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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, 2014


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In this issue

Officers Installed
Secretary's Report
The Soldiers Vote
Veterans Day
Michigan Money
Upcoming events
Back Issues
A photo from the Civil War


Officers Installed for 2015


At our regular camp meeting held November 10th, both the camp and the auxiliary installed officers for the upcoming year.

A very hearty HAZZAH! and thank you to the out going officers for their service over the last year. To the new officers, congratulations on your new positions, the members of both the camp and the Ladies Auxiliary, are looking forward to continuing the work of Keeping Green the Memory, of the Boys in Blue.

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Veterans Day


Members of the Camp and Ausiliary at the Defense of the Flag Monument in Jackson.
On the 11th., Camp and Auxiliary members took part in Veterans Day ceremony of Massing the Flags, in Jackson, and the Veterans Day
Parade in Mason.

The rain held off until after the Jackson ceremonies, but such was not the case at the Mason Parade. It did not, however, dampen our resolve to honor, not only our ancestors, but all the men and women who have served in this great countries Armed Forces. THANK YOU! to all who have, and who are now serving, to you a debt is owed that I'm not sure we can ever repay.

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November 1864, the Soldiers Vote

"Well, we 'voted' and the 'Little Mackerals' are nowhere. Uncle Abe is 'round' some," explained Captain W. F. D. Bailey, Co. G, 32d Wis. Vols., to the editors of theWisconsin State Register on November 19, 1864. The results were in and, at least in Co. G of 32d Wisconsin, the incumbent Abraham Lincoln had won a landslide against the "Little Napoleon," George B. McClellan: 508 in his favor, and 73 against. All across the country, results were being tallied after the November 8, 1864 presidential election.

The election that pitted sitting president and Republican Abraham Lincoln against the Democrat George B. McClellan was extremely crucial in American history. Indeed, some were calling for there to be a recession of the presidential election, but Lincoln saw so much at stake that he could not allow this, and defended himself two days after the election took place:

"We cannot have free government without elections; and if the rebellion could force us to forego or postpone a national election, it might fairly claim to have already conquered and ruined us." Lincoln clearly so deeply loved the Union, that even though his loss to the "Peace Democrat" George McClellan would mean a dissolution of the United States, he knew that if there were no elections, the country would equally be destroyed by his own hands. The direction of the country hinged on the results of this critical election, and soldiers knew it, those both in the north and the south.
Soldiers clad in blue and gray knew the power of the coming election, such as one Confederate Sergeant Connor, who observed "If thay Succeed in electing a peace man I do not think the war will Last Long but Should thay elect a war candidate God alone knows when we will have peace." Just as the Johnny Rebs down south saw the consequences of what an election would bring, so did the Billy Yanks who began to use the first absentee ballots, or tickets as the soldiers called them in United States history.

Throughout October and early November, the soldiers of all Union armies began to cast their ballots. While marching through Georgia, on October 11, Colonel Oscar Jackson of the 63d Ohio Volunteers began accepting ballots: "We have polls opened at my headquarters. 1:00 P. M. Move and carry election with us. Have a camp kettle with paper pasted over it for a poll box. The officers march at head of the regiment and every few minutes halt and take in tickets. We are in the same county still, and as my headquarters are in the saddle the voting is strictly legal being at the quarters of the commanding officer."

As these votes from regiments in all of the Union armies poured in, the results soon became clear: Lincoln won 78% of the soldiers' votes. The soldiers who had enlisted to save the Union voted to continue fighting the Confederates until the end: "The soldiers are fighting for the suppression of the Rebellion, and they vote the way they fight -They are the friends of no man who is not the friend of his country, and for that reason they visited upon George B. McClellan the most withering rebuke ever any man received."

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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..

A 5 cent note from the City of Sawinaw

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Secretary's Report
Ron Tyrl PPC

The November 10, 2014 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, Kyle Hamann, Kim Horning, Ron Lewis, Howard Lloyd, Mike Maillard, Nathan & Alex Tingley, Ron Tyrl, Dave Van Hoof and Charlie Waters Jr and Waters III and guest Department Commander Paul Davis.
Commander Lloyd opened the meeting by welcoming Department Commander and installation officer Paul Davis. 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 presented, by Brother Griggs and seconded by Brother Davis, motion passed. Treasurer Maillard also distributed the Sesquicentennial Badges & Coins ordered last month.

Patriotic Instructor

Brother Davis summarized the Medal of Honor awarded to Alonzo Cushing this last week. And Brother Davis also informed the Camp that the Camp's face book page has a chronology of events happening during this anniversary of the Civil War.

Graves Registration

1. Brother Waters III reported that the Private Pine stone was inspected and it's in good shape.

Old Business

1. The Jackson Civil War Roundtable will send us their program announcements which are held every second Tuesday of the month at the Meijer Branch Library.

New Business

1. Department Commander Paul Davis installed the Camp's 2015 positions. Past Commander Lloyd was presented his past commander's badge by his wife and Commander Waters Jr was presented the Camp Commander's badge by his son Brother Charlie Waters III.
2. Commander Charlie Waters Jr thanked everyone for the support and hopes for a good 2015 finish of the Sesquicentennial.

For the Good of the Order

Events up-coming:

1. Veteran's Day programs at Jackson, the GAR Museum in Eaton Rapids and Mason are tomorrow starting st 11:00. 2. Camp's Christmas Party at the Sandstone Church, Sunday, December 7, at 1:00pm.

Commander Waters proceeded to close the meeting at 8:10pm and our next camp meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 9, 2015, to be held at Post 29 American Legion, Jackson, Michigan.

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Upcoming Events

October: 2014
4th - Saturday - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eaton Rapids

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


12th - Sunday Noon - 5 p.m. Waterloo

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


Monday October 13th; 7 p.m.

Austin Blair Camp Meeting. American Legion Post 29,
3200 Lansing Ave. Jackson MI. ( Visitors welcome).
4th - Saturday - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eaton Rapids

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

12th - Sunday Noon - 5 p.m. Waterloo

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


Monday October 13th; 7 p.m.

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

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November: 2014
Austin Blair Camp No. 7Auxiliary
Monday November 10th;

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


Tuesday November 11th;

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

Monday November 10th;

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


Tuesday November 11th;

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

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December: 2014
Austin Blair Camp No. 7Auxiliary
No regular meeting scheduled for December.


December 7

Sixteenth 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.


December 7

Sixteenth 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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Reading the Death Warrant
of Andersonville Commander Henry Wirtz.

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G.A.R. National Encampment Badge- Saginaw, MI 1906.


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