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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."


November, 2010


Commanders Column


As this is my last column I'm going to keep it very short. I just want to thank everyone for all your help and the assistance you gave me. One thing I know, people " in charge " don't really run things, the people under then do so all you can do is hope you have good people under you. In this case I know the "man in charge" did.

Again, thank you all.

Now somthing that I would like to leave you with. I'm not sure where I found this but thought that with Veteran's Day being this month that it would be a very good time to pass this along to everyone.

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In Fraternity, Charity and Loyalty,

Bob Griggs PCC
November 1, 2010
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  "Why do you fly the flag today?"
My Grandson wants to know.
I fly it for the graveyards
Where the countless crosses grow.

I fly the flag for children
Whose fathers are a name.
A half-remembered memory
of a face within a frame.

I fly it for the families
of sons and daughters lost.
They know the price of liberty
How terrible the cost!

I fly the flag for veterans
who lost their youth in blood.
And saw their comrades slaughtered
in the carnage and the mud.

I fly it for the ones who marched
In cadence off to war
To close their eyes forever
Upon some foreign shore.

I fly the flag for grief poured out
Upon a granite wall.
The laying-on of hands that heals
The scars within us all.

I fly it for the sound of Taps---
That melancholy tune
That lays to rest those honored dead
Who always die too soon.


. ~ NEW MEMBERS ~

At our October meeting the Camp inducted two new members. Joe Davis, and Brock Lloyd joined the Camp.
Welcome to both, we look forward to sharing our meetings and events with you..

 
Joe (left) & Brock (right) at our October meeting.

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Civil War Challenge
Battle of Gettysburg

1) What were the dates of the battle?
2) Who was the Confederate cavalry commander who failed to wrn Lee of the Union Army's position?
3) Who was the commander of the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry?
4) Whose Union cavalry division held off the Confederate advance on the first day of the battle until the arrival of the First Corps?
5) Who moved his Union corps, against orders, out of position on the second afternoon of the battle?

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Treasure's Report
Mike Maillard

1 October 2010 thru 31 October 2010

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DATE
Disbursed/Received
Transaction
Amount
1 October 2010 . Total Begining Balance $2,368.46

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1 October 2010 . General Fund Beginning Balance $597.53

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. Received 3rd Qrt Dividend Consumers Energy $20.25
. Received cash donation Particpation Albion Corn Festival $150.00
. Issued Check 448 to Auxiliary for participation Albion $75.00
. Received check from Joseph Davis Initiation and prorated dues $35.25
. Issued Check 449 to Dept of MI SUVCW Initiation & prorated fee for new members J Davis & B Lloyd. $25.50
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31 October 2010 . General Fund Ending Balance $702.53 *
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1 October 2010 . Restoration Fund Beginning Balance $435.43

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31 October 2010 . Restoration Fund Ending Balance $435.43
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1 October 2010 . Camp Blair Memorial Fund Beginning Balance $1,335.50
31 October 2010 . Camp Blair Memorial Fund Ending Balance $1,335.50
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31 October 2010 . Total Ending Balance $2,473.46

* Not included are funds owed by new member Brock Lloyd of $35.25 for Initiation and partial dues for 2010.

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DID YOU KNOW??

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More shells were discharged in the single Battle of Gettysburg than were employed in all of the battles that Napoleon ever fought.

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After the Battle of Gettysburg, in the area of Pickett's Charge, there was removed a 16 foot long fence rail in which 836 muskets balls were counted embedded in it. That is slightly over 4.3 balls per inch.

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Secretary's Report
Ron Tyrl PPC

The October 11, 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, Mike Maillard, Jeff Oberdank, Ron Tyrl, Daniel Watkins, Charlie Waters Jr., Russell Watson, and guest Dept. SVC Dave Arnold and new members Joe Davis and Brock Lloyd.

Commander Griggs opened the meeting by welcoming Dept. Senior vice Commander Dave Arnold. The Secretary's report was motioned accepted as published in the Courier by Brother Waters, seconded by Brother Watson. Motion Passed. The Treasurer's Report was distributed and accepted as presented by Brother Waters, seconded by Brother Cox. Motion passed.

Election Committee

1. The election committee contacted the individuals interested in 2011 positions and all agreed to serve and the slate is as follows: JVC Oberdank will move into the Commander's position and SVC Gilman will remain as SVC due to Brother Gilman having a scheduling conflict which will not allow him to take the commander's job; JVC Howard Lloyd; Treasurer and Secretary remains Maillard and Tyrl and the Camp council: PCC Griggs and PCC Hawker and Brother Cox. Commander Griggs opened nominations from the floor and receiving none Brother Heath followed with a motion to accept the slate as presented, seconded by Brother Lewis. Motion Passed.

Patriotic Instructor

Brother Lloyd handed out literature on the comparison of Abraham Lincoln versus Jefferson Davis.

Graves Registration

1. Treasurer Maillard read Brother Waters' report: Research continues in Newaygo County and the data will be compared to the existing graves registration database.

Signals

1. Commander Griggs reported that the Camp's website has been updated to include the latest events the camp has participated in recently up to October: Albion's Corn Maize, Dansville dedication program, Pres. Hayes Museum, and Waterloo.

Communications

1. The Camp's participation in the Lenawee County Heritage Festival Sat-Sun, Oct. 16-17 in Adrian was decided that those available to attend will work with the local Camp 43.

Old Business

1. Junior Vice Commander Jeff Oberdank reported that the application from Brock Lloyd had been motioned accepted at September's meeting on his 18th Michigan Infantry 4x Great Grandfather, John P. Barnum and an application was received from Joe Davis for his 7th Illinois Cavalry great grandfather Leonard J. Reynolds' service and a motion to accept Joe Davis's application as a member was made by Brother Oberdank, seconded by Chaplain Heath, motion passed. With all paperwork and dues received Commander Griggs proceeded to initiate the men per ritual.
2. Discussion of the raising of the National Dues by $5 because of the lose of investment money and National running a deficit was held. After discussion Brother Maillard motioned to raise our yearly dues from $36 to $41, seconded by Chaplain Heath. Motion Passed.

For the Good of the Order

1. Department SVC Dave Arnold summarized the background on the raising of the dues issue and the possibility of reviewing this issue next year to bring it down since the Dept was against the raise. Brother Arnold also briefed on the Department's Sesquicentennial "Kick Off" with the SUVCW's participation in the Detroit's Veteran's Day parade scheduled for Nov. 6th, e-mails will be sent on details for this event. And Brother Arnold gave the Camp a "Thank You" from the Curtenius Guard Camp 17 for our participation in the Dansville dedication program and complemented our Camp's website signal's officer Commander Griggs for having the "best up to date" website in the department.
2. Commander Griggs reported that Curtenius Guard Camp's Brother Scott Shattuck invited our Camp to his pole barn that has an impressive Civil War and on memorabilia collection in it and he has asked for donations of Civil War equipment and uniforms for his Fife and Drum Corps he has established.
3. Brother Chris Cox reported on the State Library in Lansing's Veteran's Day event on Sunday November 7, at 1:30pm. More details will be sent through e-mails.
4. Auxiliary Vicki Weiss briefed on the Sandstone Church's "Pioneer" festival Sunday Oct. 24, 2010 at 10:30am.
5. Chaplain Heath reviewed the Jackson Veteran's Day program, November 11th at 11 o'clock at the Withington "Defense of the Flag" monument on Michigan ave. There will also be a dedication of the new Jackson County, Iraq and Afghanistan fallen service members' monument during the program.
6. Brother Maillard reported that he'd brought to the meeting for viewing an original commemorative 197th Ohio Infantry Regiment's roster.
7. Commander Griggs reported that the Camp was given $150 for our participation in the Albion Corn Maize event and Treasure Maillard motioned to give $75 to the auxiliary, seconded by Chaplain Heath. Motion Passed.
8. Brother Lewis read an article on the establishment of the Purple Heart by General George Washington and the reestablishment by General MacArthur in 1933. The article will be scanned and sent by e-mail to all. Fourteen Union Army veterans received the metal in the 30s for wounds received during the Civil War.
9. The Camp's Christmas party is scheduled for Sunday, December 19, 2010 at the Sandstone Church. More details at the November meeting and by e-mail.

Commander Griggs proceeded to close the meeting at 8:25pm and our next camp meeting is scheduled for November 8, 2010, to be held at the Eagles, Jackson, Michigan.


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1) July 1st, 2nd, & 3rd, 1863
2) General James Ewell Brown "Jeb" Stuart
3) Colonel Joshua Chamberlain
4) General John Buford
5) General Daniel Sickles

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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 19th;

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 19th;

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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