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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."


July, 2015


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In this issue

Dr. Gatling's Gun
Secretary's Report
Seymour Hatch Adams-18th MI
The G.A.R. in Michigan
Wounding of a Flag Bearer
Michigan Money
Upcoming events
Back Issues
A photo from the Civil War


A hand-driven machine gun, the Gatling gun was the first firearm to solve the problems of loading, reliability, and the firing of sustained bursts. It was invented by Richard J. Gatling during the American Civil War, and later used in the Spanish-American War, but was supplanted by advanced weaponry soon after. Years later, the technology behind the gun was re-introduced by the U.S. military, and new versions of the gun are still in use today.

The Gatling gun is a machine gun that consists of multiple barrels revolving around a central axis and is capable of being fired at a rapid rate. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler of the Union army first used the gun at the siege of Petersburg, Virginia, in 1864-1865. [Editor's note: General Butler purchased 12 of the guns at $1,000 each, with his own money, and is known as the first to actually use the gun in live combat. Apparently, the general himself fired the gun from the Union defenses at Bermuda Hundred, at some point following the Battle of Drewry's Bluff/Proctor's Creek.]

"I SAW GENERAL BUTLER TESTING THE GATLING GUN, WHICH WAS A NEW THING THEN, UPON SOME UNARMED AND UNSUSPECTING REBELS WHO WERE STROLLING UP AND DOWN THE TOP OF THEIR EARTHWORKS TALKING TO OUR MEN IN THE RIFLE PITS DURING ONE OF THOSE MUTUALLY AGREED UPON ARMISTICE THE ENLISTED MEN USED TO HAVE. IT BROUGHT ON QUITE AN ARTILLERY DUEL." - CAPT. GUSTAVE S. DANA, SIGNAL CORPS

The gun is named for its inventor, Richard Jordan Gatling, a physician. Gatling neatly divided his sympathies during the Civil War. While trying to sell machine guns to the Union, he was an active member of the Order of American Knights, a secret group of Confederate sympathizers and saboteurs.

The conservatism of the Union army chief of ordinance and the unreliability of early models of the gun frustrated efforts to sell it to the U.S. Army. But Gatling soon improved on the original six-barrel, .58 caliber version of the gun, which fired 350 rounds a minute, by designing a ten-barrel, .30 caliber model, which fired 400 rounds a minute. The U.S. Army adopted the Gatling gun in 1866, and it remained standard until it was replaced in the early twentieth century by the Maxim single-barrel machine gun.

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The Wounding of a Flag Bearer
From Harper's Weekly
September 20, 1862

At age 28, Albion Alexander enlisted in the 10th New York infantry. A year after enlisting, he received a serious wound on the final day of Second Manassas as Longstreet's flank attack rolled over the scant Union defenses of Chinn Ridge. A few weeks after the battle, Harper's Weekly depicted Alexander's wounding on that day, detailing how, as color bearer, the injured man was reluctant to relinquish possession of the flag.

The description in Harper's reads:

"The color-bearer of the 10th New York Regiment deserves to be placed high upon the roll of our heroes. He received three terrible wounds in a recent engagement, but clung to his colors with tenacious grasp. While being taken into the hospital he became insensible, and an attempt was made to take the flag away, but his unconscious hand held it more powerfully; even then his ruling passion was strong. Such men in life and death are glorious examples. Our picture is a just homage to distinguished gallantry."

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Seymour H. Adams,
18th Michigan

Adams, Seymour H. Scipio. Enlisted in company G, Eighteenth Infantry, as Sergeant, Aug. 7, 1862, at Scipio, for 3 years, age 24. Mustered Aug. 26, 1862. First Sergeant. Commissioned Second Lieutenant Feb. 18, 1863. Mustered April 3, 1863. Taken prisoner at Danville, Ky., March 24, 1863. Exchanged. Re-joined regiment May 23, 1863. Commissioned First Lieutenant, company I, Aug. 16, 1864. Mustered Oct 21, 1864. Discharged at Nashville, Tenn., June 26, 1865. Died Oct. 6, 1902. Buried at Sickles, Mich.

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Michigan Money

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

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Secretary's Report
Ron Tyrl PPC

The July 13, 2015 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, Dave Kimble, Howard Lloyd, Mike Maillard, Alex & Nathan Tingley, Ron Tyrl, Dave Van Hoof, Charlie Waters III and Charlie Waters Jr. Guest: PDC Paul Davis.

The Secretary's report was motioned accepted as published in the Courier by Brother Griggs and seconded by Brother Cox, motion passed.
The Treasurer's Report was motioned accepted as presented by Brother Griggs and seconded by Brother Davis, motion passed. Treasurer Maillard distributed the Gettysburg kits: certificate of the soldier's data, flags & soil, including Edward A. Warren, 5th Michigan Cavalry, the camp as a whole purchased. An SUVCW challenge coin passed around for viewing.

Patriotic Instructor

Brother Davis summarized the book, "Marching Home Union Veterans and their Unending Civil War". Brother Davis recommended this book and discussion followed on how the soldier's pensions documented their release from service

Graves Registration

Brother Waters III reported that he found Treasurer Maillard's relative, Isador Burgoon's service records in the 169th Ohio National Guard. Also Brother Waters has been assisting the Department Graves Registration officers in researching a cemetery in Lansing

Signals

1. Brother Griggs has updated the 2015 website & facebook pages with pictures up to "Under the Oaks" participation and this day in history items.
2. Brother Griggs displayed a banner he had made to advertise our camp and Brother Maillard made a motion to pay the $35 cost for the banner, seconded by Brother Griggs, motion passed.
3. There will be a "Cemetery Walk" in Tipton, Michigan, Sep. 17th.

Old Business

1. The Registration form for the Central Region Conference October 2-3 was reviewed and Brother Griggs will forward by email.
2. This year's Christmas party will be the second Sunday, December 13, and majority vote agreed to the catering this year as it was last year.
3. Auxiliary Karen Hamann is chairing the fund raising for the National Encampment being held in Michigan in 2017. She's requesting items for displaying at the Encampment scheduled to be held in Lansing.
4. Treasurer Maillard wrote an acknowledgment letter to Jackson Monument Works for their assistance and support for the Mt. Evergreen Soldier's Cemetery boulder project.

New Business

1. Brother Maillard brought in pictures of the GAR gateway arch in Hartford, Connecticut.
2. Brother Van Hoof passed on the appreciation for the camp's participation in the Republican dinner & Under the Oaks programs.
3. Treasurer Maillard motioned to reimburse the $291 for trailer repairs: tires, lube & light Brother Horning spent when the trailer broke down while being returned after a camp's participation at the Springport event.
4. Jackson Muster preparation discussion was done to coordinate Camp's participation and Muster organizer's planning, Brother Cox is the point of contact for this event.
5. Brother Horning informed the camp that he will be purchasing "Black Powder" from a recommended source. Johnson Sporting Goods in Adrian was also recommended.
6. The recent "Confederate Flag" controversy was discussed with concerns on how this may affect our events.
7. Brother Cox has proposed making a recruiting video for the SUVCW and hopes to include our Camp.

For the Good of the Order

Events up-coming:

1. July 25, Saturday, Concord Muster.
2. July 28, Tuesday, "Importance of Women in the Civil War", 7pm at the Eaton Rapid's GAR Museum.
3. August 8, Saturday, Rededication of Loomis Battery cannons in Lansing, capitol grounds.
4. August 19, Wednesday, GAR Museum's Soldier's School Camp.
12. August 23-24 Jackson Muster.
13. Author Mike Culp will be speaking at the September meeting, Sep. 14th.
14. September 17, 2015 Thursday, Tipton, Michigan's Franklin Cemetery "Civil War Cemetery Walk".
15. October 2-3, 2015 Central Region Assoc. of Allied Orders "Annual Conference". Event held at Dundee, Michigan and more details as event nears.

Commander Waters proceeded to close the meeting at 8:35pm and our next camp meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 10, to be held at Post 29 American Legion, Jackson, Michigan.

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Upcoming Events

July: 2015

Austin Blair Camp No. 7Auxiliary
Thursday, July 6, 7:00 p.m.

Under the Oaks celebration, corner of Franklin and 2nd St. Jackson, MI.


Monday July 13, 7 p.m.

Austin Blair Camp Meeting. American Legion Post 29,
3200 Lansing Ave. Jackson MI. ( Visitors welcome).
Tuesday, July 14, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Civil War Round Table, Meijer Branch Jackson District Library.


Friday - Sunday July 17 - 19, Hastings

Civil War Muster Charlton Park


Saturday 25, All day Concord

Concord Civil War Days Hubbard House.

Thursday, July 6, 7:00 p.m.

Under the Oaks celebration, corner of Franklin and 2nd St. Jackson, MI.


Monday July 13, 7 p.m.

Austin Blair Camp Meeting. American Legion Post 29,
3200 Lansing Ave. Jackson MI. ( Visitors welcome).
Tuesday, July 14, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Civil War Round Table, Meijer Branch Jackson District Library.


Friday - Sunday July 17 - 19 Hastings

Civil War Muster Charlton Park


Saturday 25 All day Concord

Concord Civil War Days Hubbard House.

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August: 2015
Austin Blair Camp No. 7Auxiliary
Monday August 8, State Capital; Lansing, MI

Return of Loomis Cannon to State Capitol Lawn. Time to be determined
Saturday August 10, 7 p.m.

Austin Blair Camp Meeting. American Legion Post 29,
3200 Lansing Ave. Jackson MI. ( Visitors welcome).
Tuesday, August 11, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Civil War Round Table, Meijer Branch Jackson District Library.


Wednesday, 19, - Sunday 23 Richmond, VA.

Natinal Encampment


Saturday 22 & Sunday 23, All day Jackson

Jackson Annual Civil War Muster.
Look for us in the band shell.

Saturday August 8, State Capital; Lansing, MI

Return of Loomis Cannon to State Capitol Lawn. Time to be determined
Monday August 10, 7 p.m.

Austin Blair Camp Meeting. American Legion Post 29,
3200 Lansing Ave. Jackson MI. ( Visitors welcome).
Tuesday, August 11, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Civil War Round Table, Meijer Branch Jackson District Library.


Wednesday, 19, - Sunday 23 Richmond, VA.

Natinal Encampment


Saturday 22 & Sunday 23, All day Jackson

Jackson Annual Civil War Muster.
Look for us in the band shell.

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