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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, 2015



In this issue

Rally Round the Flag
Officers Installed
Auxiliary National President
Secretary's Report
Private Seal Dedication
The G.A.R. in Michigan
A Message from JVC Tingley
Soldiers Vote 1864
Civil War Money
March 22, 1865
Upcoming events
Back Issues
A photo from the Civil War

Commander Cox recieves his
Camp Commander badge.

Newly elected officers take the Oath of Office.

During our November meeting, Officers were installed for the 2016 year. Congratulations to all our new officers, and thank you to our outgoing officers for your year of service to the Camp.

Also at the meeting, JVC Nathan Tingley presented PCC Charlie Waters Jr., and PCC Mike Maillard with years of service pins with the assistance of Commander Cox. Charlie received his 10 year membership pin and Mike his 20. Thank you both for your many years of service to our Camp.

PCC Waters Jr. receives his Past Camp Commander badge from his son, GRO Waters III.

PCC's Waters Jr., and Maillard receive years of service pins.

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Saturday November 7th, a Testimonial Dinner was held for Camp No. 7 Auxiliary member and newly elected National Ladies Auxiliary President Linda Kronberg. Congratulations Linda on your election. We know you'll do a great job.

Linda pictured with S.U.V.C.W. Commander-in-Chief Mortorff

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Seal Dedication
October 18, 2015.

PCC Howard Lloyd, SVC David Kimble, PCC Ron Tyrl and JVC Nathan Tingley at the Seal dedication.

On the 18th of the month, members of the Austin Blair Camp joined forces with the 14th Michigan SVR to honor Henry Seals, Co. A., 8th Michigan Cavalry. Private Seals enlisted on December 16, 1862, at the age of 32 for three years. He served with the 8th until June of 1865 when he was discharged on certificate of disability from a surgeon.

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. ~ A Message ~

From JVC Nathan Tingley
Brothers of Camp No. 7,

     I want to thank everyone for electing me to the post of Camp Junior Vice Commander. While most of you I have met at meetings or other camp activities, there remain a few members that I have not yet had the pleasure of meeting. This brings me to my first goal and responsibility; Retention of membership. Over the next few months I am making it a personal goal to talk to every member of the camp whether by e-mail, phone or meet in person over a cup of coffee. Every Brother is a valued part of the Camp and I believe it’s essential to know from you what interest you have and how the Camp can and stay successful. My second goal and responsibility is membership applicants’. I look forward to speaking with other Camps and finding out what works or doesn’t work for them. Recruiting is every Brother’s job whether he is a Member, Junior, or Associate. So I put forth this challenge to the Brothers of Austin Blair Camp #7. Over the course of the next year, bring with you one person who may be interested in becoming a member. This could be a sibling, child, grandchild, in-law, neighbor, even a co- worker, or just a friend. You can invite them to a camp meeting or better yet, a SUVCW project / activity. We as an organization need a steady growth to maintain the memories of the Boys in Blue.

In Fraternity, Charity, & Loyalty

Nathan Tingley
Junior Vice Commander
Austin Blair Camp #7



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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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in Camp!

1864 Soldiers' Election Day

"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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Secretary's Report
Ron Tyrl PPC

The November 9, 2015 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, Bob Griggs, Henry Hawker, Kim Horning, Dave Kimble, Howard Lloyd, Mike Maillard, Nathan Tingley, Ron Tyrl, Dave Van Hoof, Charlie Waters III and Charlie Waters Jr. Guest: PDC Paul Davis.

Commander Waters opened his last Camp meeting as Commander. The Secretary's report was motioned accepted as published in the Courier by Brother Cox and seconded by Brother Griggs, motion passed.
The Treasurer's Report was motioned accepted as presented by Brother Tingley and seconded by Brother Kimble, motion passed.

Patriotic Instructor

Brother Kimble brought in numerous books and items for distribution in Brother Davis's absence.

Graves Registration

Brother Waters III reported that John Kelly's stone came in last week and will be on display before setting at Ella Sharp Museum.


1. Brother Griggs has updated the 2015 Website & Facebook up to last weekend's Waterloo fall festival "Pioneer Days".

Old Business

1. Brother Maillard past around post cards of the Withington Monument "Defense of the Flag" from 1905 to 1910 to start the discussion on the proposed work to be done by the "preservation project". Review of the 2004 pecan shells corrosion removal, soldered repairs and waxed was done. Brother Horning stated a representative from the new preservation project will speak to our Camp to review their plan hopefully in February.
2. Brother Tingley reported that the Fly repair or purchase will be reopened for decision in the Spring.
3. Veteran's Day program at the Withington monument at 11:00am was reviewed.
4. The Camp's Christmas party was reviewed and the auxiliary passed around fliers with envelopes for paying for the dinner to be mailed to Sister Weiss.
5. PDC Paul Davis installed the 2016 Camp Officers: Commander Chris Cox. SVC Dave Kimble and JVC Nate Tingley, all others remained from the 2015 positions.

New Business

1. Sister Kronberg summarized her testimonial dinner and the up-coming April 29, 2016 "State Encampment" planning. Send entertainment ideas to Sister Weiss for the State Encampment.
2. It was recommended that those attending the National 2016 Encampment in Springfield, Illinois make hotel reservations due to the state fair being held the same time.
3. Treasurer Maillard will have 2016 membership cards at the Xmas party.
4. Brother Van Hoof reviewed the "Under the Oaks" proposed vision for the corner at 4th & Washington streets. The committee is being formed and the City of Jackson's new mayor is supporting the moving forward of this project and hopes for all interested organizations involvement. More to follow.
5. Brother Tingley summarized the recent Civil War Reinactor's annual roundtable: The Michigan Civil War Association is proposing placing a monument to Michigan regiments at the Antietam battlefield. A link to this Association will be sent to our Camp members. A book, "Michigan at Antietam, Wolverine state sacrifices at Antietam", is available and a portion of the sale will help fund the proposed monument. Purchase of private land at Antietam is part of this project.
6. Brother Tingley presented three Brothers with tenure pins: Brother Waters Jr. a ten year pin; Brother Ron Lewis, absent, will be presented the 15 year pin and Brother Maillard was presented the 20 year pin. A round of applause was given these men for their dedication to "Keeping the Memory Green", of Lincoln's men.
7. It was reported that the "Return of the Flags" program will be held July 9, 2016 at 10am in Lansing, more to follow as the day approaches.
8. The "Jackson Muster" was shifted to August 20-22, 2016 to deconflict with the MIS auto race.

For the Good of the Order

Events up-coming:

1. November 11, Veteran's Day programs, Jackson at 11am at Withington monument and Mason, Michigan's parade at 3pm.
2. November 13, Spring Arbor Community Center's Veteran's program at 9am
3. November 21, Saturday, Remembrance Day, Gettysburg, Pa.
4. December 13, second Sunday, Camp Christmas Party.
5. Feb. 6, 2016 Chelsea Library's "Civil War program". Commander Cox proceeded to close the meeting at 8:15pm and our next camp meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 8, to be held at Post 29 American Legion, Jackson, Michigan.

Don't forget the manual of Arms training will be taking place 15 minutes prior to the start of our meeting. If you wish to take part in this training bring your musket, belt and bayonet.

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March 22, 1865
Submitted by PCC Ron Tyrl

During Lincoln's visit with the army, Colonel Theodore Lyman of General Meade's staff wrote his wife of his impression of the President:

"The President is, I think, the ugliest man I ever put my eyes on; there is also an expression of plebeian vulgarity in his face that is offensive (you recognize the recounter of coarse stories). On the other hand, he has the look of sense and wonderful shrewdness, while the heavy eyelids give him a mark of genius. He strikes me, too, as a very honest and kindly man; and, with all his vulgarity, I see no trace of low passions in his face. On the whole, he is such a mixture of all sorts, as only America brings forth. He is as much like a highly intellectual and benevolent Satyr as anything I can think of. I never wish to see him again, but, as humanity runs, I am well content to have him at the head of affairs."

When greeting Sheridan: "General Sheridan, when this peculiar war began I thought a cavalryman should be at least six feet high, but"- still gazing on the short general- "I have changed my mind- five feet four will do in a pinch."

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