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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, 2016



In this issue

Rally Round the Flag
Secretary's Report
Retun of the Battle Flags
The G.A.R. in Michigan
A headstone for John Barnum
Civil War Money
Upcoming events
Back Issues
A photo from the Civil War

Members of Camp No 7 and Auxiliary (plus a couple of friends) at the statue of Governor Austin Blair in front of the State Capital.

Members of Camp No. 7 with Co. A., 14th Michigan SVR.

PCC Mark Heath playing TAPS at the event.

Return of the Battle Flags.

On the 9th of July, members of Camp No. 7 and its Auxiliary attended the Save the Flags event at the State Capital in Lansing

Members acting as uniformed soldiers, civilians, G.A.R. Post members, fell in with Company A, 14th Michigan S.V.R., one of the several re-enactment companies in attendance, or were just there to support the event.

One hundred and fifty years ago, Michigan's Sons who had done so much to save the Union, gathered at Campus Martius in Detroit for a ceremony where the Battle Flag which they had served under were returned to the State of Michigan. Governor Henry Crapo pledged at the time that "They will not be forgotten and their histories left unwritten. Let us tenderly deposit them, as sacred relics, in the archives of our state, there to stand forever, her proudest possession." The Governor was booed off the stage at the original event for speaking too long in the hot sun.

During the ceremony several of the re-enactment regiments presented their Colors to the State and a Department of Michigan Grand Army of the Republic flag was given over to hang in the Veterans Affairs Office with the flags from other military organizations from the state.

At the end of the event artillery, and musket volleys were fired, and our very own PCC Mark Heath played TAPS from the balcony outside the Governor's office.

It was a very rewarding day for all of us in attendance.

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Members of Camp No. 7 who attended the event.

Members of our Ladies Auxiliary with direct descendants
of John Barnum at the dedication.

PCC Howard Lloyd, great-great nephew of John Barnum.

John Barnum Receives
His Headstone

One hundred and fifty-one years after his death on the Mississippi River, Private John P. Barnum of the 18th Michigan finally has a headstone located in the family plot in Grant Michigan.

On Sunday June 12th., Brothers and Sisters from several Camps & Auxiliaries, DUVCW Eva Gray Tent No. 2, and Company A. 14th Michigan S.V.R. traveled to Grant, MI for a headstone dedication for one of our own. The dedication was held for Private John P. Barnum, who was lost on the steamship Sultana disaster April 27, 1865. Private Barnum was the great-great uncle of PCC Howard Lloyd.

During the fall of 1864, while traveling from Decatur to Athens to reinforce the rest of the regiment, a detachment of about 200 men from the 18th Michigan were attacked by an estimated 5,000 Confederates lead by General Forrest. After fighting them off for 5 hours the men of the 18th were surrounded and captured. Sent to Cahaba, Prison that is where Private Barnum spent the rest of the war. After the war ended he was sent to Vicksburg where he and 67 other members of the 18th were loaded on the steamship Sultana, and their date with destiny . Of those 68 men, only one survived. Private Barnum's body, as was the case with many other from the disaster, was never recovered.

Also in attendance were Jon Bumstead, 100th District Representative, Julie Hallmark, Mayor of Grant, and several local residents.

At the close of the ceremony three volleys were fired and TAPS was played to honor Private Barnum.



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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 July 11, 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, Kim Horning, Howard Lloyd, Mike Maillard, Nathan & Alex Tingley, Ron Tyrl, Dave VanHoof, Charlie Waters III and Charlie Waters Jr. Guest: PDC Paul Davis.

Commander Cox welcomed all to the July meeting and requested the Secretary’s report which 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 Davis and seconded by Brother Griggs, motion passed. Treasurer Maillard confirmed the 2015 IRS tax exempt status for the camp, 990, was completed.

Patriotic Instructor

Brother Davis brought in newspaper articles on the "Flags of Valor, the movie "Free State of Jones", and the 4th Michigan Cavalry's capture of Confederate President Jeff Davis.

Graves Registration

1. Brother Waters III reported there are currently 68,815 in the Graves Registration database.
2. A letter from the city was requested to confirm the need for one of the soldier stones, (Lovell), ordered for Woodlawn to the V.A.
3. The two stones were ordered for Woodland cemetery, Lovell & Bullard. Brother Tingley offered to assist the coordination with the 102nd USCT reinactors for Bullard's dedication of his stone.
4. Brother Maillard gave Waters an article on the D2 cleaner from 2010.
5. Brother Waters reported the Dept. Graves Registration database limits viewing of database to prevent downloading of entire database.
6. Brother Horning's dedication for his relative John Rauser, 1st Michigan Infantry & 1st Michigan Light Artillery in Charlotte, Michigan is tentatively scheduled for September.


1. Brother Griggs has updated the 2016 Website & Facebook pages.


1. An invitation was received for the " Rally Round the Flags" exhibit, Thursday Sept. 24, 1:30pm at the Michigan Historical Museum, Lansing Michigan.


1. Brother Tingley has ordered the 10 year membership pin for Brother John Maloney for his continual support to our Camp's efforts to " Keep Green the Memory" of Lincoln's men.

Old Business

1. Brother Tingley reported the fly has arrived and receipt will be given.
2. "Michigan at Antietam" monument updates by Brother Tingley: continue awaiting money collection & monument design options.
3. Brother VanHoof reported he will meet with Mayor George to continue the "Under the Oaks" park proposals. Also Brother VanHoof is working with a journalist from the Brooklyn, Michigan newspaper of the local "Underground Railroad" activities.

New Business

1. PDC Paul Davis reported there is a new website created for the Michigan National Encampment being held in August 17, 2017 & the Dept. Messenger will have an article requesting volunteers to assist with this encampment.
2. Treasurer Maillard brought in photos of GAR post 48's 1920s dinner with our past "true son" Thayne LaBanta's father in it & copies of the 17th Michigan Infantry's regimental picture in theater. Brother Griggs reported he brought in a photo of Post 48, and the Women's Relief Corps 1927 group photo at Vandercook Lake for viewing also.
3. Treasurer Maillard also brought in for the Camp's archives the Concord. GAR Post 239's 1886 to 1900 minutes.
4. Brother Maillard motioned to purchase grass seed as needed for soldier stones installations the Camp completes. Seconded by Brother Griggs, motion passed.
5. Brother Maillard proposed recognizing Jackson Monument Company with the "Austin Blair Award" to be presented in November's meeting.
6. Brother Tingley motioned to draft a letter to be sent to National in "non- support" of General Orders 16 & 20, recognition of Memorial Day & Geographic Boundaries. Motion seconded by Brother Griggs, Brother VanHoof obstaining due to his position in our order, motion passed. Letters to be posted on our Camp's webpages.

For the Good of the Order

Events up-coming:

1. Brother Tingley motioned to endorse the two Michigan men for National positions: Past Dept. Commander Don Shaw running for National JVC & Past Dept. Commander Paul Davis for Chair Council of Administration, motion seconded by Brother VanHoof, motion passed.
2. July 14-15, Thurs - Fri., Ella Sharps Learning Fair.
3. July 30, Saturday, Concord, Michigan's Civil War Days.
4. August 17, Wednesday, Eaton Rapids' GAR Museum's Discovery Camp.
5. August 20-21, Sat-Sun. Jackson Muster.
6. Sept. 10, Saturday, Grass Lake, Michigan's Heritage Days.
7. Sept 19, "Deland" program, philanthropic Education Org.

Commander Cox closed the meeting at 8:40pm and a "Baby Shower" hosted by the Auxiliary was held for Commander Cox & his wife Kelsi. Our next camp meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 8, to be held at Post 29 American Legion, Jackson, Michigan.

Commander Chirs Cox and his wife Kelsi.

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Upcoming Events

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An original photograph shown with a colorized picture of the same view. A bombprood Morris Island S.C.

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Past CinC Keith Harrison presents the Department of Michigan Grand Army of the Republic flag to the State.
Thank you to Sister Connie Horning for supplying this picture.

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