapers  carried no photos.  Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper and
Harper's Weekly sent artists into the field to produce illustrations for
the papers.  Edwin Forbes, a 23-year old classically trained artist, was
sent into the field by Leslie.                                          

Initial battlefield work was done by Forbes at the battles of Cross Keys
and 2nd Manassas.  Forbes was one of two artists at Gettysburg.         

Since  much more time was spent in camp than in battle, many of Forbes's
sketches depicted the everyday life of the common soldier.  Some of  his
better  known  illustrations  shown  to us in a power point presentation
	An old campaigner           
	All quiet on the picket line
	A friend in need            
	Execution of 5 deserters    

Forbes went to New York in 1864 to collect his  sketches.   An  engraver
made plates of them for printing.  Congress would not buy the sketches  
when he offered them for sale.                                          

30  years  after The War Forbes produced his work in a book "An Artist's

We are fortunate that Forbes's work gave everybody a better idea of what
soldiering was about.                                                   

The  Forbes  exhibit  at the Virginia Historical Society runs through 30
December 2012.                                                          

June Meeting Attendance: 20


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 July 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          Preston Nuttall   Joe Price        
Waite  Rawls           Peyton Roden,Sr.  Cary Shelton     
Will Shumadine         Chris Trinite     Walter Tucker    
Hugh Williams          Keith Zimmerman                    

Member Elected to Post

At the annual convention of the MOS&B (Military Order of the Stars and Bars) held June 9th in San Antonio, Texas, Compatriot and life member, Conway B. Moncure, was elected Treasurer General for the next two years. Conway is currently the Commander of the General George Pickett Chapter here in Richmond. The George Pickett Chapter provides tombstones for Confederate veterans who died at the Confederate Soldiers Home which was located where the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is today. Most of them are buried at Hollywood cemetery in the soldiers section in unmarked graves. Hollywood contains more than 15,000 remains, many of which were reinterred from the Gettysburg Battle Fields. Conway's great Grandfather was 2nd Lt. Eustace Conway Moncure, Co. B, Ninth Virginia Calvary and was a scout for General Robert E. Lee in the Great War. E.C's memoirs of his experiences in the war were published by the Virginia State Library in 1927.

July 1862

1 Lee's frontal assault at Malvern Hill failed. However, he had prevented McClellan from taking Richmond and thus prolonged The War. Lincoln approved income tax increases and a transcontinental railroad. 2 McClellan retreated his army to Harrison's Landing. Lincoln approved land grant colleges. 4 Confederate John Hunt Morgan embarked on his first Kentucky raid. 8 Lincoln conferred with McClellan at Fort Monroe and reviewed the Army of the Potomac. 10 Yankee general John Pope issued draconian orders in the Shenandoah Valley against civilians designed to prevent guerilla actions. 11 Major General Henry W. Halleck was named General-in-Chief of all Yankee Armies. 12 Lincoln at the White House appealed to border state congressmen to support compensated emancipation of slaves. 13 Nathan Bedford Forrest captured Murfreesboro, TN. 14 John Pope called for an advance against the Confederates, proclaiming "I have come to you from the West, where we have always seen the backs of our enemies." 20 border state representatives opposed Lincoln's compensated emancipation, while only seven supported the plan. The U.S. Senate approved the secession of western Virginia from Virginia and the creation of a new state. 17 MGEN U. S. Grant assumed command of all troops in the Army of the Tennessee and the Army of the Mississippi and in the District of the Mississippi and Cairo. 22 Lincoln read to his cabinet a proposed emancipation proclamation. He accepted Seward's suggestion that it be delayed until the Yankee Army won a victory. 23 Henry W. Halleck assumed command of all Yankee armies. 29 The Confederate cruiser Alabama, unarmed, left Liverpool. Belle Boyd was arrested in Warrenton and accused of being a Confederate spy. She was held in prison in Washington DC until 28 August, when she was released because of lack of evidence.

August 1862

4 Burnside's Federal Corps from North Carolina arrived at Aquia Creek to assist Pope in defending against Lee's advance into northern Virginia. 6 CSS Arkansas was attacked and badly damaged by five Yankee warships at Baton Rouge. The crew was ordered to abandon ship, which was then blown up. 9 A. P. Hill's Division successfully counterattacked Banks's Corps of Pope's army. 17 MGEN J. E. B. Stuart was named commander of all cavalry of the Army of Northern Virginia. 22 Lincoln replied to Horace Greeley, "If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it. If I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it. If I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would do that." 24 CSS Alabama was commissioned as a Confederate Navy cruiser and received its armament and supplies near the Azores. 26 Confederate cavalry under Fitzhugh Lee captured the rail point at Manassas Junction. 28 Jackson's forces fired on Yankee Rufus King's Division at Groveton. 29 Fitz John Porter was ordered to attack Jackson, but failed to do so. 30 Pope attacked the southern left, but Longstreet on the right pushed ahead. Pope's army was defeated , but not routed.

September 1862

1 Jackson defeated Yankees under I. I. Stevens and Philip Kearny at Chantilly in the last action of the 2nd Manassas campaign. 2 Lincoln restored McClellan to full command in Virginia. Pope was left without a command. 4 Lee's army began crossing the Potomac River. 6 Jackson occupied Frederick MD as the Army of Northern Virginia established its base of operations north of the Potomac. 13 Yankees found Lee's famous lost order which revealed his plans to McClellan. 14 Confederates were defeated at South Mountain and Crampton's Gap. 15 Confederates captured Harpers Ferry, which netted them 12,000 Yankee prisoners. 17 One of the bloodiest battles of The War took place at Sharpsburg. 18 Lee at night began his pullout from the Sharpsburg battlefield.

Friends of Citizens for a Fort Monroe National Park

Sasaki, the consulting firm hired by the Fort Monroe Authority, is using a website to collect and gauge public opinion about Fort Monroe's future. At the last FMA Master Plan public meeting, a Sasaski representative characterized the number of website participants thus far as small, setting the stage for ignoring the results. We urge you to make your opinion known on the Sasaki website:


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