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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, 2017



In this issue

Secretary's Report
Eagle Scout Court of Honor
The G.A.R. in Michigan
Waterloo Farm Museum
A Dedication for one of our own
Memorial Day 2017
Civil War Money
Sunfield Presentation
4th of July
Upcoming events
Back Issues
A photo from the Civil War

Memorial Day

Auxiliary Preisdents, Connie Horning Camp, and
June Lloyd Department, at the Lansing event.
Brother and Sisters of Camp No. 7 at the
Memorial Day Parade in Jackson.

Camp No. 7 Brothers with G.A.R. Memorial Hall and
Museum Volunteers at Eaton Rapids.

Over the Memorial Day weekend, the Brothers and Sisters of Camp No. 7 were very busy. They attended events in Lansing, Jackson, Concord,
and Eaton Rapids.

On Saturday the 27th we assisted in a ceremony at Lansing's Mt. Hope Cemetery, presided over by Department Junior Vice Commander Rob Payne and Past Department Commander Paul Arnold, Brothers of Camp No. 7 fell in with members of Camp No. 17 and provided a squad to fire three volleys to honor those who fell in defense of our Country.

On Memorial Day our forces were split between Jackson, Concord and Eaton Rapids to take part in the parades and celebrations in those cities. (Thank you Sister Horning for providing the pictures from the Jackson event.)

It was a great privilege for the Brothers and Sisters of our Camp to attend these events to Honor all who fell in defense of our Nation protecting the freedoms we cherish today.

Formerly known as Decoration Day, the day set aside to honor the nation's war dead was originally observed May 30. A federal law passed in 1967 officially changed the name to Memorial Day, and the next year Congress moved the observance to the last Monday in May to create a three-day weekend.

For a more in-depth history of Memorial Day Please click here

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

On Saturday the 3rd of June, JVC Nathan Tingley, Department of Michigan Eagle Scout Coordinator, had the privilege to present an SUVCW Eagle Scout Certificate and patch to Christopher Buck of Troop 312 from Jackson at his Court of Honor.

All the Brothers and Sisters of the Austin Blair Camp, wish to congratulate you Christopher on you achievement and to your commitment to Scouting. Well done!

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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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A Dedication for one of our own

Brother of Camp No. 7 feel in with the squad to
fire the volleys.
On the 24th of June, Brothers of the Camp fell in with members of the 14th Michigan Co. A., SVR to honor one of their own, Brother David Gosling of March to the Sea Camp No. 135.

Traveling to White Pigeon the Brothers took part in a traditional SUVCW graveside dedication, during which three volleys were fired to honor Brother Gosling. After the completion of the ceremony the Brothers formed a circle and along with family members drank a toast to Brother Gosling in remembrance of his dedication and service to our Order.

Sleep on ye fallen Comrade, the victory you have won, You've served our Order's banner, your task has been well done. Rest under wreaths of laurels by grateful Brothers given, We strew your grave with flowers, the sweetest gift of heaven.

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4th of July

Brothers and Sisters of Camp No. 7 who helped during the 4th of July Celebration in Eaton Rapids.

Brothers and sisters with Museum volunteers during the Eaton Rapids Parade.

On the 241st birthday of our Country, the Brothers and Sisters from Camp No. 7 traveled to Eaton Rapids to march with (or work the Museum) the volunteers of the Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum, in the 4th of July Parade.

It was heartwarming to see the amount of support, and respect the members of the community provided us, and all the other veteran organizations when we passed by with the National Colors. Also appreciated was the enthusiasm that was shown to the entire parade as both visitors and participants came together to
celebrate our Nations independence.

To the James B. Brainerd Post 111 G.A.R. Memorial Hall and Museum, and to the Eaton Rapids community as a whole, the Brothers and Sisters of the Austin Blair Camp No. 7 would like to send out a hardy HAZZAH! and thank you for allowing us once again to Keep Green the Memory of the Boys in Blue.

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Waterloo Farm Museum

Brothers of Camp No. 7 talking before the days events at the Farm Museum.

Brothers of our Camp during the skirmish.

Over the weekend of the 24th and 25th, Brothers and Sisters of Camp No. 7 set up camp at the Waterloo Farm Museum for their annual Soldiers, Sailors, Blacksmith and Log Cabin weekend.

Throughout the weekend members were able to talk to many visitors to the event about their ancestors as well as relating storied about Michigan in the Civil War. They were also able to talk about the soldier’s equipment and how they lived. Several new “soldiers” were recruited for Father Abraham’s Army, although they all seemed to have deserted us before the skirmish with a company of Confederate solders who were camped near by.

It was a great weekend, and we all look forward to returning to the Farm Museum in October for their Pioneer Day event.

Thank you to Connie Horning, Ron Tyrl and John Ocwieja for submitting photo to us for this event. It is greatly appreciated.

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Department Senior Vice Commander Griggs talking to visitors to the Sunfield presentation.

On the 27th, Brothers and Sisters traveled to Sunfield for a slideshow presentation by Department Senior Vice Commander Bob Griggs. This program was put on as an educational seminar for the public sponsored by the Curtenius Guard Camp No. 17 of Sunfield. Many items were set up as displays for visitor to look at, and to help enhance the evening. Throughout the evening the Brothers from both Camps were able to talk to the many visitors to the programs and answer their questions about the items on display and the life of a Union soldier during the war. The program, "Stories you might not know about Michigan, and maybe a few other places, during the Civil War" was well received and enjoyed.

DSVC Griggs, and the Brothers and Sisters of Camp No. 7 wish to thank the Brothers of the Curtenius Guard Camp No. 17 for allowing us to assist you in Keeping Green the Memory of the Boys in Blue.

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Secretary's Report
Ron Tyrl PPC

The July 10, 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: Joe Davis, Bob Griggs, Henry Hawker, Kim Horning, Dave Kimble, Ron Lewis, Howard Lloyd, Mike Maillard, Nathan Tingley, Ron Tyrl, and Guest: Camp 22's Howard Streeter.

Senior Vice Commander Dave Kemble welcomed all to the meeting in Commander Cox's absence.

The Secretary's report which was motioned accepted as published in the Courier by Brother Griggs and seconded by Brother Kimble, motion passed. The Treasurer's Report was motioned accepted as presented by Brother Tingley and seconded by Brother Lewis, motion passed.

Patriotic Instructor

Brother Joe Davis summarized his recent trip to the Flight 93 Memorial in Pennsylvania. He brought in post cards for viewing and recommended Camp members, when in the area, to visit the memorial.

Graves Registration

1. Brother Maillard reviewed our Camp's Hillsdale County Graves Registration project and the need for our Camp to start the systematic approach to coordinate our efforts to do the registering.

2. Brother Maillard handed out packets he made including Hillsdale County Cemetery locations and Grave registration sheets and he reviewed the registration process: birth dates, 1818 to 1850; wives' information, etc that assist in documenting possible veterans.


1. Brother Griggs has updated the webpages and face book to present and Auxiliary pages. He reported he plans on adding: Michigan women and mascots links to the pages in the future.


1. Brother Griggs, along with other Camp members, have been assisting with research on a Civil War veteran from Jackson, Michigan who served in a "Colored" Rhode Island Heavy Artillery Battery.


1. Brother Tingley plans on presenting Brother Heath his 20 year membership pin during this year's Jackson Muster.

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 continues the working of the "Under the Oaks" & "Abolition" park & Museum proposals and Jackson's Underground Railroad.
3. The Michigan 2017 August National Encampment, August 10-13, planning continues with focus on volunteers, the Banquet dinner, and fund raising. Pre-registering by the July 21st deadline was encouraged and Brother Griggs will send out the link to register.

New Business

1. Brother Maillard recommended "Fund Raising" activities for the Camp's General Fund.
2. Brother Tingley reported that the 102nd Monument proposal may be placed in the County Court House lawn in Lansing.
3. SVC Kimble informed the Camp that he brought in a Great Coat that Dave Hilliker is offering for sale for $100.
4. A flier for 'POW" t-shirts with an option to place our Camp's information on it was passed around.

For the Good of the Order

Items of Interest and Events up-coming:

1. July 15-16 weekend Hasting's Muster.
2. July 19, Saturday Mackinaw Island Department and SVR Head Stone dedication program.
3. July 29 Saturday, Concord's Muster.
4. August 10-13 National Encampment.
5. August 16, Wednesday GAR Museum's Discovery Day Program.
6. August 26-27, Jackson Civil War Muster.
7. Sept 9, Grass Lake Heritage Day event.

Senior Vice Commander Kimble closed the meeting at 8:15pm. Our next camp meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 14, 2017 to be held at Post 29 American Legion.

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Upcoming Events

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An original photograph shown with a colorized picture of the same view. Burnside Bridge as seen from downstream.

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Delegate badge Kalamazoo 1909.

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