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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."


December, 2013


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In this issue

Commanders Column
Secretary's Report
Masquerade Ball - Grand Rapids
Camp Members at Gettysburg
Mud March
Tobacciana
Upcoming events
Back Issues
A photo from the Civil War


Commanders Column


Gents of Austin Blair

As this is my last column of 2013, I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year.

Looking back over the year I think I can say that our camp, once again had a very successful year working to Keep green the Memory” of the boys who wore the Blue. One of the highlights of my year was last month when I was able to join other members of Camp 7 and the Ladies Auxiliary at the Remembrance Day celebration in Gettysburg. Here with the help of Brothers from all over the State we placed not only U.S. & Michigan flags on the graves, but we also placed Michigan soil from the city or county from where the man was from on the graves of each and every Michigan soldier buried in the National Cemetery.

I am working to get more guest speakers at our meetings in the upcoming year starting in February when we will have an Abraham Lincoln impersonator giving a presentation on the 16th President.

On a closing note I would like to again thank Mike Maillard for taking the lead on the new plaque for the Soldiers Plot in Mt Evergreen Cemetery. I would also like to pass along my personal Thank you to each and every one of you for all of the work you did last year to once again keep our Camp in the forefront in keeping the memory alive of the men who gave so much to save this country.

Please remember that this is the start of a new year and dues are now due. Those can be paid at our January meeting or you can mail them to Mike if you are unable to make the meeting. Lets see if we can all get them all in before the middle of February this year to make Mike’s job easier.

Again, Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year to each and every one of you.

Howard Lloyd
Camp Commander
Austin Blair Camp No. 7
Department of Michigan
S.U.V.C.W.
www.austinblair.com

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Cigarette/Cigar Cards and Labels

After the Civil War many companies rushed to cash in on the cerlebity status of some of the major players. One of those was the tobacco industry. Below you will find photos of a couple of such items. If you click on the picture you will be taken to the WikipidiA page for that person.

Henry Halleck - USA

J.E.B. Stuart - CSA

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~ Camp Members ~
at Gettysburg Remembrance Day 2013


Back row (left to right); Brothers Roger Manning, Bob Griggs, David Kimble, Howard Lloyd
Front row; June Lloyd, Liz Lloyd

Over the weekend of November 23rd some of our members were lucky enough to be able to attend the Remembrance Day events in Gettysburg, this year of course marking the 150th anniversay of President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Members took part in many of the events, as well as the Remembrance Day Parade that happened over the weekend.

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Mud March


The night's rains had made deplorable havoc with the roads. The nature of the upper geologic deposits of the region affords unequaled elements for bad roads. The sand makes the soil pliable, the clay makes it sticky, and the two together form a road out of which when it rains, the bottom drops, but which is at the same time so tenacious that extrication from its clutch is all but impossible.

The utmost effort was put forth to get pontoons enough into position to construct a bridge or two. Double and triple teams of horses and mules were harnessed to each pontoon-boat. It was in vain. Long, powerful ropes were then attached to the teams, and a hundred and fifty men were put to the task on each boat. The effort was but little more successful. Night arrived, but the pontoons could not be got up. The rebels had discovered what was up, and the pickets on the opposite bank called over to ours that they "would come over to-morrow and help us build the bridge."

That night the troops again bivouacked in the same position in the woods they had held the night before. The men were in the woods, which afforded them some shelter from the wind and rain. On the following morning a whisky ration, provided by the judicious forethought of General Burnside was on hand for them.

Thursday morning dawned upon another day of storm and rain. An indescribable chaos of pontoons, wagons and artillery encumbered the road down to the river-artillery "stalled" in the mud-ammunition trains mired by the way. Horses and mules dropped down dead, exhausted with the effort.

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Secretary's Report
Ron Tyrl PPC

The November 18, 2013 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: Kyle Bublitz, Chris Cox, Joe Davis, Bob Griggs, Ron Lewis, Howard Lloyd, Mike Maillard, Roger Manning, Ron Tyrl, and Charlie Waters Jr. Guest: Department Commander Paul Davis.

Commander Lloyd welcomed Commander Paul Davis and thanked him for assisting with the 2014 initiations.

The Secretary's report was motioned accepted as published in the Courier by Brother Waters and seconded by Brother Cox, motion passed.

The Treasurer's Report was motioned accepted as presented, by Brother Griggs, and seconded by Brother Cox, motion passed.

Treasurer Maillard summarized the Mt Evergreen "Soldier's Cemetery Sign replacement progress: the plaque has been received and the cost was $803. Bailey Gravel moved the donated bolder to Jackson Monument to install the plaque, Jackson Parks Department will assist with the base for the stone when ready.

The Civil War Veteran 1861-1865 flag holders motioned to be purchased have been ordered. Treasurer Maillard reported that a spring 2014 dedication possibly Memorial Day is planned for the Soldier Cemetery Stone.

$300 was donated in memory of Bob Hoffman to the GAR Hall Museum and a Charter Member Certificate was given to the camp in appreciation for the donation.

After discussion of the passing of Brother Diver on Veteran's Day, Treasurer Maillard motioned to donate $25 to the Cascade's Humane Society in Brother Bob Diver's memory, seconded by Commander Lloyd; motion passed. The auxiliary also motioned to donate $25 in memory of Brother Diver.

Patriotic Instructor

Brother Joe Davis in recognition of the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address reviewed the address.

Graves Registration

1. Brother Maillard read Brother Waters III.'s report which he reported he continues to answer and research requests for veteran information and has specifically been reviewing the Mt Evergreen graves database.
2. And interesting note: Brother Waters recently identified that on his maternal side of his mother's family there is a connection with Nancy Hanks, President Lincoln's mother's family.

Old Business

1. Medal of Honor John Kelly stone being finalized by the Medal of Honor Society.

2. Brother Cox continues to coordinate the "100 Year Camp Celebration" for the Camp's up-coming 2014 anniversary, 1914-2014; Commander Davis summarized the Traverse City Camp's plans to recognize their 100th year: ribbons, coins & photo to consider.

3. Brother's Cox & Van Hoff's Veteran Stone Dedications planned for 2014.

New Business

1. Department Commander Paul Davis initiated the 2014 Camp position: Commander Howard Lloyd, Treasurer Mike Maillard, Secretary Ron Tyrl, SVC Charlie Waters Jr., JVC Chris Cox. Camp Council: Henry Hawker PCC, Ron Lewis and Brother Jeff Oberdank.

For the Good of the Order

Events up-coming for the coming year:

1. The Camp's Christmas Party invitations were distributed. The gathering is on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at the Sandstone Congregational Church, 1-4pm.

Commander Lloyd proceeded to close the meeting at 8:30pm and our next camp meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 13, 2014, to be held at Post 29 American Legion, Jackson, Michigan.

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Upcoming Events



January: 2014
Austin Blair Camp No. 7Auxiliary
Monday January 13th; 7 p.m.

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

Monday January 13th; 7 p.m.

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

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February: 2014
Austin Blair Camp No. 7Auxiliary
Monday February 10th; 7 p.m.

Austin Blair Camp Meeting. American Legion Post 29,
3200 Lansing Ave. Jackson MI.
We will have a special guest speaker in honor of President
Linocln's205th Birthday, Fred Friebe will be portraying
Father Abraham.( Visitors welcome).

Monday February 10th; 7 p.m.

Austin Blair Ladies Auxiliary Meeting. American Legion Post 29,
3200 Lansing Ave. Jackson MI.
We will have a special guest speaker in honor of President
Linocln's205th Birthday, Fred Friebe will be portraying
Father Abraham.( Visitors welcome).

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Invatation to the Masquerade Ball held in Grand Rapids December 3, 1891.


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