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Austin Blair Camp No. 7
Our Year ~ 2013




January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

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November

December


January


Camp members and members of the 2nd MI Light Artillery.


Members of the Auxiliary talking with 303rd family.


Celebrating the return of the 303rd.

On the 26th members of Austin Blair Camp No. 7 along with members of the 2nd Michigan Light Artillery unit were given the honor of presenting the Colors for the return of the 303rd Military Police Company. Members of the Ladies Auxiliary were on hand to lend their support as well.

The Company returned to the Jackson Armory with police escort and to the cheers of all who were present for their return.

We of Camp 7 wish to thank the men and women of the 303rd for their service and give them a hardy HUZZAH. Well done, and welcome home.

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Camp members awaiting the return of the 303rd.


Commander Lloyd talking with troops of the 2nd MI Light Artillery.




February


Rae talking about one of the bottles he brought
to share with us.

Part of the displays showing bottles, labels, and advertising.

At our regular meeting held on the 11th we had a guest speaker. Rae Pierce brought in displays and many lose bottles dating back to the 1800's that he has collected over the years, many of them being from the Jackson area.

Members left the meeting knowing much more about glass bottles and the companies that use to be in Jackson that used them.

From all of us at Camp 7 and the Ladies Auxiliary send along a very big THANK YOU for sharing your knowledge and collection with us.

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A copy of the label from the Haehnle Brewing Company
of Jackson Michigan.




March


Brother Heath demonstrated bugle calls
for those who attended.

Sailors on the USS Monitor. It is believed that the remains found might be those of
Robert Williams (CIRCLED RIGHT) and William Bryan (CIRCLED LEFT)
Photo from CNN

On the 9th of the month, members of the Camp attended the Winter Drill/Soldier School hosted by the 7th Michigan. Much information was passed along to the "recruits" about the Manual of Arms.

When the group broke for lunch we all took a moment and raised our glasses to the two sailors who's remains were found inside the turret of the USS Monitor. Those remains were buried today with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. Although the identification of the sailors could not be proven, and will probably never be known it is believe that they might be Robert Williams and William Bryan.

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Brother Manning enjoying coffee before
the "training" began.

Chris touring the Battlefield.

On the 14th through the 16 Brother Chris Cox took time out from his studies at WMU to attend a conference in Gettysburg entitled, The Future of Civil War History: Looking beyond the 150th. Chris was the only person who attended from our Camp but there were over 400 attendees at the conference.

Brother Cox picked up many great ideas for moving past the 150th anniversary and keeping the memory of the Civil War in the forefront after this time as passed. We look forward to working with these ideas about the Civil War and what it means to us as a Country today.


He was also able to visit the NPS Visiting Center.




April


PCinC Keith Harrison at our meeting.

At our regular meeting held April 8th, past Commander and Chief Keith Harrison visited out camp to give direction on Color Guard, and Presenting the Colors at functions we attend.

It was a very informative and helpful evening for all who attended. Thank you Keith for taking your time to assist us.

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Members of the Camp receive instructions from
PCinC Harrison




May

Karen Hamann (left) assisted in opening ceremonies.

Brother Roger Manning receives our event streamer for the Veterans Day Parade in Detroit.

2013 Department members being installed by CinC Mellor.

Bill Lowe receives his Certificate from Department Commander Dave Arnold.


Left to Right; CinC Perley E. Mellor, Dept Guard-Chris Cox, Dept Council-Bob Griggs, Brother Roger Manning, Commander Howard Lloyd

On May 4, members of all the Allied Orders of the Grand Army of the Republic met in Lansing for the 124th Annual Department of Michigan Encampment. During this Encampment two members of the Austin Blair Camp were appointed or elected to positions at the Department level. Brother Chris Cox was appointed to the position of Guard and Brother Bob Griggs was elected to the Camp Council.

Also during the Encampment members of the Ladies Auxiliary held their Department elections. Members of the Auxiliary elected to Department offices were; Karen Hamann, Department President, Vicki Weiss, Treasurer, June Lloyd-Chaplain. The Ladies Auxiliary also had two of it's members elected to the and Linda Kronberg was elected Council No. 1 and Dorothy Lowe was elected Council No. 2.

A hearty Hazzah and congratulations to all of these Brothers and Sisters.

After the Encampment proceedings there was a banquet held at which, long time Camp member, Bill Lowe was given a Certificate of Appreciation
which states;

"In recognition of your years of service and dedication to the Department and your Camp in Researching the Civil War and the Grand Army of the Republic, Replacing of Civil War Veterans Headstones, and Organizing of numerous dedication and re-dedication ceremonies."

Bill was also awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the Ladies Auxiliary for his many years of faithful service to the memory of the Boys in Blue.

Congratulations to you too Bill for these well-deserved awards.

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Brother Chris Cox receives his 2012 "Discharge"

2013 Department Officers with CinC Mellor.

One of the Awards presented to Bill Lowe.

Bill Lowe receives his award from the Ladies Auxiliary.

The 18th found members of the Camp and Auxiliary setting up camp at Jonesville Civil War Days. Through-out the day we talked to many people about the life of Civil War Soldiers and the equipment they would have used.


Daniel & Betsy Pardee from our Camp and Auxiliary


Camp members relaxing at Jonesville.


Ed Conklin and Ron Lewis checking out others displays by our camp sight.

Members of Camp No. 7 along with soldiers of the 7th Michigan in front of the G.A.R. Monument in Jonesville
Photo by Larry Jose

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All day long there was cooking over and open fire, loading and firing of weapons demonstrations and a plate full of hardtack was set out for visitors to try if they wished.

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Our Camp members, along with members of the 7th Michigan and a WWI doughboy in front of the Historical Grosvenor House in Jonesville.

PCC Henry Hawker in Camp.

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Auxiliary members making up parts needed for the dolls before the start of the event.


Chris Cox talked to the students about regimental flag.


Dave Kimble and Charlie Waters Jr. looking at
the weapons display


Union troops awaiting Pickett's Charge.

The 21st found members of the Auxiliary and Camp going back to school. We visited Paragon for their 4th Annual Civil War Day where we once again set up different stations to talk to the students of the 2nd, 5th, and 8th grades about the life of Civil War soldiers.

Camp members talked about equipment that soldiers would have carried and were able to put on the equipment that they would have had to march with. They also were shown weapons that the soldiers had to use and were given the opportunity to sample some hardtack

Members of the Auxiliary spoke about women and their part in the war and showed student how to make rag dolls.

Many displays were set up for the students to look at and
ask questions about.


Confederate troops getting ready to charge Union forces on Cemetery Ridge.

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Our student Color Bearers fighting the breezes.

Vicki working with the students making dolls.


Charlie Waters Jr, Roger Manning, and Charles Waters III working with students at the weapons display.


Brenda talking to students about women in the War./TD>


Commander Zank from Camp 17 opened the event.


Members of our Camp fell in with members of Camp 17 to fire a salute to America's war dead.


Camp and Auxiliary members leaving the parade starting point.


Auxiliary member Brenda Walters, also the Chaplian from the Concord-Pulaski American Legion Auxiliary No. 81, delivers the opening prayer.


The monument to the fallen at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Lansing

The three day weekend to celebrate Memorial Day started off for members of our Camp and the Ladies Auxiliary, in Lansing where Camp members joined Camp 17 Sunfield/Lansing, in helping them "Keep Green the Memory" of the Boys in Blue, in their Memorial Day Event. After this event we attended the Lansing Firemen's Memorial event and then went to Little Arlington located in Evergreen Cemetery in Lansing for the celebration there.


Camp members posted at the Civil War Monument in Concord.

On Memorial Day itself, members of the Camp and Auxiliary once again divided themselves between Jackson and Concord to take part in Memorial Day celebrations in those two cities.

The weather did not co-operate as much as we would have like but we had a good turn out to honor not only the Boys in Blue, but all of Americas fallen heros.


Andersonville National Cemetery

(Formerly known as Decoration Day, the day set aside to honor the nation's war dead was originally observed May 30. A federal law passed in 1967 officially changed the name to Memorial Day, and the next year Congress moved the observance to the last Monday in May to create a three-day weekend.)

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Firing a volley to honor those who have fallen in service to our Country.



Sons in attendance at the Lansing Fire Department Memorial.


During the parade in Concord


The Colors are posted.

June


Camp No. 7 members Dave Kimble and PCC Ron Tyrl before the event. Brother Kimble carried the flag of the 4th Michigan in the event.


The hearse that was used for the ceremony.


Ladies from our Auxiliary at the Sgt Randall Dedication.


The tools of a soldier placed at the headstone.


Members from all the different groups during the event.

On June 8th members of Camp No. 7 fell in with 4th Michigan re-enactors and members of three other camps to assist with two separate events.

In the morning members gathered in Dexter where along with the 4th Michigan and members of Camp No. 180 Carpenter-Welch (the host of the event Camp) of Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti, Camp No. 17, Curtenius Guard of Lansing-Sunfield and Camp No. 427, Sergeant John Cosbey of Dearborn and assisted in re-enacting the burial of Colonel Harrison H. Jeffordswho was wounded during fighting at the Wheatfield on July 2nd and died early the next morning at the Battle of Gettysburg.

After this event Camp members packed up and moved to Mt. Hope Cemetery in Lansing where they assisted Camp No. 17 in a headstone dedication for Sergeant George Randall, Co. K., 102nd USCT. Sergeant Randall enlisted in April of 1863 and was discharged in April of 1864 due to disability. Upon his discharge he returned to Lansing and his occupation of a barber.


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Sisters Liz Lloyd (left) and June Lloyd of our Auxiliary.

Camp 7 members with PCinC Keith Harrison (on right) in front of the hurse.


Members of Camp No. 7 before the headstone dedication.


The firing of 3 volleys.


Brother Ed Conklin prepares by doing drills for the days events.


A panoramic view of the battlefield. Union on the left and Confederates on the right.

Over the weekend of the 15th and 16th members of Camp 7 fell in with members of the 7th and 18th Michigan re-enactors at Turkeyville. They preformed military drill and put on demonstrations for the visitors to the event.

There also was a skirmish both days of the event.

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PCC Mark Heath, sporting a sharpshooter kepi, helped kept troops in line with his bugle calls.

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The camp set up by members of Camp No. 7.


From left; Ed Conklin, Henry Hawker, Mark Heath & Chris Cox of our camp.

The plaque that was presented to the Museum.


(Left to Right)Bro Ron Tyrl, John Ocwieja, Museum Board member, Bro Chris Cox, & Bro Ron Lewis presenting the plaque.

On the 22nd and 23rd of June, members of the camp and the auxiliary set up at the Waterloo Farm Museum for their Blacksmith, Soldiers and Log Cabin weekend. We were able to set up two separate sights, a soldiers camp and in the museum ice house we had set up displays and a slideshow of things that we as a camp do.

During the event a plaque was presented to the museum by members of Camp No. 7 to commemorate the wounding of Jacob Realy who was a member of the 20th Michigan Infantry and was wounded May 10th of 1863 during the battle at Horse Shoe Bend. He carried the bullet for the rest of his life as the doctors thought it unadvisable to attempt to remove it.

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Sister June Lloyd in front of the ice house.


Another view of our Camp.


Bro Ed Conklin and PCC Mark Heath playing horseshoes.







July


The Historical Plaque at the site.


Some of the speakers at the event


PCC Ron Tyrl, PCC Bob Griggs, Chirs Cox, Commander Howard Lloyd and PDC Paul Arnold
line up before the event.

On July the 6th, with the assistance of Past Department Commander (Camp No. 17) Arnold, members of our camp and auxiliary help to celebrate the birth of the Republican Party at the " Under the Oaks " event in Jackson by presenting and posting the Colors.

The event this year was not only to celebrate the 159th birthday of the party, but also to commemorate, through song and readings, the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation January 1, 1863.

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A grateful Hazzah! to Liz Lloyd of our auxiliary who was our photographer for this event.

The singers at the event.

Aftre the event the Colors were retired.


Daniel and Betsy getting ready to cut the cake.


Holding a quilt that was made for them.
(Photo by Joe Davis.)


Jim, talking to camp and auxiliary members.

On the 8th of July after our regular meeting a baby shower was held for SVC Daniel Pardee and his wife, auxiliary member Betsy. Their child, a girl, is expected to "enlist" just before the Jackson Muster. Hopefully that will give us enough time to get her fitted for a uniform so she can take part in that event. Cake, fruit and drinks were on hand and then the couple opened gifts, many of which Daniel tried on. While opening the gifts, Daniel found the dress (Betsy told him he had to pick out the outfit for that trip) that their little recruit will be wearing home. A grand time was had by all.

After the shower was over we had a guest speaker who had come to talk about the Irish Brigade with us. Jim Jackson, Commander and Graves Registration Officer of Camp No. 22 in Marshall gave a very informative presentation on the Irish Brigade of the East as well as the West and talked about different regiments who although, not part of this brigade, were made up primarily of men from Ireland. A very hardy Hazzah, and Thank You to you Brother Jackson, for taking your time to share with us your knowledge of these men.

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Members getting some of the goodies.

(above and below) Commander Jim Jackson, Camp No. 22.





Commander Lloyd and auxiliary member June Lloyd before the event at our camp.


One of our new "recruits"


A new Color Bearer.


Camp members PCC Bob Griggs, Chirs Cox, Commnader Howard, auxiliary member June Lloyd.

On the 11th and 12th of the month camp and auxiliary members set up camp at the Learning Fair at the Jackson County Career Center. There were many displays and activities set up for those who attended. There was also entertainment for the visitors. Many of these events were interactive.

Over the course of the two days our members talked to many people about the Civil War and upcoming events of our camp. We also had a sackcoat and kepi for children to try on if they wished. If they did try the uniform on they were then given some of the other soldiers equipment to put on so they could get a better feel of what it was like to be a soldier and things they carried while on the march during the Civil War.

After the new recruits made their first march, they were told about the food that soldiers would have while marching and they given a sample of hardtack. Some of our recruits wished to become flag bearers and they were allowed to do this after being told what an honor it was to be able to carry one of the flags for the regiment.

The last thing we did was "issue" the soldier a copy of an enlistment document, showing them what an original one looked like, and a copy of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

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Chris Cox setting out items for display.


Trying the hardtack.

One of the other activities was a talking ship from the Coast Guard.


PCC Bob Griggs, on right, with members of Camp No. 20 at the stone that was dedicated.
July 20th found members of our Camp at Scotts Michigan to assist Camp 20 in dedicating a plaque to the Walter Orr Post 312, of the Grand Army of the Republic, which was opened from 1885 to 1913. The plaque was sponsored by the Friends of the Union Veterans and the 13th Michigan Memorial Association, with the program being put on by the General Benjamin Pritchard Camp No. 20 S.U.V.C.W.

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The plaque and the ribbon that was handed out to descendants of men who were members of Post 312

Chirs Cox (left) & Mike Millard (right).
Also on the 20th, working on headstones was a personal matter for our camp Chaplain, Chris Cox as he and Brother Mike Millard worked on cleaning and straightening two headstone in Oaklawn Cemetery in Stockbridge. The men, Edson M. Norton Co. E, 14th Michigan Infantry and Augustus C. Norton Co. B, 6th Michigan Cavalry, were ancestors of Chris.

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The headstones.


Cleaning the headstone.


Our camp and battlefield.


Members of our auxiliary showing how to make dolls.


SVC Daniel Pardee presents the Flag to the Paddock Hubbard House.


One of our recruits.


Union troops defending the stone wall.

>On Saturday the 27th members of the camp and auxiliary once again set up camp at the Paddock Hubbard house in Concord for their Civil War Day. This year we were assisted by members of the 7th and 18th Michigan Infantries.

During the day visitors were able to see solders doing drill, going through the Manual of Arms, and watch them learn how to load and fire their muskets. The Colors were presented by members of our camp. At that time a flag was presented to the Paddock Hubbard House by members of our camp with all the previous years battles listed on it. Also members of the camp told of their trip to Gettysburg for the 150th anniversary reenactment of that battle. Members of the Auxiliary set up and showed visitors of the event how to make dolls.

One of the highlights of the event was when Pickett's Charge was once again played out, tho on a much smaller scale. After the battle, weapons were again loaded and a volley was fired for the crowed and then a bayonet charge was made. Then returning to our camps we greeted visitors, answered questions and even tried to pick up a new recruit or two.

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Posting the Colors.


Learning how to become soldiers.


Union troops during company drills.


Confederates learning how to load and fire.


Firing one last volley for the crowd.


Brother Mike Millard in the section where the stones were cleaned. Brother Chris Cox in the background checking out the stones.
On July 29th members of visited Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in Jackson to complete a task that they had started awhile back and at that time, ran into some equipment trouble. At this time they cleaned the headstones of 46 Civil War soldiers as well as numerous headstones of Spanish American, WWI and WWII veterans.

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Two of the namy headstones that were cleaned. These two stones were so encrusted that the names could not be seen or read before they were cleaned.



August


Brother Chris Cox portrayed Captain Edward Pomeroy.


PCC Mark Heath portrayed Colonel Michael Shoemaker.

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The third of August found camp members back at Mt. Evergreen where they worked with members of the 7th Michigan and staff of Ella Sharp Museum to present "Speaking with Spirits Cemetery Walk - Jackson in the Civil War".

For this event some of the members portrayed notable men from Jackson who had fought to save the Union, while others told the story of finding, cleaning up, and replacing the headstones of 29 soldiers buried in the Quartermaster Plot of the Soldiers Cemetery located within Mt Evergreen Cemetery. Members of the 7th also portrayed men from Jackson, one being Christian Rath, the jailer and hangmen of the Lincoln conspirators.

After the walk, the visitors all gathered together with the presenters and questions were answered that they might have had.

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Brother Mike Maillard talked to the visitors about the Soldiers Cemetery.


(left to right) PCC Henry Hawker, Ed Conklin,
PCC Dan Conklin.


Members relaxing before the start of the day.


Camp members showing how to load a musket.


Recruits learned about flags.


Learning how to put up a wall tent.


Brothers of the Camp with this years recruits.

For the third year members of our Camp and Auxiliary worked with the staff and volunteers at Ella Sharp Museum in putting on their Civil War Camp.

The dates for the camp were August 12th through the 16th and during this time the children who attended learned about the life of a soldier during the Civil War. They has sessions on music, making uniforms and kepi's, learned about regimental flags, tried soldiers food with hardtack and "salt pork" and cooking over a campfire. They were taken through the museum's Civil War display that is running now and shown artifacts brought in by our members as well. They also learned how to set up a camp by putting up tents. After setting up camp they got to try on the soldiers garb and march their "20 miles".

The also learned about lines of battle, marching, and how to skirmish, and if need be retreat, after which side were chosen and there was a battle. Of course after any battle there are wounded to take care of so they were told about care for the wounded. An election was also held in which President Lincoln was re-elected with about 80% of the vote over George McClellan.

Lastly they were told about coming home and the creation of the Grand Army of the Republic and their heirs, the Sons of Union Veterans. It once again was a great week and I'm sure all are looking forward to it again next year.

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Charles Waters III, Charlie Waters Jr., Chris Cox and Commander Lloyd in camp.

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Recruits marching their 20 miles for the day.


Brothers Chris Cox and Mike Maillard working on one of the stones.


One of the broken stones.
One of the stones after being repaired.

When cleaning the veteran's headstones last month at Mount Evergreen Cemetery, two of them were found to be broken completely off. On Monday the 19th, brothers of Camp No. 7 returned to the cemetery to fix the headstones.

As you can see that is quite a process as the stone has to be cleaned, any sharp edges need to be taken off, the epoxy mixed and applied and the stone set back on the base and held in place.

Thank you Gentlemen for taking the time out of your day to do this.

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Brothers Ron Tyrl and Mike Maillard working on one of the stones.


One of the broken stones.
One of the stones after being repaired.


Brother Mike Maillard talking to one of the visitors.


Installed members Michael, Nicholas & Robert Funkhouser with already installed Bradly.


Once again Pvt Woody was wounded.


The last event on Saturday was a night firing of the cannon.

On the 24th and 25th of August we again set up at the Jackson Civil War Muster. This was the 29th year for the muster and this year the Battle of Chancellorsville, and the Battle of Gettysburg where chosen to commemorate the 150th anniversaries of those battles.

This year as in past years, we set up in the Band Shell as well as having Camp Hawker in the Step back in Time area . The Ladies Auxiliary, a medical scenario, and our stone puller were set up in that area as well.

During the muster we were fortunate enough to "muster" in three new members to our Camp. All of us would like to welcome Brothers Robert, Nicholas, and Michael Funkhouser. The ceremony was conducted by Department Commander Paul Davis, and membership badges were given to our new "recruits" by 95 year old Harold Becker, a TRUE SON. We all look forward to working with you on our upcoming events.


Brothers Robert, Nicholas, and Michael Funkhouser

Once again we were able to meet and assist many people who were looking for their ancestors or where they were buried, as well as just talking about the Civil War in general.

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Sisters of the auxiliary made and handed out rag dolls to the visitors.


Brother Bradly Funkhouser looks on as his dad and two sons are initiated.


PCC Ron Tyrl assisting visitors.




September


Sister June Lloyd presenting Brother Ron Tyrl with his quilt.

At our regular meeting on the 9th of the month, we had two different events. Number 1, Brother Ron Tyrl was presented with a quilt, made by Sister June Lloyd to thank and congratulate him on his 30 years (and somewhat retirement) in the Air National Guard. Thank you for your service from all of us Ron.

Number two was a guest speaker. Brother Mike Culp of the General Benjamin Pritchard Camp No. 20 in Kalamazoo, visited our camp and spoke about the 13th Michigan Infantry and the 13th Michigan Memorial Association. For an article on this organization, and the work they do, please chick here.

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Brother Mike Culp, of Camp No. 20 giving is talk on the 13th Michigan Infantry.


Commander Lloyd(on left of group) with members of the 14th Michigan SVR
On the 14 of September, Commander Lloyd fell in with the 14th Michigan SVR and assisted them in a Civil War Commemoration Service held at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan. During the service a volley was fired and music was played by the 5th Michigan Regimental Band.
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The firing of the volley.

Don Limpart cutting the ribbon at the Grand Opening of the G.A.R. Memorial Museum.


Members of the Sons, Daughters, and Ladies Auxiliary who attended the ribbon cutting ceremony.

On Thursday the 26th of September, members of Camp No. 7, the Auxiliary, as well as members of the Daughters of Union Veterans, and many other Sons Camps attended and helped out in the grand opening of the G.A.R. Memorial Museum in Eaton Rapids.

Members of our camp assisted in talking to visitors about the many displays that were there for their viewing as well as answering questions on the Grand Army of the Republic. Members of the Ladies Auxiliary mustered in visitors as they entered the museum.

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Commander Lloyd, PCC Ron Lewis, and Ladies Auxiliary member June Lloyd presenting a check from the Camp, to the Museum President and Board members.


Sisters Brenda Walters, and June Lloyd mustered visitors into the Museum during the open house.




October


Members of the Cub Scout Pack, leaders, and parents.


Brother Kimble, PCC Griggs & Commander Lloyd during the presentation.

October started off with members of the Camp and Auxiliary Keeping green the Memory of the Boys in Blue, when on the 3rd members attended a Cub Scout meeting in Owosso to talk to the scouts, as well as their parents and leaders about the men who fought to save the Union, as well as women on the home front.

After the presentation all were offered a sampling of hardtack, and the scouts were given an enlistment form to fill out, and a copy of the Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

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Sister Lloyd talked about the mourning process in the 1860's.



Members of the camp and auxiliary with the Cub Scout Pack.


PCC Griggs speaking with Parma-Spring Arbor Lions President Ron.

Not taking a lot of time to catch our breaths, our next event was on the 7th, when PCC Griggs attended the Parma-Spring Arbor Lions Club meeting where he gave a presentation on Michigan in the Civil War. After the talk all enjoyed the displays that were set up and many questions were answered.

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PCC Griggs talking to some of the Lions members about items on display for the presentation.

Our Camp Flags setup outside the icehouse.


Woody and PCC Ron Lewis at the event.


On the 13th of October members of our Camp and Auxiliary joined many other people dressed in period dress at the Waterloo Farm Museum for their annual Pioneer Day.

Numerous areas were setup at this event to demonstrate how people lived during the 19th century. The farm house was open for tours as well as the many out buildings on the site. Also the Dewey School, a one room schoolhouse located near the farm was open to the public.

Camp members placed many items on display and answered many questions about the life of a Civil War soldier as well as request for looking ancestors up using the Brown Books.

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Auxiliary member Brenda Walters and PCC Ron Lewis outside the icehouse.


PCC Ron Tyrl kicks up his heels to the music played by a Civil War era band.


Mike with some of his display.


Sister Walter (right), with Carla (left) & Reta (center) VanBuren, family members, delivers a prayer for Shirley.


Our new stone.


It was a dirty job but someone had to do it.


The following week we remained busy remembering the "Boys in Blue". At our October 14th meeting members of the Camp were treated to a presentation on the 7th Michigan Cavalry. Author and living historian, Mike Wood, visited the camp and talked not only about the 7th but the Michigan Cavalry Brigade, the brigade's deeds at the Battle of Gettysburg as well as his pilgrimage to Gettysburg for the 150th anniversary of that battle.

A hardy "Thank you" to Mike from all of us for sharing your evening
with us.

The evening for the Ladies Auxiliary had a much more somber note as they remembered a lost sister. Shirley VanBuren, who passed away in September, was a Life Member of the Ladies Auxiliary and was remembered, by the group, as family members attended the meeting.
Sleep on ye fallen comrade, the victory you have won, you've served our Order's banner, your task has been well done.

On the 16th members of the Austin Blair Camp met to start the physical part of our next extended project. Next spring we are planning on having a rededication of the Soldiers Plot in Mount Evergreen Cemetery in Jackson. This section of the cemetery holds the remains of 29 Union soldiers and has been an on going project since it was located by members of our camp in 1996.

As part of the rededication a permanent marker will be placed at the site at the same location of the temporary one that was installed in 2004 at the original dedication.

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Mike Wood 7th MI Cavalry.


Brothers found that making little rocks out of big rocks was not as much fun as they thought.


Before the new marker can be installed the old one must be removed.

November


The Brothers who were able to assist with marking the stone.
Moving along with the stone for the rededication of the Soldiers Plot, on the 6th of November members again met yesterday at Bailey Sand and Gravel to set the stone upright and mark it for where the plaque should be placed. It was also measured for the size of the base that would be needed. Soon the stone will be moved to the monument company so the plaque can be attached.

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The stone after it was marked for the plaque.


Members of the Camp at the Defense of the Flag Monument


The plaque for the Soldiers Plot.

On the 11th, Camp and Auxiliary members set up at the Defense of the Flag monument in Jackson to take part in the Veterans Day ceremony of massing of flags and presenting wreaths to honor both past and current veterans. The weather was a bit of a facture but it did not dampen the spirits of those there.

A grateful Thank You! goes out to all of you who have served.

Also at this event, Brother Maillard brought the recently received plaque that was ordered for the Soldiers Cemetery Plot for members to see.

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Sister June Lloyd lays a wreath at the monument.


Members with the Soldiers Plot plaque.



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