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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, 2018



In this issue

Commanders Colummn
Secretary's Report
Forward-Fort Donelson
The G.A.R. in Michigan
A letter home
Civil War Money
Upcoming events
Back Issues
A photo from the Civil War


It is my honor to be the Commander of Austin Blair Camp #7. We already have started on a good note by initiating a new member. It is my hope that we can add more before the year is up. We have a busy year ahead. Just a reminder to keep track of any events or ceremonies you are a part of and inform brother Griggs as soon as possible. Also starting at our next meeting we will resume 50/50 drawings to help our camp by building more funds, so make sure to bring a few bucks with you. I hope to see all of you at the next meeting.

In F,C&L

David Kimble

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In Memory of
Brother Dan Doyle.

Sleep on ye fallen Comrade, the victory you have won, You've served our Order's banner, your task has been well done. Rest under wreaths of laurels by grateful Brothers given, We strew your grave with flowers, the sweetest gift of heaven.

Our Brothers and Sisters mourn the loss of Brother Dan Doyle. Dan, went home to the Lord on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at the age of 88. Having established our Camps website in 1996, Brother Doyle our was our Camp's Webmaster Emeritus, and a Life Member (#524) of the Organization. His smile and dedication will be greatly missed.

Brother Doyle will be sorely missed by all in our Camp and Auxiliary. All would join to say one last "Thank you" Dan for all of your service to our Camp and and all you did to "Keep Green the Memory" of the
Boys in Blue.

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From a letter by General Alpheus Williams to his daughters after the Battle of Antietam

"... The number of dead horses was high. They lay, like the men, in all attitudes. One beautiful milk-white animal had died in so graceful a position that I wished for its photograph. Its legs were doubled under and its arched neck gracefully turned to one side, as if looking back to the ball-hole in its side. Until you got to it, it was hard to believe the horse was dead..."

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Attacking Fort Donelson

General C.F. Smith personally led the attack on the Confederate right at Fort Donelson. When he saw some of his men waver he shouted at them... "Damn you, gentlemen, I see skulkers! I'll have none here! Come on, you volunteers, come on! This is your chance! You volunteered to be killed for love of country, and now you can be!"

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Our newest member, Ray Rowley
At our regular meeting held February 12th. the Brothers of Camp No. 7 inducted a new Brother into our fold. Brother Ray Rowley based his membership on his his 2x Great Grandfather Warren Rowley, 31 years old, of Hudson, Michigan; service with the 18th Michigan Infantry, August 8, 1862 to April 27, 1865, with his life lost during the Sultana explosion. Ray is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

Welcome Brother Rowley, we all look forward to working with you on our upcoming projects.

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Civil War Money

At the time of the Civil War many States, banks, and business printed their own money.
Below is an example of one of those bills..

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Secretary's Report
Ron Tyrl PPC

The February 12, 2018 meeting of the Austin Blair Camp No.7 Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War was held at the American Legion Post 29, Jackson, Michigan.

Members in attendance were Brothers: Chris Cox, Joe Davis, Bob Griggs, Henry Hawker, Kim Horning, Ron Lewis, Howard Lloyd, Mike Maillard, Nathan Tingley, Ron Tyrl, Dave Van Hoof, Charlie Waters III, Charlie Waters Jr and Newest Member: Raymond Rowley.

Commander Kimble welcomed all to our first meeting of the year and requested our guest Camp #43 auxiliary Carol Bolton to speak on the Adrian, Michigan Civil War Monument repair being proposed. The monument is the second oldest in Michigan, dedicated in 1870 and the repairs are hoped to be done by 2020 for a 150th Anniversary rededication. Fund raising is being done for the repair costs with the: Plaques, Capitol and metal and stone repairs required. Bricks and other fund raising programs are available.

The Secretary's report was requested and was motioned accepted as published in the Courier by Brother Griggs and seconded by Brother Lloyd, motion passed. The December's Treasurer's Report was motioned accepted as amended to reflect the check written for reimbursement of Brother Tingley's Camp Blair sign repair by Brother Tingley seconded by Brother Griggs, motion passed. Brother Van Hoof motioned to accept and seconded by Brother Tingley, the January's amended Report which included current paid dues status for the year; motion passed. Brother Lewis reported the Camp's audit was completed with all in order.

Patriotic Instructor

1. Brother Hawker reported the Patriotic Instructor Department report was filled out by the committee with 1,087 hours reported for the year.
2. Brother Hawker also announced on March 3rd the Grass Lake Michigan War Museum will be having the Confederate Flag day event.
3. The Grass Lake Museum is also in the works to secure General Whithington's uniform and accoutrements from the Detroit Historical Society.


1. Brother Tingley motioned to accept Brother Ray Rowley's completed application on his membership due to his 2x Great Grandfather Warren Rowley, 31 years old, of Hudson, Michigan; service with the 18th Michigan Infantry, August 8, 1862 to April 27, 1865, with his life lost during the Sultana explosion, seconded by Brother Van Hoof; motion passed. Brother Rowley was initiated, receiving his badge, ritual book and flag.

Graves Registration

1. Brother Waters reported that the headstone for the Maple Grove Cemetery in Grass Lake internee Charles McDole will be followed-up on. Charles McDole served in the 20th Michigan and 2nd Michigan Infantry Regiments and was wounded at Spotsylvania and discharged and died in 1868.
2. Research on Hiram Dailey interned at Woodland Cemetery on his military headstone revealed that it was placed on his son's plot and permission will be sought to correctly place it.


1. Brother Griggs brought in two copies of pictures of Camp activities done for last year.
2. Brother Griggs has also up-dated website and Facebook pages to date.


1. An email was sent from National on all Camp By-Laws requiring up-dating by April 2019 with more details to be included in them.

Old Business

1. The Camp tent grommet tear at front left corner is on Auxiliary Connie Horning's agenda.

New Business

1. Commander Kimble summarized those planning on attending the Lincoln Tomb's ceremony this April 14th in Springfield with himself, Brothers: Griggs, Lloyd and Horning attending thus far.
2. Brother Griggs requested our Camp members who are available to attend the GAR Museum's Memorial Day program on General Logan's Order #11 anniversary this coming Memorial Day.
3. Treasurer Maillard reviewed our missing the Jackson Veteran Council dues this year and the possibility to double up the payment for next year.

For the Good of the Order

1. Feb 24, 2018, Saturday, Grand Ball, Central United Methodist, Lansing, 6pm.
2. Feb 27, 2018, Tuesday, "Michigan at Antietam" Sunfield Camp program, 7pm.
3. March 3, 2018, Saturday, Military School of Instruction, Mason, 9am.
4. March 17-18, Sat-Sun, Kalamazoo Living History Show, 9-5pm.
5. April 14, Saturday, Lincoln Tomb, Springfield Illinois.
6. May 4-5, Fri-Sat, Department Encampment, Great Lakes College, Lansing, Michigan.
7. May 26, Saturday, Mount Hope Memorial Day program, Lansing 11am.
8. May 28 Monday, Memorial Day celebrations Jackson, and Eaton Rapids.
9. May 30, Wednesday, Memorial Day at GAR Museum.
10. June 16-17, Sat-Sun, Turkeyville Muster.
11. June 24, Saturday, Waterloo Farm's Blacksmith & Soldiers Weekend, 12-5pm.
12. July 5-8, 155th Gettysburg Reenactment.
13. July 21-22, Sat-Sun, Charlton Park Muster, Hastings, Michigan.
14. August 9-11, 2018; Thurs-Sat, National Encampment at Framingham, Massachusetts.
15. August 15, Wednesday, GAR Discovery Camp, GAR Museum.
16. August 24-26, Fri-Sun, Cascade's Muster.

Commander Dave Kimble closed the meeting at 8:05pm and our next camp meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 12, 2018 to be held at Post 29 American Legion.

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Upcoming Events

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Lt. David Ainsworth KIA Spottsylvania Court House.

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Post Card Ionia, Michigan.

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