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January, 2012


Commanders Column


Gentlemen my Complements,

I hope this finds everyone doing reasonably well, this fine winter day. And I trust everyone is pleased we are not huddled in our tents, or around a fire outside - as our ancestors where, for months during the winter.

As follow up to last month’s guest speaker, it would be prudent for us as a Camp to ponder future topics for discussions and or additional speakers we may have in mind.

Suggestions may be brought up in our business sessions, or informally to myself or other camp officers. Perhaps we can make arrangements for 2 -3 additional presentations this year.

This invite is of course open to the camp in general. Anyone wishing to speak or present on a relative topic, is encouraged to do so.

We also use to do a show and tell ….. if someone has an item or items they wish to bring in to discuss. Anything of interest would be fun.

This month’s column will be brief.

However, for those of us who have not accessed the Camp web site lately, I would encourage you to do so. And also extend their appreciation and gratitude as I do, to Brother Griggs P.C.C.

Who maintains and updates this site with extraordinary completeness.

I look forward to seeing everyone who is able to attend on 13 Feb.

In Fraternity, Charity, And Loyalty.

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 Call for Troops

Nine calls for troops were made during the war by President Lincoln:

75,000 men, three months' service, April 15, 1861.
42,034 men, three years' service, May 3, 1861.
800,000 men, nine months' service, August 4, 1862.
100,000 men, six months' service, June 15, 1863.
300,000 men, three years' service, October 17,1863.
500,000 men, three years' service, February 1, 1864.
200,000 men, three years' service, March 15, 1864.
500,000 men, one, two or three years' service, July 18,1864.
300,000 men, one, two or three years' service, December 19,1864.

The government held four drafts, and altogether enrollment boards examined 522,187 men, exempting 315,509 of them. Of the 206,678 men held to service, 86,724 commuted, 73,607 furnished substitutes, and only 46,347 were actually drafted. Combining substitutes and draftees, a mere 6 percent of Union Army enlistments came from the draft. Southern conscription produced approx. 120,000 draftees and 70,000 substitutes, representing 20 percent of Confederate manpower.

The above submitted by Ron Tyrl

The $300 clause;

"Speaking in February '64, Senator Henry S. Lane of Indiana said the operation of the $300 clause in the conscription act had not been in favor of the poor man. 'The poor man had to go at all events; he could not raise the $300; but it has operated, perhaps, beneficially upon the middle classes, and has exempted the rich entirely, for they could all pay the $300 exemption.' What did it matter that $12,000,000 had been paid into the Government Treasure for draft exemption? The measure was not intended to raise revenue. 'We need men more than money. If we could print soldiers as fast as we print greenbacks, there would be something in this argument; but it cannot be done.'"

".... and one committee of Republican party leaders begging the President not to make his call for a draft of a half-million men until after the November (1864) elections. He had given reply: 'What is the Presidency worth to me if I have no country?'"


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Department of Michigan News

  Purposed Department By-laws changes.  
Click here to see them.


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Civil War Sesquicentennial now on Facebook

  The Sons of Union Veterans Signature Sesquicentennial Events  
now have a Facebook page. Please click here to visit this page to see upcoming events throughout the country.


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Treasure's Report
Mike Maillard

1 January 2012 thru 31 January 2012

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DATE
Disbursed/Received
Transaction
Amount
1 January 2012 . Total Begining Balance $2,981.55

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1 January 2012 . General Fund Beginning Balance $1,229.13

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. Received 2012 membership dues for Val Somerlott $41.00
. Received 2012 membership dues for Kyle Bublitz $41.00
. Received 2012 membership dues for Charles Waters III $41.00
. Received 2012 membership dues for Christopher Cox $41.00
. Received 2012 membership dues for Bob Hoffman $41.00
. Received 2012 membership dues for Henry Hawker $41.00
. Received 2012 membership dues for Charles Waters Jr $41.00
. Received 2012 membership dues for Daniel Conkin $41.00
. Received 2012 membership dues for George Conkin $41.00
. Issued Check 228 Kerry Chartkoff For Austin Blair presentation $40.00
. Issued Check 229 to American Legion Post 29 Annual camp contribution $150.00
. Received 2012 membership dues for Bob Diver $41.00
. Received 2012 membership dues for Jerry Wright $41.00
. Received 2012 membership dues for Mark Heath $41.00
. Received 2012 membership dues for John Maloney $41.00
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31 January 2012 . General Fund Ending Balance $1,572.13 *
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1 January 2012 . Restoration Fund Beginning Balance $416.92

31 January 2012 . Restoration Fund Ending Balance $416.92
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1 January 2012 . Camp Blair Memorial Fund Beginning Balance $1,335.50
31 January 2012 . Camp Blair Memorial Fund Ending Balance $1,335.50
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31 January 2012 . Total Ending Balance $3,324.55

*   Seventeen Members and two Juniors have paid their 2012 annual dues as of January 31, 2012. Of the $1,572.13 in the General Fund,
$1,023.00 will be owed the Department and National for 2012 per capita dues, with presently 33 paying members. We have a total of 37
camp members which includes two Life Members and two Juniors. This year we have lost Thomas Green due to an Honorable Discharge
and have gained a new member in Bradley Funkhouser.

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Secretary's Report
Ron Tyrl PPC

The January 9, 2012 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, Ed Conklin, Chris Cox, Bob Griggs, Henry Hawker, Mark Heath, Bob Hoffman, Brock Lloyd, Howard Lloyd, Ron Lewis, Bill Lowe, Mike Maillard, Jeff Oberdank, Ron Tyrl, Charlie Waters Jr. and Russell Watson.

Commander Hawker introduced Ms. Kerry Chartkoff, a Lansing based historian that will be presenting a program on Michigan's Civil War Governor Austin Blair, our Camp's namesake.

After the program, Treasurer Mike Maillard requested a motion to forward a check for $150 to Post 29 for the use of the American Legion's facilities for the year 2012 Camp meetings. Brother Griggs submitted the motion, seconded by Brother Oberdank and the motion was voted on and passed. All other business was deferred to the February meeting.

Commander Hawker proceeded to close the meeting at 8:45pm and our next camp meeting is scheduled for February 13, 2012, to be held at Post 29 American Legion, Jackson, Michigan.

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Upcoming Events


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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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