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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."


September, 2015


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In this issue

Rally Round the Flag
Secretary's Report
Members attend the Jackson Muster
The G.A.R. in Michigan
The Bloodest Day in American History
Guest Speaker-Mike Culp
Michigan Money
Discovery Camp-G.A.R. Memorial Hall in Eaton Rapids
Upcoming events
Back Issues
A photo from the Civil War



Austin Blair Camp No. 7
Guest Speaker

At our regular meeting on September 14th, we had a guest speaker attend and talk to our members. Mike Culp, from the 13th Michigan Infantry Association, and a member of the General Benjamin Pritchard Camp No. 20 in Kalamazoo, was our speaker and he talked about sectionalism and what split the country leading up to the Civil War.

Thanks Mike for a very interesting and informative talk, our members all appreciate you taking your time to give these presentations and to assist us in keeping the memory of the Boys in Blue alive.

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Brothers and Sisters of Camp No. 7
at the Jackson Civil War Muster.

Over the weekend of the 22nd & 23rd as in many of the years passed, members of Camp No. 7 and the Ladies Auxiliary set up at the Jackson Civil War Muster.

During our time at the muster, we were able to assist many visitors in looking up their ancestors, or give them instruction on how to do that, as well as helping them find their ancestors gravesite. Our Camp was once again set up on top of the hill for visitors to stop in and talk to members about life in a Civil War Camp. SVC Chris Cox served as the tour guide for the historic bus tour of Jackson.

Visitors to the event were able to pick up many handouts that members of Camp No. 7 have made up about different items relating to the Civil War. They were also able to see some of the equipment that a civil war soldier would have used, and how he used it.

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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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Antietam
September 17, 1862

Beginning early on the morning of September 17th, in 1862, Confederate and Union troops in the Civil War clash near Maryland's Antietam Creek in the bloodiest one-day battle in American history.

The Battle of Antietam marked the culmination of Confederate General Robert E. Lee's first invasion of the Northern states. Guiding his Army of Northern Virginia across the Potomac River in early September 1862, the great general daringly divided his men, sending half of them, under the command of General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, to capture the Union garrison at Harper's Ferry.

President Abraham Lincoln put Major General George B. McClellan in charge of the Union troops responsible for defending Washington, D.C., against Lee's invasion. McClellan's Army of the Potomac clashed first with Lee's men on September 14, with the Confederates forced to retreat after being blocked at the passes of South Mountain. Though Lee considered turning back toward Virginia, news of Jackson's capture of Harper's Ferry reached him on September 15. That victory convinced him to stay and make a stand near Sharpsburg, Maryland.

Over the course of September 15 and 16, the Confederate and Union armies gathered on opposite sides of Antietam Creek. On the Confederate side, Jackson commanded the left flank with General James Longstreet at the head of the center and right. McClellan's strategy was to attack the enemy left, then the right, and finally, when either of those movements met with success, to move forward in the center.

When fighting began in the foggy dawn hours of September 17, this strategy broke down into a series of uncoordinated advances by Union soldiers under the command of Generals Joseph Hooker, Joseph Mansfield and Edwin Sumner. As savage and bloody combat continued for eight hours across the region, the Confederates were pushed back but not beaten, despite sustaining some 15,000 casualties. At the same time, Union General Ambrose Burnside opened an attack on the Confederate right, capturing the bridge that now bears his name around 1 p.m. Burnside's break to reorganize his men allowed Confederate reinforcements to arrive, turning back the Union advance there as well.

By the time the sun went down, both armies still held their ground, despite staggering combined casualties--nearly 23,000 of the 100,000 soldiers engaged, including almost 4,000 dead. McClellan's center never moved forward, leaving a large number of Union troops that did not participate in the battle. On the morning of September 18, both sides gathered their wounded and buried their dead. That night, Lee turned his forces back to Virginia. His retreat gave President Lincoln the moment he had been waiting for to issue the Emancipation Proclamation, a historic document that turned the Union effort in the Civil War into a fight for the abolition of slavery.

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Secretary's Report
Ron Tyrl PPC

The September 14, 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, Ron Lewis, Howard Lloyd, Mike Maillard, Nathan Tingley, Ron Tyrl, Dave Van Hoof, Charlie Waters III and Charlie Waters Jr. Guest: PDC Paul Davis & Kalamazoo Camp’s Mike Culp.

Brother Mike Culp opened the meeting with a presentation on the “Sectionalism”: economically, socially and politically, of the United States prior to the outbreak of the Civil War.
The Secretary’s report was motioned accepted as published in the Courier by Brother Cox and seconded by Brother Kimble, motion passed.
The Treasurer’s Report was motioned accepted as presented by Brother Griggs and seconded by Brother Cox, motion passed. Treasurer Maillard had made an adjustment with the purchase of a Flag Holder for the extra National Flag the Camp has.

Patriotic Instructor

Brother Lewis spoke on Brother Todd Holton’s recovery from his recent medical emergency and Brother Holton “Thanked” the Camp for the “Get Well” Card.

Graves Registration

Brother Waters III summarized the Quarterly Grave Registration meeting held last Saturday. There are 67,609 names in the Michigan Graves Registration database and Brother Dennis Fyke is taking over as the Department Memorials Officer. Also VA policy on Headstone ordering may become more lenient.

Signals

1. Brother Griggs has updated the 2015 Website & Facebook pages and Brother Griggs was thanked for the Civil War themed Post Cards he had made for eye catchers for Camp events especially at the Muster last month.

Old Business

1. The Auxiliary reminder all of the Central Region Conference being held October 2-3.
2. Auxiliary Karen Hamann continues the fund raising for the National Encampment being held in Michigan in 2017.
3. Brother Hawker reported on the 2016 Nomination Committee: Commander- Chris Cox, SVC- Dave Kimble JVC- Nate Tingley, these Brothers have agreed to fill these positions. Elections will be held in October and nominations are open to the floor and installation held in November. PDC Paul Davis was asked to install officers with approval from Department and he accepted.

New Business

1. Brother Van Hoof reported that the Jackson County Republican Committee continues to look into the purchasing of the adjacent property to the “Under the Oaks” site. A board is being propose to work the issues with this “Under the Oaks “ project and he recommended that a Camp member assist once the board is up and running. A 501c 3 will be recommended to work this project with other “Under the Oaks” interested organizations: Jackson Historical Society, our Camp, Etc.
2. Auxiliary Karen Hamann, Vicki Weiss & Linda Kronberg summarized the plans for the 2015 Camp Christmas Party: The Sandstone Church has been reserved for Sunday December 13th, 12 - 3pm, and the caterer the did Brother Chris Cox’s wedding was recommended to cater this year at $25 a person. $400 needs to be paid to reserve the caterer and the Auxiliary is paying $200 and Treasurer Maillard motioned to pay $200 for the balance from our Camp’s budget seconded by Brother Davis, motion passed.
3. Auxiliary Linda Kronberg announced that she was elected National President and a round of applause was given on this great news for our Camp.
4. Brother Griggs informed the camp that the Camp’s Fly needs to be repaired for a tear at a grommet or if unrepairable the Camp may need to purchase a new Fly. Auxiliary Weiss is looking into the repair.
5. Treasure Maillard and PDC Davis reviewed the SUV’s 501C 3 status which is currently being worked at National to allow Corporate donations to our organization.
6. PDC Davis reviewed the issue of non U.S. citizens that had fought in the Union Army descendants establishing “Foreign” Camps of the Sons of Union Veterans. The oath to our country is one of the complications involved with this was discussed, and more to follow as decision made.

For the Good of the Order

Events up-coming:

1. September 17, Thursday, Tipton, Michigan's Franklin Cemetery "Civil War Cemetery Walk".
2. September 27, Sunday, Eaton Rapid’s GAR Museum’s Second Year Anniversary program.
3. October 2-3, 2015 Central Region Assoc. of Allied Orders "Annual Conference". Event held at Dundee, Michigan and more details as event nears.
4. October 3, Saturday, Eaton Rapid’s “Miller Farm” Event
5. October 8, Thursday, Lansing’s Vietnam Veteran “Michigan Says Thanks” program on Capitol grounds.
6. October 11, Sunday, Waterloo Pioneer Days Farm Fest.
7. December 13, second Sunday, Camp Christmas Party.

Commander Waters proceeded to close the meeting at 8:40 pm and our next camp meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 12th, to be held at Post 29 American Legion, Jackson, Michigan.

Don't forget the manual of Arms training will be taking place 15 minutes prior to the start of our meeting. If you wish to take part in this training bring your musket, belt and bayonet.

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G.A.R. Memorial Hall and Museum
Discovery Day Camp


A group photo of some of our Brothers, Museum staff and the participants in the event.

On the 19th of August, Camp and Auxiliary members joined forces with James B. Brainerd Post 111 G.A.R. Memorial Hall and Museum located in Eaton Rapids, put on the museum's Second Civil War Discovery Day Camp held at the G.A.R. Park in Eaton Rapids.

During the day the recruits were drilled in the Manual of Arms, allowed to fire the muskets and re-enacted The Cornfield portion of the Battle of Antietam, along with learning how the solders cared for their wounded comrades, and life in camp.

After all of the outdoor activities, the troops were marched to the G.A.R. Museum where they toured the museum, were told about the life of Tad Lincoln.

The final event of the day the recruits received their months' pay and discharged papers.

Thank you for allowing us to assist you with this event, also thanks to Brother David Kimble for assistance in taking pictures.

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Upcoming Events

September: 2015
Austin Blair Camp No. 7Auxiliary
Saturday September 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Grass Lake

Grass Lake Heritage Day Festival


Monday September 14, 7 p.m.

Austin Blair Camp Meeting. American Legion Post 29,
3200 Lansing Ave. Jackson MI. ( Visitors welcome)
Tuesday, September 15, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Civil War Round Table, Meijer Branch Jackson District Library.

Saturday September 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Grass Lake

Grass Lake Heritage Day Festival


Monday September 14, 7 p.m.

Austin Blair Camp Meeting. American Legion Post 29,
3200 Lansing Ave. Jackson MI. ( Visitors welcome).
Tuesday, September 15, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Civil War Round Table, Meijer Branch Jackson District Library.

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October: 2015
Austin Blair Camp No. 7Auxiliary
Saturday October 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eaton Rapids

Fall Heritage Festival at the Miller Farm. Located at 635 State Street, Eaton Rapids Michigan


Friday - Saturday October 2 - 3 - Dundee

Central Region Association of the Allied Orders Annual Conference.
Hospitality Friday evening, Conference/tour/banquet Saturday.


Sunday October 11, Noon - 5 p.m. Waterloo

Waterloo Farm Museum Pioneer Day. 13493 Waterloo-Munith Rd., Waterloo Michigan<


Monday October 12, 7 p.m.

Austin Blair Camp Meeting. American Legion Post 29,
3200 Lansing Ave. Jackson MI. ( Visitors welcome).
Tuesday, October 13, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Civil War Round Table, Meijer Branch Jackson District Library.

Saturday October 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eaton Rapids

Fall Heritage Festival at the Miller Farm. Located at 635 State Street, Eaton Rapids


Friday - Saturday October 2 - 3 - Dundee

Central Region Association of the Allied Orders Annual Conference.
Hospitality Friday evening, Conference/tour/banquet Saturday.


Sunday October 11, Noon - 5 p.m. Waterloo

Waterloo Farm Museum Pioneer Day. 13493 Waterloo-Munith Rd., Waterloo Michigan


Monday October 12, 7 p.m.

Austin Blair Camp Meeting. American Legion Post 29,
3200 Lansing Ave. Jackson MI. ( Visitors welcome).
Tuesday, October 13, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Civil War Round Table, Meijer Branch Jackson District Library.

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November: 2015
Austin Blair Camp No. 7Auxiliary
Monday November 9, 7 p.m.

Austin Blair Camp Meeting. American Legion Post 29,
3200 Lansing Ave. Jackson MI. ( Visitors welcome).


Tuesday, November 10, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Civil War Round Table, Meijer Branch Jackson District Library.


Wednesday November 11,

Veterans Day
11 a.m. Jackson Defence of the Flag Monument.
1 p.m. Veterans Day Parade - Mason MI.

Monday November 9, 7 p.m.

Austin Blair Camp Meeting. American Legion Post 29,
3200 Lansing Ave. Jackson MI. ( Visitors welcome).


Tuesday, November 10, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Civil War Round Table, Meijer Branch Jackson District Library.


Wednesday November 11,

Veterans Day
11 a.m. Jackson Defence of the Flag Monument.
1 p.m. Veterans Day Parade - Mason MI.

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December: 2015
Austin Blair Camp No. 7Auxiliary
No regular meeting scheduled for December.
Tuesday, December 8, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Civil War Round Table, Meijer Branch Jackson District Library.


Sunday December 13, 1 - 5 p.m.

Seventeenth Annual Christmas Party Sandstone Congregational Church 250 S. Sandstone Rd., Jackson MI.

No regular meeting scheduled for December.
Tuesday, December 8, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Civil War Round Table, Meijer Branch Jackson District Library.


Sunday December 13, 1 - 5 p.m.

Seventeenth Annual Christmas Party Sandstone Congregational Church 250 S. Sandstone Rd., Jackson MI.

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Confederate Dead Antietam,
the Union troops were behind the fence in the background.
Also notice the bullet holes in the fence.

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Monument Hillsdale College 1909.


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