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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, 2014


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In this issue

Commanders Column
Secretary's Report
8th Michigan Reunion
Old Abe of the 8th Wisconsin
Repeating Rifles
Tobacciana
A Civil War Poem
Upcoming events
Back Issues
A photo from the Civil War


Commanders Column


Gentlemen of the Union

I feel our February meeting was one of the best since I became a member of the camp. Fred Priebe did an excellent job as Abraham Lincoln during his talk on Lincoln's use of the telegraph and his Generals. We had over 30 members and guests attend the meeting. Thank you to all who showed up to support us in this. Please be advised that we also have a guest speaker scheduled for our April 14th meeting. William Anderson of Jackson will be talking on Civil War Commerce in Jackson County. This should be a very informative talk for members of our Camp. Hopefully we can get the word out once again and have more guest attending as we did at this months meeting.

Brother Mike Maillard show us the purposed ribbon and medallion, to make up a badge for the camp's 100th birthday. I'm sure you are all looking forward to this as much as I am. Thank you Mike for stepping up and taking point on this.

In the coming months we have also have more speakers coming to the camp, so be sure to check back to see who and what the topics are that they will be speaking on.

As the weather gets warmer we are going be busy, so be sure to brush off your uniforms, polish up your brass and be ready to go.

To those of you who have not paid your dues as of yet, please get those into Mike just a soon as you can. It would be great if this year, we can have everything taken care of by the first of March. Let us work toward that.

Howard Lloyd
Camp Commander
Austin Blair Camp No. 7
Department of Michigan
S.U.V.C.W.
www.austinblair.com

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~ Repeating Rifles ~

7th Illinois

The deadly Repeating Rifles are entering service with the Union Armies, especially in Ohio, Indiana & Illinois Regiments. The seven shot Spencer & fifteen shot Henry rifles were the most popular. The repeaters were also turning out to be extremely reliable under battlefield conditions. Their great advantage over the muzzle loading rifles such as the Enfields and Springfields lay not only in the rapidity of fire, but also in the ability of the shooter to aim each shot. In a normal battle situation, the muzzle loaders were fired in an aimed manner only the first few shots, thereafter it was usually a case of hurried fire after frantic loading. A trained soldier could get off two or three shots a minute with them until the barrel fouled with lead deposit. With the Spencer the soldier could fire 20 to 30 times a minute when necessary, taking advantage of the cartridge box which held 10 preloaded magazines.

To the amazed muzzleloader-armed Confederates who had to face this deadly "fifteen shooter" Henry rifle, it was called "that damned Yankee rifle that they load on Sunday and shoot all week!" The Henry Rifle while never issued on a large scale, the Henry rifle demonstrated its advantages of rapid fire at close range several times in the Civil War and later during the wars against the Plains Indians. Examples include the successes of two Henry-armed Union regiments at the Battle of Franklin against large Confederate attacks, as well as the Henry-armed Sioux and Cheyenne's destruction of the 7th Cavalry at the Little Big Horn.

The 66th Illinois used fifteen shot Henry repeating rifles that they purchased with their own funds and will turn General Longstreet's Corps at the coming Battle of Chickamauga when he heard the volume of fire coming from this regiment and believed it was a serious threat. September 19, 1863

The 46th Ohio carried seven shot Spencer repeating rifles at the Battle of Griswaldville, Georgia during Sherman's "March to the Sea." The 46 was part of General Wolcott's 1,500 men who faced down a full division of Georgia militia 4,400 strong. Union killed 14, 62 wounded, Confederate 473 - old men and boys. "They knew nothing at all about fighting." November 22, 1864.

The 2nd Michigan Cav., one of the best regiments in the western army was armed with seven shot Spencer repeater rifles.

The 65th Indiana, on the Union left by a railroad cut at the Battle of Franklin was armed with Henry rifles; November 30, 1864.

Major General James Wilson's Federal cavalry in the west and his Spencer armed troops at the Battle of Nashville overran fortified Confederate positions and were crucial to the victory; December 16, 1864.

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Cigarette/Cigar Cards and Labels

After the Civil War many companies rushed to cash in on the cerlebity status of some of the major players. One of those was the tobacco industry. Below you will find photos of a couple of such items. If you click on the picture you will be taken to the WikipidiA page for that person.

Winfield Scott Handcock - USA

William J. Hardee - CSA

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Old Abe taken in 1879

Old Abe of the 8th Wisconsin.

Old Abe, the American War Eagle, was the mascot of the 8th Wisconsin Regiment in the Civil War. He had been captured in the spring of 1861 from a nest in a tall pine tree in northern Wisconsin. A Native American named Oge-ma-wa-ge-jig took him from the nest, and the eagle was later sold to a local farmer, Dan McCann, in exchange for a bushel of corn.

Dan McCann later presented the eagle to Captain John E. Perkins of the Eau Claire Badgers, Company C of the 8th Regiment. In honor of President Lincoln, they named him "Old Abe".

As the newly formed company made its way to Madison, Wisconsin in the fall of 1861, word spread that they were carrying a live eagle at their head. Thousands gathered in La Crosse to see the eagle, and the scene repeated itself in Madison when they arrived at Camp Randall in September 1861.

From this time on, the Wisconsin Eagle Regiment became known all through the army, and to the Confederates as well. Old Abe was not just a mascot, but became a patriotic symbol for the entire nation. Confederate General Price ordered his men to try to capture or kill Old Abe, adding that he would rather get that bird than a whole regiment.

Old Abe was in thirty-nine battles during the Civil War including Fredericktown, and the Siege of Vicksburg. One of the Wisconsin soldiers at the Siege of Vicksburg was a young soldier named Henry Hamilton Bennett.

After the Civil War, Old Abe was given a permanent home in the Wisconsin State Capitol building in Madison. He was a popular attraction and was viewed by thousands. He was also taken to various parts of the United States, being in great demand all over. He attended national conventions, was taken to the great Centennial Exposition in 1876 at Philadelphia and other noted gatherings, where he was the center of attraction.

In 1881, a small fire in the capitol building near Old Abe's cage created so much smoke, that Old Abe was nearly suffocated. While he survived the fire, he never fully recovered. A few days later, on March 26, 1881, he expired in the arms of his keeper, George Gillies.

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Secretary's Report
Ron Tyrl PPC

The February 10, 2014 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: Kyle Hamann, Chris Cox, Joe Davis, Henry Hawker, Mark Heath, Dave Kimble, Ron Lewis, Howard Lloyd, Mike Maillard, Roger Manning, Daniel Pardee, Ron Tyrl, and Charlie Waters Jr. Guest: Kim Horning. Commander Lloyd opened the meeting to Mr. Fred Priebe, aka Abraham Lincoln, to present his special presentation on the 'Telegraph and the Union Generals". Mr. Priebe took questions after his presentation from the Camp members and approximately two dozen guests.

After the presentation Commander Lloyd opened the meeting for business: The Secretary's report was motioned accepted as published in the Courier by Brother Griggs and seconded by Brother Cox, motion passed.

The Treasurer's Report was motioned accepted as presented, by Brother Waters, and seconded by Brother Cox, motion passed. Treasurer Maillard summarized the Mt Evergreen "Soldier's Cemetery Sign replacement progress: the stone is on schedule to be completed prior to Memorial Day.

The four Civil War Veteran 1861-1865 and two GAR Flag holders Treasurer Maillard ordered arrived and Brother Miller gave Brother Maillard 3 aluminum and 2 GAR flag holders he had in storage and all 11 holders were given to the Quartermaster to be added to the Camp's supplies and the cost to buy these flag holders was agreed to be $30 apiece.

Treasurer Maillard also reported that Brother Miller is recovering from a recent illness and the Camp will sent him a "Get Well Soon" card.

Brother Maillard also brought examples he proposes for the 100th anniversary badge and after discussion, a red, white and blue ribbon with the 100th Camp Anniversary dates was agreed upon.

Patriotic Instructor

Brother Joe Davis brought in additional books and materials and he asked all to keep circulating items for the camp member's use

Membership

Mr. Kim Horning presented a membership application and supporting paperwork on his 2x Great Grandfather John G. Rauser, 1st Michigan Infantry Regiment, May 1861 to August 1861 and Battery K, Michigan Light Artillery August 1861 to July 22, 1865. Brother Cox motioned to accept the application for membership, seconded by Brother Waters, motion passed. Brother Horning will be initiated at the March meeting.

Old Business

1. Medal of Honor John Kelly stone being finalized by the Medal of Honor Society.
2. Brother Cox continues to coordinate the "100 Year Camp Celebration" for the Camp's up-coming April 2014 anniversary.
3. Brother's Cox, May 17th & Van Hoof's, date TBD, Veteran Stone Dedications planned for 2014.
4. Post 29 agreed to allow a locker for storing the Camp's Historian items at the post and Brother Hawker will bring in the historian items to the March meeting for review.

New Business

1. Brother Heath announced that the White Pine Academy will be having the 'School of the Soldier" this Saturday for those interested in drill training.
2. Department Encampment reminder was announced for May 10th in Lansing at the Great Lakes Christian College.

For the Good of the Order

Events up-coming for the coming year:

1. School programs should be coming soon as spring arrives.
2. May 12th Camp Meeting, Mr. Jim Jackson will be our guest speaker on Company K, First Michigan Sharpshooters.
3. May 17th "Grosvenor House Civil War Days" Jonesville, Michigan.

Commander Lloyd proceeded to close the meeting at 8:45pm and our next camp meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 10, 2014, to be held at Post 29 American Legion, Jackson, Michigan.

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"The Campfire"
By Jeanne Losey

The march was finally over now,
(At least, it is today).
The town they'd left this morning seemed
So very far away.

The snow fell gently all day long,
but now, was slowing down.,
And they were ready to enjoy
Supplies they'd "found" in town.

Some tried rebandaging the wounds
They got the day before,
Some wounds looked red and angry,
Some not bleeding anymore.

Men gathered wood to start the fires,
And soon, the pungent smell
Of bacon frying over rode
What they were facing-Hell!

Some men collapser inside their tents,
Exhausted from the day
Of marching, non-stop, in the snow,
Too tired to even pray.

Some shoeless, coatless, chilling in
Their ragged uniform;
Some huddled near the open fire,
Attempting to get warm.

As heat began to penetrate,
And bellies chased to ache,
The men relaxed a little bit,
And couldn't stay awake.

The posted guard dozed off sometimes.
Despite the efforts made
To keep their bodies well alert,
Their eyes went shut-and stayed.

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Upcoming Events



March: 2014
Austin Blair Camp No. 7Auxiliary
Monday March 10th; 7 p.m.

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


Monday March 10th; 7 p.m.

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

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April: 2014
Austin Blair Camp No. 7Auxiliary
Saturday April 12th; Springfield IL

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


Monday April 14th; 7 p.m.

Austin Blair Camp Meeting. American Legion Post 29,
3200 Lansing Ave. Jackson MI. ( Visitors welcome).
Guest speaker will be William Anderson talking about Civil War Commerce in Jackson County


Dates have not been set but sometime during April, May, or June school programs will be persented at Jackson Northwest, Jackson Paragon Academy, Parma Elementary and Williamston. Please check back for dates.
Monday April 14th; 7 p.m.

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


Austin Blair Camp Meeting. American Legion Post 29, 3200 Lansing Ave. Jackson MI. ( Visitors welcome).
Guest speaker will be William Anderson talking about Civil War Commerce in Jackson County


Saturday April 12th; Springfield IL

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

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May: 2014
Austin Blair Camp No. 7Auxiliary
Saturday May 10th; Lansing MI

Department Encampment: Presented by the DUVCW - Great Lakes Christian College
6211 West Willow Highway, Lansing, MI.
Hospitality room Friday night, main floor, commons/dining area Comfort Inn.

Monday May 12th; 7 p.m.

Austin Blair Camp Meeting. American Legion Post 29,
Guest Speaker will be Jim Jackson, talking about Company K., First Michigan Sharpshooters
3200 Lansing Ave. Jackson MI. (Visitors welcome).


Saturday May 17th; All Day

3rd annual Civil war days at the historic Grosvenor house
211 Maumee St Jonesville, MI 49250


Saturday May 17th; 1 p.m.

Headstone dedications for Edson & Augustus Norton
Oaklawn Cemetery, Stockbridge, MI.
Rain day Sunday May 18th.


Memorial Day Weekend; May 23-25

Coldwater Civil War Days - Heritage Park, Coldwater, MI

Monday May 26th

Memorial Day - Observed.
9:30 am, - Jackson and Concord Parades starting at 10:00 am.

Friday May 30th

Memorial Day - Traditional.

Saturday May 10th; Lansing MI

Department Encampment: Presented by the DUVCW - Great Lakes Christian College
6211 West Willow Highway, Lansing, MI.
Hospitality room Friday night, main floor, commons/dining area Comfort Inn.


Monday May 12th; 7 p.m.

Austin Blair Camp Meeting. American Legion Post 29,
Guest Speaker will be Jim Jackson, talking about Company K., First Michigan Sharpshooters
3200 Lansing Ave. Jackson MI. (Visitors welcome).


Saturday May 17th; All Day

3rd annual Civil war days at the historic
211 Maumee St Jonesville, MI 49250


Saturday May 17th; 1 p.m.

Headstone dedications for Edson & Augustus Norton
Oaklawn Cemetery, Stockbridge, MI.
Rain day Sunday May 18th.


Memorial Day Weekend; May 23-25

Coldwater Civil War Days - Heritage Park, Coldwater, MI

Monday May 26th

Memorial Day - Observed.
9:30 am, - Jackson and Concord Parades starting at 10:00 am.

Thursday May 30th

Memorial Day - Traditional.

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