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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, 2016



In this issue

Commanders Column
Secretary's Report
Installation of Officers
The G.A.R. in Michigan
Avery Lynch
Austin Blair Award
Civil War Money
Upcoming events
Back Issues
A photo from the Civil War


The end of the year is upon us I'm looking on to next year with the great things we will be doing. The next 2 months, we will not have meetings in which we will be thinking of ways to improve our membership. As Brother Nathan said that our membership is dwindling as we have lost 2 brothers. Thinking of ways to improve our membership with the Adam junior members will be able to grow our membership. The youth is how are organizational survive. A look how we should look at getting more of the youth involved should be thought of. I believe that history is a great way to learn about how our ancestors fought and die for the sake of this great country. With 150th anniversary of the G.A.R. here the next step is to look at the 150th anniversary of the creation of the Sons of Union Veterans. Permit me to thank all of you for electing me for one more year as Commander. I would like to ask that if anyone has any books about thing from women during the Civil War to books on battle of the Civil War please send the title and author(s) to me.

In Fraternity, Charity, & Loyalty

Chris Cox

Camp Commander, Austin Blair Camp No. 7

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Officers of Camp No. 7 being installed by DJVC Griggs.

The Ladies Auxiliary also installed their officers for the 2017 year.

Installation of Officers

Many things took place at out meeting held on the 14, one was which was the installation of new officers for both the Camp and Auxiliary. Camp officers for the year are

Chris Cox; Commander, David Kimble; SVC, Nathan Tingley; JVC, Secretary; Ron Tyrl PPC, Treasurer; Mike Maillard PPC, Council members; Henry Hawker PCC, Howard Lloyd PPC, and Ron Lewis PPC.

Officers for the Ladies Auxiliary are;

President; Connie Horning, Vice President; Liz Lloyd, Secretary/Treasurer; Karen Hamann PDP, Council members; Linda Kronberg PNP, Angie Tingley, and Vicki Weiss,

Congratulations to all the 2017 officers. To see more pictures of this and other events check our

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Our newest member, Avery Lynch
Our newest member, Avery Lynch was inducted into the Camp by right of his 3x grandfather Edwin Potter of the 4th Michigan Cavalry. This ceremony was conducted by Department Junior Vice Commander, his very proud grandfather, Bob Griggs PCC.

Congratulations and welcome Brother Lynch.



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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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Austin Blair

PCC Mike Maillard and Chris St. John of Jackson Monument Works

At our Novermber meeting our camps highest award, the Austin Blair Award, was awarded to Christopher St. John of Jackson Monuments Works for his work in helping us "Keep Green the Memory" of the Boys in Blue, with two projects undertaken by our camp. The two projects were:

The permanent plaque monument st the Mt Evergreen Soldiers Cemetery, and the cleaning of the Civil War soldier stones also at Mt Evergreen. Chris received a round of applause and great gratitude from the camp for his work on these projects.

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Secretary's Report
Ron Tyrl PPC

The November 14 2016 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: Chris Cox, Joe Davis, Bob Griggs, Henry Hawker, Kim Horning, Howard Lloyd, Avery Lynch, Mike Maillard, Nathan & Alex Tingley, Ron Tyrl, Charlie Waters Jr. & Charlie Waters III. Guest: Chris & Aleshia St. John- Jackson Monument.
Commander Cox welcomed our guest to the November Camp meeting and Chris St John summarized the cleaning results of the Mt Evergreen cemetery soldier stones.

The Secretary's report was motioned accepted as published in the Courier by Brother Griggs and seconded by Brother Tingley, motion passed.
The Treasurer's Report was motioned accepted as presented by Brother Tingley and seconded by Brother Griggs, motion passed.

Patriotic Instructor

Brother Davis brought in books and an article on Arlington cemetery.

Graves Registration

1. Brother Waters III reported that two stones are ready for placement: "Bullard" & "Lovell, in Woodland Cemetery, date set for Tuesday November 22 at 10:00.
2. Brother Tingley discussed the coordination with the 102nd USCT reinactors. Advance notice is needed for the 102nd participants, tentatively scheduled for 2017.
3. Discussion of the going forward with the graves registration of Hillsdale County. Focusing on those cemeteries not registered was done. Gay-Indian, off US 12, will be the first project, date set for Saturday November 26th.


1. Brother Griggs has updated the website & Facebook pages except for Brother Griggs' presentation to the Albion Historical Society.


1. Brother Horning has contacted the Steaks Eatery restaurant to see if days are available for this year's Christmas party. Brother Maillard agreed to follow- up on checking for available days and will forward to the Camp once determined.


1. Brother Avery Lynch was initiated to the Camp from his 3x Great Grandfather Edwin Potter's service with the 4th Michigan Cavalry. Brother Lynch was heartily welcomed to the Camp.
2. Brother Tingley presented three recommendations: change bylaws to allow Junior Associate membership; JVCs keep record of Camp membership years & award those brothers Service Numerals; encourage Camp Commanders to fill roles of Camp guard, guide & color bearer by junior members, recommendations motioned and seconded by Brother Griggs, motions passed.

Old Business

1. Michigan at Antietam" monument updates by Brother Tingley: continue awaiting money collection & monument design options & placement will be where the 7th Michigan Regiment was engaged in the battle. The GAR Museum, Eaton Rapids, program on November 22 on "Michigan at Antietam" funds will go to this project.
2. Brother VanHoof continues working the "Under the Oaks" & "Abolition" park & museum proposals.
3. The Michigan 2017 Encampment planning continues with focus on volunteers & the Banquet dinner.

New Business

1. Brother Maillard presented the "Austin Blair Award" to Chris St. John for the two projects: the permanent plaque monument st the Mt Evergreen Soldier's Cemetery & the cleaning of the Civil War soldier stones also at Mt Evergreen, Jackson Monument Company did for these projects. Chris received a round of applause and great gratitude from the camp for his work on these projects.
2. Initiation of the 2017 Camp officer positions was done by Department Representative Bob Griggs.

For the Good of the Order

Events up-coming:

1. November 22, Tuesday, GAR Museum Antietam Program.
2. Brother Waters Jr. briefed on the Grass Lake, Michigan War Museum recently opened.
3. Brother Waters III briefed on Cannon Balls uncovered during the recent storms in South Carolina.
4. December, date to be determined, Camp Christmas party, Steaks Eatery Restaurant.

Commander Cox closed the meeting at 8:40pm. Our next camp meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 13, 2017 to be held at Post 29 American Legion.

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Upcoming Events

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An original photograph shown with a colorized picture of the same view. General George H. Thomas

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Encampment badge 1906.

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