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June, 2010


Commanders Column


I read a short article in the Gazette section of the May/June issue of History (The History Channel Magazine) about saving Civil War Battle Flags.

It left me rather disheartened, as it spoke about the different states and how they were proposing to, or have made drastic cuts in funding for civil war flag preservation. One state mentioned has not appropriated any money for their 400 plus Civil War battle flags in over 10 years.

Two or three years ago several members of our Camp made a visit to the Historical Library in Lansing to view Michigan's Civil War Battle Flags. It was a great trip and I couldn't help but wonder about the stories those flags could tell if only they could talk. I think we could all set and listen to those stories for days on end without ever getting bored.

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In Fraternity, Charity and Loyalty,

Bob Griggs CC
May 1, 2010
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  I know one story they themselves would not want to hear. To be honest with you it's one that I never would have believed had I not seen it for myself.

It happened on the 29th of April and I don't believe I have ever been more disappointed in the people of this area than I was that night. My wife and I went to the spring concert at our granddaughters' school. At the beginning of it, a young girl who I believed to be a kindergartener stepped up to the microphone and sang the National Anthem (it was wonderful by the way). I'll admit that maybe it wasn't LeAnn Rimes or Whitey Houston singing, but out of a FILLED to STANDING ROOM ONLY gym I would guess that the number of people who stood and removed their hats could be counted on one hand. There may have even been enough fingers left over to have a re-count in case you thought you were wrong the first time.

Just kind of makes me wonder with the apathy shown here, if the public in general even feels that there is a reason to save the flags, or even knows that they exist.

Maybe it's time that we as a group start hitting the schools and in the course of talking to the children, teach them the proper respect for the flag, and they can pass it along to their parents. .

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Civil War Quiz

Can you put the states in the order that they seceded from the Union?

Alabama
Arkansas
Florida
Georgia
Louisiana
Mississippi
North Carolina
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Virginia

Click here to see the correct answers


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Treasure's Report
Mike Maillard

1 May 2010 thru 30 June 2010

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DATE
Disbursed/Received
Transaction
Amount
1 April 2010 . Total Begining Balance $2,529.02

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1 May 2010 . General Fund Beginning Balance $747.88

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. Issued Check 440 Purple Heart Chapter 799 $10.00
. Issued Check 441 Ella Sharp Museum for Civil War Exhibit $50.00
30 June 2010 . General Fund Ending Balance $687.88
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1 May 2010 . Restoration Fund Beginning Balance $445.64

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. Charlie Waters III - Issued Ck 439 for marker restoration - paint/cement $11.59
. Donation from family of William Beverly $10.00
30 June 2010 . Restoration Fund Ending Balance $444.05
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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 $2,467.43

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DID YOU KNOW??

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During the War there were 267 Union soldiers executed by U.S. military authorities.

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Also there were 104 killed after capture, and 64 executed by the enemy

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Secretary's Report
Ron Tyrl PPC

The May 10, 2010 meeting of the Austin Blair Camp No.7 Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War was held at the Eagles, (Alt. Location) State Building, Jackson, Michigan.

Members in attendance were Brothers: Dan Conklin, Ed Conklin, Chris Cox, Dave Gilman, Bob Griggs, Mark Heath, Ron Lewis, Howard Lloyd, Bill Lowe, Mike Maillard, Ron Tyrl, Charlie Waters Jr., Daniel Watkins and guest Dept SVC Dave Arnold.

Commander Griggs opened the meeting by announcing that a sympathy card was sent to Camp 17's Brother Aves for the passing of his wife, who was also in 17's auxiliary.

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

Patriotic Instructor

Brother Lloyd reviewed today's anniversary of the death of General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, May 10, 1863. He was mistaken for Federal Cavalry and shot three times on the night of May 2nd at the Battle of Chancellorsville. Discussion followed on the Pneumonia that caused his death and his burial and the separate burial of his amputated arm.

Graves Registration

1. Treasurer Maillard read Brother Waters' report: The dedication program for 1st Lt. James Thomas' new marker at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Grass Lake in April was well attended by our Camp, 17th Infantry reenactors and Lt. Thomas's family.

2. Brother Waters attended the Dept. Encampment and nothing new on the V.A. headstone ordering procedures.

3. The Julius Gifford and William Beverly stones at Woodlawn were placed in April

4. Also in April, Brother Waters assisted in two headstones placed in Eaton Rapids where there was no stones marking the graves.

5. There is a planned power washing of the Mt Evergreen Civil War headstones detail scheduled for Saturday May 15th at 10am prior to Memorial Day.

Signals

1. Commander Griggs reported that an April 2010 Camp activities webpage was added to the Camp's website.

Communications

1. A "Thank You" letter was received from the family of Lt. Thomas for the program dedication done in April. They thanked Brother Lowe for the many hours of research, and a special "Thank you" to Brother Mulvihill for his rendition of "The Star Spangle Banner" performed at the dedication.

2. An invitation was received to participate in the Monday May 31st, 2010 Spring Arbor Memorial Day parade at 1:00pm.

3. The Ella Sharp Museum is sponsoring a Civil War pictorial program from July until September and is requesting $20 to sponsor each of the 400 men that died from Jackson during the war to help pay for the exhibit. Brother Tyrl motioned to sponsor a soldier and Chaplain Heath seconded and proposed the Camp sponsor in the name of Edward Pomeroy 1st Michigan Infantry, killed at Bull Run, August 30, 1862 and the namesake of the Jackson GAR Post 48. Motion Passed.

4. The Jackson Order of the Purple Heart is seeking donations to beautify Withington Park. Brother Maillard motion to donate $10 for this project, seconded by Brother Lloyd. Motion Passed.

Flag Replacement Committee

1. Treasurer Maillard reported that the money was sent for the purchase of two National flags and the flags should be received in a couple of weeks.

Old Business

1. The Camp will be participating in the Jackson, Concord and Spring Arbor parades; 10:00am, 09:30am and 1:00pm respectively on Monday, May 31st.

New Business

1. Chaplain Heath reported that Tripp's Auto shop will be sponsoring the 2010 Jackson Cascades' Muster and the Camp has been invited to the Muster meeting this Thursday, May 13th at 7:00pm at the Cascades' Park office, to recognize the business for their support.

2. Commander Griggs registered the Camp to participate at the Turkeyville Muster August 13 -15th, 2010; more on this as it gets closer.

3. Monday 17, 2010 the Camp will be participating in an Adrian Middle School program at 11:30 to 2:00pm at Madison Gardens School. The third day of the Battle of Gettysburg will be reenacted with the students and other displays and lessons on the period will be done for the students.

For the Good of the Order

1. Brother Lewis is downsizing his library collection and brought in a number of Civil War magazines for Camp members to have.

2. Brother Watkins brought in a Recruitment sign and a President Lincoln assassination reward sign he just purchased for display.

3. Discussion on County Bounties and the Taxes collected during the Civil War to pay these bounties and the "Stay Laws" that prevented collectors from attaching the property of men in the army for payment of debt while in the service. However, a story of a soldier writing home to tell his wife to do what she thought best when the county taxed his hunting dog while he was away in the service and she didn't have the extra money to pay the tax on his dog.

4. Department Rep. Dave Arnold sent greetings for the Department and reviewed the following:

    A. A department committee will be formed to organize a 100 man Michigan SUVCW group to participate in a community event this summer for the         up-coming Sesquicentennial.

    B. An e-mail will be forwarded to coordinate rides and roommates for the 2010 National Encampment held in Kansas.

    C. The Camp was invited to participate in the Mt. Hope Memorial Day program in Lansing, Saturday May 29th at 11:00am at the Flag Pole.

Commander Griggs proceeded to close the meeting at 8:10pm and our next camp meeting is scheduled for July 12, 2010, to be held at the Eagles, Jackson, Michigan.


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Department Orders No. 1

Series 2010-2011

15 April 2010

1. Having been duly elected and installed as Department Commander, I hereby assume command of the Department of Michigan, SUVCW.

2. Headquarters for the Department is transferred to 3914 Larchmont Street, Flint, Michigan 48532. General correspondence to the Department should be sent to the Secretary for the Department of Michigan, Paul Davis, 535 Mayflower Drive, Saginaw, Michigan 48638.

3. I offer the thanks of the Department to all of the outgoing officers who served the Department so well and so faithfully over the last term. I particularly thank Chuck Worley, PDC, for the fine job he did as Department Commander in the last term. It is very much appreciated Brother Chuck.

4. I offer the thanks of the Department to the Women's Relief Corps, who took the lead among the Allied Orders in giving us a fine Encampment program this year. I also thank C in C Kennedy who took time out of an incredibly busy schedule to be with us at the Encampment and install our officers for the coming term. Finally, I thank all the brothers of this Department who took the time and trouble to attend that Encampment, helping us to do the business of the Department. Brothers, decisions are made by those who show up. Thanks for being there to help.

5. I offer the thanks of the Department to all those brothers filling elected and appointed offices for the current term as well as all of those who are currently serving the Order on committees.

6. Web Sites - I urge each Camp Signals Officer and Camp Commander to check your Camp's Web Site. If it needs to be updated, please do that. Brothers, some of these haven't been updated for months or years. If someone needs to find out about your Camp or how to contact a particular officer, it can be frustrating to say the least if they are getting bad information from our own on line services.

7. The National Encampment will be held this year in Overland Park, Kansas, which is in the greater Kansas City area. Dates for the Encampment will be August 12-15, 2010. As many brothers as can make the Encampment are encouraged to go. Pre-registration materials are now available at the National Web Site, www.SUVCW.org. To facilitate carpooling and hotel accommodations, our Senior Vice Commander, Dave Arnold, will be happy to see if he can't pair people up to drive out together, who may be interested in sharing expenses and the riggers of the drive. Dave can be contacted at SUVCW@hotmail.com or at (517) 321-6013. Please use the subject title SUVCW National Encampment when writing him. He tells me he will be more than happy to help.

8. Lastly, and certainly most importantly, Memorial Day will be celebrated on Sunday, May 30th with the "day off" happening on the 31st. All brothers are encouraged to do something to mark this important day. If you can do an activity with your brothers from your camp, so much the better. If you can't do something with your camp brothers, then I offer a suggestion. Find a civil war veteran, one whose grave has not been previously strewn with flowers, and appears to have been forgotten. Make it your business to see that the grave has been tended, a flag has been placed, and the soldier beneath the stone has been honored. Memorial Day is a date that is central to our obligations as Sons of Union Veterans. Don't let it pass without doing something to keep green the memory of those soldiers and sailors of 1861 to 1865.

I wish you all a happy summer.

In Fraternity, Charity and Loyalty,

/s/

Donald W. Shaw
Department Commander
Department of Michigan
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Attest:

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Paul Davis
Department Secretary
Department of Michigan
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War


National Commander
Leo Kennedy
General Order #11

SERIES 2009-2010

27 May 2010

Memorial Day is a day set aside for remembering not only our ancestors, but of their deeds that helped protect our nation. In 1776, Thomas Paine said that "These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of men and women." Paine was referring to early America and the patriots standing to make it one new nation.

As the Civil War tested that principle, and defined the Nation, President Lincoln spoke at Gettysburg in fall of 1863 saying “that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain.”

These both talk of the importance of Patriotism and of remembering those that sacrificed all for our County and for allowing us to enjoy our freedoms. On this Memorial Day take a minute to remember the men and women that have fallen while in service to our County from 1776 to today. Thank them for their service to America.

As we celebrate Memorial Day, take the time to remember our ancestors, visit a small cemetery where the Patriots of yesterday and today share rest and remember that we stand united honoring our Veterans that have passed on.

A song honoring the men of the GAR was written many years ago. “The Flag They Loved so Well” says a great deal about our honored dead on this important day:

“Again the grass is growing green
Where sleep the noble brave
Again we come with fragrant flowers
To deck each hero’s grave
In war they were their countries shield
And bore midst shot and shell
On many a crimsoned battlefield
The flag they loved so well”

Ordered this 27th day of May, 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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Civil War Quiz
Answers

South Carolina
Mississippi
Alabama
Georgia
Louisiana
Texas
Virginia
Arkansas
Tennessee
North Carolina

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Upcoming Events


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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

July: 2010
Austin Blair Camp No. 7Auxiliary
Monday July 12th; 7 p.m.

Austin Blair Camp Meeting Jackson Eagles-612, 301 Detroit St. Jackson MI. ( Visitors welcome).
Monday July 12th; 7 p.m.

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


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