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October, 2012


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In this issue

Commanders Column
Secretary's Report
Treasurer Report
What they said
6th Wisconsin Dog
Call for Troops
Upcoming events
Back Issues

Commanders Column


Gentlemen,

My complements and respects,
I would like to start off this months reiteration, by offering our complements and best WISHES to Brother J.V.C. and Mrs. Daniel Pardee on their entering holy matrimony 15 Sept. May they always be as happy as they were that day.

On behalf of the Camp, I wish also to thank them for inviting us, even Woody, to share in this joyous occasion. Not only to attend, but to participate as the Military honor guard, thereby adding a military flair to the occasion. We whom participated, where honored to do so.

Octobers meeting will find us establishing the usual nominating committee for election of Camp Officers this coming year. Your thoughts and support in this process are encouraged, and required as camp members of the Order. We are all in this together, the support and decisions we strive to achieve makes us more operationally effective as a camp.

Events and activities for Oct. and Nov. are posted, by the good editor, on the camp web page. We find ourselves still active as we carry on for the Good of the Order. Also, for the good of the order, we are in the process of scheduling featured presentation / speakers for the Jan., Feb . and April meetings of next year. Jan/Feb should prove to offer items of interest to us all, and April instructional presentation by Dept. Military Affairs Officer, PCNC Bro. Harrison, to assist us, and our camp Military Affairs Officer/Committee with a more informed, better understanding of military dress, appropriateness of the uniform, by Army Regulations. Military mannerism, formalities and chain of command in the ranks when in formation. This and the associated discussions, will clarify why we do, or things are done, and conducted in a prescribed manner and to what end. This will in able us as indiviguals, and the camp, to present a more historically accurate, authentic informed, representation of our ancestors.

We are an outstanding camp. This should assist us with that projection.

Gentlemen,
In F. L. C.

Henry Hawker
Camp Commander/PCC/Camp Historian
Austin Blair Camp No. 7
Department of Michigan
S.U.V.C.W.
www.austinblair.com

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General Ulysses S. Grant


Battle scared trees.

What they Said
General Ulysses S. Grant

"No terms except unconditional and immediate surrender can be accepted. I propose to move immediately upon your works." To Simon B Buckner, Fort Donelson.

"Why if I had captured him I would have turned him loose. I would rather have him in command of you fellows than a prisoner." U.S. Grant on Confederate General Pillow at Fort Donaldson.

"Not beaten yet, by a damn sight." U.S. Grant over heard talking to himself after the 1st day at Shiloh.

"These trees would make a good lead mine. U.S. Grant while surveying the Chickamauga Battlefield.

"I propose to fight it out on this line, if it takes all summer." Dispatch to Washington May 1864

"I rise only to say that I do not intend to say anything. I thank you for your hearty welcomes and good cheers." Grants perfect speech given several times starting in 1865

"Tell the boys that they probably will never look into my face again, nor hear my voice, but they are engraven on my heart, and I love them as my children."

A letter to the National G.A.R. Encampment from U.S. Grant
a month before he died.

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~ The Loyal Dog of the 6th Wisconsin ~


A soldier with his dog in camp
Captain Werner Von Bachelle served with the famous "Iron Brigade" of the Union army during the Maryland Campaign. During the summer, the men of the 6th Wisconsin gave the captain a dog that had wandered into camp. Von Bachelle, a former officer in the French army, found the dog to be exceptionally clever and loyal. The Newfoundland was immediately embraced by the troops and became a good friend to many of the soldiers on the march and in camp. By several accounts, the dog was known to stand in formation and could perform remarkable tricks, including offering a salute..

 

Two days ago on September 17th, 1862, Von Bachelle commanded Company F as they advanced along the turnpike approaching Dunker Church, his dog at his side. Musket fire raked the Company and the captain fell dead. The action grew fierce and the 6th Wisconsin was forced to fall back. The men retreated, leaving the dead and most of the wounded on the field. The dog, however, did not retreat. Looking back, the soldiers saw him guarding his master's body.

Today, the men returned to the turnpike. There they found Von Bachelle and the Newfoundland, laying dead together. The dog preferred death to leaving his friend behind. As a tribute to his loyalty, the dog will be buried with his master with full military honors.

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Treasure's Report
Mike Maillard

1 September 2012 thru 30 September 2012

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DATE
Disbursed/Received
Transaction
Amount
1 September 2012 . Total Begining Balance $3,140.55

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1 September 2012 . General Fund Beginning Balance $1,397.13

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. Received 3st Qrt Dividends Conusmers Energy $20.25
. Issued Check 238 Austin Blair Auxiliary for contribution toward Concord CWD $150.00
. Issued Check 240 Jackson Veteran's Council annual dues $5.00
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30 September 2012 . General Fund Ending Balance $1,262.38 *
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1 September 2012 . Restoration Fund Beginning Balance $407.92

. Issued Check 239 to Camp 20 donation for GAR Monument Restoration $100.00
. Issued Check 237 Charles Waters III photo cost related to Monument restoration $12.99
30 September 2012 . Restoration Fund Ending Balance $294.93 *
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1 September 2012 . Camp Blair 1864-1866 Memorial Fund Beginning Balance $1,335.50
30 September 2012 . Camp Blair 1864-1866 Memorial Fund Ending Balance $1,335.50
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30 September 2012 . Total Ending Balance $2,892.81

* It was decided at out October 9th Meeting that the $100.00 donation to Camp 20 should have come from the Restoration Fund not the General Fund. These totals reflect that change.

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Secretary's Report
Ron Tyrl PPC

The September 10, 2012 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: Kyle Bublitz, Chris Cox, Henry Hawker, Joe Davis, Bob Griggs, Mark Heath, Bob Hoffman, Ron Lewis, Brock Lloyd, Howard Lloyd, Mike Maillard, Ron Tyrl, Charlie Waters Jr., Daniel Watkins and guest Bruce Ronald & Dave Kimble.

Commander Hawker welcomed our two guest and Bruce & Dave were introduced and their Civil War relatives' service was reviewed: Dave Kimble had two men that served from his family, they were brothers: Anton & Peter Steffes: 3rd & 13th Michigan Infantry Regiments, 3rd with the Army of the Potomac: Bull Run to Cold Harbor and 13th with the Army of the Ohio & then Cumberland: Shiloh, Stones River, Chickamauga, March to the Sea to Bentonville, North Carolina and Bruce Ronald, also had two men that served in his family, also brothers: Daniel & Michael Boltz, Company B, 108th Ohio Infantry Regiment: Kentucky, Chattanooga, Atlanta, March to the Sea to Bentonville, North Carolina.

Brother Maillard reported that Brother Dan Doyle is gaining his health back after some recent medical issues and Brother Bill Lowe is recovering nicely from recent surgery. The Camp wishes both of these men a speedy recovery.

The Secretary's report was motioned accepted as published in the Courier by Brother Griggs and seconded by Brother Cox, motion passed. The Treasurer's Report was motioned accepted as published by Brother Lewis, seconded by Brother Griggs, motion passed. A motion by Maillard to share the $300 received for our participation at the Concord Civil War Days event at the Paddock- Hubbard House, $150 to the Auxiliary, seconded by Cox; motion passed.

By-Laws Committee

The By Laws committee: the changes to the By-Laws and the Operating Procedures were reviewed and finalized and a motion was made by Brother Lewis and seconded by Brother Griggs to accept the By Laws and Operating Procedures as changed; motion passed.

Patriotic Instructor

1. Brother Heath reviewed the "Bloodiest Day in U.S. military history", the Battle of Antietam. He reported he will be at the 150th reenactment with the "Iron Brigade" and Brother Heath reviewed the consequences of the battle: the Emancipation Proclamation and the "Iron Brigade" named for the Wisconsin, Ohio & Indiana units at the battle.
2. Brother Lewis added that there is a thought that the 2nd day at the Battle of Gettysburg may have possibly surpassed Antietam if it was possibly to separate this three day's battle casualties.
3. Brother Heath also discussed his 1874 cavalry uniform he had on at the meeting with the bugler insignia.

Graves Registration

1. Brother Maillard reported that research is being done to find a "Medal of Honor" recipient, a John Kelly, a gunboat crew member, that may be interned in Mount Evergreen cemetery.

Signals

1. Brother Griggs is accepting events for the Bulletin Board for next year he reconnected the Muster & sesquicentennial links.

Communications

1. An invitation to participate in the Veteran's Day program Sunday, November 11th was received and since it's on a weekend this year we're hoping there will be more people able to attend.
2. A "Thank You" was received from the family of Deloss M. Haviland expressing their appreciation for our assistance in placing his stone and dedication program in June. A check from the family was sent to the Department for cost which was returned with a suggestion that the check be sent to the Gaines Mill Battle Site preservation where Deloss lost his life for our country.
3. A "You Will Be Missed" card was passed around to sign for the Harriet Brubaker Tent 139 DUVCW that informed us at the Cascade's Muster that due to age and health issues for their members this may be the last time they attend the Jackson, Michigan event.

New Business

1. Brother Daniel Watkins reminded the camp of his up-coming wedding Saturday, September 15 at the Concord Michigan Paddock-Hubbard farm.
2. Brother Watkins also reported that due to his wedding commitment the Texas reenactment regiment he participates with will fly his Hardee flag while at the Antietam reenactment for him.

For the Good of the Order

1. Sep. 15, Saturday, Wedding at Paddock-Hubbard farm, Concord, Michigan.
2. Oct. 14, Sunday, Waterloo Pioneer Days 12:00 to 5:00pm. 3. Brother Griggs had an article on the GAR in Albion for viewing, a picture of the Sons of Union Veterans dated at the turn of the century from Hudson, Michigan & passed around cards from 1912 on the national flag.
4. A Jackson Michigan and the Civil War flier by Bill Lowe was passed out focusing on the regiments that mustered out of Camp Jackson & Blair: Jackson Grays which became Co. B 1st Michigan Infantry; 17th & 20th Michigan for about 1,000 men mustered into the army. The Carnegie library in Jackson has items on this research.
5. Brother Heath had extra books at the meeting for those interested in them to have.
6. Brother Maillard had a Union Army Prayer Civil War era plaque displayed.
7. Brother Lewis summarized a newspaper article "The Civil War's Most Chicken Leader" historian's account explores intricacies of Union General George B. McClellan.

Commander Hawker proceeded to close the meeting at 8:05pm and our next camp meeting is scheduled for October 8, 2012, to be held at Post 29 American Legion, Jackson, Michigan.

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Calls for Troops

Calls for Union troops:

75,000 men, three months' service, April 15, 1861.
42,034 men, three years' service, May 3, 1861.
800,000 men, nine months' service, August 4, 1862.*
100,000 men, six months' service, June 15, 1863.
300,000 men, three years' service, October 17, 1863.
500,000 men, three years' service, February 1, 1864.
200,000 men, three years' service, March 15, 1864.
500,000 men, one, two or three years' service, July 18, 1864.
300,000 men, one, two or three years' service, December 19, 1864

* This is the first call for volunteers with the draft threat pending inducing men to volunteer for three year’s enlistments rather than facing the possibility of being drafted later.

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Calls for Confederate troops:

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March 6, 1861: 100,000 volunteers and militia
January 23, 1862: 400,000 volunteers and militia
April 16, 1862, the First Conscription Act: conscripted white men ages 18 to 35 for the duration of hostilities
September 27, 1862, The Second Confederate Conscription Act expanding the Age.
February 17, 1864, the Third Conscription Act: ages 17 to 50
March 13, 1865, authorized up to 300,000 African American troops.*.

.*This call was never implemented..

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Upcoming Events


October: 2012
Austin Blair Camp No. 7Auxiliary
6th - Saturday & 7th - Sunday

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

Hayes Civil War Reenactment. This event is tenitive for the Camp. Please check back for further details.


Monday October 8th; 7 p.m.

Austin Blair Camp Meeting. American Legion Post 29, 3200 Lansing Ave. Jackson MI. ( Visitors welcome).
14th - Sunday Noon - 5 p.m. Waterloo

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

6th - Saturday & 7th - Sunday

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

Hayes Civil War Reenactment. This event is tenitive for the Camp. Please check back for further details.


Monday October 8th; 7 p.m.

Austin Blair Camp Meeting. American Legion Post 29, 3200 Lansing Ave. Jackson MI. ( Visitors welcome).
14th - Sunday Noon - 5 p.m. Waterloo

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

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November: 2012
Austin Blair Camp No. 7Auxiliary
Saturday November 3

Veterans Day Parade, Detroit.


Sunday November 4

Massing of the Colors. Michigan Historical Center Lansing.


Sunday November 11th;

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


Monday November 12th;

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

Saturday November 3

Veterans Day Parade, Detroit.


Sunday November 4

Massing of the Colors. Michigan Historical Center Lansing.


Sunday November 11th;

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


Monday November 12th;

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

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December: 2012
Austin Blair Camp No. 7Auxiliary
No regular meeting scheduled for December.


Check back for date

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

No regular meeting scheduled for December.


Check back for date

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

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