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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, 2012


In this issue

Commanders Column
Secretary's Report
Treasurer Report
The Death of Lincoln
From the South
Upcoming events
Back Issues


U.S. Grant
What they Said

Well, Grant, we've had the devil's own day,
haven't we?"

"Yes, lick 'em tomorrow, though. "

Conversation between General's Sherman and Grant after the 1st day of battle at Shiloh 1862.


 


W.T. Sherman
 ..."The firing grew closer, and it became manifest that a considerable force of the enemy were upon us... The whole division fell back to the tents and again rallied, although no line of battle was formed, yet from every tree a deadly fire was poured upon the enemy which held them in check for an hour, when being reinforced we were foreced to fall back with loss of four pices of artilery."
Offical Report Col. Francis Quinn 12th Mich. Inf ~ Shiloh

Commanders Column


Gentlemen,

This month’s column will be brief, as I am keeping our good editor from his duty.

Duly note, we have our charter draped this month to show our respects to Past Commander in Chief Alan Loomis, who departed this earth 19 March 2012. Those of us whom have attended the Lincoln Monument should recall his most active presence and participation. May we take a moment to reflect and honor his achievements and dedication to the Order, and our cause. May we also extend our condolences to Al’s family.

I would at this time, like to offer my Complements, to Brother David Van Hoof, upon his return from deployment with the UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS. Welcome home Sir. S.F.

May you also accept our, as a Camps, deepest regrets and condolences on the passing of your father. May he rest in peace.

Our Order has just completed our State of Michigan, Department Encampment.

We extend our respects and complements to our Commander in Chief whom was in attendance. Thank you Sir.

We also have a new duly elected Dept. Commander, Brother Dave Arnold. I would like to extend, on behalf of the Camp, our support in conducting the business of the Order. Congratulations and our respects Sir.

Gentlemen, my complements and respects to you all.

See you Monday.

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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The Death of Lincoln

"The breath came hard; pulse44, feeble; the left pupil much contracted, the right widely dilated; both eyes totally insensible to light. The President is completely unconscious, an occasional sigh escaping with the labored breath.........

As daylight began to slant through the windows, with its white clarity making the yellow gas jets and lamp lights look, garish and outdone, it became evident the President was sinking. Surgeon General Barnes, seated near the head of the bed, occasionally held his finger over the carotid artery to note the pulsation.......

At 5 a.m. the oozing from the wound ceased entirely and the breathing became stertorous and labored. On the haggard faces of the silent ones circled about, it was written more than once they thought the end had come.......

‘......The death struggle had begun. Robert, his son, stood with several others at the head of the bed. He bore himself well, but on two occasions gave way to overpowering grief and sobbed aloud, turning his head and leaning on the shoulder of Senator Summer.'.....

The last breath was drawn at 21 minutes and 55 seconds past 7 a.m. and the last heart beat flickered at 22 minutes and 10 seconds past the hour on Saturday, April 15, 1865. Dr. Barnes' finger was over the carotid artery, D. Leale's finger was on the right wrist pulse, and Dr. Taft's hand was over the cardium when the great heart made its final contraction.....

Over the worn features had come, wrote John Hay, ‘a look of unspeakable peace.' Stanton, it was said afterward, pronounced the words: ‘Now he belongs to the ages.'......"

from Abraham Lincoln, The Prairie Years and The War Years by Carl Sandburg.

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Treasure's Report
Mike Maillard

1 March 2012 thru 31 March 2012

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DATE
Disbursed/Received
Transaction
Amount
1 March 2012 . Total Begining Balance $3,852.55

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1 March 2012 . General Fund Beginning Balance $2,100.13

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. Received 2012 membership dues for Bill Lowe $41.00
. Received 2012 membership dues for Ken Strickler $41.00
. Received 2012 membership dues for Max Miller $41.00
. Received 2012 membership dues for Daniel Watkins $41.00
. Received 2012 membership dues for Bob Mulvihill $41.00
. Issued Check 231 Dept of Mich-SUVCW For annual per capita dues $1,033.00
. Received cash for postage in mailing annual report $1.50
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31 March 2012 . General Fund Ending Balance $1,270.63
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1 March 2012 . Restoration Fund Beginning Balance $416.92

31 March 2012 . Restoration Fund Ending Balance $416.92
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1 March 2012 . Camp Blair Memorial Fund Beginning Balance $1,335.50
31 March 2012 . Camp Blair Memorial Fund Ending Balance $1,335.50
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31 March 2012 . Total Ending Balance $3,023.05

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Secretary's Report
Ron Tyrl PPC

The March 12, 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, Henry Hawker, Mark Heath, Ron Lewis, Howard Lloyd, Mike Maillard, Ron Tyrl, Charlie Waters Jr. and new member Roger Manning.

Camp Commander Hawker welcomed everyone and especially our newest member Roger Manning to our meeting.

The Secretary's report was motioned accepted as published in the Courier by Brother Waters and seconded by Brother Griggs, motion passed. The Treasurer's Report was motioned accepted as presented by Brother Heath, seconded by Brother Cox, motion passed. Treasurer Maillard reported that a check has been written for the 2012 per capita dues for $1043.00. The Camp remains at 37 members with two Honorable Discharges for Michael Slade- this month and Thomas Green- in January and with Brothers Brad Funkhouser and Rodger Manning's joining, the year balances out. Treasurer Maillard will ensure the Camp's Tax Exemption status was up-date for 2012. Due to changes this year, Brother Heath motioned to change our operating procedures to reflect the National, Dept and Camp dues and fees to reflect $41 annual dues, $32 application fees- $10 Dept fee, SUVCW Member's Badge, and ritual book. Motion seconded by Brother Griggs, motion passed. Also Commander Hawker asked for volunteers to form a By Laws committee to assist Senior Vice-Commander Lloyd in up-dating the Camp's By Laws. Brother Heath and Tyrl volunteered.

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Patriotic Instructor

1. Brother Heath reviewed the "21 Gun Salute" which he reminded everyone is only done for the President. A volley can be done with a 21 gun salute but is not referred to as the official "21 Gun Salute". Brother Heath suggested for those interested that the 7th Michigan reenactors hold a training session for these types of ceremonies and civil war era particulars in Leslie at the White Pine's academy and he will coordinate for those interested at their next session.

Civil War Memorials

1. Brother Heath has agreed to fill the Camp's memorial's officer position and discussion was held on the previous data on memorials done by the Camp and Brothers Heath and Maillard will look into this at the Department and National levels to see if it exists there.

Graves Registration

1. Brother Maillard presented Brother Waters' report: Brother Waters continues research and up-dating the database this month and he has received the current graves registration CD. Relatives of 102nd Color Infantry Regt. soldiers are being sought. A local family requested a civil war veteran soldier's stone replacement but its condition may not meet requirements for replacement; this still in work.

Signals

1. Brother Griggs has up-dated the Camp's website pages with additional Confederate music, member's and ancestor's page, and the year's schedule of events.

Membership

1. Roger Manning was initiated per ritual as an associate camp member. Commander Hawker welcomed our newest member to the camp.

Communications

1. Brother Maillard read the Dept. SVC Paul Arnold's request for endorsement to the Department Commander. Brother Maillard informed the camp that he endorses Brother Arnold's seeking the Commander's position from Brother Arnold's numerous involvements with our Camp and other Camp's in the Department and his inviting all the department camps to Son's events. The Camp agreed to endorse Brother Arnold to Department Commander.
2. Brother Griggs continues to await 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 stones placement. As details receive Brother Griggs will forward via e-mail.
3. The Department sent via e-mail a new "Lyon's Award" program to award points to Camp's for their activities. The award is based on a Missouri Dept. award's program to improve Camps. There has been some opposition with concerns that this would pit Camps against each other for this award but the general feeling is that it may help as it has done in Missouri and worth trying.

Old Business

1. The Dept. Encampment March 31st credentials were distributed for those attending in Lansing.
2. The cleaning of the Governor Austin Blair Monument at Evergreen Cemetery to be scheduled. Once cleaned, a picture of the monument posted on the web in recognition of Governor Blair's extraordinary efforts during the Civil War.

New Business

1. Brother Tyrl gave details on the "Eagle Adoption" work project this year in Ms. Hampton's class at the Memorial school in East Jackson. Ms. Hampton requested help on the Eagle collage and asked our camp and auxiliary's help in a rodeo concept classes between four classes this coming Monday March 19th on the Underground Railroad and Civil War era topics and specifically women's dress. More details will be sent via e-mail for those available to assist.

For the Good of the Order

1. March 24, 2012, Brother Cox's Civil War program, Saturday, at the Carnegie Library, downtown Jackson at 12:00 to 1:45 and 2:00 to 3:45.
2. April 14th, 2012, The "Lincoln Tomb" program. 3. May 5, 2012 The Battle Flag's viewing at the Michigan Museum in Lansing.
4. June 23, 2012, The "In Memory of" stone dedication, Saturday, 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.
5. The 2012 Civil War commemorative Postal Stamps will be available in April on Antietam and New Orleans.
6. Brother Maillard inquired on the interest in the 150th Anniversary medal from the Banner and he will order in bulk for those interested to save expenses.
7. Brother Heath had numerous magazines and brochures on the 150th Civil War anniversary for the Camp to take.

Commander Hawker proceeded to close the meeting at 8:20pm and our next camp meeting is scheduled for April 9, 2012, to be held at Post 29 American Legion, Jackson, Michigan.

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From the South

From the journal of a plantation overseer written on a day of National Prayer in the Confederacy: (typed as written)

" This Day is set a part by presedent Jefferson Davis for fasting and praying owing to the Deplorable condishions ower Southern country is In My prayer Sincerely to God is that Every Black Republican in the Hole combined whord Either man women o chile that is opposed to negro slavery as it existed in the Southern confederacy shal be trubled with pestilences & calamitys of all kinds & drag out the Balance of there existence in misry & degradation with Scarsely food & rayment enugh to keep sole & body to geather and O God I pray the to Direct a bullet or a bayonet to pirce the hart of every northen Soldier that invades southern Soil & after the Body has Rendered up its Traterish Sole gave it a trators reward a Birth in the Lake of fires & Brimstone. My honest convicksion is that Every man woman & chile that has gave aid to the abolishionist are fit Subjects for Hell I all so ask the to aide the Southern confedercy in mantaining ower rites & establishing the confederate Government Believing in this case the prares from the wicked with prevailith much - Amen "

Throughout the war some Southerners still maintained their humor. The following was printed as a very bold headline in a Jackson Mississippi newspaper:

RAILROAD ACCIDENT
The 10:00 o'clock train
from Meridian
arrived on time today.

The war even made it into the Southern Schools as seen by this math problem found in the Elementary Arithmetic published in the south during the war.

"If one Confederate soldier can whip 7 Yankees, how many Confederate soldiers can whip 49 Yankees?"

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Upcoming Events


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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.


May: 2012
Austin Blair Camp No. 7Auxiliary
Saturday May 5th; 10 a.m.

Michigan Historical Museum
Viewing the Battle Flags.


Monday May 14th; 7 p.m.

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


Monday May 21st; all day

Civil War Day Paragon School 3750 McCain Road Jackson, MI 49201
Date to be announced

Cleaning Veterans headstones
Mt. Evergreen Cemetery Jackson MI.


Monday May 28th

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

Wednesday May 30th

Memorial Day - Traditional.

Saturday May 5th; 10 a.m.

Michigan Historical Museum
Viewing the Battle Flags.


Monday May 14th; 7 p.m.

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


Monday May 21st; all day

Civil War Day Paragon School 3750 McCain Road Jackson, MI 49201
Monday May 28th

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

Wednesday May 30th

Memorial Day - Traditional.

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