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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."

March, 2016



In this issue

Rally Round the Flag
Commanders Column
Secretary's Report
Some facts on the 24th Michigan
The G.A.R. in Michigan
Lawrence, Kansas
Civil War Money
School of Instruction
Upcoming events
Back Issues
A photo from the Civil War


With the weather getting warmer we as a camp should start to look at the events that we will begin to get for the upcoming months. With the the Department Encampment a little over month away plans of who will be attending will be address. I would like to see as many members attend as possible. This month there is not really anything big going on but that does not mean that we do not have forget about the boys in blue. If any camp members would like help with the video this summer please let me know as I will be planning my calendar for rest of this year. In Fraternity, Charity, & Loyalty Chris Cox Camp Commander

In Fraternity, Charity, & Loyalty

Chris Cox

Camp Commander to our Camp.

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Some facts on the
24th Michigan of the Iron Brigade

Abel Peck, the first of 9 Color Bearers to fall carring the flag of the 24th. The 26th North Carolina lost 14 men carrying their flag.

The regiment was formed to atone for a "riot" that broke out during an enlistment drive. They met the required number of enlisted and officers, 1,030 on August 11th and four days later they were mustered into Federal service.

With the help of private contributions, and federal bounty, each man received $120.00 for enlistment.

Only 123 men did not come from the City of Detroit or Wayne County.

Farmers and laborers made up almost one half of the regiment. One hundred and fifty-nine listed their occupations as carpenter, clerk, sailor, or blacksmith. The youngest was Willie Young (appropriate name don't you think?) at thirteen years old, the oldest was James Nowlin at seventy.

One hundred and thirty-five pairs of brothers stood side by side in the ranks. It truly was a "Brothers War".

The 24th having earned them, received their "Black Hats" on May 27, 1863.

After the Battle of Chancellorsville, while on picket duty at Bank's Ford upstream from Fredericksburg, the Rebel pickets told the members of the Iron Brigade that they would not fire on "Black Hats" but would not extend that to the New England regiments as they would rather "…fight a whole division of New England troops that our Brigade….".

The fight between the 24th Michigan and the 26th North Carolina proved to be the bloodiest regimental engagement of the bloodiest Civil War battle. The 24th Michigan and the 26th North Carolina each suffered the greatest number of regimental casualties in their respective armies at Gettysburg. The 26th North Carolina entered the battle with 843 soldiers and incurred 687 casualties, including its colonel and lieutenant colonel. The 24th Michigan would lose 363 of their 496 soldiers at Gettysburg - a staggering 73% casualty rate. These two units suffered more casualties than any other regiments in their respective armies (

The Twenty Forth was pulled out of the lines at Petersburg on the 12th of February in 1865. They were sent to Fort Butler, near Springfield for garrison duty. While there they performed escort duty for the body of Abraham Lincoln when it returned to Springfield.

On the 19th of June, members of the Twenty Forth boarded a train for Detroit, at this time there were less that 200 of the original members in the ranks. After their arrival in that city, they held a dress parade on the 28, and were mustered out of service on the 30th. Many of their members were able to walk to their homes.

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The buring of Lawrence Kansas.

The city of Lawrence was, on the evening of August 20, 1863, one of the most thriving towns between the Missouri River and the Rocky Mountains. At daybreak on the next day it was a heap of ruins. A gang of guerrillas, 500 strong, under Quantrill, crossed the Missouri River on the evening of the 20th, and pushed forward to Lawrence, where they arrived just before daybreak. Guards were posted around the town so as to prevent all escape, and the work of pillage and murder at once commenced. The attack was wholly unexpected, and there was not the least show of resistance. The citizens were massacred by the light of their burning homes, and their bodies flung into wells and cisterns. In one case twelve men were driven into a building, where they were shot down, and the house burned over their bodies. The number of victims is stated at 180, including the Mayor and the principal citizens. Only one hotel was left standing, and this was spared because the guerrilla chief had been formerly entertained there free of expense. Two of the banks were plundered, and the third escaped because the marauders could not force the safe in time. The total loss of property is put down at two millions of dollars. No other such instance of wanton brutality has occurred during the American war. The names of Nena Sahib in India, Cut-Nose in Minnesota, and Quantrill in Kansas will go down in history together.



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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 March 14, 2016 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, Bob Griggs, Henry Hawker, Kim Horning, Ron Lewis, Howard Lloyd, Mike Maillard, Nathan Tingley, Ron Tyrl, Charlie Waters III and Charlie Waters Jr. Guest: PDC Paul Davis.

Commander Cox opened the meeting and welcomed Brother Davis PDC.
The Secretary's report was motioned accepted as published in the Courier by Brother Tingley and seconded by Brother Griggs, motion passed.
The Treasurer's Report was motioned accepted as presented by Brother Griggs and seconded by Brother Davis, motion passed. Treasurer Maillard reported the IRS Annual Report is completed and awaiting system upload once system available.

Patriotic Instructor

Brother Joe Davis noted the numerous books & magazines brought to the meeting for distribution among the members. A newspaper article on the Confederate Flag day was also brought for review.

Graves Registration

1. Brother Waters III reported that John Kelley's stone dedication is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, May 21 at 2 o'clock.
2. The "Jewell" headstone is ready for setting at Mt. Evergreen cemetery; date to be determined and sent by email. Dedication planned for Memorial Day.
3. Two more stones will be ordered for Woodland cemetery, more to follow.
4. June 12, there is planned a dedication for Brother Howard Lloyd's relative buried in Newego County, man was lost on Sultana.
5. Brother Horning is planning a dedication for his relative John Rauser, 1st Michigan Infantry & 1st Michigan Light Artillery in Charlotte, Michigan.
6. A cleaning day will also be needed for Mt Evergreen's soldier's plot.
7. The quarterly Graves Registration was held Saturday and the new VA rules for ordering soldier stones were reviewed.
8. Camp must go through the Department GRO Rick Danes when ordering stones.
9. 68,344 names are currently in the Michigan Graves Registration Database.
10. A Confederate Army veteran George Daft buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Grass Lake was reviewed.


1. Brother Griggs has updated the 2016 Website & Facebook pages, and reported that the Facebook page now has over 200 followers.


1. Brother Tingley reported he presented the SUVCW's Eagle Scout certificate program to the Jackson Civil War Roundtable.
2. The JROTC banquet is scheduled for April 29th and Brother Tingley has offered to present the SUVCW's award to the individual chosen.

Old Business

1. Brother Tingley will present the Fly repair or purchase options at the April meeting.
2. "Michigan at Antietam" monument updates by Brother Tingley.
3. Due to Brother VanHoof's absence no updates on the historical marker proposal at the last law office of Governor Austin Blair.

New Business

1. Brother Maillard read the Camp's endorsement of Brother Griggs offer to serve as the Departments Junior Vice Commsnder. The endorsement was motioned accepted by Brother Maillard and seconded by Brother Lloyd, motion passed. To see a copy of the resolutation click here
2. Auxiliary Karen Hamann summarized the continuing planning for the Michigan held National Encampment being held in August 17, 2017.

For the Good of the Order

Events up-coming:

1. April 9-10, Saturday-Sunday, G.A.R. Museum's Celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Grand Army of the Republic.
2. April 16, Saturday, Lincoln Tomb program Springfield, Illinois.
3. April 29-30 Fri-Sat, Dept. Encampment.
4. May 20, Fri., Ella Sharp Museums Civil War Days.
5. May 21, Sat., Kelley Medal of Honor Recipient, headstone dedication 2pm, Mt Evergreen.
6. Saturday May 21, Civil war days historic Grosvenor house 211 Maumee St Jonesville, MI
7. May 24, Tuesday, Paragon School program. 8. May 30, Monday, Memorial Day & Joluel headstone dedication, Mt. Evergreen.
9. June 12, Sunday, PCC Howard Lloyd's relative, John P. Barnum, headstone dedication.
10. June 25, Springport Summer Festival 11. June 25-26, Sat-Sun., Waterloo Bkacksmith & Soldiers Day.
12. July 6, Wednesday, Under the Oaks event.
13. July 9, Sat. Return of the Flags, Lansing.
14. August 20-21, Sat-Sun. Jackson Muster.
Commander Cox reported that he has an SUVCW license plate on his vehivle for review after the meeting and proceeded to close the meeting at 8:30pm and our next camp meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 11, to be held at Post 29 American Legion, Jackson, Michigan.

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School of Instruction
With the 7th Michigan

On the 12th of March, several members of the Austin Blair Camp returned to school. The Seventh Michigan Company B., held a School of Instruction and invited our camp to attend. Unlike the ancestors we honor, we had plenty to eat, short marches on dry roads, and no one reported for sick-call.

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Upcoming Events

Please click here to see our upcoming events.

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Dead of the 24th Michigan, Gettysburg.

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Reunion Company D 1st Michigan Cavalry.

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