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March, 2010


Commanders Column


Ah, February. I'm not sure that there is a more useless month in the year. If it's not snowing it is at least gray and cold. You very seldom ever see any sunshine.

But this year, same as 9 years ago, my family and I got some sunshine. Nine years ago it was in the form of a granddaughter. This year it was in the form of a grandson.

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.I am pleased to welcome our Camps' newest future member, Barrett Blake Oberdank. Barrett was born February 9th and I am very happy to report that both he and his mom are doing well. As you can see from the color, size and shape he's a keeper, oh, and the boy isn't too bad either.

It is good that sometimes a little sunshine comes into our lives especially in a month as gray (or more to the point this year white) as February. We all need something to brighten up our spirts this time of the year.

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In Fraternity, Charity and Loyalty,

Bob Griggs CC
February 24, 2010

  I figured that with February being what it is that there was not too much that went on during the Civil War in this month. I found out that I was wrong.

There were nine major battles fought or started in February. Texas seceded in February, the Hampton Roads Conference was in February, and Union prisoners started arriving at the infamous Camp Sumter (Andersonville) in February. The Kilpatrick - Dahlgren raid also began in February.

Probably the most famous February battle came 80 years after the end of the Civil War when U.S. forces went ashore at Iwo Jima, which was immortalized in Joe Rosenthal's photo of 6 Marines (okay 5 Marines and 1 Navy corpsman) raising the flag on Mount Suribachi.


Joe Rosenthal's photo - Associated Press.

So that maybe we can send a little sunshine into someone else's lives in February (Yes I know it will actually be March, but now it is February) I will be sending out a "care package" to my brothers step-son and his company of Marines who are stationed in Afghanistan. I tell you this in case any of you would like to bring some toiletry items, socks, etc. to the March meeting for me to include in this package..

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Civil War Quiz
Who said it and about whom, or what were they talking?

"A more unpromising boy never entered the Military Academy."
He is "...weak and vacillating, timid, petulant, peevish, obstinate...."
"I find my duties, anxieties, and the nesessity for having all my wits about me, increasing instead of diminishing. I have a Herculean task to perform and shall endeavor to do it, not to please any one, but for the interests of our great country that is now beginning to loom far above all other countries, modern or ancient."
"Come on and help me take that position or stay back and watch men who will."
"I have been up to see the Congress. and they do not seem to be able to do anything except eat peanuts and chew tobacco, while my army is starving
"I had been fishing one day and caught a little fish, which I was taking home. I met a soldier in the road, and having always been told at home that we must be good to the soldiers, I gave him my fish."

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Treasure's Report
Mike Maillard
1 February 2010 thru 28 February 2010

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DATE
Disbursed/Received
Transaction
Amount
1 February 2010 . Total Begining Balance $3,404.90

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1 February 2010 . General Fund Beginning Balance $1,600.25

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. Account adjustment approved by the Camp $5.00
. Dan Conklin Received 2010 Membership dues $36.00
. Daniel Watkins Received 2010 Membership dues $36.00
. Ron Tyrl Received 2010 Membership dues $36.00
. Jeff Oberdank Received 2010 Membership dues $36.00
. Bob Hoffman Received 2010 Membership dues $36.00
. Mike Gillett Received 2010 Membership dues $36.00
. Jim Neely Received 2010 Membership dues $36.00
28 February 2010 . General Fund Ending Balance $1,847.25
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1 February 2010 . Restoration Fund Beginning Balance $469.15

28 February 2010 . Restoration Fund Ending Balance $469.15
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1 February 2010 . Camp Blair Memorial Fund Beginning Balance $1,335.50
28 February 2010 . Camp Blair Memorial Fund Ending Balance $1,335.50
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28 February 2010 . Total Ending Balance $3,651.90

* 29 Members and two Juniors have paid their 2010 annual dues as of February 28, 2010. Of the $1847.25 in the General Fund, $941 will be owed the Department and National for 2010 per capita dues, assuming the camp has 36 paid Members and one $5.00 initiation fee. We have a total of 40 camp members which includes two life members and two juniors. We lost two members from last year- John Mann transferring and John McFeters, who passed away. We have added two new members in David Van Hoof and Christopher Cox.

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DID YOU KNOW??

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When the company was announced that was going to make General Grant's casket, public demand led to it being placed on display before it even left the factory. Fifteen thousand people viewed it before it was shipped to the family. During delivery when stopped in New York City it was once again put on display and was view by 70,000 more before it was delivered to Mount McGregor.

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When General U. S. Grant's Tomb was dedicated on April 27, 1897, the front of the procession arrived at the tomb at 1 p.m. however, the last participants did not arrive until 7 p.m.

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Secretary's Report
Ron Tyrl PPC

The February 8, 2010 meeting of the Austin Blair Camp No.7 Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War was held at the Eagles, 209 N. Francis Jackson, Michigan. Members in attendance were Brothers: Kyle Bublitz, Dan Conklin, Ed Conklin, Dave Gilman, Bob Griggs, Mark Heath, Henry Hawker, Bob Hoffman, Howard Lloyd, Bill Lowe, Mike Maillard, Ron Tyrl, Charlie Waters Jr. and Daniel Watkins.

Commander Griggs opened the meeting with welcoming all to the meeting and especially Bob Hoffman back from a stint with a case of pneumonia, caught while deer hunting. It was asked if he got a deer and unfortunately he didn't and it was speculated that the deer must have heard his sneezing and laid low.

The Secretary's report was motioned accepted as published in the Courier by Brother Waters, seconded by Brother Gilman. Motion Passed. The Treasurer's Report was distributed and accepted as presented by Brother Gilman, seconded by Brother Heath. Motion Passed. Due to the frequent changes incurred during the month the Treasurer's report in the Courier will be a rough draft and the finalized report will be brought to the meeting. Also, Treasurer Maillard reported that he was short $5 from last month's dues collection somehow and Brother Heath motioned to have $5 taken from the general fund to cover the deficit, seconded by Brother Gilman, motion passed.

Commander Griggs reported that our Junior Vice Commander Jeff Oberdank was absent due to the any time now delivery of his newest addition to the family. And Commander Griggs requested thoughts and prayers for his family because of his mother-in-law placed in hospice care and his oldest step-daughter's concerning diagnoses. Also, it was reported Brother Lewis had a medical incident and was placed on medication and no driving for awhile. Please keep all in our thoughts and prayers.

Communications

1. An invitation was received from Robert Finch Camp 14, Traverse City, to attend this year's Cherry Festival, on the 4th of July. After discussion it was determined that our Camp will contact Camp 14 and coordinate with them our participation. More to follow as this event nears.

Patriotic Instructor

1. Brother Lloyd handed out fact sheets on the Battles of Fort Donelson and Fort Henry on this their anniversary month, both occurring in February 1862.

Signals

1. Commander Griggs reported that there are new pages added to the Camp's website and all seem to be working fine.

Graves Registration

1. Brother Waters' report was read by Treasurer Maillard: The headstone for William Beverly, 26th Michigan Infantry Regt., organized in Jackson, Sep. - Dec. 1862, service at Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg to Appomattox, has been delivered to the Woodland Cemetery. The stone will be placed in April or May and the family may be attending.

2. A replacement head stone for Julius Gifford, U.S. Army Regular, service at Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, Cold Harbor and Petersburg, has been placed on hold by the VA, for more info. needed to show his original stone is damaged.

New Business

1. Brother Maillard brought in a number of Civil War series VCR tapes for sale.

2. Brother Watkins has had talks with the Hanover Horton Historical Society on our Camp possibly hosting a Civil War Days Event. After discussion on the logistics involved with hosting events and our participation already with the Society's Fall Festival the last few years, it was suggested that Brother Watkins get more details and what they can provide and to inform them our Camp will continue to work with them on their current events we participate in.

Old Business

1. Chaplain Heath reported that he has brought the Camp's collection of books to the Christmas party and numerous other meetings to reduce the historian's Camp items and he will bring them to the March meeting for final sale offering to the Camp members. After this last offering Chaplain Heath suggests we offer unsold books to the Jackson Public Library.

Flag Replacement Committee

1. Chaplain Heath reported that he has been in contact with the company in Syracuse, New York that the Camp purchased our original flags from years ago and is awaiting price quotes for the National and State of Michigan Flags replacement. Chaplain Heath is also awaiting price quotes from other flag sources for comparisons and will present his findings at the March meeting.

For the Good of the Order

1. Commander Griggs summarized the up-coming events: The President Lincoln program in Springfield, Illinois this coming April and the Department Encampment also in April.

2. Treasurer Maillard is requesting that all the dues and paperwork be completed soon so that the annual report can be sent out without rushing to the completion date at the end of March.

3. Senior Vice Commander Gilman has been in contact with local Scout Masters and he has offered our Camp activities to Eagle Scout candidates for work hours. The Mt. Evergreen soldier's headstone spring cleaning was suggested as a project.

4. Brother Lowe reviewed the State law 5496 against the selling of veteran flag holders which happens too often.

5. Brother Lowe read a letter received from Jackson County on our Camp's work in the maintenance of veteran county monuments, headstones and other projects.

6. Brother Lowe handed out a sheet on the Civil War Sesquicentennial group planning and reviewed this 5 year up-coming event. The Michigan Historical Commission was given the task to coordinate the activities.

7. Brother Lowe concluded with the past activities our Camp Monument committee has done in documenting Jackson County Monuments and the need to continue to do this task. Hopefully, in the near future a plaque similar to the GAR plaque placed, a few years past, in Eaton Rapids will be placed at the Civil War Hospital in downtown Jackson and the Company B, 1st Michigan Infantry meeting hall in Jackson.

Commander Griggs proceeded to close the meeting at 8:25pm and our next camp meeting is scheduled for March 8, 2010, to be held at the Eagles, Jackson, Michigan.


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Department Orders No. 8

Series 2009-2010

24 February 2010

1. I would encourage all brothers of the Department to attend the upcoming Department Encampment on April 24th to be held at Great Lakes Christian College in Lansing, MI. Pre-registration forms, reservations for the luncheon and G.A.R. Memorial Banquet, along with Hotel information is available on the Department Website at: http://www.suvcwmi.org/encampment.html and the “Michigan Messenger”.

2. My appreciation goes to all Camp Commanders, Secretaries and Patriotic Instructors for promptly filling out and submitting their Camp form 22, and annual Patriotic Instructor’s Report. At last report there were eleven of 26 PI reports submitted, a 100% increase from 2009. We can still improve on this.

3. I want to now make the first call for all Camps to submit their required Form 27a, Camp Annual Report. Camp Commanders and Secretaries, the due date is April 30, 2010 and should be mailed directly to the Department Secretary, Kevin Lindsey. This form is essential to determine your legal delegate count at the Department Encampment and the Department’s delegate count to the National Encampment. The earlier it is sent in, the better.

4. Credential Cards will be required in order to register at the Department Encampment. Brothers planning to attend the encampment will need to obtain a Credentials Card from their Camp Secretary. The Department Secretary will issue Credential Cards to all current elected and appointed Department Officers, Past Department Commanders and Past Commanders-in-Chief.

5. All Camps are requested to bring their Camp Flag and suitable stand to the Department Encampment.

6. I am pleased to announce that Commander-In-Chief Leo Kennedy will be attending the Department Encampment.

7. I am requesting your nominations for a recipient of the Abraham Lincoln Certificate of Appreciation Award. Your nomination needs to be sent to Department Secretary Kevin Lindsey. As I am late in calling for your nominations, I’m extending the deadline to March 23, 2010.

In Fraternity, Charity & Loyalty,
/s/
Charles L. Worley
Commander
Department of Michigan
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Attest:

/s/
Kevin J. Lindsey
Secretary
Department of Michigan
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War


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From: Kevin J. Lindsey
Secretary
Department of Michigan
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Subject: Nominating Committee

This note will remind you that nominations are now being received for Department Officers for the 2010-2011 year. We are blessed to have such qualified individuals available in our Department who step forward to serve. We currently have candidates who have indicated a desire to serve in the following offices – Commander, Senior Vice Commander, Junior Vice Commander, Treasurer, and two positions on the Department Council. We are looking for viable candidates for Secretary and one council position. Please circulate this information to your Camp members as soon as you can. Remember, a nomination can be made either by the Camp or by the Member himself. All nominations should be e-mailed (a hard copy is not necessary, but if you must, please see the address below) along with a qualifications sheet to me or one of the nominating committee members. Please include information about how to contact the candidate.

Thank you,

Rick Danes
Nominating Committee Chairman

2612 Burns Street,
Dearborn, Michigan 48124-3204
redanes@aol.com
Dennis Derr II Nominating Committee Member dcderr21@gmail.com
Robert Mitchell Nominating Committee Member rmitc02@ameritech.net
Bill Skillman Nominating Committee Member skillmans@aol.com

Kevin Lindsey, Sec
Dept of Mich SUVCW


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Civil War Quiz
Answers

William T. Sherman talking about U.S. Grant and his entrance into West Point.
Confederate States' Vice President Alexander H. Stephens speaking of Confederate States' President Jefferson Davis.
U.S. Grant in a letter to his wife talking about running the military part of Reconstruction.
CSA Major General John Shropshire just before he was shot between the eyes at the Battle of Pigeon's Ranch, NM
CSA General Robert E. Lee to his son about the Confederate Congress
Abraham Lincoln - when asked if he remembered anything about the War of 1812.

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Upcoming Events


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March: 2010
Austin Blair Camp No. 7Auxiliary
Monday March 8th;

Austin Blair Camp Meeting. Jackson Eagles-612, 301 Detroit St. Jackson MI. ( Visitors welcome).
Monday March 8th;

Austin Blair Ladies Auxiliary Meeting. Jackson Eagles-612, 301 Detroit St. Jackson MI. ( Visitors welcome).

April: 2010
Austin Blair Camp No. 7Auxiliary
Monday April 13th;

Austin Blair Camp Meeting. Jackson Eagles-612, 301 Detroit St. Jackson MI. ( Visitors welcome).

Saturday April 17th; Springfield IL

54th Annual Lincoln Tomb Ceremony Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Ceremony at 10 a.m., luncheon at noon, centeral time.

Saturday April 24th Lansing MI

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

Monday April 13th;

Austin Blair Ladies Auxiliary Meeting. Jackson Eagles-612, 301 Detroit St. Jackson MI. ( Visitors welcome).

Saturday April 24th Lansing MI

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

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