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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."


March, 2012


In this issue

Commanders Column
Secretary's Report
Treasurer Report
New Members
Brothers War
Upcoming events
Back Issues

What they Said

I have said that any such person should be lashed to the muzzle of a 12 pounder and fired out of a window of the Capital. I would manure the hills of Arlington with fragments of his body. It is my duty to suppress insurrection - my duty! "

General Winfield Scott ~ speaking of rumors of southern plots to take over Washington D.C. in February of 1861.

Commanders Column


Gentlemen,

Im writing this shortly after returning from the activation ceremony for the 303rd M.P. Co. Sunday afternoon.

I consider it an honor, that we as a Camp where requested not only to participate, but to supply a Color guard and a musket detail to conduct firing ceremonies, in their honor. Thank you Corporal Conklin, P.C.C. for your assistance in this respect. And thank you ALL who were able to turn out under arms.

Kindly refer to our Camp web page for additional information and photos, complements of Brother Griggs P.C.C.

May we from time to time, while conducting our daily affairs, give a moment of pause, to reflect on the safety and well being of these people. Who are going to a hostile land/country and most definitely will be in harms way. Gods speed to them all.

Thank you gentlemen for your assistance, in this service for our country. As we may not currently be active military personnel, we hold the safety, memory, word and deeds of those whom are, in the highest esteem. Be they deploying today or, as our ancestors of 1861.

May God Bless America.

And preserve our Patriotic perspective as SONS.

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

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. ~ NEW MEMBERS ~

At our February meeting the Camp inducted two new members.
Our new members are Bradley Funkhouser, and Roger Manning.
Welcome to both, we look forward to sharing our meetings and events with you.

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Brothers War

"...We have been here so long that camp life seems a little stale to me; I want to be on the road; the excitement of marching, bivouacking, and battles I like, and would be perfectly contented to always live in this way, were it not for the anxiety I feel for Walter and Bob. Possession of Richmond, Vicksburg, and all their seaport towns would not atone for the death of one of them; my patriotism is not that great. I would willingly give my own life to save my country, but not the life of one of my brothers.  - A home letter by Eugene Carter U.S.A.

As we all know, the American Civil War has often been referred to as the "Brothers War". This not only included brothers but fathers, uncles, cousins, as well as friends fighting not only against each other but more often side by side.

Ira Morse had already sent one son and a brother to fight. When bounties started being paid out his nephew also decided he was going to go and fight, along with his other son who stated he was going to enlist after the hay was in despite Ira's threat to "thrash" him if he tried. Before his son had a chance to enlist, Ira himself decided it was time to enlist as well. In a town not far from where Ira lived, the Tillison family decided that the money was too good to stay at home and Charles Tillison, his son, a nephew, and three of his brothers (one over 50) enlisted. It seemed that no one from New England going to war alone. In New Hampshire 18 members of the Nashua Cornet Band all enlisted together. George Cavalry along with 3 of his neighbors joined up. George Hitchock and a friend arrived at the mustering point for the 21st Massachusetts trying to enlist to be with their neighbors who already belonged to that unit. There were so many men trying to join at that time that the two of them were there for three days before they could get anyone to talk to them. In Iowa, the Phillips family from Van Buren County sent all 3 brothers and added a couple of cousins for good measure.

Because of the bounty offered in calling for troops in August/September 1862, many states were able to fill their quotas. Ohio filled 31 regiments, Michigan 9, Wisconsin 8. Minnesota started 4. Iowa filled 4 in August and sent another 5 in September. Indiana mustered 25 of infantry, 1 of cavalry, and 4 batteries of artillery. The city of Chicago alone sent 1 regiment to join the fight.

This of course could, and did have a devastation effect on families and communities. Polly Ray, a North Carolina widow lost all seven of her sons. Catherine Cooper of Tennessee had 5 of her 10 sons killed and 4 crippled. Another mother in Georgia had 4 sons killed at the Battle of Gettysburg. A similar fate befell the father of James and William Terrell of Virginia who became brigadiers in the Confederate and Union armies respectively. One died in battle in 1862 the other was killed two years later. Legend has it that the grieving father buried the brothers in a single grave and placed a marker on it with the epitaph: "Here lie my two sons. Only God knows which was right."

It would seem that the most famous of families being destroyed did not really happen. It was reported that Lydia Bixby had lost 5 sons fighting for the Union, and President Lincoln sent her a letter thanking her for her sacrifice. It appear that Lydia did have some sons who fought for the Union but records show that 3 of them were alive long after the war. It was reported that she, bring a Confederate Sympathizer, burned the letter in her fireplace.

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Treasure's Report
Mike Maillard

1 February 2012 thru 29 January 2012

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DATE
Disbursed/Received
Transaction
Amount
1 February 2012 . Total Begining Balance $3,324.55

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1 January 2012 . General Fund Beginning Balance $1,572.13

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. Received 2012 membership dues for Joe Davis $41.00
. Received 2012 membership dues for Howard Lloyd $41.00
. Received 2012 membership dues for Brock Lloyd $41.00
. Received 2012 Associate & Initiation dues for Roger Manning $71.00
. Received 2012 membership dues for Jeff Oberdank $41.00
. Received 2012 membership dues for Ron Tyrl $41.00
. Received 2012 Membership & Initiation dues for Bradley Funkhouser $73.00
. Received 2012 membership dues for Ron Lewis $41.00
. Received 2012 membership dues for Dave Gilman $41.00
. Received 2012 membership dues for Russell Watson $41.00
. Received 2012 membership dues for William Vette $41.00
. Received Cash for SUVCW decal from Qrt. Master supplies $5.00
. Received check from SUVCW - Nat'l Reimbursement Life Members $10.00
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29 February 2012 . General Fund Ending Balance $2,100.13 *
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1 February 2012 . Restoration Fund Beginning Balance $416.92

29 February 2012 . Restoration Fund Ending Balance $416.92
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1 February 2012 . Camp Blair Memorial Fund Beginning Balance $1,335.50
29 February 2012 . Camp Blair Memorial Fund Ending Balance $1,335.50
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29 February 2012 . Total Ending Balance $3,852.55

*   Twenty seven Members, one Associate and two Juniors have paid their 2012 annual dues as of February 29, 2012. Of the $ 2,100.13 in the General Fund, $1,043.00 will be owed the Department and National for 2012 per capita dues and Initiation fees, involving 32 paying Members and one Associate. We have a total of 37 camp members which includes two Life Members, two Juniors and one Associate. This year we have lost Thomas Green and Ken Strickler due to Honorable Discharges and have gained a new member in Bradley Funkhouser and an Associate in Roger Manning.

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Secretary's Report
Ron Tyrl PPC

The February 13, 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, Chris Cox, Joe Davis, Bob Griggs, Bob Hoffman, Ron Lewis, Howard Lloyd, Bill Lowe, Mike Maillard, Ron Tyrl, Charlie Waters Jr. and our newest member Brad Funkhouser.

Camp Commander Hawker was ill today so Past Commander Griggs filled in for the meeting. Brother Griggs introduced and welcomed Brad Funkhouser to our meeting.

The Secretary's report was motioned accepted as published in the Courier by Brother Waters and seconded by Brother Lloyd, motion passed. The Treasurer's Report was motioned accepted as published in the Courier by Brother Lewis and seconded by Brother Cox, motion passed. Treasurer Maillard reported that a check for $150 was made out to Post 29 American Legion for the use of their facility. Brother Lewis also reported that the audit was done at the Christmas party and all was in order and approved.

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Patriotic Instructor

1. Chaplain Cox reported that he will be presenting an overview program of the Civil War, Saturday, March 24, 2012 at the Carnegie Library, downtown Jackson at 12:00 to 1:45 and 2:00 to 3:45. The Camp endorsed his program and will look forward to this program.

Civil War Memorials

It was proposed that a cleaning be scheduled this spring for the Governor Austin Blair's Monument at Evergreen Cemetery.

Signals

1. Brother Griggs has up-dated the Camp's website pages with additional music and the bulletin board.

Membership

1. Brad Funkhouser was initiated per ritual as a camp member per his 3x Great Grandfather, Nicholas Jacob Krebs, 78th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, service from October 13, 1864 to June 3, 1865 in the Union Army. Brother Griggs welcomed our newest member and a drink and snack break was done after the initiation.

2. An application was received for an associate membership to the Camp from Mr. Roger Manning. Mr. Manning has participated in a number of Camp activities last year and has an interest in participating more. Brother Charlie Waters motioned to accept the application and seconded by Brother Lloyd. Motion passed.

Communications

1. Dept. pre-registration forms were available at the meeting for the March 31st up-coming 2012 Deptartment Encampment.

2. Brother Griggs informed the Camp that the Nash-Hodges Camp has a speaking program on Monroe, Michigan Monument Restorations at the American Legion post in Tecumseh scheduled on March 3rd, 2012; more details will be sent by e-mail.

3. Brother Griggs forwarded by e-mail the "Lincoln Tomb" April 14th, 2012 program information for those that may be interested in attending this year.

4. Brother Griggs also received information on two monument dedications occurring this year, one at Richmond, Kentucky for a Michigan Plaque being placed there and a soldier's stone being placed in Vanderbilt, Michigan, Camp 14 is coordinating this stone's placement. As details receive Brother Griggs will forward via e-mail.

Old Business

1. Treasurer Maillard would like to have all dues collected before the Dept. Encampment at the end of March so that all the paperwork is completed in time.

New Business

1. Brother Lewis inquired if any camp members have read the recently published book "Killing Lincoln" and if it was enjoyable? Brother Griggs has read the book and it was a fast read and worth the time.

For the Good of the Order

1. 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, is scheduled. 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.

2. The 2012 Civil War commemorative Postal Stamps will be available in April on Antietam and New Orleans.

3. Brother Hoffman reminded the Camp about the C-Span T.V. Civil War programs showing every weekend. Usually one book review with the author, a college class room lecture and special commemorative programs all on the Civil W are done.

Past- Commander Griggs proceeded to close the meeting at 8:00pm and our next camp meeting is scheduled for March 12, 2012, to be held at Post 29 American Legion, Jackson, Michigan.

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Upcoming Events


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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.


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

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


Saturday April 14th; Springfield IL

56th Annual Lincoln Tomb Ceremony Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Ceremony at 10 a.m., luncheon at noon, centeral time.

Dates have not been set but sometime during April, May, or June school programs will be persented at Adrian, Jackson Northwest, Jackson Paragon Academy, and Williamston. Please check back for dates.

Monday April 9th; 7 p.m.

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


Saturday April 14th; Springfield IL

56th Annual Lincoln Tomb Ceremony Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Ceremony at 10 a.m., luncheon at noon, centeral time.

Dates have not been set but sometime during April, May, or June school programs will be persented at Adrian, Jackson Northwest, Jackson Paragon Academy, and Williamston. Please check back for dates.

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