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July, 2011


Commanders Column


We have been keeping busy these past couple of months and have had allot of requests for us to come to allot of different events which has

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  pleased me to see how highly we are needed to the community.

Keep up the great work gentleman. .

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Jeff Oberdank
Camp Commander
Austin Blair Camp No. 7
Department of Michigan
S.U.V.C.W.
www.austinblair.com


Civil War Challenge
Battle of Lookout Mountain
and Missionary Ridge

Can you answer the following questions?

What was the name given to the route U.S. Grant used to provide supplies to the troops in Chattanooga?
What was the name given to the Battle of Lookout Mountain?
Whoses divisions were given the order to attack the Confederate defenses on the mountain?
Who won the Medal of Honor for his actions on Missionary Ridge? (His son would also win the Medal of Honor.)
What Confederate division commander whose troops defended Lookout Mountain was nicknamed 'The Stonewall Jackson of the West?

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Treasure's Report
Mike Maillard

1 May 2011 thru 30 June 2011

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DATE
Disbursed/Received
Transaction
Amount
1 May 2011 . Total Begining Balance $2,809.16

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1 May 2011 . General Fund Beginning Balance $1,038.23

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. Cash from 50/50 camp drawing   $23.00
. Cash contribution from Daniel Watkins for for camp operations $23.00
. Cash contribution from Russell Watson for for camp operations $4.00
. Issued Check 456 to Concord Schools for 2011 for 175th Anniversary $10.00
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30 June 2011 . General Fund Ending Balance $1,078.23
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1 May 2011 . Restoration Fund Beginning Balance $435.43

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30 June 2011 . Restoration Fund Ending Balance $435.43
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1 May 2011 . Camp Blair Memorial Fund Beginning Balance $1,335.50
30 June 2011 . Camp Blair Memorial Fund Ending Balance $1,335.50
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30 June 2011 . Total Ending Balance $2,849.16

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Secretary's Report
Ron Tyrl PPC

The May 9, 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, Bob Griggs, Henry Hawker, Bob Hoffman, Ron Lewis, Brock Lloyd, Howard Lloyd, Mike Maillard, Jeff Oberdank, Ron Tyrl, Charlie Waters Jr., Daniel Watkins and Russell Watson.

Camp Commander Oberdank welcomed everyone to the May 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 Griggs and seconded by Brother Howard Lloyd, motion passed.

Patriotic Instructor

1. Brother Maillard reported that he recently purchased a 1905 Book of compiled Civil War era songs both North and South at an auction. Brother Griggs agreed to post some of these songs on the Camp's website.

Graves Registration

1. Brother Waters' report was read: Brother Waters has surveyed four cemeteries: Conn Hill, Pleasant Grove, Nims and Harrington in Henrietta Township for civil war veterans this past month. Photos were taken of veteran and possible veteran stones.

2. Brother Waters also was in Lansing for the Sesquicentennial "Kick Off" last month to assist the public in researching.

Signals

1. Brother Griggs sent out an e-mail on a dedication program of a civil war veteran stain glass window memorial and monument being placed at the Jackson airport, May 21, 2011. The window will commemorate the Colored Troops that served from Jackson and the monument to WWII flyers from Jackson. A discussion was held at the meeting on the 102nd Colored Troops which recruited a number of men from Jackson.

2. Discussion was held on creating a "Face book" account for the camp. After discussion Brother Hoffman motioned for the signals officer to create an account for the camp and this was seconded by Brother Watson. Motion passed.

Communications

1. A "Thank You" was received from the U.S. Army museum foundation for our contribution to the establishment of a National Army Museum.

Old Business

1. Brother Hawker contacted Dept. Rep. Harrison on the proposal to work with a Sons of Confederate Veteran's Camp in recognition of the 150th Sesquicentennial and he was told that the Dept. agreed that this can be done and encouraged. Brothers Hawker and Watkins will research the various Confederate Sons' Camps that will meet our purpose and will bring proposals to the July meeting.

2. Brother Cox summarized the Friday, May 6th, Northwest School program in which over 200 students participated.

New Business

1. The delegation cards for the Department Encampment scheduled May 21st at the Great Lakes Christian College in Lansing were distributed to those attending.

2. Commander Oberdank informed the Camp of the passing of Camp 58's Commander's wife recently and motioned to send a sympathy card from our Camp and auxiliary, seconded by Brother Watson. Motion Passed.

3. Brother Lewis after being reminded by the auxiliary of the opportunity to donate to defray the cost for the Concord, Michigan 175th event motioned to donate $10 along with the auxiliary's matching $10 for this event, seconded by Brother Griggs, motion passed.

4. Brother Hawker informed the camp of the Walker Tavern Civil War "Battle of Philippi" event this coming weekend

For the Good of the Order

1. A review of up-coming 2011 events was done:
    1. May 27, Friday" Adrian's School program, Contact Person: Karen Hamann, 9am.
    2. Memorial Day events, May 30th Monday: Concord, & Jackson 9:30am and Spring Arbor 12:30pm and Saturday May 28, Mt. Hope Cemetery         Lansing, Michigan.
    3. June 3, Friday, Paragon School, "Cold Harbor" Contact Person: Bother Griggs, set up time 8:30am.
    4. June 10, Friday, Concord's 175th Event, Contact Person: Brother Lewis, set up 3pm.
    5. June 11, Saturday, St John's dedication, Contact Person: Brother Griggs, 1pm.
    6. June 12, Sunday, Dexter, Michigan "Civil War Days", Contact Person: Donna Fisher, 1pm.
    7. June 25 & 26, Sat. & Sun., Waterloo's "Civil War Soldier weekend" 10-5pm & 12-5pm Contact Person: Brother Hawker.
    8. July 30, Saturday, "Concord Civil War Days" Contact Person: Brother Heath, 9am.
    9. August 27 & 28 Sat. & Sun. Jackson Muster "Battle of Big Bethel or Bethel Church", Contact Persons: Brother Heath or Cox.
   10. Sep. 24, Saturday, Adrian College, More details to come.
   11. Oct. 7, Friday, Williamston Home Coming "Color Guard", more details to come.

2. Brother Lowe will be presenting "Marshall and the Civil War" May 12th Thursday, from 7 to 8:15pm, at the Marshall Library.

3. Brother Griggs passed an article on Albion Civil War veterans and a schedule of events on the 150th Battle of Bull Run or Manassas reenactment July 21-24, 2011.

4. A 50/50 raffle was taken up to generate funds for the southern states that were hit by multiple Tornados this last month and Brother Watkins won the raffle and he donated his winnings to the fund for a total of $50 to be donated to either the Salvation Army or another disaster relief organization.

Commander Oberdank proceeded to close the meeting at 8:30pm and our next camp meeting is scheduled for July 11, 2011, to be held at Post 29 American Legion, Jackson, Michigan.


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The Cracker Line
Battle Above the Clouds
Joseph Hooker
1st Lieutenant Arthur McArthur
Confederate General Patrick Cleburne

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Upcoming Events


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July: 2011

Austin Blair Camp No. 7Auxiliary
Monday July 11th; 7 p.m.

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


30th - Saturday all day Concord

Concord Civil War Days Hubbard House.

Monday July 11th; 7 p.m.

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


30th - Saturday all day Concord

Concord Civil War Days Hubbard House.

August: 2011
Austin Blair Camp No. 7Auxiliary
Thursday August 11th to Sunday August 14th.

National Emcampment for the Allied Orders in Reston, Virginia.


Saturday 27th & Sunday August 28th;

Jackson Annual Civil War Muster. Look for us next to the band shell
Thursday August 11th to Sunday August 14th.

National Emcampment for the Allied Orders in Reston, Virginia.


Saturday 27th & Sunday August 28th;

Jackson Annual Civil War Muster. Look for us next to the band shell

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