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April, 2010


Commanders Column


It looks like it's finally here. Longer days, and warmer weather. Although, had you been with Bill, Charlie and me in the cemetery yesterday you might not have believed the warmer weather part. With these longer days and "warmer weather" we also begin what appears to be a very busy year of "out door" activities, beginning on the 17 with the marker dedication for 1st Lt. James Thomas of the 17th Michigan Infantry at Maple Grove Cemetery in Grass Lake. Moving right on to the following weekend with the Department Enacampment in Lansing. In the short space in between those two events I will be doing two presentations at the Paragon School for their 8th grade history classes.

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In Fraternity, Charity and Loyalty,

Bob Griggs CC
March 27, 2010

  In reading the March/April issue of History The History Channel magazine, I found a short article under their Gazette section. In it, it states that this past October, Congress dedicated $9 million to the Civil War Battlefield Preservation Program. This is the largest ever single year allocation. That is the good news, the bad news is that Civil War Preservation Trust President, James Lighthizer says; "Each day 30 acres of hallowed Civil War battlefield ground are paved over and lost forever."

Here's hoping that with this money and the dedication of orginazations such as ours we can stop this loss and "Keep Green" the memory of those who helped to save the Union..

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Civil War Quiz

Match the Union General and the battle he commanded.

George Meade Antietam
Ulysses S. Grant Corinth
George McClellan Fredericksburg
Samuel Curtis First Bull Run
William Rosecrans Second Bull Run
Ambrose Burnside Gettysburg
Joseph Hooker Cedar Creek
Irvin McDowell Vicksburg
John Pope Pea Ridge
Philip Sheridan Chancellorsville

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Treasure's Report
Mike Maillard
1 March 2010 thru 31 March 2010

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DATE
Disbursed/Received
Transaction
Amount
1 March 2010 . Total Begining Balance $3,651.90

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1 March 2010 . General Fund Beginning Balance $1,847.25

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. William Vette Received 2010 Membership dues $36.00
. Max Miller Received 2010 Membership dues $36.00
. Gary Miller Received 2010 Membership dues $36.00
. Ken Strickler Received 2010 Membership dues $36.00
. Bill Lowe Received 2010 Membership dues $36.00
. Michael Slade Received 2010 Membership dues $36.00
. Robert Mulvihille Received 2010 Membership dues $36.00
. National S.U.V.C.W. Received reimbursement for one life member $12.00
. U.S. Postal Service Issued CK 434 for stamps $17.96
. Dept. of MI-S.U.V.C.W. Issued CK 435 for Annual Camp Percapita Dues $941.00
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31 March 2010 . General Fund Ending Balance $1,152.29
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1 March 2010 . Restoration Fund Beginning Balance $469.15

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. Charlie Waters III - Issued Ck 436 Postage cost and clear coat for Monument protection $9.49
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31 March 2010 . Restoration Fund Ending Balance $459.66
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1 Mrach 2010 . Camp Blair Memorial Fund Beginning Balance $1,335.50
31 March 2010 . Camp Blair Memorial Fund Ending Balance $1,335.50
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31 March 2010 . Total Ending Balance $2,947.45

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DID YOU KNOW??

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The principal weapon of the Civil War and the one which produced 80% of all wounds was the single shot muzzle-loading rifle. It could be loaded and fired at a rate of about three rounds a minute and had a maximum range of about 1,000 yards.

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Of the approximately 17,000 Union veterans buried in the Vicksburg National Cemetery 12,954 are unidentified.

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Secretary's Report
Ron Tyrl PPC

The March 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, Dave Gilman, Bob Griggs, Mark Heath, Henry Hawker, Bob Hoffman, Ron Lewis, Howard Lloyd, Bill Lowe, Mike Maillard, Jeff Oberdank, Ken Strickler, Ron Tyrl, Charlie Waters Jr., Daniel Watkins, and Russell Watson.

Commander Griggs opened the meeting with welcoming snowbird Brother Strickler back from Florida and Brother Lewis after last month's medical incident. Commander Griggs also announced the arrival of his grandchild and Brother Oberdank's newest addition to the family, Barrett Blake Oberdank.

The Secretary's report was motioned accepted as published in the Courier by Brother Watson, seconded by Brother Strickler. Motion Passed. The Treasurer's Report was distributed and accepted as presented by Brother Gilman, seconded by Brother Lloyd. Motion Passed. Treasurer Maillard motion to drop after March 31st any members that have outstanding dues which there were only two for 2010, seconded by Brother Heath. Motion passed.

Patriotic Instructor

1. Brother Lloyd handed out sheets on the Battle of the Monitor vs. Merrimack on this anniversary date of the battle March 8th, and 9th 1862. March 9th the Monitor waited for Merrimack to return after the first day's destruction of two union ships: Cumberland and Congress to break the Union blockade. The Monitor was faster and more maneuverable than the other Ironclad and after 4 hours of fighting the Merrimack retreated only to be scuttled two days later to keep it from advancing Union troops.

Graves Registration

1. Treasurer Maillard read Brother Waters report: The William Beverly stone was checked at Woodlawn and all was in order and will be placed sometime this spring. 2. A letter was received from the VA indicating the replacement head stone for Julius Gifford would be delivered in 4 to 6 weeks.

Signals

1. Commander Griggs reported that the Edward Pomeroy biography page was added to the Camp's website. 2. Commander Griggs also reported that there were over 90 hits on the Brown Books webpage on our website.

Communications

1. An invitation was received from the Jackson Proud Veterans motorcycle club to attend their military appreciation event at the Jackson County Fair Grounds June 5 and 6, 2010. 2. The Camp has been invited to the Concord-Pulaski American Legion 35th birthday dinner Saturday, March 13, 2010 at 6 p.m. at the Concord United Methodist Church.

Flag Replacement Committee

1. Chaplain Heath reported that the committee has been in contact with five companies 2 from New York, one in Florida and Pennsylvania and one from Allen Park, Michigan. Nylon sewn flags were recommended to replace the Camp's 19 year old 34 star American flag and the committee has been inquiring on repairing the tears in this flag but nothing yet. The committee after looking at all offers recommends the Camp purchase 2, 5x5, 33 star, $170 American flags, 1 4x6 $75 State of Michigan with 2 $35 poles and 2 tassels and spear and battle axe toppers for a total appropriation of $700. After discussion, Commander Griggs suggested a motioned to purchase the 2 American flags, 1 pole, 1 tassel and 1 toppers and the Camp's old flag will be retired and its pole and accoutrements will be used for the replacement flag and the old flag will be presented to John Mann since he donated the purchase price in 1994. Treasurer Maillard motioned and seconded by Brother Lloyd. Motion Passed.

Old Business

1. Chaplain Heath reported that he brought the Camp's historian's collection of duplicate books to the meeting for offer to the members and all that are not taken will be donated to the Jackson Public Library.

New Business

1. Chaplain Heath reviewed the up-coming 2010 Camp activities:
    A. May 31st Memorial Day events Jackson, Concord and Spring Arbor.
    B. June 6, Rose Parade, Jackson.
    C. June 26 & 27, Waterloo Civil War Days.
    D. July 31 (tentative), Concord Civil War Days.
    E. August 14 & 15, Turkeyville program.
    F. August 28 & 29, Jackson Muster "Battle of Atlanta".
    G. October 2nd, Corn Festival Albion.
    H. October 2 & 3, Rutherford Hayes Presidential Home event, Ohio.
    I. October 10th Sunday, Waterloo Pioneer Days.

Per last meeting the Camp was invited to join Camp 14 at the Traverse City, "Cherry Festival" July 4th.

2. Brother Lowe summarized the resent Channel 6 T.V. program on Capt. Christian Rath, part of the on-going Civil War Sesquicentennial celebration. Brother Lowe also had a picture of Capt. Rath on horseback during a parade in Jackson in his later years.

3. Brother Lowe reported that the Dept. Graves Registration meeting is this coming Saturday and the ordering of stones policy is still being worked but the Camp's can still order headstones for veterans where no stone exist (unmarked) but the VA request that a descendant sign for the stone which is sometimes impossible so these issues are still being worked.

4. Brother Lowe also reported that there will be dedication for headstones placed in Grass Lake sometime this spring, with our Camp working with Camp 17 on this. Lt James E. Thomas, 17th Mich. Inf., wounded at South Mountain Sep. 14, 1862, and medically discharged after Fredericksburg and died shortly after returning home, a descendant had a bronze marker placed on his headstone which was fragile and the family would like a dedication service on the 17th of April at 11a.m. Brother Lowe will contact the school in Grass Lake to see if they would assist with music. More to follow on this at the April meeting.

For the Good of the Order

1. Commander Griggs reminded the Camp of the Department Encampment this April 23 & 24th and credentials, schedule and meal reservations information sheets were available for those attending.

2. Senior vice Commander Gilman continues his contact with local Scout Masters and our offer for Eagle Scout candidates to participate in Camp work projects.

3. Secretary Tyrl close the meeting with an 1869 court case summation on a "Eulogy to the Dog" the best case made to the loyalty of dogs.

Commander Griggs proceeded to close the meeting at 8:45pm and our next camp meeting is scheduled for April 12, 2010, to be held at the Eagles, Jackson, Michigan.


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Civil War Quiz
Answers

George Meade Gettysburg
Ulysses S. Grant Vicksburg
George McClellan Antietam
Samuel Curtis Pea Ridge
William Rosecrans Corinth
Ambrose Burnside Fredericksburg
Joseph Hooker Chancellorsville
Irvin McDowell First Bull Run
John Pope Second Bull Run
Philip Sheridan Cedar Creek

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Upcoming Events


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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?

May: 2010
Austin Blair Camp No. 7Auxiliary
Monday May 10th; 7 p.m.

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


Date to be announced

Cleaning Veterans headstones
Mt. Evergreen Cemetery Jackson MI.


Sunday May 30th

Memorial Day - Traditional.


Monday - May 31th;

Memorial Day - Observed.
9:30 am, - Jackson and Concord Parades starting at 10:00 am.

Monday May 10th; 7 p.m.

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


Sunday May 30th

Memorial Day - Traditional.


Monday - May 31th;

Memorial Day - Observed.
9:30 am, - Jackson and Concord Parades starting at 10:00 am.

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