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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."


April, 2011


Commanders Column


With the move of our camp meetings this past month looking forward to seeing how everything goes.

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  Looking forward to seeing everyone at the meeting.

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


Treasure's Report
Mike Maillard

1 March 2011 thru 31 March 2011

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DATE
Disbursed/Received
Transaction
Amount
1 March 2011 . Total Begining Balance $3,383.61

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1 March 2011 . General Fund Beginning Balance $1,369.63

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. Received 2011 membership dues for Russell Watson $41.00
. Received 2011 membership dues for Daniel Watkins $41.00
. Received 2011 membership dues for Joe Davis $41.00
. Received 2011 membership dues for David VanHoof $41.00
. Received 2011 junior membership dues for Kyle Bublitz $41.00
. Received 2011 membership dues for Michael Slade $41.00
. Received 2011 membership dues for William Lowe $41.00
. Received reimbursement from Nat'l for Life Member Dan Doyle $10.00
. Received 2011 membership dues for Max Miller $41.00
. Received 2011 membership dues for Ken Strickler $41.00
. Received 2011 membership dues for William Vette $41.00
. Received 2011 membership dues for Robert Mulhivill $41.00
. Issued Check 453 to US Army Fund for Memorial Project $35.00
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31 March 2011 . General Fund Ending Balance $2,007.98*
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1 March 2011 . Restoration Fund Beginning Balance $435.43

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31 March 2011 . Restoration Fund Ending Balance $435.43
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1 March 2011 . Camp Blair Memorial Fund Beginning Balance $1,335.50
31 March 2011 . Camp Blair Memorial Fund Ending Balance $1,335.50
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31 March 2011 . Total Ending Balance $3,778.91

*Thirty two Members and three Juniors have paid their 2011 annual dues as of March 31, 2011. Of the $ 2,007.98 in the General Fund, $ 992.00 will be owed the Department and National for 2011 per capita dues, assuming the camp now has 32 paid Members. We have a total of 37 camp members which includes two Life Members and three Juniors. We have lost one member at the end of 2010 who is James Neely, that has taken an honorable discharge. In 2010 we added members Christopher Cox, Joseph Davis and Brock Lloyd. Kyle Bublitz and Dennis Oberdank have also joined the camp as Junior's. We since have lost Zachery Hurd, Gary Miller, Frank Engle, Thomas Fenton and Michael Gillette, opting for Honorable Discharges.

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DID YOU KNOW??

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After the Battle of Antietam General McClellen and the Army of the Potomac had about 38,000 horses and mules on hand to move the army. In October McClellen file a report stating in part that he could not follow the Confederates because these horses were "sore tongued and fatiegued..." the President then telegraphed McClellan back asking: I have just received your dispatch about sore tongued and fatiegued [sic] horses. Will you pardon me for asking what the horses of your army have done since the battle of Antietam that fatigue anything?

When General Grant and the Army of the Potomac crossed the Rapidan in May of 1864 at the start of his Overland Campaign he had with him 56,499 horses and mules. There was also with them 8 - 10,000 head of cattle.

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Secretary's Report
Ron Tyrl PPC

The March 14, 2011 meeting of the Austin Blair Camp No.7 Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War was held at the Eagles, Jackson, Michigan.

Members in attendance were Brothers: Kyle Bublitz, Chris Cox, Joe Davis, Bob Griggs, Henry Hawker, Bob Hoffman, Ron Lewis, Howard Lloyd, Mike Maillard, Ron Tyrl, Dave VanHoof, Charlie Waters Jr., Daniel Watkins, and Russell Watson.

Past Camp Commander Griggs welcomed everyone to the meeting and acknowledge Brother Dave VanHoof's return from duty with the Marine Corps. Commander Oberdank had a household emergency so he was unable to attend the meeting. The Secretary's report was motioned accepted as published in the Courier by Brother Waters, seconded by Brother Watson, motion passed. The Treasurer's Report was distributed and accepted as presented by Brother Hoffman, seconded by Brother Lloyd. Motion passed. Discussion on dues yet to be paid for 2011 was held.

Patriotic Instructor

1. Brother Watkins summarized the Battle of Hampton Roads, Virginia, the first battle between Ironclads March 9th, 1862. The CSS Virginia and the Union's Monitor met and battled all day, but neither bested the other and both withdrew. The Union blockade was not broken. Brother Griggs added that the Monitor's designer John Ericsson died March 8, 1889 on the anniversary of the battle.

Graves Registration

1. Brother Waters Jr's. report was read: Brother Waters has found two websites for Wisconsin and Pennsylvania on civil war veterans' graves registrations to help in researching.

2. Thirty-three graves registration forms have been sent to the Dept. to add to the database this last month.

3. Brother Waters received the new Department of Michigan Graves Registration CD last Saturday at the Dept. meeting, which the Camp can use at events and programs.

Signals

1. Brother Griggs has added the 2011 year page and the 16th Michigan link for the Brown Books page was also added.

Membership

1. JVC Lloyd reported nothing new on the prospective members.

Communications

1. Secretary Tyrl received the $35 from Treasurer Maillard for the funding of the Army Museum voted on last meeting and it will be sent out tomorrow.

Old Business

1. Brother Griggs read and then passed around his research results for the costs and options of an Eagle, a Spike or Battle Axe for a topper for the Camp's new National flag and pole and after discussion the 10 inch gold Spear option was chosen as the topper to be purchased at $39.

2. Brother Griggs reported that he and Commander Oberdank and a couple others met with the American Legion Post 29 commander to confirm our returning there for the Camp's meeting place. The commander welcomed the Camp back and after discussion on this meeting Brother Lewis motioned to transfer back and seconded by Brother Hoffman, Brother Griggs asked for a vote to transfer back to Post 29 for our Camp's meetings and the members voted unanimously to return. April's meeting will be at Post 29 Lansing Ave. at 7pm.

New Business

1. Brother Hawker announced the Kalamazoo "Living History" event at the Fair Grounds, this coming weekend March 19-20th

2. Brother Watkins summarized the importance to commemorate the 150th Sesquicentennial of the Civil War. Discussion on the lack of National level involvement, Congress and the President have decided not to be involved and recommended the commemorations be done at the State level. Discussion was then held on the state level events and our local events being scheduled for this 150th recognition. An increase in working with local schools has been planned for this 150th commemorative.

3. A proposal was made to see about working with a Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp to acknowledge both ours and their goals of recognizing the 150th anniversary. Brother Hawker agreed to inquire on this with Dept. Keith Harrison.

For the Good of the Order

1. Brother Hawker reminded the Camp of the April 16th, 2011 Sesquicentennial program at the Michigan Library and Museum in Lansing.

2. Brother Cox's program for a Northwest School 8th Grade class has been scheduled for May 6th, 2011. More details to follow at the April meeting.

3. Brother Griggs announced and showed his latest purchase of the 150th anniversary commemorative Badge which is available on the National website.

Past Camp Commander Griggs proceeded to close the meeting at 8:40pm and our next camp meeting is scheduled for April 11, 2011, to be held at Post 29 American Legion, Jackson, Michigan.


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Upcoming Events


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April: 2011
Austin Blair Camp No. 7Auxiliary
Monday April 11th; 7 p.m.

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


Saturday April 16th; Springfield IL

55th Annual Lincoln Tomb Ceremony Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Ceremony at 10 a.m., luncheon at noon, centeral time.

Monday April 11th; 7 p.m.

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


Saturday April 16th; Springfield IL

55th Annual Lincoln Tomb Ceremony Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Ceremony at 10 a.m., luncheon at noon, centeral time.

May: 2011
Austin Blair Camp No. 7Auxiliary
Friday May 6th Jackson

Civil War Day Northwest Middle School.

There will also be a Civil War Day in Adrian in May. Check back for date.


Monday May 9th; 7 p.m.

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


Friday May 20th - Saturday May 21st; Lansing MI

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


Date to be announced

Cleaning Veterans headstones
Mt. Evergreen Cemetery Jackson MI.


Monday May 30th

Memorial Day - Traditional, also this year the day it is observed.
9:30 am, - Jackson and Concord Parades starting at 10:00 am.

Friday May 6th Jackson

Civil War Day Northwest Middle School.

There will also be a Civil War Day in Adrian in May. Check back for date.


Monday May 9th; 7 p.m.

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


Friday May 20th - Saturday May 21st; Lansing MI

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


Monday May 30th

Memorial Day - Traditional, also this year the day it is observed.
9:30 am, - Jackson and Concord Parades starting at 10:00 am.


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