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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."

July, 2012

In this issue

Commanders Column
Secretary's Report
Treasurer Report
Other Veterans Organizations
A Civil War Mascot
Upcoming events
Back Issues

General C.F. Smith USA
What they Said

Damn you gentlemen! I see skulkers! I'll have none here! You volunteered to be killed for love of country, and now you can be! Follow me.

General Charles F. Smith - Fort Donaldson, Feb 1862


  "The enemy are coming, but mark you, many a one will get to Hell before he does Port Hudson.

Gen Franklin Gardner CSA

General Franklin Gardner CSA

Maj. Gen. Martin McMahon U.S.V. Cold Harbor VA.
"I will not take my men into another charge if it was an order from Jesus Christ himself."

Capt Thomas Baker (USA) 12th New Hampshire Cold Harbor, VA June 3, 1864


  "It was not war, it was murder."

General Evander Law (CSA) recalling the Union attack Cold Harbor, VA.

General Franklin Gardner CSA

Commanders Column


In writing the July column, thoughts drift back to various events of importance, in the history of our country. Gettysburg and the combat engagement we are all familiar with. The gallant acts of many, the utter devastation, and hellacious experience of the ALL.

4 July 1776. When our Founders threw down the gauntlet to Great Britain, and said we have had enough.

As we all know, our history has been profound; in respects to accomplishments and achievements we as the United States, have pursued and created.

History is also bloody, with the sacrifices of our countrymen and their families, to meet these objectives.

We were advised the other day, members of the 303rd. whom we had the privilege in Feb. of participating in their send off. Came under hostile fire, and during combat, some received life altering injuries. These occurrences today, affect real people. The injured, mutilated, and dead, are just as dead as the once real people we read and study in history.

As we Fly our FLAGS on this, and EVERY 4th of JULY – let us ponder and deeply, reflect on these sacrifices and people.

Gods speed, and safety to them on their current, and future deployments, on our behalf.

And, Gods speed and safety Gentlemen, to us all, on this, our COUNTRIES 236 BIRTHDAY.

Henry Hawker
Camp Commander/PCC/Camp Historian
Austin Blair Camp No. 7
Department of Michigan

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Veterans Organizations

Union Veterans Legion Badge
Beside the G.A.R. there were three other veterans organizations of lesser importance. They were the Union Veteran Legion, the Union Veterans Union and the Veterans Rights Union.

The first, the Union Veterans Legion was composed almost exclusively of G.A.R. members. It was organized in Pittsburgh in March of 1884. Their membership was restricted to anyone, of any of the branches of service who had volunteered prior to July 1, 1863 for a term of three years and who were honorably discharged for any cause after two continuous years of service or discharged for a wound received in the line of duty if before that time. No one who had been drafted, a substitute, or had bore arms against the United States was eligible.

Union Veterans Legion Pin

Union Veterans Union Badge

The second of these was the Union Veterans Union. This was formed in 1886 in Washington D.C.. Their main purpose was; "to recognize the rights of the soldier to positions of the public trust, and the preferment of our members over other for employment by the Government or by individuals, other things being equal." At least six months continuous service (unless discharged on account of wounds) in the Army, Navy, or Marine Corps of the United States between April 12, 1861 and April 30, 1865 was required, along with a honorable discharge from one of those branches of service. Part of the service had to have been served at the front.

The third of these was the Veterans Rights Union which was formed in 1882. The main purpose of this organization was to gain preference for veterans in the civil service of the United States.

Societies of the Armies.

Even before the war had ended, organizations of veterans of the Union armies had begun to be formed. The first veteran society formed, The Third Army Corps Union was organized at the headquarters of General D. B. Birney, commander of the Third Army Corps, at a meeting of the officers of the corps, September 2, 1863. The main object, at that time, was to secure funds for embalming and sending home for burial the bodies of officers killed in battle or dying in hospitals at the front. Later this organization supported raising money to establish a fund for assisting officers who were wounded ir disabled in service and to aid the widows and families of deceased members of the corps. All officers and enlisted men of the Third Army Corps who had served in battle were eligible for membership. General D. A. Sickles was its first president.

Society of the Army of the Tennessee Badge

In April, 1865, the Society of the Army of the Tennessee was formed at Raleigh, North Carolina, membership being restricted to officers who had served with the old Army of the Tennessee. The object was declared to be " to keep alive that kindly and cordial feeling which has been one of the characteristics of this army during its career in the service." Membership was restricted to officers who had served with the "Old Army of the Tennessee." An amendment to the constitution of the society provided that any member could designate by his will a relative to whom membership should descend.. If no such declaration was made membership would fall to the oldest son. Major General John Rawlins was elected President of the society. He was succeeded by General Sherman who was elected president in 1869, and continued to hold the office for many years.

On February 16, 1868 the Society of the Army of the Cumberland was formed. The purpose was; "To perpetuate the memory of the fortunes and achievements of the Army of the Cumberland; to preserve that unanimity of loyal sentiment and that kind and cordial feeling which has been a eminent characteristic of this army, and the main element of the power and success of its efforts in behalf of the cause of the Union. The history and glory of the officers and soldiers belonging to this army, who have fallen either on the field of battle or otherwise in the line of their duty, shall be a permanent trust to this Society, and every effort shall be made to collect and preserve the proper memorials of their services, to inscribe their names upon roll of honor, and to transmit their fame to posterity. It shall also be the object and bounden duty of this Society to relieve, as far as possible, the families of such deceased officers and soldiers, when in indigent circumstances, either by the voluntary contribution of the members, or in such other manner as they may determine, when the cases are brought to their attention. This provision shall also hereafter apply to the suffering families of those members of the Society who may in the future be called hence, and the welfare of the soldier's widow and orphan shall forever be a holy trust in the hands of his surviving comrades." Membership was open to all officers and enlisted men who served in the Army of the Cumberland. Major General George H. Thomas was president until his death in 1870. He was succeeded by General W.S. Rosecrans.

Society of the Army of the Cumberland Badge

The Society of the Army of the Ohio and the Society of the Army of Georgia were organized in Chicago on December 15, 1868 when a reunion of these Western societies was held. Major General John Schofield was president of the Army of the Ohio society and Major General Henry W. Slocum was president of the Army of Georgia. President Grant attended this meeting.

The Army of the James started their society in Boston September 2, 1868. General Charles Devens Jr., was President. They held meetings in 1871, 74 and 76. After these three meetings they became incorparated with the Society of the Army of the Potomac.

Society of the Army of the Potomac Badge
Surprisingly enough the best known Federal Army did not organize a society until July of 1869. On the 5th of that month, the Society of the Army of the Potomac was formed in New York City. Membership was open to all officers and soldiers who had served in the Army of the Potomac, the Tenth or Eighteenth Army Corps, or the Army of the James. One thing that set this society apart from the others was its provision for a president elect at large and a vice-president from each of the Army Corps, the Artillery Corps, Cavalry Corps, Signal Corps and General Staff. Presidents of this society included Generals Sheridan, Meade, Hooker, Burnside, McDowell and Hancock.

There were other societies that formed but they were much smaller. Some of these were The Society of the Army of West Virginia, Society of the Army and Navy of the Gulf, the Society of the Burnside Expedition and of the Ninth Corps, Pennsylvania Reserve Association, the Cincinnati Society of Ex-Army and Navy Officers and the United States Signal Corps Association.

Society of the Army of the Cumberland Badge
Other Medals of Note

Berdan Medal

Custer Medal

Iron Brigade Medal

Kearny Cross Medal

Kilpatrick Cavalry

Army of the Potomac
Cavalry Corps

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Treasure's Report
Mike Maillard

1 May 2012 thru 30 June 2012


1 May 2012 . Total Begining Balance $3,074.30

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1 April 2012 . General Fund Beginning Balance $1,321.88

. . . .
. Issued CK 234 camp contribution for flag pole Waterloo Hist. Soc $100.00
. Issued CK 235 to Dept of MI-SUVCW for 300 brochures $42.50
. Issued CK 236 to Mrs Robert Mulvihill as camp contribution on Bob's passing. $100.00
. Michael Maillard received cash for Sympathy Card for Mrs. Mulvihill. $2.50
. . . .
30 June 2012 . General Fund Ending Balance $1,076.88
. . . .
1 May 2012 . Restoration Fund Beginning Balance $416.92

. Issued CK 233 to Charles Waters III for postage and copying for GR work $9.00
30 June 2012 . Restoration Fund Ending Balance $407.92
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1 May 2012 . Camp Blair Memorial Fund Beginning Balance $1,335.50
30 June 2012 . Camp Blair Memorial Fund Ending Balance $1,335.50
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30 June 2012 . Total Ending Balance $2,820.30

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Secretary's Report
Ron Tyrl PPC

The May 14, 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, Henry Hawker, Joe Davis, Howard Lloyd, Bob Hoffman, Bill Lowe, Mike Maillard, Ron Tyrl, Charlie Waters Jr., Russell Watson and Dept. Commander Dave Arnold.

Commander Hawker welcomed Dept. Commander Arnold and Commander Arnold stated he was sending greetings from the Department and wished our camp a successful year.

Commander Hawker announced that Brother Bob Mulvihill was in the hospital after a severe fall and was currently in a coma and we have been in contact with his wife since his prognoses is not looking good and Commander Hawker requested that Bob and his family be kept in the Camp's prayers.

The Secretary's report was motioned accepted as published in the Courier by Brother Waters and seconded by Brother Cox, motion passed. The Treasurer's Report was motioned accepted as presented by Brother Hoffman, seconded by Brother Davis, motion passed.

By-Laws Committee

1. The By Laws committee: Senior Vice-Commander Lloyd, Heath and Tyrl deferred the report until the July meeting due to Brother Heath's absence from the meeting.

Patriotic Instructor

1. There is a Memorial event in Monroe. Michigan Sunday May 27th details will be sent via e-mail soon.

Civil War Memorials

1. Secretary Tyrl made a motion, on the anniversary of the 20th Michigan's mustering, to assist the Eagle Scout project in placing a flag pole at the Jacob Realy Waterloo Farm by donating $100 for the cost, seconded by Brother Watson, motion passed.

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.


1. Brother Griggs report was read due to his absence: Over the last month I have checked all the links on the home page of the website. Three were found to be not working. Of those two were fixed the other was removed as the site it was linked to is no longer there. Also the new Courier was created and posted along with the year 2012 page being updated to reflect events through the 5th of May. Events and stories were also added to the face book page.

On another note, Matt VanAcker said that you could request pictures (via e mail at no charge) of the Battle Flags through him. They come as a PDF document. There are a few requested stipulations they place on the photos. They are;

"…. we ask is that they not be used commercially for profit (we do not want to see them on magnets, bumper stickers or T-shirts...stuff like that) they can be used for personal use or for scholarly work if they are used in a book or publication we ask that copyright credit be given to the photographer Peter Glendinning and the Michigan Capitol Committee."

If any members which to order pictures they can contact Matt.


1. Commander Hawker will work the renewal of the Camp's GAR Post 48 Book's contract with Ella Sharp Park Museum for another three year loan due in July.

2. Dept Commander Arnold briefed on the new "IRS Ruling" that contributions to the SUV are no longer tax deductable and an attorney has been hired by the National in this regard and Brother James Paul, Natl. Councilor put out a statement on this and Commander Arnold recommended reading.

3. Brother Keith Harrison has been appointed as the Dept. Aid to assist in procedures and protocols for ceremonies.

4. A "Thank You" card was received from Brother Jerry Wright and his wife Rita for the 50th anniversary congratulations card the Camp gave them last month.

Old Business

1. The cleaning of the Governor Austin Blair Monument and soldier stones at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery is scheduled for Friday, May 25th.

New Business

1. Commander Arnold briefed on the origins of the Dept. "Membership Brochure" produced for recruitment and informational for prospective members and should be available for ordering very soon.

2. Commander Hawker requested a show of hands for those participating in the Jackson and Concord Memorial Day events. Six are available for the Jackson and three for Concord of those at the meeting.

3. Brother Chris Cox was initiated into the Auxiliary for all his assistance and support to the order.

4. Commander Arnold announced that the Dept. has added a Memorial Day June 1917 article on the Dept. website that gives a clear perspective of this holiday and should be shared with all.

For the Good of the Order

1. May 19, The Jonesville "Grosvenor House Encampment".
2. May 21, The Paragon school program show time 0800.
3. May 28, Memorial Day events: Jackson, Concord and Spring Arbor.
4. May 30, N. Waterloo Cemetery marker dedication, 7:30pm.
5. June 10, Easton Church Cemetery Confederate Veteran's headstone dedication, Owosso, Michigan 12:00 noon.
6. June 16, Turkeyville, Michigan Muster.
7. June 23-23 Waterloo Farm Museum's Blacksmith & Soldiers weekend.
8. 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. 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.
9. July 6, "Under the Oaks" Color Guard at 7pm at the Republican Party founding site Jackson.

Commander Hawker proceeded to close the meeting at 8:05pm and our next camp meeting is scheduled for July 9, 2012, to be held at Post 29 American Legion, Jackson, Michigan.

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A Civil War Mascot

The Rebel Camel
Submitted by Ron Tyrl

The 43rd Mississippi Infantry’s “Douglas” the camel.

Douglas served with the 43rd Mississippi as their mascot and had the duty of carrying the regiment’s band instruments and baggage.

Armies throughout history have had mascots who travel, eat, and live with the soldiers. Usually, the mascot is a horse, dog, cat, bird, or other common domesticated animal. The 43rd Mississippi Infantry had a camel named Douglas and they soon became known as "The Camel Regiment". Douglas, also known as "Old Douglas" was responsible for the same duties as the horses. He soon won the duty of transporting baggage to and from the Officers' Mess.

It was soon discovered that Douglas would break every rope and chain that he was tied to. He was left to roam free, but never strayed far from camp. Douglas once caused a stampede when he was tied to a fence. Douglas ended up running through where the horses were grazing dragging a fence post behind him. Some horses were killed and a few men were injured. After that, Douglas was commanded to stay away from the horses and was never restrained again.

Douglas' owner died during the Battle of Corinth but Douglas remained with his regiment. Near the end of the Siege of Vicksburg, a battalion of Union Sharpshooters were ordered to shoot Douglas. They did, but those sharpshooters were soon killed by sharpshooters from the 43 Mississippi Company. Today, Douglas the Camel has his own marker in the battlefield cemetery in Vicksburg.

Douglas' Origins

Old Douglas was given to Col. William M. Moore by a Lieutenant Hargrove of Company B. Before this, no one knows exactly how an Arabian Camel made it to Northern Mississippi. General Robert E. Lee, commander of the Confederate Army, may have been the source. While stationed in San Antonio, Texas, Lee learned that other Generals were using camels as beasts of burden in the desert regions of Texas and the West. Lee obtained 24 camels and used them in his travels through the desert. Douglas or Douglas' Sire may have likely been one of these camels.

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Upcoming Events

July: 2012

Austin Blair Camp No. 7Auxiliary
Friday July 6th; 7 p.m. Jackson

Presenting the Colors ~ Under the Oaks.

Monday July 9th; 7 p.m.

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

Saturday - Sunday July 21 - 22 Hastings

Civil War Muster Charlton Park

28th - Saturday all day Concord

Concord Civil War Days Hubbard House.

Friday July 6th; 7 p.m. Jackson

Presenting the Colors ~ Under the Oaks.

Monday July 9th; 7 p.m.

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

Saturday - Sunday July 21 - 22 Hastings

Civil War Muster Charlton Park

28th - Saturday all day Concord

Concord Civil War Days Hubbard House.

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

Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th All day Jackson

Jackson Annual Civil War Muster. 2nd Bull Run & Stones River
Look for us in the band shell

No regular meeting is scheduled for June.

Saturday 25th & Sunday August 26th;

Jackson Annual Civil War Muster. 2nd Bull Run & Stones River
Look for us next to the band shell

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