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October, 2010


Commanders Column


Last week I was lucky enough to travel to Kansas to visit my oldest daughter and her family. While there we visited the Mine Creek Battlefield. I read that some call this battle The Gettysburg of the West, I always thought that was Franklin but I could very well be wrong on that. Anyway, as we head into Fall we still need to remember not only our ancestors but all the men who fought to save the Union some times, as at Mine Creek, against overwhelming odds. For those who have not heard of the battle I'll give a very brief description.

It was one of the largest cavalry engagements of the Civil War (the largest west of the Mississippi River) was fought on October 25, 1864 near what is today Pleasanton, KS., and 2,500 Union soldiers defeated nearly 3 times that number of Confederate soldiers.

The Confederate forces under the command of General Sterling Price were retreating from Kansas City and the Battle of Westport which took place two days earlier. On the morning of October 25th, the Union forces overtook the rebels 5 miles north of Mine Creek near Trading Post. General Price's force continued to retreat southward while engaging the Union Army.

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In Fraternity, Charity and Loyalty,

Bob Griggs CC
August 23, 2010
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  Late in the morning, 7,000 Confederates under the command of General John Marmaduke were caught north of Mine Creek. They were protecting the supply train which had difficulty crossing the creek.

Due largely to superior firepower, (Union soldiers had breach loading carbines and revolvers along with their sabers) 2,500 Union soldiers under the command of General Alfred Pleasanton (sometimes spelled Pleasonton) defeated the larger Confederate force (armed with muzzle loading muskets) in less than an hour. All the Confederate canon and 600-750 Confederate soldiers, including General Marmaduke and General William L. Cabell, were captured. Along with the prisoners Confederate loses were almost 300 killed and over 300 wounded. The Union had about 100 casualties, some of those caused when Union artillery opened fire on two companies of the 4th Iowa who had gotten around the right flank of the Rebels and were thought to be reenforcements for the Confederates.

I'm not sure what kind of courage it takes to attack a force almost 3 times your size especially when they are supported by 8 artillery pieces. But today, as always I'm thankful that this country has always had the ability to produce such soldiers.

Plaque dedicating the bridge provided by the Department of Kansas S.U.V.C.W. & the bridge. .

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Civil War Challenge

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Which two presidents who served after the Civil War
had owned slaves before it begain.


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Treasure's Report
Mike Maillard

1 September 2010 thru 30 September 2010

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DATE
Disbursed/Received
Transaction
Amount
1 September 2010 . Total Begining Balance $2,461.46

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1 September 2010 . General Fund Beginning Balance $690.53

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. Received donation Hubbard Foundation for Civil War Days Concord $200.00
. Issued Check 445 to Auxiliary for participation Concord $100.00
. Issued Check 446 to Linda Kromberg SUVCW Auxiliary contribution $100.00
. Issued Check 447 to Danny Wheeler for Nat'l SUVCW camp medals & ceremonial books $93.00
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30 September 2010 . General Fund Ending Balance $597.53
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1 September 2010 . Restoration Fund Beginning Balance $435.43

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30 Septmember 2010 . Restoration Fund Ending Balance $435.43
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1 September 2010 . Camp Blair Memorial Fund Beginning Balance $1,335.50
30 September 2010 . Camp Blair Memorial Fund Ending Balance $1,335.50
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30 September 2010 . Total Ending Balance $2,368.46

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DID YOU KNOW??

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There were 6 million cases of disease in the Union armies durring the War. This means that, on average, each man was sick at least twice.

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Secretary's Report
Ron Tyrl PPC

The September 13, 2010 meeting of the Austin Blair Camp No.7 Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War was held at the Eagles, Jackson, Michigan.

Members in attendance were Brothers: Kyle Bublitz, Chris Cox, Bob Griggs, Henry Hawker, Mark Heath, Ron Lewis, Howard Lloyd, Bill Lowe, Mike Maillard, Jeff Oberdank, Ron Tyrl, Charlie Waters Jr., and guest Dept. Commander Don Shaw and new members Joe Davis and Brock Lloyd.

Commander Griggs opened the meeting by welcoming Commander Shaw and new members Joe Davis and Brock Lloyd, Joe Davis's relative, his great grandfathers Leonard Reynolds, 7th Illinois Cavalry service with Grierson's Cavalry Campaign and Marcus Lafayette Davis, 100th Illinois Infantry, captured at Chickamauga and imprisoned at Andersonville and Brock Lloyd's relative his 4x great granduncle John P. Barnum, 18th Michigan Infantry, service with the Army of the Cumberland, also captured and imprisoned and subsequently was one of the number killed on the Sultana after release. The Secretary's report was motioned accepted as published in the Courier by Brother Heath, seconded by Brother Waters. Motion Passed. The Treasurer's Report was distributed and accepted as presented by Brother Waters, seconded by Brother Watson. Motion passed.

Patriotic Instructor

Brother Lloyd handed out literature on a little known battle occurring on this date September 13-20, 1861, Battle of Lexington, Missouri or Hemp Bales. General Sterling Price determined to rid the area of Union sympathizers led 7,000 Missouri State Guard to Lexington against a garrison of 2,800 Union troops under Col. James Mulligan. Price sieged and forced a surrender after a fight.

Chaplain's Report

1. Chaplain Heath reported that the Muster was a success, beautiful weather and good crowds and the timing was significant since 150 years earlier in August all the 25 militia companies in Michigan were gathering at Loomis Park in preparation for the political breakdown of our nation and the possibility of civil war. The largest military gathering since the Mexican War.

Graves Registration

1. Treasurer Maillard read Brother Waters' report: Research continues for Newaygo and Oceana counties as Brother Waters has civil war relatives buried in those counties.
2. Brother Lowe has been assisting the Ella Sharp Museum on providing information on Jackson County Civil War veterans.
3. The Dept Civil War Veteran's Graves registration database will now have two sections one for Civil War veterans and the other on Revolutionary War to the Spanish American veterans grave registrations.

Signals

1. Commander Griggs reported that the Camp's website has been updated to include the latest events the camp has participated in recently to include Concord, Michigan's 175th School system anniversary parade and cook out last week.
2. Commander Griggs also requested if Camp members have any additional Civil War veterans that are not list on the website to e-mail or provide him the information on these men and he'll add them to the website's veteran's roster.

Communications

1. The Camp received a "Thank You" Eagle Scout Card from Eagle Scout Alan Goldfarb for the Son's Eagle Scout Certificate he received from the Camp.
2. Dept. Commander's message on the raising of the 2011 National per capita dues by $5 was read. Dept. Commander Shaw added that the Michigan delegation was against this raise due to economic reasons but was outvoted and it passed. National investments have dried up due to the economy which provided much of the National funding and cuts were made but there is still a deficit.
3. The Camp's invitation to the Lenawee County Heritage Festival Sat-Sun, Oct. 16-17 in Adrian at the Farmer's Antique Association was reviewed.

Old Business

1. Brother Waters reminded the Camp of the Tompkins Center festival Sep. 18-19, 2010 and encourage members to attend if available.
2. The Albion Corn Festival and Presidential Hayes' home visit programs are coming up the first weekend of October. E-mails will be sent to the Camp with details on our participation plans. There will also be a soldier's headstone dedication Sunday of that weekend in Dansville for a 26th Michigan Infantry man killed at Spotsylvania; more details will also be forwarded by e-mail.
3. The Camp received $200 from the Hubbard Museum for the Camp's participation in the Concord Civil War program the Camp attended the end of July and Chaplain Heath motioned to give the money to the Dept. Auxiliary for their fund raising efforts for the 2011 year in which they have a goal of $2,000 for their numerous projects to include: Scholarships, Monuments and Wreaths for Springfield, Gettysburg and Arlington. Seconded by Brother Watson, motion passed.

New Business

1. Junior Vice Commander Jeff Oberdank reported that the application from Brock Lloyd has been received on his 18th Michigan Infantry relative and an application will be forwarded to Joe Davis due to his 7th Illinois Cavalry great grandfather's service and a motion to accept Brock Lloyd as a member was made by Brother Oberdank, seconded by Secretary Tyrl motion passed. Once Joe Davis's application is received and accepted by vote, both men will be initiated at the October meeting.
2. The Eagle adoption at Potter Park Zoo for the 2011 year will be with Ms. Stacey Hampton's East Jackson 2nd grade class and she will contact us to assist us in the adoption as the school year progresses and when our visit is scheduled to her class.
3. An election committee chairman was requested for the coming 2011 year's Camp positions and Brother Oberdank volunteer to assist in this.

For the Good of the Order

1. Brothers Heath, Waters III and Lowe assisted at the GAR Hall with the Marshall Camp during the Marshall Home Tour program in August.
2. Department Commander Don Shaw summarized the good news of what's going on at the department level: The Michigan Department won the year's award for the department with the most new members, 72 new members this year. Michigan is second to Pennsylvania in total SUVCW members, and just ahead of New York by 4 members in the third spot. The Detroit Veteran's Day parade is scheduled for Nov. 6th and all camps are invited and encouraged to attend, Brother Keith Harrison will have more on this in the Messenger. The sesquicentennial planning continues and plans will be forwarded to the camps as they are made.
3. Brother Chris Cox has coordinated with the Northwest district schools to do sesquicentennial programs; more to come as these are scheduled.
4. The auxiliary informed the camp of the up-coming year's events: the Dept encampment is a month later this year in May, and the National's is in August; more on these as they approach.
5. Auxiliary Vicki Weiss invited the camp to the Sandstone Church's "Pioneer" festival Sunday Oct. 24, 2010 at 10:30am. Commander Griggs will forward and post the details on the website and more on this at our October meeting.

Commander Griggs proceeded to close the meeting at 8:15pm and our next camp meeting is scheduled for October 11, 2010, to be held at the Eagles, Jackson, Michigan.


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Andrew Johnson and Ulysses S. Grant

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Upcoming Events


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October: 2010
Austin Blair Camp No. 7Auxiliary
2nd - Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Albion

Albion A-Maizing Corn Festival.


2nd - Saturday & 3rd - Sunday

The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center Spiegel Grove, Fremont, OH

Hayes Civil War Reenactment.


10th - Sunday Noon - 5 p.m. Waterloo

Waterloo Farm Museum Pioneer Day. 9998 Waterloo Munith Rd., Waterloo Michigan


Monday October 11th; 7 p.m.

Austin Blair Camp Meeting Jackson Eagles-612, 301 Detroit St. Jackson MI. ( Visitors welcome).
2nd - Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Albion

Albion A-Maizing Corn Festival.


10th - Sunday Noon - 5 p.m. Waterloo

Waterloo Farm Museum Pioneer Day. 9998 Waterloo Munith Rd., Waterloo Michigan


Monday October 11th; 7 p.m.

Austin Blair Ladies Auxiliary Meeting. Jackson Eagles-612, 301 Detroit St. Jackson MI. ( Visitors welcome)..

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November: 2010
Austin Blair Camp No. 7Auxiliary
Monday November 8th; 7 p.m.

Austin Blair Camp Meeting Jackson Eagles-612, 301 Detroit St. Jackson MI. ( Visitors welcome).


Thursday November 11th;

Veterans Day
11 a.m. Jackson Defence of the Flag Monument.

Monday November 8th; 7 p.m.

Austin Blair Ladies Auxiliary Meeting. Jackson Eagles-612, 301 Detroit St. Jackson MI. ( Visitors welcome).


Thursday November 11th;

Veterans Day
11 a.m. Jackson Defence of the Flag Monument.



December: 2010
Austin Blair Camp No. 7Auxiliary
No regular meeting scheduled for December.


Sunday 12th;

Twelfth Annual Christmas Party Sandstone Congregational Church 250 S. Sandstone Rd., Jackson MI. This, is a tenitive date and location. Please check back for further details.

No regular meeting scheduled for December.


Sunday 12th;

Twelfth Annual Christmas Party Sandstone Congregational Church 250 S. Sandstone Rd., Jackson MI. This, is a tenitive date and location. Please check back for further details.


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