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May, 2009

Commanders Column


Thank you all who were able to attend the 95th Anniversary "party" for Austin Blair Camp No. 7. held before the April meeting. We all saw some faces that we had not seen in awhile. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Brothers Tyrl and Maillard for picking up the pizzas and the cake for the party. Also Brother and Sister Lloyd for getting the ice and pop. I would especially like to thank my wife for assisting me in getting around all of the things that I needed to bring in, and for helping decorate the table. I would also like to thank 64th District Representative Martin Griffin and his staff for preparing the Special Tribute from him and the Governor. If I have missed any one I am truly sorry. Be assured that the omission was not intentional.

On the 17th those of us that were able to make the trip started out for Springfield. We had great weather for our trip down but unfortunately it didn't last. We got just a little bit wet during the ceremony but not too bad. The ceremony itself turned out very nice. There was only one small glitch and that was a typo which caused Austin Blair to be called out as Camp No 17 not 7. Other than that, everything seemed to come off without any hitches. It was a very fun and educational weekend.

While marching in to the Tomb from the cemetery gate, I was struck by the noise of the feet of about 100 marching men. I couldn't help but wonder how much noise would have been made with an entire Army moving at one time when that number would have been multiplied by as much as seven or eight HUNDRED. What I heard was just men, no noise added for horses or mules, cannon or caisson, or any kind of wagon that would be accompanying them. All this noise and there really wasn't even anyone talking in the ranks. I find it all rather mind boggling when I stop to think about it. Really makes a person wonder how the Union troops were surprised at Shiloh and Chancellorsville.

On a personal note if I may, I would like to congratulate Sister Andrea Oberdank of the Auxiliary (more important to me, my favorite youngest daughter), on her graduation from Davenport College with her degree in Network Security. Please pat her on the back when you see her at the May meeting. Also, I would like to congratulate Lisa Fields, my daughter on my wife's side, on her graduation with her Masters of Arts Degree in Counseling from Spring Arbor University. If any employers are looking, both will be grateful for a job. Last but by no means least, our grandson and fellow Brother Zachary Hurd is graduating from high school in Lexington Ohio. Before I had your ears, so to speak, through this forum, my wife and I had two other daughters graduate from college as well. We want you to know that we both are very proud of, and love all of you very much.

In Fraternity, Charity and Loyalty.

Bob Griggs CC
May, 2009


Treasure's Report
Mike Maillard
1 April 2009 thru 30 April 2009


1 April 2009 . Total Begining Balance $3,726.88

1 April 2009 . General Fund Beginning Balance $1,814.31

. Ron Tyrl - Issued Ck 272 Food - 95th Anniversary of Camp $78.72
. East Jackson Meijer - Issued Ck 274 Anniversary Cake $40.99
. Bob Mulvihill - Received 2009 Membership Dues $36.00
. Daniel Watkins - Received 2009 Membership Dues $43.00
. Kyle Burblitz - Received 2009 Membership Dues $36.00
. MI Dept SUVCW - Issued Ck 422 2009 Per-capita Camp Dues $941.00
30 April 2009 . General Fund Ending Balance $839.60
1 April 2009 . Restoration Fund Beginning Balance $530.12

. Charles Waters III - Issued CK 273 paint for marker restoration $3.14
30 April 2009 . Restoration Fund Ending Balance $526.98
1 April 2009 . Camp Blair Memorial Fund Beginning Balance $1,382.45
. Bill Lowe - Issued CK 421 Camp Blair prints/brochure supplies for handout. $46.95
30 April 2009 . Camp Blair Memorial Fund Ending Balance $1,335.50
30 April 2009 . Total Ending Balance $2,703.08



Secretary's Report
Ron Tyrl PPC

The April 13, 2009 meeting of the Austin Blair Camp No.7 Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War was held at the Eagles, 209 N. Francis Jackson, Michigan.

Members in attendance were Brothers: Dan Conklin, Ed Conklin, Bob Griggs, Mark Heath Bob Hoffman, Ron Lewis, Howard Lloyd, Bill Lowe, Mike Maillard, John McFeters, Bob Mulvihill, Jeff Oberdank, Ken Strickler, Ron Tyrl, and Charlie Waters Jr., Daniel Watkins, Russell Watson and guest Dennis Felton- Dewitt Camp 58.

In recognition of the Camp's 95th anniversary the Camp meeting attendees enjoyed pizza and drinks and an anniversary cake for dessert.

The Secretary's report was motioned accepted as published in the courier by Brother Waters, seconded by Brother Oberdank. Motion Passed. The Treasurer's Report was distributed for review and accepted by Brother McFeters, seconded by Brother Strickler. Motion Passed. The Camp's Annual Report will be sent to the Dept. Encampment and there are currently 40 Brothers in good standing: 36 members, two life members and two juniors.

Commander Griggs opened the meeting by displaying a "Special Tribute Certificate" from the State of Michigan in recognition of our Camp's 95th anniversary. Brother Lowe also displayed the Camp's "Silver Cup" awarded to the Camp at the 1934 Encampment for "meritorious service".


1. The Camp received an invitation to attend the annual "Loyalty Day Dinner" hosted by the Jackson County Veterans Council and JROTC, Friday, May 1, 2009 at the Career Center, Browns Lake Rd. at 6:00pm.

2. A Resolution of Endorsement was receive for PCC Camp135 Brother Charles Worley for Dept. Commander.

3. A Resolution of Endorsement was received for PCC Camp 427 Brother Richard Rick Danes for Dept. Junior vice Commander.

Chaplain's Report

Chaplain Heath made note of the draped charter and requested a moment of silence in memory of Brother Jim Lyons.


Commander Griggs reported he has started the 2009 page on the Camp's Activities on the website.

Patriotic Instructor

Brother Oberdank summarized a newspaper article on George M. Devlin, Civil War veteran and the founder of Jackson's Devlin Business school currently Baker College. He served in the Army of the Potomac and Sherman's army during the march to the sea. He was capture twice and was imprisoned at Andersonville. His greatest battle was with a surgeon who wanted to amputate his wounded arm which was not removed. He served along with his six brothers in the Union army.

Old Business

1. The Dedication program planned for the Jefferson Cemetery is scheduled for Monday May 30th.

2. The Eaton Rapids' "Dam Festival" is scheduled for June 27-28th Saturday and Sunday. This is the same weekend as the "Waterloo Civil War Days". More details next meeting.

New Business

1. The GAR Post 48 Memorial book on loan to Ella Sharp museum contract is coming up for renewal this July. Commander Griggs will renew the contract.

2. Credential cards were available for those attending the Dept. Encampment Saturday, April 25, 2009 at the Great Lakes Christian College in Lansing.

For the Good of the Order

1. The Springfield, Illinois trip is this coming weekend April 17 -19th, 2009.

2. The Marshall Muster is scheduled for June 20-21.

3. The Concord Hubbard House Civil War program is August 1, 2009.

4. Chaplain Heath summarized the Bugle calls and Drum rolls used during the Civil War and the numerous manuals used in the instructions on use of these instru-ments for signaling.

Commander Griggs proceeded to close the meeting at 8:30pm and our next camp meeting is scheduled for May 11, 2009, to be held at the Eagles, Jackson, Michigan.



What we have read

Rebels of Babylon

By Owen Parry

Major Able Jones is a fictional character who works directly for President Abraham Lincoln as an investigator looking into strange and bizarre crimes during the Civil War. This one was fifth of the series that I have read and they are all pretty much the same as far as story line. This isn't always a bad thing. Louie L'Amour wrote many books using the same premise when writing of the Sackett family. Although the middle of these books seem to get a little long winded so to speak over all they are an enjoyable (and for the most part a light) read.

Bob Griggs


Upcoming Events



11th - Monday 7 p.m. Jackson
Austin Blair Camp Meeting and Auxiliary Meeting. Jackson Eagles-612, 301 Detroit St. Jackson MI. ( Visitors welcome).

25th - Monday Memorial Day - Be sure to thank a Veteran
10 a.m. Parades Jackson and Concord.
1 p.m. Parade Spring Arbor

30th - Saturday Memorial Day Traditional. 1 p.m. Brooklyn
Dedication of newly installed headstones at Jefferson Rd Cemetery.



No regular Camp meeting scheduled.

20th - 21st all day Marshall
Marshall Civil War Muster.

27th - 28th Satruday and Sunday all day Eaton Rapids
Eaton Rapids Dam Festival. Look for us at G.A.R. Park

27th - 28th Saturday 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. and Sunday Noon - 4 p.m. Waterloo
Waterloo Farm Museum Blacksmith, Soldiers and Log Cabin Weekend. Waterloo Farm Museum 9998 Waterloo Munith Rd., Waterloo Michigan





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