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March, 2013


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In this issue

Commanders Column
Secretary's Report
Going into battle-Antietam
Student of the Month
24th Michigan July 1, 1863
A Letter Home
A Civil War Poem
Upcoming events
Back Issues
The Second Michigan Volunteer Infantry

Commanders Column


Brothers:

The Solders School went over well. We all learned a lot and speaking on behalf of all our members who attended I would like to thank Co. B., 7th Michigan for inviting us to attend and learn from them how to better be a Civil War soldier. Thank you Gentlemen in helping us be better in our jobs of "Keeping Green the Memory" of the Boys in Blue.

We have lined up now two, and are working to get more speakers to the camp in the up coming months so be sure to watch your e mails or the websites Bulletin Board for more information on those events as we get them. Also, past Commander in Chief Keith Harrison will be coming in to speak with us in April to review ceremonies, rituals and proper uniforms.

Looks like we will have a busy summer and fall.

I would also like to thank Rae Pierce for his program at our last meeting. I think he did a excellent job with his Bottles of Days Gone By program.

One last note, as always this time of year, if you have not paid your dues PLEASE get them in to Mike so that he can get our books closed as far as membership goes.

In F. L. C.

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

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~ Student of the Month ~

Liz Lloyd

Liz Lloyd of our Ladies Auxiliary was named Student of the Month at Williamston Middle School in
Williamston Michigan.

Liz has been a very active member of our Auxiliary and has attended many functions in helping us
"Keep Green the Memory" of the Boys in Blue and for the last three years has assisted in putting on a
Civil War program in her classroom.

Congratulations Liz, keep up the good work.

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July 1, 1863

Gettysburg

Orson B. Curtis 24th Michigan Infantry


Orson Curtis
 

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A fifth line of battle where he, Colonel (Henry A.) Morrow planted the Colors. On this new line while waving his sword over his head to rally the men, Captain (Malachi I.) O'Donnell was instincely killed, and Lieutenant (Newell) Grace received two wounds, both of which were mortal. Gradually contesting every foot of ground, step by step frequently almost surrounded through and out the woods and over the open field. What was now left of the Twenty-fourth had been forced back to the friendly rail fence barricade just west of the Seminary.

(It has been extamated that by July 4, 1863 there was 6 million pounds of human and anamal carcasses around Gettysburg.)

The Twenty-fourth sustained 399 loses of the 496 men engaged the first day at the Battle of Gettysburg. They retreated from the Seminary with only 26 men around the Colors.

From the Brown Book on the Twenty-fourth; Curtis, Orson B., Wayne. Enlisted in company D. Twenty-fourth Infantry, Aug. 12, 1862, at Detroit, for 3 years, age 22. Muster Aug. 13, 1862. Discharged March 2, 1863 at Washington, D. C. on account of wounds received in action at Fredericksburg, VA., Dec 13, 1862. Died Jan. 11, 1901.

After he was discharged he returned to Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan and became a teacher and was very involved in veterans affairs. He was one of the organizers of the Department of Michigan, Grand Army of the Republic. He served as the department's Senior Vice Commander in 1868. Later he helped to organize many regimental reunions and was played an active role in organizing "Michigan Day at Gettysburg" in 1889.

Orson Curtis is perhaps best known for his book "History of the Twenty-fourth Michigan of the Iron Brigade". This well researched and extremely accurate book was initially published in 1891, and has since been re-printed a number of times. It is generally regarded as one of the best Civil War regimental histories.

Orson B. Curtis died on January 11, 1901, and is buried in Glenwood Cemetery.

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Going into Battle with the 10th Maine

Antietam

Lt. John Mead Gould

Union Lt. John Mead Gould description of his regiment marching into battle at Antietam. Lt Gould was the Adjutant of the 10th Maine during the battle, he was one of the volunteers who carried mortally wounded General Mansfield to the rear on the morning of 17 September.
And now came the moment of battle that tried us severely. Not that there was a sign of hesitancy or poor behavior, but it is terrible to march slowly into danger, to see and feel that each second your chance of death is surer that it was the second before. The desire to break loose, to run, to fire, to do something no matter what, rather than walk is almost irresistible. We were under fire and advancing at a brisk walk, closed in mass ten ranks deep, we were almost as good of target as a barn......

The fire of the enemy became more galling every step we took and one man after another fell. The battle had been terribly server to us engaged as we were in close quarters and with troops that had seen so much more fighting than we had. The well aimed bullets of the Rebels as they went zipping past us killing and wounding our comrades and some times cutting spitefully through our cloths made us the most nervous of course.

(In one 55 yard stretch of land there was counted 264 dead Confederates at the Battle of Antietam.)

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Secretary's Report
Ron Tyrl PPC

The February 11, 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, Joe Davis, Henry Hawker, Bob Griggs, Dave Kimble, Ron Lewis, Howard Lloyd, Mike Maillard, Daniel Pardee, Ron Tyrl, Dave Van Hoof, Charlie Waters Jr., and guest speaker Rae Pierce.

Commander Lloyd welcomed Rae Pierce to our meeting and gave him the floor for his "Bottles of Days gone By" program. Mr. Pierce had four displays of various medicinal, brewery and miscellaneous bottles and crates of various bottles found on a farm. Questions and answers were done throughout the program. Commander Lloyd thanked Mr. Pierce for the presentation and Mr. Pierce informed the Camp that the Jackson Historical Society link list programs like his on their website.

The Secretary's report was motioned accepted as published in the Courier by Brother Waters and seconded by Brother Van Hoof, motion passed.

The Treasurer's Report was motioned accepted as presented by Brother Cox, and seconded by Brother Pardee, motion passed. Treasurer Maillard received two orders: one for Camp supplies: white ceremonial gloves, membership cards, ritual books, etc. and the National 150th Civil War anniversary badges. Brother Maillard has extra 150th medals for those interested and if there's a balance of ones left over they will be given to our Camp's Quartermaster for future sells.

Brother Maillard also received the check back from our donation to the Robinson Battery last month since they will not be attending the 150th Gettysburg anniversary reenactment due to scheduling conflicts and battlefield requirements that they weren't aware of.

Patriotic Instructor

Brother Joe Davis brought a Newspaper article on "Celebrating Lincoln", with his birthday anniversary tomorrow, this article's on the Lincoln exhibits in Washington D.C.: the Lincoln Memorial; the President's Cottage, Ford's Theatre; Petersen House; etc.

Signals

1. Brother Griggs reported that he will be running for a position as a member of the Department Council this year.

Communications

1. A letter was sent to let Brother Brad Funkhouser know that the membership applications for his Father, Robert and Brad's two sons: Nicholas & Michael's were received and what the balances of dues are for this year.
2. The Camp received word that the $100 checks for the Waterloo farm flag pole and the $100 for the Vicksburg monument will be cashed soon. P>

Old Business

1. The Mt. Evergreen Cemetery's wooden "Soldier's Cemetery Sign" replacement by a permanent marker proposal continues to be addressed.
2. Commander Lloyd is continuing to take volunteers to assist the Grave Registration officer.
3. There are Camp members planning on attending the "School of the Soldier" event this coming Saturday, February 16, in Leslie at the White Pine Academy.

For the Good of the Order

1. Programs planned for the coming year:
   a. Department Representative Keith Harrison will review ceremonies & rituals, and proper uniform & accoutrements to assist our camp's participation in these programs, planned for April.
   b. Mr. Ron Jones will be bringing his 24th Michigan Infantry's relative's rifle and gear from his service in the "Iron Brigade".
   c. Mr. John McLaughlin will bring in the Surgical Kit his relative used in the Civil War.
   d.d. Two "Sympathy Cards" were passed around for signing for Auxiliary's: Rexine Cockroft and Sallie Rellinger for their family's losses recently.

Commander Lloyd proceeded to close the meeting at 8:30pm and our next camp meeting is scheduled for March 11, 2013, to be held at Post 29 American Legion, Jackson, Michigan.

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A Letter Home

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Camp Nelson June 19, 1864

Dear Mother

You wanted to know what the doctors say about my side the Doctors here at this hospital knows nothing about hit I was examined by a Doctor at the General Hospital    he gave me a regular scolding for every enlisting    he said that Mich sent more cripples than any other state in the Union & he told the truth    he put down on my card general disibility   he talked first of dischargeing me   he said he was afraid if he did that I would go right home and enlist again & he would have me back in the Hospital in less than 4 weeks    I told him that he need not be scart about that    he then said he guessed he would send me over to the camp where I am now stopin. I suppose he sent me here to starve to death....... Write soon and often

from your son    B W L

A letter home (with mistakes left in) from Benton Lewis (not in its entirety, as some parts were omitted) Co. C., Eighth Michigan Cavalry.

From the Brown Books;

Lewis, Benton W., Holly. Enlisted in company C, Eighth Cavalry, April 30, 1863, at Clinton for 3 years, age 19. Mustered April 30, 1863. Transferred to Veteran Reserve Corps Nov. 23, 1864. Discharged on Surgeon's certificate of disability at Chicago, Ill., June 22, 1865, as Corporal of company I, Eighth Regiment Veteran Reserve Corps.

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Yes, Call us Rebels
By General Albert Pike Arkansas

Yes, call us rebels! 'tis the name
Our patriot fathers bore,
And by such deeds we'll hallow it
As they have done before.
At Lexington and Baltimore
Was poured the holy chrism,
For freedom marks her sons with blood
In sign of their baptism.

Rebels, in proud and bold protest
Against a power unreal;
A unity which every quest
Proves false as 'tis ideal.
A brotherhood whose ties are chains;
Which crushes what it holds,
Like fabled Laocoon of old,
Within the serpent's folds.

Rebels, against the malice vast,
Malice that nought disarms,
Which fills the quiet of our homes
With vague and dread alarms
Against the invader's daring feet,
Against the tide of wrong,
Which has been borne, in silence borne,
But borne, perchance too long.

We should be cowards did we crouch
Beneath the lifted hand,
Whose very wave, ye seem to think,
Will chill us where we stand.
Yes, call us rebels! 'tis a name
Which speaks of other days,
Of gallant deeds, and gallant men
And wins us to their ways.

Fair was the edifice they raised,
Uplifting to the skies;
A mighty Samson 'neath its dome
In grand quiescence lies.
Dare not to touch his noble limb
With thong of chain to bind,
Lest ruin crush both you and him--
This Samson is not blind!

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Upcoming Events


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: 2013
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.

May: 2013
Austin Blair Camp No. 7Auxiliary
Saturday May 4th; Lansing MI

Department Encampment: Great Lakes Christian College
6211 West Willow Highway, Lansing, MI.


Monday May 14th; 7 p.m.

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


Date to be announced

Cleaning Veterans headstones
Mt. Evergreen Cemetery Jackson MI.


Monday May 27th

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

Thursday May 30th

Memorial Day - Traditional.

Saturday May 4th; Lansing MI

Department Encampment: Great Lakes Christian College
6211 West Willow Highway, Lansing, MI.


Monday May 14th; 7 p.m.

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


Date to be announced

Cleaning Veterans headstones
Mt. Evergreen Cemetery Jackson MI.


Monday May 27th

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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