THE OLD WAR HORSE
THE VOICE OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET CAMP #1247, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
VOLUME 14, ISSUE 9, September 2012
We are now well in the midst of commemorating the Sesquicentennial of the War Between the States. Since our last meeting the anniversary of the Confederate victories at Cedar Mountain, Second Manassas and the narrow brush with defeat at South Mountain have occurred. Now we are at the 150th anniversary of Sharpsburg or Antietam as some would say. The anniversary of that battle will occur the day before our meeting but you may still have time after receiving this newsletter to visit the battlefield in western Maryland before the meeting. This battle in my opinion may have been the most costly to the Confederacy of all, not simply in the loss of manpower but in terms the loss of any real opportunity for recognition by England or France. Without their assistance the South just did not have the resources to defeat the manpower and factories of the north. Secondly, it allowed Lincoln to ignore the Crittenden Resolution of July 1861 where Congress had voted that the sole purpose of the war was to preserve the Constitution and preserve the Union and not to interfere with slavery. With the failure of Lee's army to actually defeat McClellan at Sharpsburg, Lincoln had the opening he was looking for to issue the Emancipation Proclamation and make ending slavery in the states in rebellion a central purpose of the war. That now made it even more unlikely that Europe would involve itself on the side of the south. Now only one other possibility for success remained, but that is another topic. As we begin a new year and I begin to serve you in a new capacity, keep in your minds and hearts the struggles that our ancestors were engaged in 150 years ago and learn from their example that sometimes principles come with a great cost. One way that you have each chosen to honor their sacrifice is to be a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Since you have made that decision, follow it up with a commitment to also be an active member by attending as many meetings as possible, by participating in projects such as our highway cleanup and visiting the battlefields where our ancestors fought and the cemeteries where they were laid to rest. I will be unable to attend the next meeting as I will be out of the country but I hope that everyone else will be there to hear one of our most popular speakers, Bob Krick, who is returning after several years to address us on the 1862 Maryland Campaign. Andy
Family members of several of our compatriots are enduring severe health issues as this is being written on 8 September. Connie Cowardin, wife of Brian and mother of Taylor, is in intensive care at Henrico Doctors Parham with doctors working to restore her health. Hut, the son of Sarah and Pat Hoggard, is battling cancer. Please keep them in your prayers. Bob Moore is scheduled for cataract surgery on 18 September. Best wishes for a satisfactory outcome for all these medical situations. Thanks to our Camp members who responded nicely to Alex Ray's appeal at our July meeting to assist him in his Eagle Scout project of placing a marker honoring three Confederate soldiers killed at Buckland Farm 17 October 1862. Dedication is scheduled for the afternoon of Saturday 22 September. Thanks also to 2nd Brigade Commander Everette Ellis who ordered new Confederate, Virginia, and American flags to replace the dilapidated banners flying at the Confederate fortifications at the Brook Run shopping center on Brook Road (Route 1) north of Richmond's city limits. Everette was assisted by a Camp member in putting the new flags up. Our Camp made a donation to the Jefferson Davis Memorial Fund to cover the cost. We are indebted to Richard Chenery for calling our attention to the ragged flags and to Gene Golden who took some pictures of the tattered banners. The Confederate flag is a 13 star First National. The American flag is a 34 star 1863 Union cavalry guidon. A recent email contained a statement about his Confederate heritage by the late great Lewis Grizzard. I encourage you to find a copy of his essay "Born Right" in his book "Southern by the Grace of God," which is available from Amazon.com Lewis was rightfully proud of his Confederate heritage, as we all should be. The Henrico County Public Library has 19 titles by Lewis, but unfortunately not "Southern by the Grace of God." I hope that one of the 19 titles contains the essay "Born Right."If you've never read anything by Lewis, you're missing something. Renewal dues are coming in nicely and regularly, along with some generous donations by Camp members. Please call or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you haven't received your dues renewal statement. We appreciate those who have paid and look forward to receiving the rest soon. Walter
New member Art Wingo was inducted at our July meeting.
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An Anniversary Overview of the Maryland Campaign Bob Krick Some historians view the 1862 Maryland Campaign as one of the most interesting events of the entire war. The bold aggressiveness of Lee's army; the capture of Harper's Ferry; the famous Lost Orders; the geographic complications of the Potomac River; and of course the unprecedented violence of the battle itself, all combine to make a fascinating story. In honor of the 150th anniversary of those compelling events, we'll take another look at the campaign, primarily from the Confederate point of view, and highlighting a few of the most intriguing things from before, during, and after the Battle of Sharpsburg. R. E. L. Krick
Month Speaker Topic 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.
Richard Nicholas, a graduate of Richmond's John Marshall High School and the University of Virginia, based his talk at our 17 July Camp meeting on his book "Sheridan's James River Campaign through Central Virginia" The book was published this year by Historic Albemarle. Little Phil's Army of the Shenandoah was near Winchester in the winter of 1865. U. S. Grant told Sheridan that he wanted the Virginia Central Railroad and the James River and Kanawha Canal cut west of Richmond to destroy these two vital Confederate supply lines. Grant pestered Sheridan about this action. Carrying only four days rations, the Yankees were told to live off the land and to destroy anything of value Yankee cavalry overwhelmed Jubal Early's pitiful little Confederate army at Waynesboro on 2 March. The Yankees met only token opposition after this engagement. The Yankees spent 4-6 March at Charlottesville. Despite having been told not to go into private homes, they broke into Monticello, whose manager was a Yankee sympathizer. The army was divided at Charlottesville, with General Devin's First Division going to Scottsville, destroying the bridge at Palmyra on the Rivanna River. They destroyed several buildings in Scottsville. Sheridan and his men had a free run through the countryside. All they had to do was to travel along transportation routes. Their difficulties were caused by the poor condition of the roads caused by rain, snow, and sleet and not by Confederate resistance. Sheridan's men were vocal in trumpeting their accomplishments. A sergeant in the 2nd New York Cavalry wrote, "We have done the jonnies an immense injury. We have burned every bridge and torn up every railroad we have come across, we have lived off the country as we went through. This has been the greatest raid that has ever been made." The damage to the Confederate war effort in this campaign was minimal, but when combined with the elimination of Early's resistance in the Valley, the campaign contributed strategically in some small measure to the collapse of the Confederacy. Walter July Meeting Attendance: 32
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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. 17 July, 2011 through 7 September 2012 Walt Beam Richard Chenery Brian Cowardin Cecil Duke Jerold Evans Phil Jones Peter Knowles, II Michael Liesfeld Lewis Mills Bob Moore Glenn Mozingo Joe Price Waite Rawls Peyton Roden,Sr. Paul Sacra Cary Shelton JEB Stuart, IV Pat Sweeney Walter Tucker Hugh Williams Art Wingo
September 18621 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. 19 Yankees under Rosecrans defeated Confederates at Iuka, Mississippi. 20 Lincoln prepared the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which he announced two days later. 24 Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus. 27 Confederate Congress passed the Second Conscription Act. 29 Yankee Brigadier General Jefferson Columbus Davis shot and killed Yankee Brigadier general William "Bull" Nelson during a quarrel in a Louisville hotel.
October 18621 Confederate Major General John C. Pemberton took command of the Department of Mississippi and east Louisiana, his primary duty being the defense of Vicksburg. 2-3 Lincoln conferred with McClellan at the latter's headquarters in Maryland. 4 Confederates were driven away from Corinth, Mississippi after a two day battle. 8 Yankees under Don Carlos Buell won a partial victory at Perryville KY, ending Bragg's invasion of Kentucky. 12 Stuart completed another ride around McClellan in Maryland and Virginia. 13 Lincoln in a lengthy letter to McClellan urged renewed activity. 16 McClellan launched two mjor reconnaisances from Sharpsburg to Smithfield in western Virginia and from Harper's Ferry to Charles Town, western Virginia.
COMING EVENTS LINKSVisit Virginia 150 Sesquicentennial Events www.virginiacivilwar.org/events.php
Visit the The Museum of the Confederacy Online www.moc.org and their Events Calendar for MOC Events Calendar
Pamplin Historical Park and The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier www.pamplinpark.org and their Special Events Calendar