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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."

May, 2017



In this issue

Secretary's Report
Eagle Scout Court of Honor
The G.A.R. in Michigan
Department of Michigan News
St. Paul Middle School
Civil War Money
Upcoming events
Back Issues
A photo from the Civil War

Department of Michigan Eagle Scout Coordenator Nathan Tingley
presenting the Award to CJ.
Eagle Scout
Court of Honor

On the 29th of April, Brother Nathan Tingley had the privilege to present an Eagle Scout Certificate to CJ Conroy of Troop 312 from Jackson at his Court of Honor.

From all the Brothers and Sisters of the Austin Blair Camp, congratulations CJ on you achievement and your commitment to Scouting.

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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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St. Paul Middle School Owosso

PCC Howard Lloyd, SVR David Kimble, & Department of Michigan President June Lloyd at St. Paul School

On the 2nd of the month, Brothers and Sisters from Camp No. 7 went back to school. Traveling to Owosso they spoke to Mrs. Smith's 8th grade class at St. Paul School about Boys who wore the Blue and the men and women who fought to save our Union. The students will shortly be taking their class trip to Gettysburg and Washington D.C., our Brothers were asked by Mrs. Smith to visit the school and talk to them about the battle and the American Civil War.

Students were shown, and allowed to handle the weapons, accoutrements, and uniforms of a Civil War soldier. They were told about life in camp and the equipment that a soldier would have used. The role that Michigan played in the Civil War was a big part of the day's event. The students were also told about the Battle of Gettysburg and the pivotal role it played in the war. Several of the students decided to see what it was like to be a person living in the 1860 and tried on the clothing of the era. The students were also reminded about the respect they should show the soldiers who fought there while they were visiting Gettysburg, that they should not be climbing on the monuments and cannon around the area.

Thank you to the staff and students of St. Paul for allowing us to be a part of your class trip, have fun and safe journeys.

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Department of Michigan News

  Brothers and Sisters Elected at the 133rd Department Encampment.  

Brothers Chris Cox, Nathan Tingley, Bob Griggs, Howard Lloyd, and Mike Maillard at the Encampment

On the 5th & 6th of the month Brothers and Sisters from Camp No. 7 made the trip to Lansing to attend the Department of Michigan 133rd Annual Encampment.

After the dinner Friday night a dulcimer band provided the entertainment for those in attendance. At Saturdays' meetings, Brother Bob Griggs and Brother Michael Maillard were elected to Department Senior Vice Commander and Department Council Member respectively and Brother Nathan Tingley was appointed Department of Michigan Eagle Scout Coordinator. This year Nathan was also ask to wear a second hat and was also appointed Guide for the Department. This years Department Auxiliary officers are; Department President June Lloyd, Vice President Connie Horning, she is also wearing a second hat and is also Patriotic Instructor, Chaplain Elizabeth Lloyd, Treasurer, Vicki Weiss, Council member Karen Hamann. Congratulations to you all, may you have a great year Keeping Green the Memory of the Boys in Blue.

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Secretary's Report
Ron Tyrl PPC

The May 8, 2017 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, Bob Griggs, Henry Hawker, Kim Horning, Dave Kimble, Ron Lewis, Howard Lloyd, Mike Maillard, Nathan Tingley, Ron Tyrl, Dave Van Hoof, Charlie Waters Jr. & Charlie Waters III.

Commander Cox congratulated Brother Griggs on his election to Department Senior vice Commander and Brother Maillard to Department Council.

The Secretary's report which was motioned accepted as published in the Courier by Brother Kimble and seconded by Brother Griggs, motion passed. The April Treasurer's Report was motioned accepted as amended for a $4 difference by Brother Griggs and seconded by Brother Van Hoof, motion passed. The May Report was motioned accepted by Brother Griggs and seconded by Brother Kimble, motion passed. Treasurer Maillard reported all 29 members have renewed their dues and we balance out this year with two new members and two discharged. Treasurer Maillard discussed the 501c4 "Contribution Tax Deductible" status. National Approved but due to Some Camps not filing their IRS 990N Departments and Camps are currently not approved.

Patriotic Instructor

Brother Griggs reviewed the new Patriotic Instructor Report Form 40 used to track on work within the Camp so that it is documented for the Department and National which can be used for IRS purposes showing our Community service. Brother Griggs will leave a notebook at the Camp meetings so members can document their work to track hours and he will load in a spreadsheet to be used for the report.

Graves Registration

1. Brother Waters reported that the Camp Blair Historical Sign is peeling and needs sealing and he will take picture to forward to Brother Van Hoof so that he can contact Parks Department manager Kelly Hoover so that it can be forwarded to State of Michigan Reps.
2. Hillsdale County Graves Registration project is being worked by Brother Ed Conklin to see if the Carlton House's Historical Society can assist.

Chaplain's Report

1. Brother Van Hoof reported that he has been working with the Jackson Republican Committee on the house at Washington and First streets where the Republican Party first meet to see if a "Green Space" with recognition of this historical fact can be placed there.
2. Brother Van Hoof also reported that he starts his Park Ranger Tour soon and he will be out of the state for a few months. He will post his work there on his Facebook page so we can stay in contact; everyone wished him well in his tour.


1. Brother Griggs has updated the webpages and face book to present and the Eagle Scout and Auxiliary pages.


1. The Camp received an invitation to Spring Arbor's Memorial Day programs.
2. Brother Maillard reported that one of our Camp's original members that reestablished our Camp 7 in the early 90s Brother Jim Neely passed away recently. Brother Neely, Patch, LaBanta, Hoch and a few others reestablished and maintained the Camp when there were only a few members and grew the Camp so that it exist today.


1. Brother Tingley reported that Brother Heath qualifies for the 20 year membership pin and Brother Heath will be awarded the pin during this year's Jackson Muster since he is recovering from surgery currently.

Old Business

1. The "Michigan at Antietam" monument continues awaiting money collection & monument design options & placement will be where the 7th Michigan Regiment was engaged in the battle.
2. Brother Van Hoof up-dated the working of the "Under the Oaks" & "Abolition" park & Museum proposals and Jackson's Underground Railroad.
3. Brother Van Hoof reported the Brooklyn, Michigan "Fallen Soldier" Monument program will be dedicated Memorial Day. The plaques with the fallen's names will be placed hopefully next summer and the Civil War era fallen plaque would be nice to have our Camp participation on its dedication.
4. The Michigan 2017 August National Encampment, August 10-13, planning continues with focus on volunteers, the Banquet dinner, and fund raising. Commander Cox reported the order forms are available for the display tables, Shirts, Badges and Encampment books.

New Business

1. Brother Griggs produced an article for the Encampment book of our 100th Camp picture and advertisement of our Camp. Brother Dave Van Hoof motioned to approve the article purchase and seconded by Brother Kimble for $20 with the auxiliary already motioned to split the $40 cost; motion passed.
2. Brother Tingley reported that the 102nd Monument proposal is on hold for location proposal since law won't allow on Capitol Lawn.

For the Good of the Order

Items of Interest and Events up-coming:

1. Commander Cox reported that there will be a dedication on Mackinaw Island the first of June sponsored by the Department and SVR. Dates will be forward to Camp once received.
2. Auxiliary President Connie Horning reported that there are efforts being made by Camps and Department to coordinate events and projects such as the Arian Monument restoration project.
3. May 20, Saturday 5th annual Civil war days at the historic Grosvenor House. Jonesville
4. May 27, Saturday, Mt Hope Cemetery's Memorial Day Program at 10:00, Lansing, Michigan.
5. May 29, Monday, Memorial Day programs: Jackson 10:00, Concord 10:00 and Spring Arbor 1pm.
6. June 3, 2017, Saturday, 1pm, Eagle Scout Certificate presented to Christopher Buck at the Cascades Baptist Church.
7. June 6, 2017 Rose Parade Jackson
8. June 17 & 18, 2017 The Battle of Turkeyville at Turkeyville.
9. June 24 & 25, 2017 Waterloo Farm Museum Blacksmith, Soldiers and Log Cabin Weekend.

Commander Cox closed the meeting at 8:35pm. Our next camp meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 8, 2017 to be held at Post 29 American Legion.

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An original photograph shown with a colorized picture of the same view. Acting Master S.B.Gregory USN.

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Loomis Battery Reunion, Coldwater, MI 1908.

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