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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."

August, 2017



In this issue

A message from the Commander in Chief
Secretary's Report
GAR Museum Discovery Camp
The G.A.R. in Michigan
National Encampment
Civil War Money
Upcoming events
Back Issues
A photo from the Civil War

A message from the Commander in Chief

Brothers of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War,

I would like to take a moment to introduce myself to you as the newly elected Commander-in-Chief of our Great Order. It is my great honor to be your CinC and I hope you will work with me in the coming year to expand and invigorate the SUVCW. There is a great deal, that you can do to assist in that process; by actively promoting your camp and department activities, attending camp meetings, identifying new projects that support our organizations goals, and most importantly recruiting new members. I will do everything possible to support you from the top, but the work you do at the local camps and departments is the life blood of our order and the key to our success now and in the future. I encourage you to visit our national website to see what is happening, learn about our policies, take the courses available through our Memorial University, or just read the CinC's Biography. The more you know about the SUVCW the more you will be able to grow and serve.

In Fraternity, Charity, and Loyalty

Mark R. Day CinC Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

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National Encampment 2017

The Michigan Delegation at the Encampment.

Brother's from our and the "other" Camp No. 7 from Rhode Island.
On the 10th through the 12th of August Brothers from all over the Nation gathered in Lansing for the 136th Annual National Encampment.

The turn out from the Brother and Sisters from all over the state was amazing. Many of the Brothers and Sisters from Camp No. 7 and it's Auxiliary were able to attend the Encampment and meet Brothers from all over the Country and see how they Keep Green the Memory of the Boys in Blue.

One of our main highlights was getting together with the Brothers from the "other" Camp No. 7 from Rhode Island. These two Camps found each other through their Facebook pages and found they have more in common than just the number 7. Both Camps have been operating from over 100 years and both are names from Governors of their States.

The Brothers and Sisters from Camp No. 7 would like to extend a hardy THANK YOU to the Encampment Host Committee for all their hard work in putting together the largest Encampment for the SUVCW in over 20 years. Well done!

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Our latest recruits at the Discovery Camp hosted by the
G.A.R. Memorial Hall and Museum
Grand Army of the Republic
Memorial Hall and Museum
Discovery Camp

On the 16th of August Brothers and Sisters from Camp No. 7 joined forces with Brothers of Camp 17 and Board Members of the Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum to put on the 4th Annual Discovery Camp hosted by the Musuem. Throughout the day the soldiers were drilled, drilled and drilled somemore as well as learing about how a soldier lived during the war. They were also allowed to fire muskets and took part in a mock battle.

After their time in the service expired they were marched to the musuem and mustered out. At that time they were paid their $13, recieved a booklet on Michigan's part in the Civil War, and were issued a ribbon from the museum for their service.

Thank you to the G.A.R. Memorial Hall for allowing us to help them in preserving the memory of the Boys in Blue.

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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 August 14, 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, Joe Davis, Bob Griggs, Dave Kimble, Howard Lloyd, Mike Maillard, Nathan Tingley, Ron Tyrl, Charlie Waters III and Guest: Camp 2's Ray Lake & Dept JVC Robert Payne.

Commander Chris Cox welcomed all to the meeting and requested 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 Up-dated Report was motioned accepted as presented by Brother Tingley and seconded by Brother Griggs, motion passed.
Discussion was held on the 20% of Camps nationwide that have not filed their tax 990n forms and Brother Tingley agreed to caulk the Austin Blair Camp sign and lastly a motion was made to share half of the money received for the Concord Muster with the ladies auxiliary by Brother Griggs and seconded by Brother Lloyd, motion passed.

Patriotic Instructor

Brother Joe Davis brought in books and magazines for members to share and summarized the book "Lincoln's Lieutenants by Stephen Sears.

Graves Registration

1. Brother Maillard & Tingley reviewed our Camp's Hillsdale County Graves Registration with Dept. GRO Rick Danes at the National Encampment last weekend.
2. Brother Waters reported that the last Dept. GRO meeting a CD was given out with 70,073 Veterans of Michigan Regiment's names from across the country.


1. Brother Griggs has updated the webpages and face book to present and auxiliary pages and he will said to expect a "Thank you" to be sent for all the volunteers who assisted in the National Encampment.
2. Brother Griggs summarized the Mackinaw dedication program this coming weekend.


1. A meeting is scheduled for reviewing the Jackson Muster program at the Denny's restaurant this Thursday.


1. Brother Tingley plans on presenting Brother Heath his 20 year membership pin during this year's Jackson Muster and a summary of contacts names at the muster will be forwarded to Brother Tingley.

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.

New Business

1. "Civil War Michigan Landmarks" program is scheduled for October 23rd at the Tecumseh Library given by Dave Ingall.
2. Brother Tingley reported that the 102nd Monument proposal may be placed in the County Court House lawn in Lansing; currently.
3. Camp tent may need repair done on tear at front left corner; assessment will be made at the Jackson muster.

For the Good of the Order

Items of Interest and Events up-coming:

1. August 16, Wednesday GAR Museum's Discovery Day Program.
2. August 19, Saturday, Mackinaw Dedication program
2. August 26-27, Sat-Sun, Jackson Civil War Muster.
3. Sept 9, Saturday, Grass Lake Heritage Day event.

Commander Cox closed the meeting at 8:15pm. Our next camp meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 11, 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. A soldier from the USCT and his family.

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Delegate badge from this years Encampment next to one from 1925 that it was fashioned after.

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