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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."

October, 2017



In this issue

A private's thoughts on Jefferson Davis
Secretary's Report
A Dedication
The G.A.R. in Michigan
Waterloo Farm Museum
Check for a Worthy Cause
Civil War Money
Upcoming events
Back Issues
A photo from the Civil War

Thoughts on Jeff Davis

Not many soldier like politicians; especially those who they thought caused the war, and by that deed, took them away from their homes and loved ones. One Michigan private, William E. Limbocker (Lenbocker) Company F., 4th Michigan Infantry, vented to his wife about his thoughts on Confederate President Jefferson Davis; "I pray God that I may be one of the men who will pull the rope to hang Jeff Davis and that the spirits of Washington, Jefferson and Jackson and Adams may look over the Batalments of Heaven down upon the Bleaching Carcuss as the flesh Drops from the Bones and Listen to the Wind Whistleing Hail Columbia and Yankee doodle through the Decaying ribs which once enclosed his corrupt and Traitirous heart-for causing this war and Still Caring on this Wicked and Cruell War and Keeping W. E. Limbarker from his Dear Wife and Daughter."

Private Limbarker did not make it back to his wife and daughter. Taken prisoner at Gettysburg he was killed by a guard October 25, 1863 at Belle Island prison in Richmond

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Check for a Worthy Cause

The Ladies Auxiliary in the park with Megan from the National Home before the ceremony.

On the 28th of the month, several Sisters from the Austin Blair Ladies Auxiliary traveled to the VFW National Home for Children in Eaton Rapids to present a check from the National Ladies Auxiliary to the SUVCW to the home. The check was presented during a small ceremony held in Tribute Park on grounds of the Home. Auxiliary National Chaplain, Connie Horning, read a Psalms from a Bible that he father carried with him during WWII and said a prayer.

Also present from the Austin Blair Ladies Auxiliary were, Linda Kronberg PNP, Department of Michigan President June Lloyd, Karen Hamann PDP, Vice President Austin Blair Liz Lloyd,
and Sister Angie Tingley.

Thank you ladies for donating to this worthy cause, and thank you to the staff of the VFW National Home for Children for seeing that our veterans and their families have a home.

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Brothers at the Dedication
A Flag holder Dedication in Ypsilanti

On the 23rd of September, Brothers Howard Lloyd PCC and Bob Griggs DSVC-PCC traveled to Ypsilanti to fall in with Brothers from the 14th Michigan Co. A SVR to assist in the dedication of a G.A.R. flag holder. This grave side dedication was hosted by the Brothers of the Carpenter - Welch Camp No. 180, and was in honor of Private John Geaghan Co C 14th Michigan Infantry. Many descendants of Private Geaghan were on hand to witness the ceremony during which three volleys were fired and Taps played.

Hazzah to the Brothers of Camp No. 14 for preforming this dedication, and thank you for allowing us to help you in Keeping Green 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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Waterloo Pioneer Day

Brother of Camp No. 7 at their campsite at Waterloo, and the recruits we "enlisted" for Father Abraham.

On the 8th of October, many members of the Camp and Auxiliary made it to the Waterloo Farm Museum for their annual Pioneer Day. It was a wonderful day to visit the museum and as the weather cooperated there was a large crowd on hand to take in all the sights and see how the far worked in the 19th century.

Brothers of the Camp were able to "sign up" many new recruits for Father Abraham's Army and we're glad to report that each and every one of them made it through their time in the service unscathed and returned home safely to their families.

The Brothers and Sisters of Camp No. 7 wish to thank the Waterloo Farm Museum for one again allowing us to take part in this event and further the memory of the Boys in Blue.

Brothers and Sisters at the ice house at Waterloo.

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Secretary's Report
Ron Tyrl PPC

The October 9, 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, Kim Horning, Dave Kimble, Howard Lloyd, Mike Maillard, Nathan Tingley, Ron Tyrl, Dave Van Hoof, Charlie Waters III, Charlie Waters Jr and Guest: Dept JVC Robert Payne and Brothers Lloyd Lamphere & Terry McKinch from Camp 145.

SVC Dave Kimble welcomed our guest and requested the Secretary's report which was motioned accepted as published in the Courier by Brother Tingley and seconded by Brother Davis, motion passed.
The Treasurer's Report was motioned accepted as presented by Brother Tingley and seconded by Brother Griggs, motion passed. Treasurer Maillard reported that the National Quartermaster cashed check #528, that had been voided, QM Wheeler can not issue a check back to our Camp and is waiting to hear back from National Treasurer as to whether the check will be reimbursed. Brother Maillard will continue to follow-up.


Brother Dave Kimble reviewed the revised By-Laws after which Brother Tyrl motioned to approve the acceptance of all changes to the By-Laws as a whole, seconded by Brother Tingley. Brother Tingley motioned to accept the additions and amendments to the By-Laws, seconded by Brother Griggs, motion passed.

Patriotic Instructor

1. Brother Joe Davis reemphasized the patriotic issues: Prayer, Flag protocols, Pledge of allegiance, etc. under attack and the need for our order to educate the public and support these issues.
2. Brother Davis encourage the circulation of materials brought in to the meetings: Books, etc and to continue the circulation for all to have a chance to use them.

Graves Registration

1. Brother Conklin is available to assist with the Hillsdale County Graves Registration currently.
2. Brother Waters reported that he is assisting with a headstone replacement in Maple Grove Cemetery in Grass Lake.


1. Brother Griggs has updated the webpages and face book to present after the Waterloo Fall program.


1. Brother McKinch, PCC, Camp 145, spoke to the Camp for support of his nomination to the Department's JVC position.


1. Brother Tingley recognized Brother Griggs anniversary this month for 15 years membership in support of our Camp.

Old Business

1. Brother Tingley motioned to table the "Michigan at Antietam" monument and the 102nd Lansing, Michigan Monument until new statuses are reported, seconded by Brother Griggs, motion passed.
2. Brother Van Hoof reported that the "Under the Oaks" & "Abolition" park & Museum proposals and Jackson's Underground Railroad are also on hold until the mayoral election.
3. Camp Blair sign was repaired by Brother Tingley by recaulking the base of the sign's poles.
4. Camp tent grommet tear at front left corner is being worked by Auxiliary Connie Horning.
5. Nominations were submitted for the 2018 positions as follows: Commander Dave Kimble, SVC Nate Tingley, JVC Dave Van Hoof, Treasurer Mike Maillard and Secretary Ron Tyrl. Camp Council: Howard Lloyd, Henry Hawker & Ron Lewis. Brother Tyrl motioned to accept the nominees after a call from the floor for additional nominees was requested by SVC Kimble and seconded by Brother Tingley; motion passed.

New Business

1. Brother Griggs, representing the GAR Museum Board of Directors presented "Certificates of Appreciation to Brothers Kimble and Tyrl for their assistance to the Museum.
2. Treasurer Maillard will be having surgery so he made contingency plans for the Camp's audit if he is unable to attend the Christmas party and Secretary Tyrl said he would collect the audit from him prior to the party to ensure the auditing is done.
3. Reservations must be in by December 2 to the restaurant for accounting of needs for the Camp's Christmas party.
4. Treasurer Maillard recommended a contribution to Post 29 for use of their facilities in 2018 and Brother Griggs motion to pay $150 to Post 29 for use of their facilities, seconded by Brother Tingley; motion passed.

For the Good of the Order

1. Saturday October 14, 2017 7th Michigan's Regiment's 14th Harvest Ball at the Lansing's Central United Methodist Church.
2. Monday October 23, 2017 "Civil War Michigan Landmarks" program at the Tecumseh Library given by Dave Ingall.
3. Sunday November 5, 2017 Brother Payne reported the "Massing of the Colors" will be held at the Michigan Museum; Lansing, Michigan.
4. Saturday November 11, 2017, Veterans Day programs 11:00 at Jackson & Concord and Mason at 3:00pm.

Senior vice Commander Kimble closed the meeting at 8:05pm and our next camp meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 13, 2017 to be held at Post 29 American Legion.

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Colonel Everett Peabody 25th MO. Killed Shiloh.

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A ribbon from the 19th Infantry 51st reunion.

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