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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."


September, 2011


Commanders Column


There was a great turn out for the Jackson Muster this year which I was very impressed with the number of the brothers that could made it there to help in "Keeping Green the Memory" of our ancestors and their brothers in arms.

I'm looking forward to hearing the stories from our members of the camp of everything they have done so far this year.

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  We will need to set up our committee for elections at our meeting this month so please be thinking if you want to step down or up from the post you now hold, or if you do not or have not held one in the past, if you would like to take on the challenge.

Look forward to seeing everyone on Monday September 12.

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



Treasure's Report
Mike Maillard

1 July 2011 thru 31 August 2011

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DATE
Disbursed/Received
Transaction
Amount
1 July 2011 . Total Begining Balance $2,849.16

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1 July 2011 . General Fund Beginning Balance $1,078.23

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. 2nd Quarter Dividend Consumers Energy $20.25
. Received Check Hubbard Museum for the camp & auxiliary $200.00
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31 August 2011 . General Fund Ending Balance $1,298.48
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1 July 2011 . Restoration Fund Beginning Balance $435.43

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. Issued Ck 457 Charles Waters III stone restoration supplies $11.11
. Issued Ck 458 Bill Lowe stone restoration supplies $7.40
31 August 2011 . Restoration Fund Ending Balance $416.92
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1 July 2011 . Camp Blair Memorial Fund Beginning Balance $1,335.50
31 August 2011 . Camp Blair Memorial Fund Ending Balance $1,335.50
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31 August 2011 . Total Ending Balance $3,050.90

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DID YOU KNOW??

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The Cost of Outfitting a Union Soldier

Below you will find the cost of equipment for a soldier on January 1, 1862. You will also find the cost of the same equipment at a modern day sutler as of July 29, 2011

ITEM
1862
2011
Cap
$ .63$38.00-Kepi
Coat
$ 6.71$264.00-Frock
Over Coat
$7.20$289.00-Great Coat
Pants
$3.03$129.00
Shirt
$ .88$51.75-XL
Shoes
$1.94$104.50
Stockings
$ .26$9.95
Drawers
$ .50$24.00
Blouse
$2.15$149.00-Sackcoat
Hat and trimmings
$1.98$66.95-Slouch hat
Blanket
$2.95$79.95-US Issue Gray
Rubber blanket
$1.00$59.95
Knapsack and straps
$2.57$97.45
Haversack
$ .48$29.95-Tarred
Canteen and strap
$ .48$49.95
Axe
$ .66$30.00-About
Spade
$ .56$30.00-About
Pick axe
$ .57$30.00-About
Camp kettle
$ .48$28.00-Tin mucket
Mess pan
$ .17$9.95-Tin messplate
Bugle
$2.82$35.00
Fife B
$ .45$49.95-Persimmon
Fife C
$ .45$120.00-Only key C I found
Drum
$ 5.58$581-Inc sticks/sling
TOTAL - - - >$44.50$2,359.75
At todays prices the government could have outfitted 53 soldiers with the above equipment.
Do you still want to get in to re-enacting?

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Secretary's Report
Ron Tyrl PPC

The July 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, Bob Griggs, Henry Hawker, Bob Hoffman, Ron Lewis, Brock Lloyd, Howard Lloyd, Mike Maillard, Jeff Oberdank, Ron Tyrl, Charlie Waters Jr., and Dept Commander Don Shaw and Dept. SVC Dave Arnold.

Camp Commander Oberdank welcomed everyone and Dept Reps Shaw and Arnold to the 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 Waters, motion passed.

Commander Oberdank announced that Brother Brock Lloyd was recently engaged and the wedding is planned for April 1, 2012. The Camp congratulated Brother Brock and it was noted with humor the wedding being held April first.

Patriotic Instructor

1. Brother Maillard handed out the Music Ballads for Camp members that haven't been to the Camp website link to the ballads. And Brother Griggs displayed a map of hospital locations for the one day Battle of Antietam which there were a total of 92.

Graves Registration

1. Brother Waters' report was read: Brother Waters went to the Graves Registration meeting June 11th and the breaking of headstones once replaced was covered. (Dept. Commander Shaw added to this by recommending Brother Rick Danes be contacted if there are questions in regard to VA rules for stones.) A new Graves Registration CD will be coming out soon. Currently Brother Waters is working in the Jones Cemetery in Rives Junction. And lastly, Brother Waters has been researching on "Memorial Stones" for those men that died in the service but their bodies were not retrieved and the family would like a military stone; there will be more on this.

Signals

1. Brother Griggs has up-dated the Eagle Scout, Courier, the year 2011 events, the adopted Eagle pages on the Camp's website.
2. The "Face book" account is up and running for the camp.
3. Brother Griggs also reported that the Web forwarding for our Camp's website is expiring soon and he needs to know how long the Camp wants to renew the forwarding? After discussion on the forwarding and the website name Austinblair.com, Brother Lewis motioned for a 4 year renewal at approx. $50, seconded by Brother Howard Lloyd. Motion passed.

Communications

1. "Thank You" notes from three classes were received from the Paragon School for the program done in June and they hope to see us again next year.
2. Brother Griggs attended the Eagle Scout awards program in June and he recommended that the Civil War uniform be worn for these events since he wore a blazer and the family told him they were looking forward to the Union Army uniform being worn at the presentation by our Camp representative.
3. A "Thank You" card was received from the Waterloo Historical Society for our participation in their annual "Blacksmith, Soldiers and Log Cabin Weekend" in June. Brothers Hawker and Tyrl briefed on the Flag pole that is being proposed for the Waterloo farm since they have none and our Camp's possible assistance on this once it is determined what flag pole the Historical Society will do. Also discussion of presenting a 20th Michigan Regimental flag next year in recognition of the 150th Anniversary of the 20th Michigan's mustering was done. A pass the hat for a few dollars fund raiser to purchase the flag was an option presented.

Old Business

1. Brother Hawker reported nothing new on the proposal to work with a Sons of Confederate Veteran's Camp in recognition of the 150th Sesquicentennial.
2. The Concord "Civil War Days" event scheduled July 30th is coming up.
3. Brother Cox handed out fliers for the August 27 & 28, 2011 Cascades' Muster and the Camp will be working in the Band Shell and Camping on the hill at "Camp Hawker" next to the water spring for those interested in staying the nights. Brother Cox also informed the Camp that there will be a "Music Program" the Wednesday before the Muster at 6:30pm and the Muster would like a Color Guard from the Camp if available. Commander Oberdank asked for volunteers for the Color Guard and enough volunteered to make this happen.

New Business

1. The Hot Air Jubilee schedule this coming weekend and our setting up an informational Tent and Fly was discussed and Brother Cox will e-mail the camp if we are participating once he contacts the Jubilee staff.
2. An election committee will be needed to be formed next meeting for the coming 2012 Camp positions.

For the Good of the Order

1. A review of up-coming events was done:

   1. July 30, Saturday, "Concord Civil War Days" Contact Person: Brother Heath, 9am.
   2. August 24, "Music Program" and August 27 & 28 Sat. & Sun. Jackson Muster "Battle of Big Bethel or Bethel Church", Contact Persons: Brother Heath or       Cox.
   3. Sep. 24, Saturday, Adrian College, More details to come.
   4. Oct. 7, Friday, Williamston Home Coming "Color Guard", more details to come.
   5. Oct. 9, "Pioneer Days" Waterloo Farm Museum, noon to 5pm.
2. Numerous C-span and other TV programs on the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Bull Run or Manassas July 21-24, 2011 was discussed.
3. After discussion on the Civil War roster's "Brown Books" being placed on CD, Dept. Commander Shaw will contact Brother Adair to see how this is progressing so that the CDs will be available instead of using the Books at events.
4. Dept Commander Shaw also invited the Camp to the Detroit Veteran's Day parade, down Woodward Avenue, November 5th, 2011 and Fort Wayne will be available again for overnight accommodations.

Commander Oberdank proceeded to close the meeting at 8:20pm and our next camp meeting is scheduled for September 12, 2011, to be held at Post 29 American Legion, Jackson, Michigan.


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2011 Cascade’s Civil War Muster
Report submitted by Ron Tyrl

26-27 August 2011

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Band Shell & Civil War Soldiers’ Database Crew:
Chris Cox
Joe Davis
Ron Lewis
Howard Lloyd
Bill Lowe
Mike Maillard
Ron Tyrl
Charlie Waters Jr.
Charlie Waters III
And Bob Griggs took pictures, Jerry Wright & former member Don Leatherman visited us while at the Muster.

These are some of the inquiries I had:

1. Frank Miller, retired Lieutenant and presently the Jackson Police Department historian requested information on past Jackson Police Chiefs that may have been Civil War veterans:
John or Thomas Palmer, confirmed veteran, 1st Michigan Infantry, and in graves registration database Mt Evergreen Cemetery.
William Dilley, 14 served in Michigan Units, couldn’t confirm
Nelson Burkhart, confirmed veteran, 20th Michigan, also in Mt Evergreen I believe if memory serves. Cyrus Fountain, confirmed veteran, served in both 4th & 8th Cavalry.
Albert Northrup –ran out of time to research him.
Frank Miller is looking for pictures if available on these late 1800s Jackson Police Chiefs.

2. Robert Blake Minor, 10th Michigan Infantry Co. A., buried in Sarinac County per relative Harold Minor.

3. William Markham, 7th Michigan Cavalry, relative Tim Markham requested information.

4. John Henry Lewis, 7th Michigan Cavalry, buried Somerset per relative great granddaughter Norma Belknap, distant cousin of Brother Ron Lewis.

5. Johnny Clem, drummer boy, relative has information on him, buried in Texas.

5. Norm McFall gave details on his relatives: Daniel McFall (Medal Of Honor Recipiant) Sergeant, 17th Michigan; Harrison McFall, also 17th Michigan, (died as a prisoner after capture at Nashville and sent to Andersonville); Schuyler McFall also 17th Michigan, (Norm McFall’s direct 2x grandfather), Henry Wright, 20th Michigan. Norm is a member of Ann Arbor roundtable but not a member of the SUVCW.

6. Dick Denney Camp #135 recommended book “These Men Have Seen Hard Times” on First Michigan Sharpshooters.

7. Lieutenant Colonel Curt Lapham Jackson Junior ROTC Commander research on his relatives George and William B. Lapham, 4th Michigan Infantry, Bull Run July 21, 1861 to Petersburg June 19, 1864.

A number of Soldier & Sailor System National Park inquiries were done for out of state soldiers since we had internet access and with the genealogical society working with us I sent about half a dozen to them for researching and “Steve” from the society was really fast working the links and finding information.

In Fraternity, Charity & Loyalty
Ron Tyrl


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Upcoming Events


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September: 2011
Austin Blair Camp No. 7Auxiliary
Monday September 12th; 7 p.m.

Austin Blair Camp Meeting. American Legion Post 29, 3200 Lansing Ave. Jackson MI. ( Visitors welcome).
Monday September 12th; 7 p.m.

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

October: 2011
Austin Blair Camp No. 7Auxiliary
1st - Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Albion

Albion A-Maizing Corn Festival.


1st - Saturday & 2nd - Sunday

The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center Spiegel Grove, Fremont, OH

Hayes Civil War Reenactment. This event is tenitive for the Camp. Please check back for further details.


Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd - All day Turkeyville

The Battle of Turkeyville


Friday October 7th 7 p.m. Williamston

Presenting the Colors for Home Comming


9th - Sunday Noon - 5 p.m. Waterloo

Waterloo Farm Museum Pioneer Day. 9998 Waterloo Munith Rd., Waterloo Michigan


Monday October 10th; 7 p.m.

Austin Blair Camp Meeting. American Legion Post 29, 3200 Lansing Ave. Jackson MI. ( Visitors welcome).
1st - Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Albion

Albion A-Maizing Corn Festival.


Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd - All day Turkeyville

The Battle of Turkeyville


9th - Sunday Noon - 5 p.m. Waterloo

Waterloo Farm Museum Pioneer Day. 9998 Waterloo Munith Rd., Waterloo Michigan


Friday October 7th 7 p.m. Williamston

Presenting the Colors for Home Comming


Monday October 10th; 7 p.m.

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

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