Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Music ~ Sons of Veterans March
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Commander: Dave Kimble

Austin Blair Camp No. 7

Jackson, Michigan

Commander: Dave Kimble

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Records Andersonville and Cahaba Prisons

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Brown Books & Michigan in the War by Robinson along with the Roll of Honor

The Red Book of Michigan by Charles Lanman, 1871

G.A.R. Records Hathi Trust digital Library

G.A.R. Records by State

G.A.R. Post information by State

2017 Civil War Events in Michigan

Internet Archive-Your link to over 510 billion pages of history

Battle Flags

Michigan My Michigan







Camp Blair Project

Soldiers Cemetery History









Sultana Memorial

Pvt Daniel W. Pine

Our Adopted Member




National Headquarters

Dept of Michigan

National Quartermaster

Charitable Foundation

History of the S.U.V.C.W.

Cyber Picket White Pages

Edward Pomeroy Post 48 Grand Army of the Republic

G.A.R. Post Jackson County

Biography of Edward Pomeroy 1st Mich Inf

53rd PA Vol INF & Civil Wars Vets buried in Canada

Jackson Civil War Muster.


Offical Records of the Union and Confederate Armies (OR)

Abraham Lincoln

Battle Flags


Drummer Boys


Harpers Weekly &
The National Tribune

Sesquicentennial Essays
& State Events.

Memorial to the G.A.R.

A Brief Timeline

A Poem: The Death of the G.A.R.


"Although having 501(c)(4) Tax Exempt Status. Donations to the Department of Michigan - Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, its Camps, or Sons of Veterans Reserve Units operating within the Department of Michigan, (Are Not Tax Deductible)".

About Our Camp

Commander Dave Kimble
Austin Blair Camp No. 7 is the second oldest camp in Michigan. It received it's charter on April 21, 1914 under the sponsorship of the Edward Pomeroy Post No. 48, Grand Army of the Republic in Jackson and has been active since it's inception. The unbroken existence of this camp, during many lean years, was the direct result of the dedicated untiring persistence of two Brothers, Thayne LaBanta and Donald Hoch.

The Camp was named in honor of Michigan Governor and Jackson citizen, Austin Blair, who was nicknamed the "War Governor". During the conflict, much of the time Governor Blair ran the seat of state government from Jackson, Michigan, making this community the hub of activity for the war effort.

Our Camp Charter 4-21-1914
100 years of "Keeping green the Memory"


The Camp serves the area of Jackson County, Michigan, and meets the second Monday of the month in February, March, April May, July, August, September, October, and November from 7 - 9 p.m. Our meetings are held at the American Legion Post 29, 3200 Lansing Ave. Jackson MI. Visitors are always welcome to our meetings.

Check the Camp Bulletin Board and Calendar of Events for dates and times. For more information and to make sure there are no changes in the schedule.


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Auxiliary President
Connie Horning


On July 14, 1997 the 1941 Charter for the Auxiliary to Austin Blair Camp No. 7 SUVCW was reinstituted. Since then many Sisters have been actively assisting the Sons in their endeavors to preserve the memory of the Veterans of the Civil War.

The Auxillary meets at the same time, and place, as Austin Blair Camp No. 7 SUVCW. For information regarding membership contact Auxiliary President, Connie Horning.

Click here to visit the Auxillary web pages.

For membership eligibility requirements to join the Auxiliary to the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (with link to membership applicaiton) click here.


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Since 1994 our camp has had an aggressive graves registration program conducted by Past Camp Commander, Bill Lowe, and has amassed a data base of over 3000 Civil War veterans. His research indicates these veterans lived in Jackson County before, during or after the war, however, a few may have resided in adjoining counties but belonged to a G. A. R. Post within Jackson County. With the collected information on file at this time, the project is able to confirm the grave sites of over 1000 of these veterans.


If you are researching a veteran, we are pleased to offer you our services. There is never a fee for this. In turn, it is our hope that you will be able to provide us with information about the veteran you are researching.

We have numerous resources available to us. To name a few: Michigan's Record of Soldiers and Sailors in the Civil War and Rosters of All Posts of the Grand Army of the Republic in Jackson County. Additionally we have the Jackson County portions of the following documents:

  • The 1883 U. S. Government List of Pensioners
  • The 1888 Michigan Census of Civil War Veterans
  • The 1890 U. S. Census of Veterans and their Widows
  • Some county burial records.


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Department of Michigan's Graves Registration Database

To access the site click on this photo of their military headstone

National Graves Registration Database

To access the site click on this photo of their military headstone


If you are trying to find the grave site of a veteran, you need to learn what to look for in a cemetery.
To visit our section on Identifying Civil War Graves,
Click here.

Please direct all grave inquiries to Charles Waters Graves Registration Officer.
Working with our GRO Emeritus ~ Brother Bill Lowe.

The People of the State of Michigan enact:

Section 1. Section 3 of Act No. 63 of the Public Acts of 1915, being section 35.833 of the Michigan Compiled Laws, is amended to read as follows:

Sec. 3. A person who willfully takes down, destroys, defaces, or carries away or possesses a flag holder or other design or memorial flag placed at a grave for memorial purposes without authority from the owner of the cemetery or the person causing the flag holder or other design or memorial flag to be placed in the cemetery or at the grave is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 90 days or a fine of not less that $5.00 or more than $500.00 or both.


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To access these pages click on the picture of Abraham Lincoln above

To celebrate the 200th Anniversay of the birth of Abraham Lincoln
we have put together pages of some of his speeches and sayings.


To read the account of the hanging of the Lincoln Conspirators as given by Lieutenant-Colonel Christian Rath, the executioner and Jackson resident click here.


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One of our many goals and purposes is to reward young men who achieve the status of Eagle Scout with a special congratulatory letter and color Certificate of Commendation, signed by the Department Commander and suitable for framing. While we encourage any young man searching for that special community service project to look to us for inspiration on projects relating to the Civil War, we offer this certificate with no "strings attached" other than you must be an Eagle.

For information on how to receive this certificate click here: click here.
For a .pdf application click here; Eagle Scout Application
For a listing of certificates issued click here.


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One of the most important things to a Civil War soldier was their regimental flag. These became even more so when inscribed with the battle honors that the unit had earned were placed upon it. It was used for alignment when moving either in drill or battle. When the battle had been joined it also served as a rallying point for the men and let them know if they were to advance or retreat.

Although it would increase a person's chances to be wounded or killed, it was considered a great honor to be able to carry the flag into battle, and there was never a shortage of volunteers to do so.

To find out more about Civil War Battle Flags click here.


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One of the most popular things for men of both the Union and Confederacy to do when in camp, was make music. It really didn't matter if they were on the march, setting about the campfire, riding trains or transports or even at home. When and wherever they gathered, the men of the American Civil War would pass the time humming, singing or playing interments. They truly could be called "singing soldiers".

To access pages of lyrics of some of those camp songs  click here.


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Many of the youngest boys served as drummers; they weren't supposed to be fighters, but they did a very important job during the Civil War. You've probably seen pictures of a boy walking beside the marching soldiers, beating his drum to keep them together. But this wasn't the drummer's most important - or most difficult job.

To learn more about Civil War Drummer Boys  click here.


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At the time of the Civil War, the process of taking a photograph was a very complex and time consuming procedure, but through the efforts of a few photographic pioneers we, as were the people living at that time, are able to see the Civil War as it was unfolding.

To find out more about photography, please click here.


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Another very popular things for men on both sides was reading newspapers. They of course, preferred hometown news but could not always get that. One of the most popular national newspapers was the Harper's Weekly. Not only did it cover the War with words but with many illustrations of soldiers and what their life was like.

For a link to a website with copies of the Harper's Weekly A Journal of Civilization   click here.

The National Tribune, here's a link to all of the published editions online from 1877 through 1917 at the Library of Congress. Besides publishing information with regard to laws and legislation effecting veterans, the paper also published stories about battles and soldiers' daily lives as written by the veterans themselves.

To visite the Library of Congress website to view these papers   click here.


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Civil War Essays
Brother Chris Cox
The Civil War 150th

Preserving our National Parks

Sons of Union Veterans

To see other Sesquicentennial events happing throughout the State for 2013 Click Here.


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Updated January 26, 2018

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