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September, 2012



In this issue

Commanders Column
Secretary's Report
Treasurer Report
2012 Muster Report
What they said
Old Simon of Antietam
Shermans letter to Atlanta
This and That
Upcoming events
Back Issues

Commanders Column


We are winding down and recuperating from the festivities of this years Jackson Civil War Muster. For those who were able to attend and assist, we thank you.

It appears, Camp 7 membership once again did their share, in supporting financially, the Muster and the sutlers, who in some instances venture great distances, to accommodate our various needs. As we strive to be appropriately attired, and accoutered to represent and pay honor to our ancestors, we ALL know, they would be pleased in our humble attempts.

For us as a Camp and individuals to present, and represent, a historically accurate presentation as we conduct our respective duties, again Brothers, we NEED to acquire various items. Many are expensive, uniforms, boots, firearms, so its reasonable to acquired as we go along. But what’s important here, Gentlemen is that we don’t succumb to the NAY SAYERS, over certain purchases, OR certain re- peated purchases, in spite of what she say’s!

Therefore, these are not purchases made out of selfish motivations, No.

Rather, they are actually acquired for the benefit of our ancestors memory, and the Good of the Order. Right ?

Moving along here….

As our good Editor has noted, in our astutely updated web site.

Brother Heath and myself had the distinct honor of being presented a certificate of appreciation, from Lt. Col. Ken Humphrey, United States Marine Corps. Marine Wing Support Group 47. For a living history presentation we conducted in June.

(Left to right) Brother Heath, Col Humphrey, Commander Hawker
Subject for this particular presentation, was Ranger tactics French Indian War, relative to War of 1812, River Raisin engagement in Monroe Mi.

What’s to be noted here, in our dedication to preserve and teach our nations history, is that we do a number, of presentations as the group and individuals, to the public and at events. It may become easy for one to not fully appreciate the scope of what we do, and that these groups and people, may very well benefit more from these presentation of history and the way things USE to be than we sometimes realize.

It was a pleasure for us to present to these Marines our understanding of how things where, and why. And in discussion how things and warfare have changed, and how they have not.

This was a great opportunity for us all.

And for them to be so appreciative of what we may occasionally take for granted, to generate such a formal thank you, and for Lt. Col. Humphrey desire to present this before many of you. At the Muster, Is not only an honor, but quite humbling as well.


In Fraterity, Loyalty and Charity.

My Complements.

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

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General George H. Thomas
What they Said
General George H. Thomas

"I do not care a snap of my fingers about it. If they want me to take the oath before each meal I am ready to comply." To Richard Johnson when he, Johnson, complained about taking the oath of allegiance in 1861.

"This army can't retreat." "Gentlemen, I know of no place better to die then right here." Attributed at Stones' River.

"I will hold the town till we starve." To U.S. Grant at Chattanooga.

"No, no. Mix them up. Mis them up. I'm tired of states' right." To his chaplain who ask if the dead should be buried by state.

"It is too late to be appreciated; I earned this at Chickamauga." When heard he had been promoted to Major General.

"History will do me justice."

"I want to die with a fair record, and this I will do if I keep out of the sea of politics and cling to my proper profession." In a letter to friends trying to get him to run for President in 1868

"It is doubtful that his heroism and skill exhibited last Sunday afternoon has ever been surpassed in the world."

~ Abraham Lincoln ~
on General George Thomas at the Battle of Chickamauga.

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Private Soldier Monument
Antietam National Cemetery

Although, officially recorded at 5:43 a.m., due to the heavy overcast and foggy mist that covered the ground, sunrise could not be seen. The temperature at daybreak was 65 degrees. It would rise to about 75 degrees by the afternoon and the relative humidity would measure 71 percent. The winds would run at two miles per hour from the west and the clouds would be scattered.
Sharpsburg, MD., September 17, 1862

"Old Simon"

~ "Old Simon" ~

Many of you have been to Antietam National Cemetery in Sharpsburg, Maryland and have no doubt seen "Old Simon" there, and you might think this is where he has always been. However, that is not the case. Simon, who's real name is "Private Soldier" actually started out at the gateway of the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1876. He was designed by James G. Baterson of Hartford, Connecticut and sculpted by James Pollette of Westerly, Rhode Island at a cost of over $32,000.


After the Exposition the monument was dismantled for the trip to Sharpsburg. This was no small feat as it stands 44 feet, 7 inches tall, weighs in at 250 tons. It is made up of 27 pieces. Simon himself is made of two pieces joined at the waist. Standing "in place rest" facing homeward to the north, he is 21½ feet tall and weighs about 30 tons.

Philadelphia Expo 1876


On September 17, 1880, the 18th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam, Old Simon was finally dedicated on the spot were he stands today. This was not completed without some trouble along the way though. While moving him, the section from the waist up fell into the river at Washington D. C. and had to be retrieved. After that was done he was transported to Sharpsburg via the C & O Canal. Once he arrived in Sharpsburg he was dragged by using huge wooden rollers to get him though the town and to the cemetery.

The inscription on the pedastal that Old Simon stands on reads,
"Not for themselves, but for their country."



A transformation of Simon, from his dedication in 1880, overlaied with a modern picture, and a modern picture

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Cascades Muster 2012

Submitted by Ron Tryl - Secretary

Soldier’s Database inquiries & prospective new members summary:

Edgar Culver, 20th Michigan Infantry, relative gave us additional information for the database: Wife was Samantha Charlotte Tuttle; Edgar was wounded in the hip similar to Jacob Realy’s wounding at the Waterloo Farm Museum.

Apollos Augur Tuttle, 20th Michigan, additional information for database, Wife Mary Travor.

Christopher Bateman, 18th Michigan Inf. inquiry by relative was in database.

Marion Pawlak inquired on her relative Austin Cone, 2nd Michigan Cavalry, died of disease was in database.

I took a scoutmaster, can’t recall his name, to Henry when he inquired on information on the 9th Michigan Cavalry & the equipment they would have had.

Alfred Rentz, 24th Michigan, 1st Sergeant Co. A, 1840-1905, Elmwood Cemetery Detroit relative fears flat marker will be lost by grass, inquired on a up-right soldier stone. Also has relative’s Musket from Gettysburg & other equipt. He will e-mail us.

Bruce Ronald, Green Drive, Little Wolf Lake, Jackson, is interested in joining the Camp. His relatives served in Ohio Regiments, two men were in Andersonville Prison, one survived one died in prison. I told him I would call him before our September meeting to remind him and asked if he would bring information on his relative and I would have applications available for him.

Doug Hand, also interested in joining the camp, Doug has relatives that served in Iowa Regiments.

Don Allison, requested soldier & Old Sam Loomis Battery Artillery Horse information.

Doug Cox, Doug is interested in assisting next year in our Step Back in Time area, Doug has Naval interests & helped in years past with the Ella Sharp Museum’s Merrimack & Monitor display.

Also Scott Barbour, is interested in assisting in the Step Back in Time, he helped Cathy “Pie Lady” put away her tent & etc and they apparently know each other from past Musters.

John McLaughlin, has his relative’s Miar McLaughlin’s Civil War surgeon’s equipment & would be interested in doing a presentation at one of our meetings. He is also I believe a potential new member, lives in Jackson & he & his son were in the Michigan Cavalry Brigade reenactors. He talked with Henry on the brigade.

All of the 100 or so each of: Union Soldiers, Lincoln, Generals George Thomas & Ulysses Grant & W.T. Sherman, Old Sam, Ol’ Abe, Sallie & even the Rebel Camel “Douglas” sheets, Douglas I shorted when I only brought about 20, he was popular, were taken by both Children & Adults. I personally handed out about a half dozen SUVCW Brochures for those interested in our Camp. Charlie III worked numerous inquiries on his internet connected computer as did the whole crew.

Band Shell Crew:

Joe Davis
Bob Griggs
Ron Lewis
Howard Lloyd
Mike Maillard
Ron Tyrl
Charlie Water Jr.
Charlie Waters III
David VanHoof was also in the area to lend support when needed.

Commander Henry Hawker, Dan Conklin & Mark Heath manned the Camp and participated in the reenactments as did Kyle & Daniel Watkins in Rebel gray. Chris Cox did the Jackson Civil War sites bus tour and coordinated our area’s needs with the Muster staff.

Jeff Oberdank came with his two sons and took pictures Sunday morning & Jerry Wright swung by. These are the Camp Members I saw which there may have been additional.

We had awesome support from the Camp at the Muster & I know of numerous purchases from the sutlers helping supporting their participation here in Jackson also: Mark & I purchased new boots and Joe Davis bought a new muslin Shirt & a Union Soldier’s Vest & there were other miscellaneous purchases from others; I am not sure of the details.

Henry & All,
We were told that this would more than likely be the last time the Ladies from DUVCW Harriet Brubaker Tent 139 from Fostoria, Ohio would be attending the Jackson Muster. Age & Health issues being the primary factors since the majority are in their 60s. President Janett Calland, SVP Francis Daniels, Pat Day, Sally Ware, Mary & many others have been working at the Jackson Muster over the years.

I thought it would be nice that our Camp recognize them for all their years of supporting the Jackson Muster. They will be missed since they were a big draw to our “Step Back in Time” area of the Muster with their authentic cooking of breakfast & lunches, their vegetable and bean soups were very popular with the public and of course their fried bread & homemade jams and spreads. They were definitely a living legacy to the way women worked hard to assist their men during peace & war; and their honoring their Civil War soldier relatives both the men & women.

Ron Tyrl, Camp 7 Secretary

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Treasure's Report
Mike Maillard

1 July 2012 thru 31 August 2012


1 July 2012 . Total Begining Balance $2,820.30

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1 July 2012 . General Fund Beginning Balance $1,076.88

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. Received 2nd Qrt Dividends Conusmers Energy $20.25
. Received contribution to camp Hubbard Hist. Soc for Concord Civil War Day $300.00
31 August 2012 . General Fund Ending Balance $1,397.13
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1 July 2012 . Restoration Fund Beginning Balance $407.92

31 August 2012 . Restoration Fund Ending Balance $407.92
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1 July 2012 . Camp Blair Memorial Fund Beginning Balance $1,335.50
31 August 2012 . Camp Blair Memorial Fund Ending Balance $1,335.50
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31 August 2012 . Total Ending Balance $3,140.55

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This and that

As you know a well trained soldier, using a musket could load and fire 3 rounds a minute. This means that theoretically then if every man in a brigade fired at that rate there would be about 12,000 bullets in the air each minute. There were 30 brigades at Shiloh.

Is it any wonder, with this amount of fire power, that the quartermaster for the Army of the Potomac after the battle of Gettysburg submitted the following request to replenish expended small arms ammunition.

800,000 .57 rifle-musket cartridges (for Springfield and Enfield rifles, most had stopped using .58 bullets as the .57 were easier to load once the weapon started to foul from use)
100,000 .69 rifle-musket cartridges (for M1842 converted to rifles)
200,000 .54 rifle-musket cartridges (for Lorenz rifles)
200,000 .69 musket cartridges
30,000 Sharp's cartridges

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Secretary's Report
Ron Tyrl PPC

The July 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, Henry Hawker, Joe Davis, Bob Griggs, Mark Heath, Ron Lewis, Brock Lloyd, Howard Lloyd, Ron Tyrl, Charlie Waters Jr., and Daniel Watkins.

Commander Hawker reviewed the recent email concerning the fatal car accident involving Sandra and Ron Lonpre from the Traverse City camp and two of their grandchildren. A third grandchild survived the accident and is improving from the injuries. There will be a service this coming Wednesday and details will be sent by email.

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 published by Brother Griggs, seconded by Brother Heath, motion passed.

By-Laws Committee

The By Laws committee: the recommended changes to the By-Laws and the Operating Procedures were reviewed. A motion was made by Brother Heath to change the increase in dues to $41 in the Operating Procedures and to strike out section B, Item 4-(mailing of the Courier), seconded by Brother Walters. Motion Passed. The By-Laws and Operating Procedure changes should be completed by the September meeting for the camp's review and vote to approve.

Patriotic Instructor

1. Brother Heath reminded the Camp of the Hastings, Michigan Muster on Saturday, July 21 and spoke of the rustic setting of this muster for an authentic experience.
2. Brother Heath also reviewed the Camp's participation at the Concord, Michigan "Civil War Days". Set-up will be Friday July 27 for the Saturday July 28th event.
3. A review of the up-coming Cascade's Muster in August 25-26th was also done by Brother Heath. 2nd Bull Run & Stones River are the battles and Brother Heath said there will be a noticeable change in the battles performed on the field from previous years. Set up for the Camp's tenting will be on the hill next to the band shell with additional areas in needed; so more the merrier.
4. The Antietam anniversary in September and the Perryville anniversary in October were reviewed with some Camp members planning on attending.


1. Brother Griggs had examples for the Camp to see of the Camp inserts for the SUVCW Brochures and asked for suggestions or additions recommended. A recommendation was made to the watermark background and Bob agreed to see if he could improve on it.
2. Brother Griggs showed a T.V. program from the National Parks service on luminaries at the Antietam battlefield.

Chaplain's Report

1. Brother Bob Mulvihill's memorial service is on Saturday, July 28th at the downtime Jackson First United Methodist Church on Michigan Avenue at 2pm.


1. Commander Hawker completed the renewal of the contract for the Camp's GAR Post 48 Book at Ella Sharp Park Museum for another three year loan until July 2015. 2. A "Thank You" card was received from Brother Dave Van Hoof on the sympathy card sent by the camp on the passing of his father.

New Business

1. Brother Daniel Watkins reminded the camp of his up-coming wedding in September and asked for those that so desire to wear their Union Army uniforms to their Special Day. More details will be sent as the wedding approaches.

For the Good of the Order

1. July 12th Thursday, 1461st Army National Guard Transportation unit Jackson, Michigan's over-sea's deployment send off event; details will be sent by e-mail. 2. July 21st Saturday, Hastings Muster. 3. July 28th Saturday, Concord Muster and Bob Mulvihill's "Memorial" service. 4. August 25-26th Saturday & Sunday, Cascade's Muster. 5. Brother Heath found a William Heath on a monument on the Little Big Horn Battlefield, during recent trip to Montana and he found a book on this 'Billy" Heath as the lone survivor of Custer's "Last Stand". 6. Brother Lewis closed the meeting by encouraging all to read the excellent book "Killing Lincoln' which he's rereading because it was so good.

Commander Hawker proceeded to close the meeting at 8:05pm and our next camp meeting is scheduled for September 10, 2012, to be held at Post 29 American Legion, Jackson, Michigan.

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W. T. Sherman's
Letter to the
Citizens of Atlanta

William T. Sherman.
In the mind of General William Tecumseh Sherman there was no doubt to the rightness of the North's cause. Sherman was renowned as a fierce military leader, and in September 1864 he gave orders for the city of Atlanta to be evacuated and anything that might be of military value burned. Despite appeals from the citizens of Atlanta, including reminders that there were elderly and pregnant women whom it would be difficult and even perilous to move, Sherman's decision was final. He explained himself to the mayor and council members of the city.

Atlanta, Georgia,
James M. Calhoun, Mayor,
E.E. Rawson and S.C. Wells, representing City Council of Atlanta.

Gentleman: I have your letter of the 11th, in the nature of a petition to revoke my orders removing all the inhabitants from Atlanta. I have read it carefully, and give full credit to your statements of distress that will be occasioned, and yet shall not revoke my orders, because they were not designed to meet the humanities of the cause, but to prepare for the future struggles in which millions of good people outside of Atlanta have a deep interest. We must have peace, not only at Atlanta, but in all America. To secure this, we must stop the war that now desolates our once happy and favored country. To stop war, we must defeat the rebel armies which are arrayed against the laws and Constitution that all must respect and obey. To defeat those armies, we must prepare the way to reach them in their recesses, provided with the arms and instruments which enable us to accomplish our purpose. Now, I know the vindictive nature of our enemy, that we may have many years of military operations from this quarter; and, therefore, deem it wise and prudent to prepare in time. The use of Atlanta for warlike purposes in inconsistent with its character as a home for families. There will be no manufacturers, commerce, or agriculture here, for the maintenance of families, and sooner or later want will compel the inhabitants to go. Why not go now, when all the arrangements are completed for the transfer, instead of waiting till the plunging shot of contending armies will renew the scenes of the past month? Of course, I do not apprehend any such things at this moment, but you do not suppose this army will be here until the war is over. I cannot discuss this subject with you fairly, because I cannot impart to you what we propose to do, but I assert that our military plans make it necessary for the inhabitants to go away, and I can only renew my offer of services to make their exodus in any direction as easy and comfortable as possible.

You cannot qualify war in harsher terms than I will. War is cruelty, and you cannot refine it; and those who brought war into our country deserve all the curses and maledictions a people can pour out. I know I had no hand in making this war, and I know I will make more sacrifices to-day than any of you to secure peace. But you cannot have peace and a division of our country. If the United States submits to a division now, it will not stop, but will go on until we reap the fate of Mexico, which is eternal war. The United States does and must assert its authority, wherever it once had power; for, if it relaxes one bit to pressure, it is gone, and I believe that such is the national feeling. This feeling assumes various shapes, but always comes back to that of Union. Once admit the Union, once more acknowledge the authority of the national Government, and, instead of devoting your houses and streets and roads to the dread uses of war, I and this army become at once your protectors and supporters, shielding you from danger, let it come from what quarter it may. I know that a few individuals cannot resist a torrent of error and passion, such as swept the South into rebellion, but you can point out, so that we may know those who desire a government, and those who insist on war and its desolation.

You might as well appeal against the thunder-storm as against these terrible hardships of war. They are inevitable, and the only way the people of Atlanta can hope once more to live in peace and quiet at home, is to stop the war, which can only be done by admitting that it began in error and is perpetuated in pride.

We don't want your Negroes, or your horses, or your lands, or any thing you have, but we do want and will have a just obedience to the laws of the United States. That we will have, and if it involved the destruction of your improvements, we cannot help it.

You have heretofore read public sentiment in your newspapers, that live by falsehood and excitement; and the quicker you seek for truth in other quarters, the better. I repeat then that, bu the original compact of government, the United States had certain rights in Georgia, which have never been relinquished and never will be; that the South began the war by seizing forts, arsenals, mints, custom-houses, etc., etc., long before Mr. Lincoln was installed, and before the South had one jot or title of provocation. I myself have seen in Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi, hundreds and thousands of women and children fleeing from your armies and desperadoes, hungry and with bleeding feet. In Memphis, Vicksburg, and Mississippi, we fed thousands and thousands of the families of rebel soldiers left on our hands, and whom we could not see starve. Now that war comes to you, you feel very different. You deprecate its horrors, but did not feel them when you sent car-loads of soldiers and ammunition, and moulded shells and shot, to carry war into Kentucky and Tennessee, to desolate the homes of hundreds and thousands of good people who only asked to live in peace at their old homes, and under the Government of their inheritance. But these comparisons are idle. I want peace, and believe it can only be reached through union and war, and I will ever conduct war with a view to perfect an early success.

But, my dear sirs, when peace does come, you may call on me for any thing. Then will I share with you the last cracker, and watch with you to shield your homes and families against danger from every quarter.

Now you must go, and take with you the old and feeble, feed and nurse them, and build for them, in more quiet places, proper habitations to shield them against the weather until the mad passions of men cool down, and allow the Union and peace once more to settle over your old homes in Atlanta. Yours in haste.

W.T. Sherman, Major-General commanding

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Upcoming Events

September: 2012
Austin Blair Camp No. 7Auxiliary
Monday September 10th; 7 p.m.

Austin Blair Camp Meeting. American Legion Post 29, 3200 Lansing Ave. Jackson MI. ( Visitors welcome).
Monday September 10th; 7 p.m.

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

October: 2012
Austin Blair Camp No. 7Auxiliary
6th - Saturday & 7th - 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.

Monday October 8th; 7 p.m.

Austin Blair Camp Meeting. American Legion Post 29, 3200 Lansing Ave. Jackson MI. ( Visitors welcome).
14th - Sunday Noon - 5 p.m. Waterloo

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

6th - Saturday & 7th - 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.

Monday October 8th; 7 p.m.

Austin Blair Camp Meeting. American Legion Post 29, 3200 Lansing Ave. Jackson MI. ( Visitors welcome).
14th - Sunday Noon - 5 p.m. Waterloo

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

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