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January, 2012


Commanders Column


Gentlemen. This is the first column Iím writing as the newly elected Camp Commander of our Camp, Austin Blair Camp 7. I am truly pleased you all have considered me worthy of filling this post, and I am truly honored to do so, again.

I also want to take a moment to thank Jeff for his dedication on our behalf as Camp Commander last year. During some rather trying and difficult personal situations. Thank you Sir.

As I state 14, November we are a unique organization Gentlemen. For we all share a historical bond through linage of our families and ancestors that bore the brunt of combat and put it on the line , to preserve the Union. These are members of our families. I consider myself, not to be the Camp Commander, but rather to be, Our Commander, of Our Camp. No one manages the affairs of our Camp as one individual, as previous Commanders can attest, we manage our affairs, and the business of our organization, Collectively.

Many organizations refer to their membership as brothers, which is all well and good, and their prerogative. However, our organization: SONS OF UNION VETERANS of the CIVIL WAR, I believe states it all. We gentlemen as an organization have very few true Sons left among us . However in their passing they also add to our linage collectively. For we as a group are the Grandsons, Great Grandsons, Great, Great Grandsons, AND Great, Great, Great Grandsons of our family members. We have all at some point through our membership, thought it important enough to remember them as people. To consider and reflect on the many sacrifices of, not only they as individuals, but the family as a whole endured. 1860 Ė 1865 were very trying times indeed. One of the things I feel makes US , truly different is we have all, reflected on these times, of the American Civil War and deemed it worthy to carry on, in their behalf to KEEP GREEN their memory as soldiers, as patriots, as family. As long as we remember through our actions as a group and individuals we keep alive not only the History of the Civil War but of our valued family members.

We also have the unique opportunity to share friendships with people which our ancestors also shared friendships with. Some of my ancestors served in the: 11th Mich. Infantry, 4th Mich. Cavalry, and 29th Mich. Infantry. There are Brothers in our Camp that can say the same. We thereby share a bond very special to OUR organization. This is something I feel ALL our ancestors would look upon and be quite pleased. It is this Commanders opinion, gentlemen, that we truly share and celebrate a common friendship as Brothers, that most groups and organizations canít compare to.

Again gentlemen, I am honored, and thank you for allowing me to serve US in this capacity.

Henry Hawker
Camp Commander/PCC/Camp Historian
Austin Blair Camp No. 7
Department of Michigan
S.U.V.C.W.
www.austinblair.com


Civil War Rations

for Union Soldiers.

According to army regulations for camp rations, a Union soldier was entitled to receive daily:


12 oz of pork or bacon or 1 lb. 4 oz of fresh or salt beef;
1 lb. 6 oz of soft bread or flour, 1 lb. of hard bread, or 1 lb. 4 oz of cornmeal.

Per every 100 rations there was issued:


15 Pounds of beans or peas;
10 lb. of rice or hominy;
10 lb. of green coffee, 8 lb. of roasted and ground coffee, or 1 lb. 8 oz of tea;
15 lb. of sugar;
4 quarts of vinegar
1 lb. 4 oz of candles;
4 lb. of soap;
3 pounds 12 ounces of salt
4 ounces of pepper
30 pounds of potatoes when they were to be had.
1 qt of molasses.

In addition to or as substitutes for other items, desiccated vegetables, dried fruit, pickles, or pickled cabbage might be issued.

When the Boys in Blue were on the march their rations would be:


12 oz of pork or bacon or 1 lb. 4 oz of fresh or salt beef;

Also issued would be the items below. As in camp these would be issued per 100 men.


1 lb. 6 oz of soft bread or flour, 1 lb. of hard bread, or 1 lb. 4 oz of cornmeal.
10 lb. of green coffee, 8 lb. of roasted and ground coffee, or 1 lb. 8 oz of tea;
15 pounds of sugar
3 pounds 12 ounces of salt

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Treasure's Report
Mike Maillard

1 November 2011 thru 31 December 2011

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DATE
Disbursed/Received
Transaction
Amount
1 Novembrr 2011 . Total Begining Balance $3,116.15

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1 November 2011 . General Fund Beginning Balance $1,363.73

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. Issued Check 225 Dan Wheeler Nat'l Qrt Supplies (Rituals and medals $98.50
. Issued Check 226 to Bob Griggs Website expenses $124.35
. Issued Check 227 to Austin Blair Auxiliary donation Concord CWD $100.00
. Received 2012 membership dues for Bob Griggs $41.00
. Received 2012 membership dues for Joshua Hurd $41.00
. Received 2012 Junior dues for Avery Lynch $10.00
. Received 2012 Junior dues for Dennis Oberdank $10.00
. Received cash from Don Shaw for SUVCW tie $25.00
. Received 2012 membership dues for Mike Maillard $41.00
. Received 4th Qrt Dividends from Consumers Energy $20.25
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31 December 2011 . General Fund Ending Balance $1,229.13
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1 November 2011 . Restoration Fund Beginning Balance $416.92

31 December 2011 . Restoration Fund Ending Balance $416.92
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1 November 2011 . Camp Blair Memorial Fund Beginning Balance $1,335.50
31 December 2011 . Camp Blair Memorial Fund Ending Balance $1,335.50
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31 December 2011 . Total Ending Balance $2,981.55

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Secretary's Report
Ron Tyrl PPC

The November 14, 2011 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: Ed Conklin, Joe Davis, Bob Griggs, Henry Hawker, Brock Lloyd, Howard Lloyd, Bill Lowe, Mike Maillard, Jeff Oberdank, Ron Tyrl, Charlie Waters Jr. and guest Don Shaw and Dave Arnold.

Camp Commander Oberdank welcomed Department Commander Shaw and Dept. SVC Arnold. The Camp was told Brother Russell is doing fine after surgery recently and Brother Ed Conklin informed the camp that his brother Dan Conklin and his wife were in a car accident today and are doing fine currently. The Camp wishes them all well.

The Secretary's report was motioned accepted as published in the Courier by Brother Waters and seconded by Brother Griggs, motion passed. The Treasurer's Report was motioned accepted with changes to be made to reflect $50 for the Corn Fest to the auxiliary and published in the Courier by Brother Oberdank and seconded by Brother Griggs, motion passed. .

Patriotic Instructor

1. Brother Griggs reminded the Camp that the "Michigan War Years" T.V. program is scheduled for tonight at 10pm.
2. Brother Griggs had Sesquicentennial up-coming events brochures for the meeting attendees from the meeting held in Lansing last weekend.
3. While attending the meeting in Lansing Brother Griggs coordinated a "Battle Flags" viewing sometime this spring at the Museum. More details as it nears.

Graves Registration

The activities for the month began with a December 10 Graves Registration meeting in Lansing, chaired by Rick Danes. Nothing of substance was discussed since the previous meeting. I received a Department CD with the inventory of Union Civil War veterans buried in the state. This will be used by myself and others, upon request for research. It will be updated in March.

I accompanied another camp member on December 20 and visited Camp 120- Gilluly-Kingsley in Howell during their camp meeting. The purpose was to assist them as they prepare for a dedication of a memorial stone previously placed in wright Cemetery for a CW soldier who was killed in action and his body was not recovered or the location of his burial is unknown. That ceremony will be conducted in June, 2012.

I am also requesting that I be considered for the position of Monuments and Memorials officer for the camp. My father, Charles Waters Jr., will also support those activities of this position and present reports of such activities during the scheduled camp meetings.

Charles Waters III
GRO, Austin Blair Camp 7, Dept. of MI, SUVCW

Signals

1. Brother Griggs has up-dated the Camp's website pages with music and the link to the SUVCW Charitable Foundation added.

Membership

1. The application was received from Brad Funkhouser for membership due to his 3x Great Grandfather, Nicholas Jacob Krebs, 78th Ohio Volunteer Infantry from October 13, 1864 to June 3, 1865. It was noted that the pension records spelled his sir-name Krebs, his military pay records spelled his sir-name Crapps and some other military documents showed the name alternating between these and Craps and Crebs which helps explain why there are over six million names in the Civil War soldier's database for the approximately over 2.5 million who served. The initiation will be done at January's meeting if Mr. Nicholas Krebs is available.

Communications

1. Six invitations to the meeting were sent to men that had interest in the Camp from various events this year; five had relatives that served with the 20th Michigan. Invitations to these men will be sent to our December Christmas Party.
2. The News was reporting that thieves stole a sword from the Lincoln Tomb in Springfield. The three foot Artillery figure's cooper sword was stolen recently and the last time an item was stolen from the tomb was this same sword made from bronze from melted Civil War cannons in 1890.

Old Business

1. Brother Hawker had nothing new on partnering with a Sons of Confederate Camp in recognition of the Sesquicentennial.
2. Brother Lowe briefed on the "Medal of Honor" memorial ceremony this coming Tuesday, November 22 at 11am, near the Baymont Inn. The Camp will provide a Color Guard and Bugler with over eight Camp members planning on attending. Four Jackson County Medal of Honor recipients will be honored; three were Civil War soldiers and one Vietnam War recipient with this memorial.
3. Quartermaster Waters reviewed what he has currently in the Camp's supplies: 1 membership, 1 associate, 3 junior badges; 6 SUVCW neck ties; and a number of hat pin badges. Two membership, a past commander's badge and two ritual books have been ordered.

New Business

1. Invitations to the Christmas party at the Sandstone Church, December 11th were distributed to meeting attendees and will be forwarded to those not at the meeting.
2. Department Commander Shaw initiated all 2012 Camp officers present per ritual.
3. Treasurer Maillard reported that he wrote a check for $64.95 for Signals Bob Griggs to pay for the Web forwarding and $59.40 for the quarterly charge for the Camp's website.

For the Good of the Order

1. Newly installed Commander Hawker "Thanked" the Camp for accepting his offer to serve as commander and he hopes to continue and possibly build on our participation in events and our Camp as a whole. To coordinate with other Camps to increase turn out to events and continue Camp 7's active role in "Keeping Green the Memory" of those that served in the Union Army.
2. Brother Lowe briefed on the "In Memory of" stone dedication, Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 2pm, at the Wright Cemetery corner of Roberts and Dutton Roads in Iosco Township, Livingston County. The stone is for Deloss M. Haviland, Company K, 4th Michigan Infantry, killed at the Battle of Gaines Mill, Virginia June 27, 1862. Deloss' body was never recovered and his burial is unknown and due to current family's efforts the memorial stone was placed.
3. Brother Maillard closed the meeting with the reading of "Unity of Remembrance" a Veteran's Day message by Hillsdale College History professors.

Commander Hawker proceeded to close the meeting at 8:20pm and our next camp meeting is scheduled for January 9, 2012, to be held at Post 29 American Legion, Jackson, Michigan.


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Upcoming Events


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January: 2012
Austin Blair Camp No. 7Auxiliary
Monday January 9th; 7 p.m.

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

A special program on Civil War Governor Austin Blair will be presented by Kerry Chartkoff at this meeting. The public is invited to attend.

Monday January 9th; 7 p.m.

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

A special program on Civil War Governor Austin Blair will be presented by Kerry Chartkoff at this meeting. The public is invited to attend.

February: 2012
Austin Blair Camp No. 7Auxiliary
Sunday February 12th;

~ Abraham Lincoln's 203rd Birthday ~


Monday February 13th; 7 p.m.

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

Monday February 13th; 7 p.m.

Austin Blair Ladies Auxiliary Meeting. American Legion Post 29, 3200 Lansing Ave. Jackson MI. ( Visitors welcome).
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March: 2012
Austin Blair Camp No. 7Auxiliary
Monday March 12th; 7 p.m.

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


Saturday March 31st; Lansing MI

Department Encampment: Great Lakes Christian College
6211 West Willow Highway, Lansing, MI.

Monday March 12th; 7 p.m.

Austin Blair Ladies Auxiliary Meeting. American Legion Post 29, 3200 Lansing Ave. ( Visitors welcome).


Saturday March 31st; Lansing MI

Department Encampment: Great Lakes Christian College
6211 West Willow Highway, Lansing, MI.


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