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"It is not merely for today, but for all time to come that we should perpetuate for our children's children this great and free government, which we have enjoyed all our lives."

February, 2013



In this issue

Commanders Column
Secretary's Report
Lincoln's Speach February 22, 1861
Artllery Drivers
General Grant Horses
Old Sam
A Civil War Poem
Upcoming events
Back Issues
The 1st gets its Flag

Commanders Column


After my first meeting I would like to say that I believe it went very well and would like to thank all of the Brothers who attended.

Please remember that we have a speaker scheduled for our February meeting and plan to attend. Rae Pierce will be showing, and talking about his collection of old bottles most of them from here in the Jackson area. Please feel free to being a friend or two with you as this should be very fun as well as informative.

Don't forget the return of the 303rd is planned for Saturday January 26th. We do not have a definite time for this yet but most likely between the hours of 6 and 8 p.m. We are suppose to get a more definite time but not until the 25th. This doesn't give us much time to prepare and get word out so please mark your calenders and watch for information on this event. It would be great if we can get at least as many Brothers to their return event as we had for their deployment.

On a final note, time is running short, if you have not paid your 2013 dues yet PLEASE get them to Mike before February 1st.

In F. L. C.

Howard Lloyd
Camp Commander
Austin Blair Camp No. 7
Department of Michigan

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~ Artillery Drivers ~

Submitted by Ron Tyrl

Artillery (Drivers) Are the horsemen or riders that played an active part in moving the ordnance equipment. Each driver had two horses and their harness under his care. Each rode the left horse of his team and was held responsible for the feeding, watering, and grooming of the team. They were usually picked for this duty because of their knowledge or skill with the animals. During battle they brought the ordnance into position under the direction of the Sergeant, who was the platoon guide. The caisson drivers were directed into position by the chief of line of caissons, frequently taking position under hostile fire. Keeping the horses calm during battle and removing harness from downed horses was a skill of the drivers often used. The drivers had to be alert at all times in case the ordnance had to be removed from its position in haste. However, once the artillery line was established the drivers would often dismount and lay on the ground with their reins in their hands, depending on the amount of hostile fire being received. Though they were not 'up front', artillery generally had the tendency to shoot high, causing consternation among the drivers trying to control horses just in rear of the main battle line. The only drivers that were not usually with the battery in battle were those that drove the traveling forge and battery wagon. This equipment was usually in the rear of the army on the march.



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~ General Grant and his horses ~

By his son Frederick

Submitted by Ron Tyrl


U. S. Grant horses - Egypt, Cincinnati, and Jeff Davis.

"My father was the best horseman in the army, he rode splendidly and always on magnificent and fiery horses when possible to obtain one. He preferred to ride the most unmanageable mount, the largest and the most powerful one. Oftentimes I saw him ride a beast that none had approached. This is another instance of his physical strength."

When the Civil War broke out, my father, General Grant, was appointed colonel of the Twenty-first Illinois Volunteer Infantry and on joining the regiment purchased a horse in Galena, Illinois. This horse, though a strong animal, proved to be unfitted for the service and, when my father was taking his regiment from Springfield, Illinois, to Missouri, he encamped on the Illinois River for several days. During the time they were there a farmer brought in a horse called "Jack." This animal was a cream-colored horse, with black eyes, mane and tail of silver white, his hair gradually becoming darker toward his feet. He was a noble animal, high spirited, very intelligent and an excellent horse in every way. He was a stallion and of considerable value. My father used him until after the battle of Chattanooga (November, 1863), as an extra horse and for parades and ceremonial occasions. At the time of the Sanitary Fair in Chicago (1863 or '64), General Grant gave him to the fair, where he was raffled off, bringing $4,000 to the Sanitary Commission.

Soon after my father was made a brigadier-general, (August 8, 1861), he purchased a pony for me and also another horse for field service for himself. At the battle of Belmont (November 7, 1861), his horse was killed under him and he took my pony. The pony was quite small and my father, feeling that the commanding general on the field should have a larger mount, turned the pony over to one of his aides-decamp. (Captain Hyllier) and mounted the captain's horse. The pony, was lost in the battle. The next horse that my father purchased for field service was a roan called "Fox," a very powerful and spirited animal and of great endurance. This horse he rode during the siege and battles around Fort Donelson and also at Shiloh.

At the battle of Shiloh the Confederates left on the field a rawboned horse, very ugly and apparently good for nothing. As a joke, the officer who found this animal on the field, sent it with his compliments, to Colonel Lagow, one of my father's aides-de-camp, who always kept a very excellent mount and was a man of means. The other officers of the staff "jollied" the colonel about this gift. When my father saw him, he told the colonel that the animal was a thoroughbred and a valuable mount and that if he, Lagow, did not wish to keep the horse he would be glad to have him. Because of his appearance he was named "Kangaroo," and after a short period of rest and feeding and care he turned out to be a magnificent animal and was used by my father during the Vicksburg campaign.

In this campaign, General Grant had 'two other horses, both of them very handsome, one of which he gave away and the other he used until. late in the war. During the campaign and siege of Vicksburg, a cavalry raid or scouting party arrived at Joe Davis' plantation (the brother of Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy) and there captured a black pony which was brought to the rear of the city and presented to me. The animal was worn out when it reached headquarters but was a very easy riding horse and I used him once or twice. With care he began to pick up and soon carried himself in fine shape.

At that time my father was suffering with a carbuncle and his horse being restless caused him a great deal of pain. It was necessary for General Grant to visit the lines frequently and one day he took this pony for that purpose. The gait of the pony was so delightful that he directed that he be turned over to the quartermaster as a captured horse and a board of officers be convened to appraise the animal. This was done and my father purchased the animal and kept him until he died, which was long after the Civil War. This pony was known as "Jeff Davis." After the battle of Chattanooga, General Grant went to St. Louis, where I was at the time, critically ill from dysentery contracted during the siege of Vicksburg. During the time of his visit to the city he received a letter from a gentleman who signed his name "S.S. Grant," the initials being the same as those of a brother of my father's, who had died in the summer of 1861. S.S. Grant wrote to the effect that he was very desirous of seeing General Grant but that he was ill and confined to his room at the Lindell Hotel and begged him to call, as he had something important to say which my father might be gratified to hear.

The name excited my father's curiosity and he called at the hotel to meet the gentleman who told him that he had, he thought, the finest horse in the world, and knowing General Grant's great liking for horses he had concluded, inasmuch as he would never be able to ride again, that he would like to give his horse to him; that he desired that the horse should have a good home and tender care and that the only condition that he would make in parting with him would be that the person receiving him would see that he was never ill-treated and should never fall into the hands of a person that would ill-treat him. This promise was given and General Grant accepted the horse and called him" Cincinnati." This was his battle charger until the end of the war and was kept by him until the horse died at Admiral Ammen's farm in Maryland, in 1878. About this time (January, 1864) some people in Illinois found a horse in the southern part of that State, which they thought was remarkably beautiful. They purchased him and sent him as a present to my father. This horse was known as "Egypt" as he was raised, or at least came from southern Illinois, a district known in the State as Egypt, as the northern part was known as Canaan.

"Cincinnati" was the son of "Lexington," the fastest four-mile thoroughbred in the United States, time 7:19 3/4 minutes. "Cincinnati" nearly 'equaled the speed of his half-brother, "Kentucky," and Grant was offered $10,000 in gold or its equivalent for him, but refused. He was seventeen hands high, and in the estimation of Grant was the finest horse that he had ever seen. Grant rarely permitted anyone to mount the horse --two exceptions were Admiral Daniel Ammen and Lincoln. Ammen saved Grant's life from drowning while a school-boy. Grant says: "Lincoln spent the latter days of his life with me. He came to City Point in the last month of the war and was with me all the time. He was a fine horseman and rode my horse 'Cincinnati' every day."

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Independence Hall


February 22, 1861

I am filled with deep emotion at finding myself standing here, in this place, where were collected together the wisdom, the patriotism, the devotion to principle, from which sprang the institutions under which we live. You have kindly suggested to me that in my hands is the task of restoring peace to the present distracted condition of the country. I can say in return, Sir, that all the political sentiments I entertain have been drawn, so far as I have been able to draw them, from the sentiments which originated and were given to the world from this hall. I have never had a feeling politically that did not spring from the sentiments embodied in the Declaration of Independence. I have often pondered over the dangers which were incurred by the men who assembled here, and framed and adopted that Declaration of Independence. I have pondered over the toils that were endured by the officers and soldiers of the army who achieved that Independence. I have often inquired of myself, what great principle or idea it was that kept this Confederacy so long together. It was not the mere matter of the separation of the Colonies from the motherland; but that sentiment in the Declaration of Independence which gave liberty, not alone to the people of this country, but, I hope, to the world, for all future time. It was that which gave promise that in due time the weight would be lifted from the shoulders of all men. This is a sentiment
embodied in the Declaration of Independence. Now, my friends, can this country be saved upon that basis? If it can, I will consider myself one of the happiest men in the world, if I can help to save it. If it cannot be saved upon that principle, it will be truly awful. But if this country cannot be saved without giving up that principle, I was about to say I would rather be assassinated on this spot than surrender it.

Now, in my view of the present aspect of affairs, there need be no bloodshed and war. There is no necessity for it. I am not in favor of such a course, and I may say, in advance, that there will be no bloodshed unless it be forced upon the Government, and then it will be compelled to act in self-defence.

My friends, this is wholly an unexpected speech, and I did not expect to be called upon to say a word when I came here. I supposed it was merely to do something toward raising the flag. I may, therefore, have said something indiscreet. (Cries of "No, no") I have said nothing but what I am willing to live by and, if it be the pleasure of Almighty God, die by.

Abraham Lincoln
On his way to Washington D.C.

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Secretary's Report
Ron Tyrl PPC

The January 14, 2013 meeting of the Austin Blair Camp No.7 Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War was held at the Post 29 American Legion, Jackson, Michigan.

Members in attendance were Brothers: Chris Cox, Henry Hawker, Joe Davis, Mark Heath, Bob Griggs, Dave Kimble, Howard Lloyd, Mike Maillard, Roger Manning, Ron Tyrl, Charlie Waters Jr., and guest Rick Fowler.

Commander Lloyd welcomed Rick Fowler to our meeting and the Secretary's report was motioned accepted as published in the Courier by Brother Waters and seconded by Brother Griggs, motion passed. The Treasurer's Report was motioned accepted as presented by Brother Waters, seconded by Brother Cox, motion passed. Treasurer Maillard reported that he sent "Thank You" letters to contributors to our restoration fund in memory of Bob Hoffman, a letter was also sent to Bob's wife acknowledging these contributions and her and Bob's support to the Camp and the $150 check to American Legion Post 29 for the use of their facilities was also sent. Treasurer Maillard will be sending two orders this month: one for Camp supplies: white ceremonial gloves, membership cards, ritual books, and since there is interest, an order will be sent for a number of the National 150th Civil War anniversary badges. Brother Heath motioned that the Treasurer's Report be sent out to members electronically rather than posted on our website, seconded by Brother Kimble. Motion passed.

Patriotic Instructor

Brother Joe Davis requested members attending the camp to continue to bring items of interest to our meetings to share with the Camp member, such as books and other Civil War related items that are of interest to us. Brother Davis also reported that he downloaded an e-book on the 'Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War", what and why we are, the account of its start and founder A.P. Davis, and activities up to 1995; he said it is really nicely done. Also he downloaded an "Essential to do list" for the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War which members may find interesting. Brother Kimble reported that these books can be downloaded for minimum cost and he's bought similar items for a few dollars rather than the hard copies for much more.

Graves Registration

1. Brother Maillard reported that the "Medal of Honor" recipient, John Kelly's headstone order continues to be worked and Brother Hawker agreed to look into the relative's request for the stone's status.
2. Brother Charlie Waters III received the new up-dated Grave's Registration CD and he has also been researching for an individual requesting information on his relative's Civil War records; this soldier was killed at the Battle of Shiloh.


1. Brother Griggs reported he added a "memorial page" since Brother Hoffman's passing with Camp members that have passed over the years.
2. Brother Griggs also had CDs of pictures of the Camp's 2012 activities and folders on the CD of different topics: miscellaneous pictures, posters, money, and etc.


1. Department form 22MI was signed by members attending the meeting. The form authorizes the department to place our name, phone number and e-mail address on the Department website linked to our camp's website.
2. The camp received three membership applications from Brother Brad Funkhouser, for his Father, Robert and Brad's two sons: Nicholas & Michael. All men joining under their Civil War veteran Nicholas Jacob Krebs, Company B, 78th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment. A $90 check was received, $30 for each new member, to pay for the National dues but Treasurer Maillard will inform Brad that we have additional fees for the Department and Camp which will increase the overall dues and the men will be initiated when available.
3. A letter was received from Robinson Battery requesting support to pay expenses for their participation at the 150th Battle of Gettysburg reenactment, this coming July at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Treasure Maillard motioned to contribute $25 to assist the battery, seconded by Charlie Waters, motion passed. The Battery for this support will place the Camp's name in 1 inch letters on their trailer showing the Camp's support.

Old Business

1. The Mt. Evergreen Cemetery's wooden "Soldier's Cemetery Sign" replacement by a permanent marker proposal continues to be addressed with National's statement that a request for funds from the National memorial fund would go before their committee to review for approval.
2. An inventory of the Quartermaster's supplies was done and Brother Griggs agreed to place a page on our website of these items and their prices.
3. An inquiry was made on the kepi "SUV" pen for the hat and they were informed the pins come from Department and they cost $35.

New Business

1. A committee was proposed to assist the Grave Registration officer and if interested please let Commander Lloyd know if you can assist.
2. Treasurer Maillard reported that the $100 check for the Waterloo farm flag pole and the $100 for the Vicksburg monument have not been cashed yet and Brother Tyrl will check on Waterloo and Brother Cox will check with the Vicksburg contacts to see the status of these checks.
3. Brother Heath reviewed the "Ad Hoc Funeral Detail" he formed of Camp members to assist Brother Hoffman's funeral and Brother Heath suggested that to make these last minute funeral participation details work better there is a "School of the Soldier" manual of arms, ceremonial and other skills review being done on Saturday, February 16, in Leslie at the White Pine Academy. Please contact Brother Heath if interested in participating in this ceremonial and arms review.
4. Brother Heath also recommended that members make their wishes known for their funeral; especially if they would like an SUVCW program.

For the Good of the Order

1. Programs planned for the coming year:
   a. The Jackson County Genealogical Society will do a program on the "old bottle collection" from the 1800s, many being elixirs from that era, planned for February.
   b. Department Representative Keith Harrison will review ceremonies & rituals, and proper uniform & accoutrements to assist our camp's participation in these programs, planned for April.
   c. Mr. Ron Jones will be bringing his 24th Michigan Infantry's relative's rifle and gear from his service in the "Iron Brigade".
   d. Mr. John McLaughlin will bring in the Surgical Kit his relative used in the Civil War.
2. Our meeting concluded with guest Mr. Rick Fowler showing the camp the framed Civil War veteran Company G, 20th Michigan Infantry Regiment Roster that his 2x Great Grandfather Charles B. Fowler had and was handed down in the family.

Commander Lloyd proceeded to close the meeting at 8:40pm and our next camp meeting is scheduled for February 11, 2013, to be held at Post 29 American Legion, Jackson, Michigan.

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Sam's headstone, and the plaque telling his story..
Old Sam

Loomis Battery

Battery A, lst Michigan Light Artillery

Old Sam was large, beautiful, powerfully built draft horse who was born and raised in Coldwater, Michigan, in 1849. He was trained to pull a street car back and forth from the train depot to the Southern Michigan Hotel on Chicago Street. Used to the loud noises of the steam engines and the train whistles, he spent happy days making the station run. He was a familiar figure to the people of Coldwater where he was housed in a stable behind the hotel in his own special stall.

Then came the Civil War and a drastic change in Sam's mode of living. Sam began what was to become an outstanding military career in April 1861. Soon after the first shot was fired on Fort Sumter, he was purchased, along with 199 other horses, for what became known as the Loomis Battery. In fact, it was General Loomis who gave him his name. Sam was 12 years old when his war career began. The rest of the horses were from three to five years old. He became Old Sam. Already Sam had been trained to tolerate the loud sounds of the trains coming to a stop and leaving the train station in Coldwater. In addition, his strength, gentleness and courage made him a true leader. Old Sam went through his basic training at Fort Wayne, Indiana, and was assigned to the post of near wheel horse on Gun #1, in which position he served, almost without the loss of one day, until the end of the war.

After much drill, many days of toilsome marching, and a few skirmishes, Old Sam received his first real baptism of fire at the battle of Rich Mountain, Virginia, where the battery guns supported the first Union victory. However, that scrape was nothing compared to what he experienced in the four long years that followed. Sam was shot several times, but he was able to continue as the puller of Gun #1.

At Perryville, Kentucky, some thirty-three of his mates were left on the field, killed in action. Another forty of his comrades in harness made their last stand at Stones River, Tennessee. The battle of Chickamauga was almost annihilation, losing more than 50 horses, five guns, and many men, Old Sam being the only horse to get his gun to a position of safety.

From the first Sam seemed to live a charmed life. The hardships and fatigue of the marches, the diseases and the lack of foliage in camp took an even greater toll of his comrades than the shock and shell of battle. In the grinding march to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where they covered the last four miles in an unbelievable twenty minutes, it was Old Sam who first reached the crest of Baker's Hill and swung his gun into position. Andrew Gossey, the gunner, succeeded in firing the first shot which went to its mark.

As the war progressed, Sam became the favorite of the battery men. The hard tack and the sow belly shared with him from their rations probably saved him from the fate of his team mates. When the battery was mustered out of service on July 28, 1865, Sam was the only survivor of 200 horses assigned to the battery four years earlier. He alone, along with what remained of the battery guns and caisson, was presented to General Loomis.

Old Sam's return to Coldwater was quite an event. He arrived by rail and was met at the station by his old battery mates, reinforced by hundreds of citizens. An informal parade headed toward the business district. Bands played, guns were fired, and applause was everywhere, Sam proudly walked down the road toward his beginnings. According to newspaper accounts, his ears perked up as he seemed to recognize his surroundings. As he approached Division and Chicago Streets, the old war veteran was turned loose to test his memory. He looked down Chicago Street as if to get his bearings, and then turned the opposite direction, walked leisurely up the street until he came opposite to the hotel. Here he halted, faced the hotel, and with a nicker of pure delight, he whirled on his heels, whisked down the street and down the alley to the old barn and into his own stall. Old Sam was home again and he knew it.

History relates that from then on Sam's time was his own. He remained in spirit a war horse. For several years he attended the annual reunions of the surviving members of the Loomis battery. They would lead him to the Courthouse Square where they would greet him with the booming salute of his old pal Gun # One. (It is still located in the Loomis Park in Coldwater.) The Battery survivors never tired of watching Old Sam. At their commands, he would prance through the manual of drills with all the old time spirit of the battle front, with his nostrils distended and his eyes blazing.

Throughout the postwar years Old Sam was accorded all the honors of war veterans. With each recurring Memorial Day, he was given his place in line while the boys in blue marched in honor of their comrades who didn't make it home from the war.

On November 8, 1876, Old Sam died. Sam was 27 years old. Truly, he was one of the great horses of history. Old Sam's battery mates were dismayed to learn that they couldn't bury him with his fallen mates in Oak Grove Cemetery. Mrs. Henry Clark, wife of Henry Clark, lawyer and real estate man, overheard General Loomis' men plotting to bury the horse in Oak Grove Cemetery in an unmarked grave. She also recalls that he was buried with full military honors, tears welling up in the men's eyes as the final salutes were fired and the taps played. Sam's comrades in arms felt he was entitled to lie there among the men he so faithfully served during the four long years of the War Between the States. There is one unmarked grave in the old section of Oak Grove Cemetery where the hero of the Civil War is laid to rest. Flags do not flutter over the grave but the memory of Old Sam will not die.

Note: Over three million horses and mules died in the Civil War. The average life span was three to five months. "Old Sam" lived through four years of war, a true miracle horse.

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Sons in Blue and Gray
By Jeanne Losey

When Sarah watched her two brave sons
March off to war one day,
Her Thomas wore a suit of blue,
But Fredrick's suit was gray.

She felt great pride in both of them,
And yet, her heart was torn,
For she had loved those brothers since
The day that they were born.

Both sons' beliefs were strong about
The Southern way of life.
Discussions oft were heated, and
The cause of family strife.

Tom joined the Union army first,
But Fredrick went with Lee.
One thought it right to keep the slaves;
One fought to set them free.

But when both sones marched off to war,
The mother sadly kneeled
And prayed they'd not meet, face to face
Upon the battlefield

With each report of casualties
She'd wonder if the ones
At Gettysburg, the Wilderness,
Or Bull Run were her sons.

And when the way was through at last,
She waited for each train.
Days after day, the soldiers came,
But her wait was in vain.

One day a stranger came to her,
Head a tale to tell.
He said, "I fought ‘long side your son
The day Atlanta fell.

He was Captain of our troop,
As brave as he could be.
I'm here because of him, you know,
He gave his life for me.

The battle raged around us.
The Rebs were everywhere.
I caught a bullet and I fell;
He wouldn't leave me there.

He put me on his horse and said,
"I'll see you after while."
And Ma'am, I never will forget
The Captains cheerful smile.

But somehow, I just couldn't leave.
I knew he'd need his horse.
I tried to give it back to him,
But he refused, of course.

And then, on foot, he led the charge,
Right to the gates of Hell.
It looked like victory would be ours,
But then, The Captain fell.

Our troops went on without him, but
I stayed there by his side,
And I was right there with him, Ma'am,
The day the Captain died.

But there was something happened that
I think you ought to hear.
There was a Rebel Captain who
Was coming very near.

I saw him move, the dirty Reb,
And so, I shot him dead.
Juest as he dies, the Capain cried,
"Dear God, you just killed Fred!"

I hope you can forgive me for
The awful think I've done.
I didn't know the man I killed
Would be your other son.

But when the burying was done.
I'm very proud to say
That, in one grave, they laid two man,
One wearing blue, one gray.

The stranger bowed his balding head
And slowly limped away.
He'd brought the message that she feared.
There was no more to say.

The mother's heart grieved for her sons.
They'd buried Tom with Fred.
They'll always be together now,
Through both of them are dead.

Can war be called a "CIVIL" one
When families break apart,
When brothers fight there brothers, and
They break their mother's heart?

It matter not which uniform
Her sons chose on that day.
She loved (and lost) a son in blue
And also, one in gray.


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Upcoming Events

February: 2013
Austin Blair Camp No. 7Auxiliary
Monday February 11th; 7 p.m.

Austin Blair Camp Meeting. American Legion Post 29,
3200 Lansing Ave. Jackson MI. (Visitors welcome).
We will be having a guest speaker at this meeting so please plan to attend. The speaker will be;

Rae Pierce.
He's also associated the Jackson Co. Genealogical Society.
His discussion well be part of his old bottle collection. Most of which come from the Jackson area.

Tuesday February 12th;

~ Abraham Lincoln's 204rd Birthday ~

Saturday February 16th 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Co. B 7th Michigan Infantry Winter Drill
White Pine Academy
510 Russell Street Leslie, MI 49251
Please wear your uniform bring your rifle or sword and wear soft soled shoes. NO HEEL PLATES.
Leave all ammunition at home

Monday February 11th; 7 p.m.

Austin Blair Ladies Auxiliary Meeting. American Legion Post 29,
3200 Lansing Ave. Jackson MI. (Visitors welcome).
We will be having a guest speaker at this meeting so please plan to attend. The speaker will be;

Rae Pierce.
He's also associated the Jackson Co. Genealogical Society.
His discussion well be part of his old bottle collection. Most of which come from the Jackson area.

Tuesday February 12th;

~ Abraham Lincoln's 204rd Birthday ~




March: 2013
Austin Blair Camp No. 7Auxiliary
Monday March 11th; 7 p.m.

Austin Blair Camp Meeting. American Legion Post 29,
3200 Lansing Ave. Jackson MI. ( Visitors welcome).

Saturday March 9th 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Co. B 7th Michigan Infantry Winter Drill
White Pine Academy
510 Russell Street Leslie, MI 49251
Please wear your uniform bring your rifle or sword and wear soft soled shoes. NO HEEL PLATES.
Leave all ammunition at home
Monday March 11th; 7 p.m.

Austin Blair Ladies Auxiliary Meeting. American Legion Post 29,
3200 Lansing Ave. ( Visitors welcome).

April: 2012
Austin Blair Camp No. 7Auxiliary
Monday April 8th; 7 p.m.

Austin Blair Camp Meeting. American Legion Post 29,
3200 Lansing Ave. Jackson MI. ( Visitors welcome).

Saturday April 13th; Springfield IL

56th Annual Lincoln Tomb Ceremony Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Ceremony at 10 a.m., luncheon at noon, centeral time.

Dates have not been set but sometime during April, May, or June school programs will be persented at Adrian, Jackson Northwest, Jackson Paragon Academy, and Williamston. Please check back for dates.
Monday April 8th; 7 p.m.

Austin Blair Camp Meeting. American Legion Post 29, 3200 Lansing Ave. Jackson MI. ( Visitors welcome).

Saturday April 13th; Springfield IL

56th Annual Lincoln Tomb Ceremony Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Ceremony at 10 a.m., luncheon at noon, centeral time.

Dates have not been set but sometime during April, May, or June school programs will be persented at Adrian, Jackson Northwest, Jackson Paragon Academy, and Williamston. Please check back for dates.

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The First Michigan Volunteer Infantry (90 Days) receives their flag in Detroit

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