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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."


May, 2011


General Order No. 11
Headquarters, Grand Army of the Republic
Washington, D.C., May 5, 1868

I.  The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land. In this observance no form or ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.

We are organized, comrades, as our regulations tell us, for the purpose, among other things, "of preserving and strengthening those kind and fraternal feelings which have bound together the soldiers, sailors, and marines who united to suppress the late rebellion." What can aid more to assure this result than by cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead, who made their breasts a barricade between our country and its foe? Their soldier lives were the reveille of freedom to a race in chains, and their death a tattoo of rebellious tyranny in arms. We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the Nation can add to their adornment and security is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let no wanton foot tread rudely on such hallowed grounds.

Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and found mourners. Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten, as a people, the cost of free and undivided republic.

If other eyes grow dull and other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain in us.

Let us, then, at the time appointed, gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from dishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us as sacred charges upon the Nation's gratitude,--the soldier's and sailor's widow and orphan.

II.  It is the purpose of the Commander-in-Chief to inaugurate this observance with the hope it will be kept up from year to year, while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his departed comrades. He earnestly desires the public press to call attention to this Order, and lend its friendly aid in bringing it to the notice of comrades in all parts of the country in time for simultaneous compliance therewith.

III.  Department commanders will use every effort to make this order effective.

By command of:
JOHN A. LOGAN,
Commander-in-Chief.


Civil War Challenge
Naming Battle

The Union usually named battles after bodies of water. The Confederates used the name of towns that were close by.

Can you match up the Union and Confederate names of the following battles?

Union NameConfederate Name
  
AntietamOak Hill
Bull RunMurfreesboro
Pea RidgeFort Loudon
Opequon CreekWinchester
Pittsburg LandingManassas
Fort SandersSharpsburg
Ocean PondElkhorn Tavern
Stones RiverShiloh
Monitor & MerrimackOlustee
Wilson's CreekMonitor & Virginia

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Treasure's Report
Mike Maillard

1 April 2011 thru 30 April 2011

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DATE
Disbursed/Received
Transaction
Amount
1 April 2011 . Total Begining Balance $3,778.91

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1 April 2011 . General Fund Beginning Balance $2,007.98

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. Received 1st Qrt 2011 dividend from Consumers Energy $20.25
. Received 2012 membership dues for David VanHoof* $41.00
. Issued Check 454 to Dept. of MI for 2011 per capita dues $992.00
. Issued Check 455 to Bob Griggs reimbursement for flag topper $39.00
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30 April 2011 . General Fund Ending Balance $1,038.23
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1 April 2011 . Restoration Fund Beginning Balance $435.43

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30 April 2011 . Restoration Fund Ending Balance $435.43
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1 April 2011 . Camp Blair Memorial Fund Beginning Balance $1,335.50
30 April 2011 . Camp Blair Memorial Fund Ending Balance $1,335.50
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30 April 2011 . Total Ending Balance $2,809.16

* When this was posted I put the date for dues paid as 2011 and it should have been 2012. Webmaster (bg)

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Secretary's Report
Ron Tyrl PPC

The April 11, 2011 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, Dave Gilman, Bob Griggs, Henry Hawker, Bob Hoffman, Ron Lewis, Brock Lloyd, Howard Lloyd, Mike Maillard, Jeff Oberdank, Ron Tyrl, Dave VanHoof, Charlie Waters Jr., and Daniel Watkins and past member Landon Hawker, back from Arizona.

Camp Commander Oberdank welcomed everyone to the April meeting. The Secretary's report was motioned accepted as published in the Courier by Brother Waters and, clarification on the acceptance of last month's Treasurer's Report to reflect Brother Hoffman motioned to accept the report and that he had not presented it, seconded by Brother Griggs, motion passed. The Treasurer's Report was distributed and motioned accepted by Brother Gilman, seconded by Brother Lewis. Motion passed. The Camp has 32 paid members, 2 Life members and 3 juniors for the Camp's annual report due the end of the month, for a total per capita due of $992.

Patriotic Instructor

1. Brother Watkins recognized the 150th anniversary tomorrow of the firing on Fort Sumter, April 12, 1861. The beginning of the four-year national observance of the war that tore the country apart. Major Robert Anderson after 36 hours of shelling surrendered the fort and the only casualty was a Confederate officer's horse.

Graves Registration

1. Brother Waters' report was read: Brother Waters has been surveying three cemeteries in Henrietta Township for civil war veterans this past month.

Signals

1. Brother Griggs has added the First Michigan Engineers and Mechanics' Brown Book Link, the Edward Everett Gettysburg speech and a link to the Michigan Sesquicentennial events: numerous events scheduled throughout the state listed.

Communications

1. The Camp has received invitations to the Jackson, Concord and Spring Arbor Memorial Day Parades. More details during May's meeting.

Old Business

1. Brother Griggs brought in the 10 inch gold Spear topper motioned to be purchased last meeting for viewing and installation on the new National Flag Pole.

2. Brother Hawker hasn't been able to get in contact with Dept. Rep. Harrison on the proposal to work with a Sons of Confederate Veteran's Camp in recognition of the 150th Sesquicentennial.

3. The Sesquicentennial "Kick-Off" event, Saturday, April 16th at the Michigan Library and Museum in Lansing was discussed.

4. Brother Cox summarized the Friday, May 6th, Northwest School program, with Pickett's Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg as the battle scenario and Brother Gilman will be bringing a cannon for the event. The Camp's tent and fly will be set up for the medical hospital scenario. Brother Cox is the contact point for those interested in participating.

New Business

1. The delegation cards will be brought to the May meeting for the Department Encampment scheduled May 21st at the Great Lakes Christian College in Lansing. The program is "Stealing Lincoln's Body".

2. The Paragon school program coordinated by Brother Griggs is scheduled for Friday, June 3rd. More details as event comes closer.

3. The Camp received an invitation to participate in the 175th Concord, Michigan event scheduled Friday, June 10 at the High School, 4pm until dusk.

4. An invitation was also received for our Camp's participate, June 11th in St. John, Michigan for a dedication ceremony, Bugler and Rifle Volley Squad requested, more details at the May meeting.

5. Brother Howard Lloyd is coordinating an October 7th Williamston, Michigan "Homecoming Game Color Guard Detail", more to follow.

For the Good of the Order

1. Brother Maillard reported that the Arlington Urns, discussed at a previous meeting, have been giving back to the cemetery for placement back to their original spot.

2. The numerous Civil War programs throughout the state and country and in the newspapers, on television: History, National Geographic and Book tv channels and the movies were discussed, to include the Robert Redford "Conspirator" movie opening this weekend. Brother Vanhoof informed the Camp that Mary Surratt had relatives living here in Jackson, County that he grew up with.

3. Discussion on a recent newspaper article that stated a Confederate prisoner of war applied for a federal pension and was awarded it. It was surprising that he was able to receive a federal pension when the government made it a challenge for Union Army veterans to receive a pension for their service. The article didn't give details on the reason the Confederate was awarded a pension but it was guessed that he may have been disabled during his internment.

4. Brother Lowe will be presenting "Jackson and the Civil War" April 16th from 2 to 4pm, at the Carnegie Library.

Commander Oberdank proceeded to close the meeting at 8:30pm and our next camp meeting is scheduled for May 9, 2011, to be held at Post 29 American Legion, Jackson, Michigan.


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Union NameConfederate Name
  
AntietamSharpsburg
Bull RunManassas
Pea RidgeElkhorn Travern
Opequon CreekWinchester
Pittsburg LandingShiloh
Fort SandersFort Loudon
Ocean PondOlustee
Stones RiverMurfreesboro
Monitor & MerrimackMonitor & Virginia
Wilson's CreekOak Hills

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Upcoming Events


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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.



June: 2011
Austin Blair Camp No. 7Auxiliary
Friday June 3rd Jackson 10 am - 2 pm

Civil War Day Paragon School, 3750 McCain Road, Jackson, MI.


No regular meeting is scheduled for June.


Friday 10th 4 p.m. Concord High School
Celebrating the 175 year of operation of Concord Schools. This will be
going on until dusk with fireworks to follow.


Saturday 11th 1 p.m. St. Johns
Civil War Grave Rededication (Mt. Rest Cemetery, East Steel Street, St. Johns, Michigan). 1 PM. The George W. Anderson Camp No. 58 will be honoring William R. Howland, the last Civil War veteran to be buried in Clinton County.


Saturday 25th 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Sunday 26th Noon - 4 p.m. Waterloo

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

Friday June 3rd Jackson 10 am - 2 pm

Civil War Day Paragon School, 3750 McCain Road, Jackson, MI.


No regular meeting is scheduled for June.


Friday 10th 4 p.m. Concord High School
Celebrating the 175 year of operation of Concord Schools. This will be
going on until dusk with fireworks to follow.


Saturday 11th 1 p.m. St. Johns
Civil War Grave Rededication (Mt. Rest Cemetery, East Steel Street, St. Johns, Michigan). 1 PM. The George W. Anderson Camp No. 58 will be honoring William R. Howland, the last Civil War veteran to be buried in Clinton County.
Saturday 25th 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Sunday 26th 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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