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May, 2012


In this issue

Commanders Column
Secretary's Report
Treasurer Report
The Badge of the G.A.R.
A Civil War Mascot
Upcoming events
Back Issues


"Fighting" Joe Hooker
What they Said

"It is with heartfelt satisfaction the commanding general announces to the army that the operations of the last three days have determined that our enemy must either ingloriously fly or come out from behind his defenses and give us battle on our own ground, where certain destruction awaits him"
General Hooker's General Order 47 issued April 30, 1863.


 

  "You can go forward then."

General Stonewall Jackson to general Robert Rodes 5:15 p.m. May 2, 1863.


Thomas J. (Stonewall) Jackson
 
  "It's a Yankee, pour it into them boys!"
Major John Berry 18th N.C. (CSA) when ordering his men to fire on Stonewall Jackson's group - Chancellorsville.
 

Commanders Column


Gentlemen,

This month appears, to be a very busy - active month as we strive to meet our responsibilities, relative to the Order, and the Boys in Blue.

I trust we as a Camp and as individuals will strive to pursue these obligations in a manner befitting our ancestors and comrades. I would also hope we all can take a moment to reflect, on our privileges, as Brothers, to be able to participate in these festivities. Be they Memorial Day parades monument dedications of new things, like in Monroe, or re-dedications of monuments and stones , pursued and placed by Brothers before us.

It is an honor, our honor, to be able to do these things.

It is with great regret that I must mention Brother Mulvihill and his family in this column. And its with greater regret, it's not about cigars and perhaps Bourbon around the fire. Bob as you know from previous communications over the last few days, is in the hosp. and has undergone several surgeries. We truly wish him our best wishes, thoughts and prayers for an improvement in his current situation, so he can again join us around the above fire, and or Camp setting.

Gentlemen my respects.

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 Badge of the G.A.R.

The original badge of the Grand Army of the Republic was adopted in 1866, but the one finally adopted and which is most familiar to us today was completely different. This badge was adopted in 1870 and became the official badge from that time on. The badge is described as;

The badge is bronze, made from cannon captured in different decisive battles during the late rebellion, and in form a five-pointed star, similar in design to the two hundred medals of honor authorized by act of Congress to be given to soldiers and sailors most distinguished for meritorious and gallant conduct during the late war. In the center of the badge is the Goddess of Liberty , representing Loyalty; on either side a soldier and a sailor clasping hands, representing Fraternity, and two children receiving benediction and assurance of protection from the comrades, representing Charity. On each side of the group is the National flag and the eagle, representing Freedom, and the axe or Bundle of Rods, or Fasces, representing Union. In each point of the star is the insignia of the various arms of the service, viz; the Bugle for Infantry, Cross Cannons for Artillery, Cross Muskets for the Marine, Cross Swords for Cavalry, and the Anchor for Sailors. Over the central group are the words "Grand Army of the Republic," and under the word and figure, "1861 - Veteran - 1866," commemorating the commencement and the close of the rebellion, and also the date of the organization of the Order.

On the reverse side is a Branch of Laurel-the crown and reward of the brave-in each point of the star. The National Shield in the center, surrounded by the twenty-four recognized Corps' Badges, numerical arranged, each on a keystone, and all linked together, showing they are united, and will guard and protect the Shield of the Nation. Around the center is a circle of stars , representing the States of the Union and the Departments composing the Grand Army of the Republic.

The clasp is composed of the figure of an Eagle, with Cross Cannon and ammunition, representing Defense; the Eagle with drawn sword hovering over and always ready to protect from insult or dishonor the National Flag, which is also the Emblem and Ribbon of the Order."

It should be noted that in 1884 the Order also adopted a button to be worn by their members on the left lapel of the coat. These buttons were also made from captured Confederate cannon.

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Treasure's Report
Mike Maillard

1 April 2012 thru 30 April 2012

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DATE
Disbursed/Received
Transaction
Amount
1 April 2012 . Total Begining Balance $3,023.05

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1 April 2012 . General Fund Beginning Balance $1,270.63

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. Received 1st Qrt Dividends Conusmers Energy $20.25
. Issued Check 232 Roger Manning For over payment of dues $5.00
. Received from Roger Manning contribution to camp $5.00
. Funds from 50/50 drawing   $18.00
. Received from Jeff Oberdank contribution to camp $13.00
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30 April 2012 . General Fund Ending Balance $1,321.88
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1 April 2012 . Restoration Fund Beginning Balance $416.92

30 April 2012 . Restoration Fund Ending Balance $416.92
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1 April 2012 . Camp Blair Memorial Fund Beginning Balance $1,335.50
30 April 2012 . Camp Blair Memorial Fund Ending Balance $1,335.50
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30 April 2012 . Total Ending Balance $3,074.30

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Secretary's Report
Ron Tyrl PPC

The April 9, 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, Ron Lewis, Howard Lloyd, Bill Lowe, Mike Maillard, Roger Manning, Bob Mulvihill, Jeff Oberdank, Ron Tyrl, Charlie Waters Jr. Brock Lloyd and Russell Watson.

Commander Hawker is ill today so Past Commander Griggs filled in for the meeting.

It was also reported that Brother Dan Doyle has been feeling poorly and PCC Griggs wished them a speedy recovery. The Secretary's report was motioned accepted as published in the Courier by Brother Waters and seconded by Brother Manning, motion passed.

The Treasurer's Report was motioned accepted as presented by Brother Oberdank, seconded by Brother Watson, motion passed. Treasurer Maillard reported that a check has been written for the 2012 per capita dues for $1033.00 after the initiation fee was set a $5 instead of $10 so Brothers Manning and Funkhouser will be refunded $5. Treasurer Maillard received the Tax Exemption status receipt for 2012 and it will be placed in the Camp's records.

By-Laws Committee

1. The By Laws committee: Senior Vice-Commander Lloyd, Heath and Tyrl deferred the report until the May meeting due to Brother Heath's participation at the Battle of Shiloh reenactment and is not present at the meeting.

Patriotic Instructor

1. Brother Oberdank gave a "today in history" brief on the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia on April 9, 1865. Brother Mulvihill, The Camp's "General Grant" was teased that when Joe Johnston surrendered to Sherman later the number of men surrendered was three times as big as General Lee's.

Civil War Memorials

1. Discussion was held on the Restoration and Camp Blair Memorial Funds as to what these funds can be used for. An Eagle Scout has a project to place a flag pole at the Jacob Realy Waterloo Farm and a question was raised on whether these funds could be used to help the Scout. It was determined that these funds are for monuments and cemetery work and Camp Blair related expenses and the general fund would be more appropriate for this Eagle scout project. A 50/50 was done and $31 was collected for the Scout for the flag pole project.

Graves Registration

1. Brother Maillard presented Brother Waters' report: The activities in March and the beginning of April are as follows. In mid March investigations were conducted concerning two Civil War veterans from out of state inquiries over the Internet. One party was from California and inquired on a George Town who was alleged to be buried in Mt. Evergreen. That veteran was found and was a descendant of the party making the inquiry. The other party was from Virginia and inquired on a Howard Eben, who was alleged to be buried in Hanover Cemetery. That investigation resulted in the out of state party indicating that the veteran was not of their family. On March 26, an investigation was made at the Pearson Cemetery. A member of the Jackson Genealogy Society was asking our assistance to locate the grave of a Jesse Miller, a veteran and family member of that inquirer. The grave was not located, at this time. On April 6, Brother Waters went to the Fifield Cemetery to investigate if any Civil War veteran's stones were damaged as the result of vandalism at that cemetery, as reported in the Cit Pat on last Thursday. No veteran's stones were disturbed.

Signals

1. Brother Griggs has up-dated the Camp's 2012 page and the year's schedule of events, and the Brown Book pages were checked good.

Communications

1. The renewal of the Camp's GAR Post 48 Book's contract with Ella Sharp Park Museum for another three year loan is coming due in July.
2. Brother Griggs was congratulated for all his hard work and efforts this year with being awarded the Department's "Abraham Lincoln" award for 2012.

Old Business

1. The cleaning of the Governor Austin Blair Monument at Evergreen Cemetery to be scheduled as soon as permission is received from the cemetery.

New Business

1. Brother Maillard briefed on the Dept. Encampment items this year: Brother Maillard requested more participation next year from our camp as there were three from our camp representing at this year's encampment.
2. A Dept. Aid position was made to assist in Drill and Ceremony procedures at events. This aid will coordinate with local commanders at events, if necessary, to assist from the Dept. level.
3. Brother Maillard presented a streamer for the Camp's flag for our participation in last year's Detroit Veteran's Day parade.
4. Also the Camp was awarded the "Austin Blair Award" for the largest number of new members gain in the last twelve months, "Thank You", Brothers Dennis Oberdank, Brad Funkhouser and Roger Manning.
5. GAR buildings in Michigan inventory is currently being done by the department.
6. Brother Maillard ended by showing a "Membership Brochure" produced for recruitment and informational for prospective members to be given at events or on inquiries of our order. The professional looking glossy fliers are to be ordered from the Department at 11cents each. It was agreed after discussion that our camp should purchase a set of these when available.

For the Good of the Order

1. April 14th, 2012, The "Lincoln Tomb" program is next weekend; SVC Lloyd and family are planning on attending.
2. April 24, Sunfield Camp's "Citizens & Soldiers" program is scheduled.
3. May 5, 2012 The Battle Flag's viewing at the Michigan Museum in Lansing is coming up. Car pool meeting at the Alpha Coney Island at the Crossing mall.
4. May 19, The Jonesville "Grosvenor House Encampment".
5. May 21, The Paragon school program show time 0800.
6. May 28, Memorial Day events: Jackson, Concord and Spring Arbor details to come.
7. June 16, Turkeyville, Michigan Muster.
8. June 23-23 Waterloo Farm Museum's Blacksmith & Soldiers weekend.
9. 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.
10. Brother Maillard closed the meeting by displaying some Civil War memorabilia he got from a recent Ann Arbor Fairgrounds Box Lot auction. His purchased box contained some United Confederate Veteran ribbons and medallions from the turn of the 20th century.

Past Commander Griggs proceeded to close the meeting at 8:10pm and our next camp meeting is scheduled for May 14, 2012, to be held at Post 29 American Legion, Jackson, Michigan.

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A Civil War Mascot
"Sallie"

Submitted by Ron Tyrl

                 Sallie, a brindle bull terrier, joined the 11th Pennsylvania Regiment as a puppy in the early days of the war. Through it all, she provided a source of comfort, pride, and inspiration for her fighting comrades. Sallie would hold her position on the line and bark fiercely at the enemy. One thing was clear; a bond of unconditional love and loyalty existed between Sallie and the men.

At Gettysburg, the gallant little dog became separated from her unit in the confusion of the first day's battle. Refusing to pass through the Rebel lines, Sallie returned to her unit's former position atop Oak Ridge, staying among her fallen comrades, licking wounds of the injured and watching over lifeless bodies. Days later, after the Confederates retreated from the field, she was found weakened and malnourished, amidst the dead and debris. A compassionate soldier recognized her and returned Sallie to her unit. No doubt, the reunion was joyful!

When the 11th passes in review during a special guest's visit, the tall gentleman removed his stove top hat when Sallie brought up the rear in recognition of her loyalty to the men.

Miraculously Sallie had avoided being shot at Gettysburg, but on May 8, 1864, the same day the regiment's Captain Keenan was killed; she was shot in the neck by a minie ball. After being examined at the field hospital, a surgeon pronounced she would live but the bullet could not be removed. After a few days recuperation at the hospital, she returned to the unit with the painful and annoying wound, eventually becoming a battle scar. Fatefully, just two months before the end of the war, Sallie was in her usual position on February 6, 1865, at Hatcher's Run, Virginia, when a bullet struck her in the head, killing her.

Heartbroken over the loss of their beloved mascot, the men buried their loyal friend on the field of battle where she fell.

When the 11th Pennsylvania erected their monument at Gettysburg, they could not forget their little companion who bravely and faithfully served by their sides throughout.

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Upcoming Events


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.


 

 
 

 

June: 2012
Austin Blair Camp No. 7Auxiliary
No regular meeting is scheduled for June.


Friday June 1 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Friends of Michigan History 2nd Annual Band Concert. State Capital Lansing. Rain date Sunday June 3rd at 2 p.m.


Saturday - Sunday June 16 - 17

The Battle of Turkeyville. Turkeyville, MI


Saturday June 23, 2 p.m.

Headstone dedication Stockbridge. This will be North of Stockbridge. Please check back for more information.


Saturday 23th 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Sunday 24th 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.


Friday June 1 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Friends of Michigan History 2nd Annual Band Concert. State Capital Lansing. Rain date Sunday June 3rd at 2 p.m.


Saturday - Sunday June 16 - 17

The Battle of Turkeyville. Turkeyville, MI


Saturday June 23, 2 p.m.

Headstone dedication Stockbridge. This will be North of Stockbridge. Please check back for more information.


Saturday 23th 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Sunday 24th 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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