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May, 2010


Commanders Column


As we enter the month of May I am reminded of many battlefields that in this month were drenched in the blood of the boys in blue. If you stop to think about it, maybe they didn't really fight to save our country, but more to create our nation. Places like Champion's Hill, Jackson, The Wilderness, and Spotsylvania are names that should never be forgotten by Americans. But it seems that with each passing year this Nation that they created remembers them less.

I suppose it's easier to remember a Wal-Mart or put a quarter in your favorite slot machine than it is to try to remember the hardships and sacrifices they made so that Nation might live.

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In Fraternity, Charity and Loyalty,

Bob Griggs CC
April 26, 2010

  It almost seems to me that President Lincoln was wrong, maybe we as a Nation can forget what they did there. I hope not. I feel that it will be a very sad day for this Nation if they or any of their deeds are forgotten.

As we approach the Civil War Sesquicentennial, let us who are bound to these men by the blood in our veins do all that we can to preserve not only their memories, but also the lands that they sacrificed so much for so that this and all future generations will know what they did. .

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Civil War Quiz

Match the Confederate General and the battle he commanded.

Nathan Bedford Forrest Franklin
Braxton Bragg Port Republic
Robert E. Lee Cedar Creek
Earl Van Dorn Shiloh
Joseph Johnston Antietam
Ben McCulloch Pea Ridge
Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson Chattanooga
Jubal Early Vicksburg
John Hood Pea Ridge
Albert Johnston Chancellorsville

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Treasure's Report
Mike Maillard
1 April 2010 thru 30 April 2010

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DATE
Disbursed/Received
Transaction
Amount
1 April 2010 . Total Begining Balance $2,947.45

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1 April 2010 . General Fund Beginning Balance $1,152.29

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. Consumers Enerty 1st quarter 2010 dividend $20.25
. Camp Members - 50/50 drasing $16.00
. Bob Griggs - payment from Camp for roll raffle tickets $7.00
. Bob Griggs Camp contribution $2.00
. Clark Services Issued CK 437 for two flags, pole, tassels $435.66
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30 April 2010 . General Fund Ending Balance $747.88
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1 April 2010 . Restoration Fund Beginning Balance $459.66

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. Charlie Waters III - Issued Ck 438 for caution tape etc for Thomas Ceremony $14.02
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30 April 2010 . Restoration Fund Ending Balance $445.64
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1 April 2010 . Camp Blair Memorial Fund Beginning Balance $1,335.50
30 April 2010 . Camp Blair Memorial Fund Ending Balance $1,335.50
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30 April 2010 . Total Ending Balance $2,529.02

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DID YOU KNOW??

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Lizzie Coompton enlisted in 8 different regiments during the War. Each time she was found out and discharged. She was however, on active duty long enough to be seriously wounded at Fredericksburg.

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That Abraham Lincoln became the first and only president to witness a battle firsthand at the Battle of Fort Stevens, July 11, 1864.

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Secretary's Report
Ron Tyrl PPC

The April 12, 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, Chris Cox, Dave Gilman, Bob Griggs, Mark Heath, Henry Hawker, Bob Hoffman, Ron Lewis, Howard Lloyd, Bill Lowe, Mike Maillard, Ron Tyrl, Charlie Waters Jr., Daniel Watkins, and Russell Watson.

Commander Griggs opened the meeting with Brother Lowe's announcing that he has a copy of the last GAR Encampment book held in 1946 in Grand Rapids to be given to the Camp historian for one of our Camp's resources.

The Secretary's report was motioned accepted as published in the Courier by Brother Gilman, seconded by Brother Waters. Motion Passed. The Treasurer's Report was distributed and accepted as presented by Brother Gilman, seconded by Brother Lloyd. Motion passed.

Patriotic Instructor

1. Brother Lloyd handed out information on the Sultana disaster April 27, 1865 in Memphis, Tennessee. Brother Lloyd's relative John P. Barnum of the 18th Michigan Infantry was one of the approximately 1,700 men killed in this tragedy of the known 2,300 aboard.

2. The 18th Michigan (Detachment) of 200 men to reinforce Selma Alabama was captured by Confederate cavalry after running out of ammunition and then was sent to prison as prisoners of war and then on release was being sent home via the Sultana.

Graves Registration

1. Treasurer Maillard read Brother Waters report: Preparation for the dedication of 1st Lt. James Thomas new marker at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Grass Lake, on April 17, 2010 has been finalize. 2. The Julius Gifford and William Beverly stones at Woodlawn are both ready to be placed, more to come on this. A Spanish American Veteran headstone at Woodlawn was notice to be broken and more to follow on its replacement.

Signals

1. Commander Griggs reported that three pages were added on the Lincoln pages to the Camp's website. The "Illustrated Lincoln Biography" and "Looking for Lincoln" books by Philip Kuhnhardt were reviewed and both are available in local libraries and are excellent material on the men in blue's Commander in Chief.

Communications

1. Brother Todd Holton's Spring Arbor Lumber family business celebrated its 50th year in business this month. Congratulations to Brother Holton's family. 2. Senior vice Dave Gilman continues to be in contact with the Eagle Scouts and it was agreed that all Eagle Scouts that received a Sons Certificate will be placed on the Camp's website going back for five years.

Flag Replacement Committee

1. Chaplain Heath reported that the committee has forward the information to Treasurer Maillard for the purchase of the flags and accessories from the Allen Park, Michigan Flag Company.

Old Business

1. Commander Griggs reported he will collect the registrations for the up-coming Department Encampment April 23 and 24th in Lansing. Credential cards were also passed out to those attending.

2. The V.A. headstone ordering policy is still being worked, more to follow.

New Business

1. Brother Lewis reviewed the plans for the Concord Memorial Day program. 2. Brother Lowe reported on the details of the dedication program in Grass Lake for Lt James E. Thomas, 17th Mich. Inf. marker; it will be similar to the Sgt Lyon's program done a few years back in Woodlawn. The show time is 10:30am in the Maple Grove Cemetery located on the west side of Grass Lake off Michigan Ave and on Wolf Lake road. Lt. Thomas was transferred to the Ambulance Corps after being wounded so there will be a special presentation on this corps at the dedication program.

For the Good of the Order

1. It was reported that the Starr Commonwealth workers cleaned the Dryer Cemetery west of Springport, Michigan.

2. The Camp has been invited to a program at the Tecumseh Library "Women Who Changed America" Tuesday April 27, 2010 at 7pm. One of the women presented is Sarah Emma Edmonds who enlisted in the 2nd Michigan Infantry as Frank Thompson; she was a male nurse but then became a spy, crossing enemy lines by using many disguises. She fought at Blackburn's Ford and Bull Run. She took leave because of malaria and later listed as a deserter. She wrote a book, "Nurse and Spy in the Union Army". Years later she was granted a pardon and given a veteran's pension. She was the first woman to be given a veteran's pension and the only woman to become a member of the GAR.

3. Secretary Tyrl summarized the 2nd Michigan Cavalry and 112th Illinois Infantry action in the fall 1864 Hood's "Confederate's Last Hurrah" Tennessee campaign: Columbia, Spring Hill, Franklin and Nashville. The Spencers seven shot repeaters armed 2nd Michigan Cavalry (Brother Waters's relative served in) and company M in particular and the 112th Ill. Inf. (Brother Van Hoof's relative served in) were highlighted in the book by Wiley Sword's "Embrace an Angry Wind". The 2nd Michigan troopers were in the rear guard as Gen. Schofield retreated to Nashville guarding the fords the Confederates crossed as they marched. At Columbia on the way to Spring Hill the 2nd passed through the Confederate bivouac at night when they were behind enemy lines and were mistaken for Confederates since many of their troopers wore Union blue uniforms. And the 112th Ill. at Franklin filled in the Union line during the frontal assaults and then became part of the rear guard on the march to Nashville with over 700 Confederate prisoners.

4. Brother Ed Conklin brought a book to the meeting he put together of pictures he took of civil war soldier monuments and military headstones and the soldier biographies in Branch and Hillsdale county. Discussion of Medal of Honor awarded 1st Lt. Charles L. Barrel of the 102 USCT interned in Hillsdale County was held.

5. Brother Chris Cox brought in his 6th Michigan Cavalry relative's embroidered Red Michigan Brigade Cavalry Scarfs and cavalry gloves and a 6th Michigan embroidered ribbon to the meeting.

Commander Griggs proceeded to close the meeting at 8:25pm and our next camp meeting is scheduled for May 10, 2010, to be held at the Eagles, Jackson, Michigan.


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Department Orders No. 8

Series 2009-2010

24 April 2010

1. I hereby order the Headquarters of the Department of Michigan, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War located at 68341 Crooked Creek Rd. White Pigeon, Michigan to temporarily move to Great Lakes Christian College, 6211 W. Willow Hwy Lansing, MI 48917, in order to conduct the business of the Department at the 121st Annual Encampment

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


National Commander
Leo Kennedy
General Order #10

SERIES 2009-2010

28 April 2010

1- I offer my congratulations to the Col. George L. Willard Camp 154 of the Department of New York on their 110th anniversary on the 25th of December, 2009.

2- Effective March, 2010, Brother Raymond W LeMay III is appointed a Chair of the Canadian Union Veterans Recognition Monument Committee.

3- As Mothers Day approaches, I ask that we re-new a practice followed by the GAR in the early 1900s. In General Orders written by Samuel R. VanSant, Commander-in-Chief of the GAR in 1910, he said, “Who knows better than the members of our order the suffering and sacrifices made by the mothers of ’61 to ’65, and who of us can forget their devotion to the country and the cause for which we fought.” Please join me in honoring our mothers. Let us all adopt the task of wearing a white carnation on Mother’s Day, following the GAR who adopted this to support the enactment of Mothers Day and to honor their mothers.

My thanks to Brother Mark Hale, Kennesaw Mountain Camp 3, Dept of GA and SC for bring this practice to light 100 years later.

Ordered this 28th day of April, 2010

Leo F Kennedy
Commander-in-Chief
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Attested:

Donald Palmer
Secretary,
National Order, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War


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A few years back many of us took part in the ceremony to rededicate the cannon located in G.A.R. Park in Eaton Rapids.

This morning when I checked my e mail I found I was copied on an e mail sent that was sent out from Department of Michigan Civil War Memorials Officer, Douglas Armstrong in answer to questions that were forwarded to him concerning that cannon. I would like to put that information in here as a reminder of just one of the Civil War Monuments located locally.


Members of Austin Blair Camp at the rededication of the cannon
located in G.A.R. Park, Eaton Rapids.
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"Here is the information you requested that is in the Department of Michigan's Memorial Assessment Database. Thank you for your interest.

Cannon (North)
One of five experimental cannons, 1864.
According to plaque, may be only one left.
End of barrel – 3610. 4.2

A 4.2 inch, 30 Pdr. Iron Parrott Rifle which was 1 of 5 experimental cannon cast at the West Point Foundry in New York between 1864 and 1865 It was one of two cast in March of 1864 and inspected by Ordnance Officer Daniel Webster Flagler. His initials may be located somewhere on the cannon tube. It is indeed a unique and special piece being the only one that survives of the five cast. The number 3610 represents the weight of the cannon.

It came to Eaton Rapids by donation of the Ordnance Department from the Ft. Monroe Arsenal in Virginia to the J.B. Brainerd Post 111 on January 27, 1898. The donation appears in the Annual Report of the War Department's Chief of Ordnance for the year 1899, letter # 15506. The plaque was placed and dedicated on the G.A.R. Island Park by the Austin Blair Camp #7 in June of 2004.

Cannon (South)
End of barrel – No. 11. W.P.F. 1862.9804
End of axle – R.P.P. 100 PDR 6.4

6.4 inch, 100 Pdr. Iron Parrott Rifle was cast and inspected by Robert Parker Parrott as one of nine on April 5th, 1862 at the West Point Foundry and sent to Fort Monroe Arsenal for service. It is one of 233 cast between 1861-1865 and is one of 53 that survive today. There are 7 cannon of this size in Michigan. The Number 11 signifies the Registry #; W.P.F. is West Point Foundry; 9804 is the weight in lbs.; and R.P.P. is for the ordnance inspector at the time of casting. 6.4 represents the diameter of the muzzle and 100 pdr. is the weight of the projectile.

It hasn't been discovered yet as to how this cannon came to be in Eaton Rapids. As a sidenote, the pedestal monument and the experimental cannon were relocated to the island from Rose Hill Cemetery in Eaton Rapids in 1910.

I hope this is of some help to you with your research.

Yours Respectfully,

Douglas Armstrong
Civil War Memorials Officer
Department of Michigan
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War"

Thank you Douglas for sharing this information with us.


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Civil War Quiz
Answers

Nathan Bedford Forrest Fort Pillow
Braxton Bragg Chattanooga
Robert E. Lee Antietam
Earl Van Dorn Pea Ridge
Joseph Johnston Resaca
Ben McCulloch Wilson's Creek
Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson Port Republic
Jubal Early Cedar Creek
John Hood Franklin
Albert Johnston Shiloh

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Upcoming Events


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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.

June: 2010

Austin Blair Camp No. 7Auxiliary
No regular meeting is scheduled for June.


Saturday 26th 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Sunday 27th Noon - 4 p.m. Waterloo

Waterloo Farm Museum Blacksmith, Soldiers and Log Cabin Weekend. Waterloo Farm Museum 9998 Waterloo Munith Rd., Waterloo Michigan

No regular meeting is scheduled for June.


Saturday 26th 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Sunday 27th Noon - 4 p.m. Waterloo

Waterloo Farm Museum Blacksmith, Soldiers and Log Cabin Weekend. Waterloo Farm Museum 9998 Waterloo Munith Rd., Waterloo Michigan


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