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Austin Blair Camp No. 7
Our Year ~ 2014




January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December


January




February


Brothers Henry Hawker and Ron Tyrl talking to one of the guest before the President's talk.


The 16th President during his talk. His guard for the evening, Brother Dave Kimble in the background.


Members of the Camp with the President.

Last night at our meeting Fred Priebe, a Lincoln personalty presented a talk on President Lincoln and his Generals.

There were many guest in attendance. After his talk, the 16th President answered questions, and was able to mingle with the visitors.

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


After his talk, the President was presented, by Commander Lloyd, a flag from the Camp.


President Lincoln talking with some of the guest
after his talk.


Members of the Camp presenting the picture to Keith Harrison of the Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall & Museum.
On the 205th birthday of Abraham Lincoln, members of the Austin Blair Camp and Auxiliary visited the Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum to donate a framed picture of our 16th President in honor of Brother Robert "Bob" Hoffman".

Brother Hoffman, a long time member of Camp No. 7, played a very large roll in finding the building where the G.A.R. Hall was located
in Eaton Rapids.

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The donated photograph.



March



New member Brother Nathan Tingley.


Our new members are presented with their Sons badges
by Commander Lloyd.
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At our meeting on the 10th our ranks were increased by 2 as Kim Horning, and Nathan Tingley became members of our camp.

Welcome Brothers, we all look forward to working with you on our many projects throughout the years to come.

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New member Brother Kim Horning.


Kim and Nathan during installation.

April


Camp No. 7 Members


One of the cakes we had for our celebration.


Brother Chris Cox with State Representatives
Earl Poleski (left) and Mike Shirkey.(right)


State Representatives Earl Poleski presenting the Special Trubute to our Camp.


Our Special Tribute.



Members of the Austin Blair Camp and Auxiliary, joined by some past members.

Monday April 14th, 2014 was a very special night for members of Austin Blair Camp 7 and Auxiliary, as we celebrated the 100th anniversary of our Camp.

For the evening we had a guest speaker, special guests which included numerous past members who returned to help celebrate our special night, and refreshments.

State Representatives Earl Poleski and Mike Shirkey were in attendance. They presented the camp with a Special Tribute congratulating us on our 100 years of service to the Jackson area. Past Commanders in Chiefs Keith Harrison and Jim Pahl were also there to help us celebrate. Department Commander Paul Davis and Department Senior Vice Commander Dale Aurand were there as well, and Commander Davis presented a Letter of Recognition to the camp congratulating us on our achievement.

William Anderson was our guest speaker and he gave a talk on "Commerce during the U. S. Civil War in Jackson County Michigan". He brought in many store tokens and stamps from that era for the members to examine.

After his talk members and guests were treated to cakes, cookies, fruits, and many other snacks. I don't believe anyone walked away from the meeting disappointed or hungry .

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Department Commander, Paul Davis presenting a Letter of Recognition to Commander Lloyd.


Our guest speaker for the evening, William Anderson


Left to right
Department SVC Dale Aurand, Past CinC's Jim Pahl, and Keith Harrison


Brother Mark Heath and Ed Conklin talking to past member Landon Hawker.


Our Letter of Recognition




May

Commander Lloyd receives our event streamer for the Veterans Day Parade in Detroit.

2014 Department members being installed by CinC Freshley.


Left to Right; Commander Howard Lloyd, Brother Mike Maillard, Dept Council Bob Griggs, CinC Freshley, Dept Historian Chirs Cox, and Brother Kyle Hamann.

On May 10th, members of all the Allied Orders of the Grand Army of the Republic met in Lansing for the 130th 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 discharged from his position as Deaprtment Guard and appointed to the position of Department Historian. Brother Bob Griggs was elected to the Camp Council. Also during the proceedings, the Austin Blair Camp was awarded a flag ribbon for its participation in the Detroit Veteran's Day Parade.

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, Dorothy Lowe was elected Council No. 2, and Jan Davis was elected to Council No. 3.

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

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Brother of the Austin Blair Camp who attended the Encampment.

2014 Elected Department Officers.


Linda with her Award


The Doctor Mary Edwards Walker Award.

At our May meeting we had a guest speaker. Jim Jackson of Camp 22 spoke on Company K, of the 1st Michigan Sharpshooters. Also it was announced that Sister Linda Kronburg of our Auxiliary was the recipient of the 1st awarded Doctor Mary Edwards Walker Award.

From all of your Brothers and Sisters of our Camp congratulations Linda. Keep up the good work

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Above and below. Brother Jim Jackson from Camp 22 talking about Co. K, 1st Michigan Sharpshooters.


Above and below: Pictures from previous years taken at the Grosvenor House in Jonesville.


On the 17th members of the Camp and Auxiliary had to split forces as we had two different events going on that day. There was the Civil War Day at the Grosvenor House in Jonesville and a headstone dedication in Stockbridge, for the ancestors of one of our members.

Although it was not as warm of a day as we have had in the past a grand time was still had at the Jonesville event and the headstone dedication went off without anyone getting wet.

Also joining is at the headstone dedication were brothers from the 14th Michigan SVR, Camp 145 Gov Henry Crapo Camp, Camp 427 the Sergeant John Cosbey Camp, and Camp 67 the U.S. Grant Camp. Brother Cox, as well as the other members of Camp No. 7 wish to thanks the Brothers from the other Camps for their support.

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The new headstones and flag holders for Edson and Clark "Augustus" Norton.


Members of Camp No. 7 along with the Brothers from other Camps and the SVR.


Sisters June Lloyd, Rexine Cockroft and Aurora Lynch making rag dolls to be given to the students.


Union troops lining up.


One of the displays that were set up for the students.

On Tuesday May 20, members of Camp No. 7 and Ladies of the Auxiliary went back to school. In this case it was the Paragon Charter Academy in Jackson where for the 7th year we put on our Civil War Day at that school

Many displays, including medical, cavalry, infantry and the home front, were set up for the student to look at and handle so they could get a better feeling of what a Civil War soldier went though. This year we were also able to add sharpshooters to the list of displays to allow students to better understand the roll they played in the war.

As happened last year we had to set up inside the gym at the school but the weather did clear up enough that we were able to take the two "Armies" outside and do our version of the Battle of Franklin. As you can see a grand time was had by all.

To the staff of Paragon we wish to thank you for your assistance in helping us "Keep Green the Memory" of the Boys in Blue.

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Members of Camp No. 7 relaxing before the students arrive.



Confederate troops receive instructions before the attack.


Students getting hands on, on how to treat the wounded.


Members of Camp 7 assisted Camp 17 for their ceremony at Mt. Hope Cemetery.


PCC Bob Griggs speaking at the Eaton Rapids
Walking Tour.


All of the National Colors were placed together in Mt. Evergreen Cemetery, in Jackson.


Other flags were placed in the same area.
Vicki Weiss, Joe Davis, and Charles Waters III relax before the placing of the wreaths starts.


Members of the Camp and Auxiliary who attended the Memorial Day Parade and wreath laying ceremony.

Over the Memorial Day weekend members of our Camp and Auxiliary attended many different events.

On Saturday members were at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Lansing for the ceremony there held at the site where many Civil War soldiers are buried. From there they moved on to Evergreen Cemetery at Little Arlington where wreaths were placed in honor of our soldiers past and present.

We had many members who spent their weekend at Greenfield Village for their Living History weekend.

On Sunday members of the Camp took part in the Historical Walk in Eaton Rapids where different sites were visited and "actors" in period dress talked about Governor Austin Blair, Civil War soldiers and members of the G.A.R.

On Monday our members took part in the Memorial Day Parade in Jackson and the ceremony held at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery at the end of that parade.

As you can tell, we had a very full weekend.

I would like to thank our photographers at these events, in alphabetical order; Carolyn Manning, Deb Malewski, June Lloyd, Peg Griggs and Sharon Kimble. Your help is greatly appreciated.

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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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Members of Camp 7 and 17 bring in the Colors at
Little Arlington.



The Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall & Museum as seen from G.A.R. Park.


June Lloyd of our Auxiliary places a wreath in
honor of all soldiers.


Camp and Auxiliary members before the parade.




June


Brother Nathan Tingley and Camp Commander Lloyd relax in the "captured" Confederate camp before the event started.


PCC Ron Tyrl show the students how a wounded soldier would have been taken care of.

On the 5th of June, members of the Austin Blair Camp and Auxiliary visited the Parma Elementary School, for a Civil War Day for the 5th grade students there.

The day being very cooperative weather wise, we were able to set up our displays outside. These displays included medical, home front, sharpshooters, how a soldier lived and the equipment and food he would have had. They also learned about different types of muskets, (and how to load them) bayonets and different flags and their importance to the soldier.

We, as well as the students had a very enjoyable day.

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Brenda Walters, (left) June Lloyd, (center) and Rexine Cockroft, (right) of our Auxiliary spoke of the role of women during the war.


PCC Ron Lewis talks to the students about the importance of flags to the soldiers.


PPC Ron Tyrl starts work on todays project.


The frame is in place and the sides
are evened out.

Friday the 13th was a very lucky day for us, as the weather turned out to be rather cool for us to return to one of our major projects for the year.

Members of the Camp met at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery to put in more time on our Soldiers Plot project there where we got the hole dug, and the form set for our permanent marker that will be set in place and dedicated later this year.

We hopefully will receive word shortly that the concrete is ready to be poured so we can start plans for getting the stone set in place.

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Brothers Charles Waters III & Mike Maillard check the progress of the hole.


As you can see the hole is rather deep.

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8th grade students from the Linden Academy.

On the 20th of June, Brother David Kimble visited the Linden Charter Academy in Flint. There he spoke with 8th graders about the Civil War, and informs us that he, as well as the students and staff had a great time.

Sure looks that way to us.

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More students from Linden.

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Camp & Auxiliary members speaking to visitors of the event


Brother Tingley and Commander Lloys talking over the days events.

The 21st of June found members of the Camp and Auxiliary at the Springport Summer Festival. Throughout the day they spoke with visitors about their ancestors and heard the stories of they knew about them. Tents with displays were set up and firing demonstrations were given throughout the day.

The Ladies Auxiliary, along with some "friends", made, and handed out rag dolls to the girls, and spoke of how women and children dressed at the time of the war. They also spoke about the role that women had in their home life, as well as in the war effort.

Children who visited were also allowed to become "soldiers" in Father Abraham's Army, by putting on a sackcoat, and all the equipment that a soldier had to carry to see what the soldier of the time had to endure during a march.

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Auxiliary President June Lloyd explains how to make the dolls.


Camp members relaxing between greating visitors.


Workers from Jackson Monument Works taking the stone off the truck.


Moving the stone into place over the foundation.


Brothers from the Camp taking a little break after the stone was set in place.

On Friday the 27th of June, members of the Camp met staff of Jackson Monument Works at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery to set the stone in place at the Soldiers Plot located there. With the equipment they brought very short work was made of setting the stone in place.

Later in the day City of Jackson Parks Department worker came by to assist in getting the remainder of the concrete needed installed to complete
getting the stone set.

Members of the Camp can not adequately express our gratitude to all who made this project possible, Bailey's Stone & Gravel, Jackson Monuments Works, Consumers Energy, Willbee Concrete, City of Jackson Parks Department, and CenTec Cast Metal Products, out of Fremont, Ohio. This project would not have been possible without your assistance.

Please be sure to check out our web and facebook pages to see about the day set for the dedication of the stone and plaque.

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PCC Ron Tyrl and Brother Mike Millard working to get the stone just right.


Once the stone was in place, everyone lent a hand to move it around to the proper location on the foundation.


PCC Dan Conklin and Brother Ed Conklin cleaning up before the day starts.


PCC Ron Tyrl in a rare moment of standing still.

June would not be complete with out our visit to the Waterloo Farm Museum so on the weekend of the 28th & 29th, as in years past, we participated in the Blacksmiths, Soldiers, and Log Cabin Weekend there

. Members of both the Camp and Auxiliary split forces and set up at two different place around the farm. An encampment was set so visitors could see how a soldier would have lived, slept and cooked. Also displays and a medical scenario were placed in and around the ice house. Throughout the weekend we had the chance to talk with many visitors about our ancestors who had fought to save the Union. Along with that and answering questions they might have had about the life of a Civil War soldier, firing demonstrations were performed, and the graves database and the Brown Books were on hand to assist visitors in locating ancestors.

It is always a great time at the Farm Museum as we get to talk to many visitors about the Boys in Blue, as well as the history of the farm so if you missed this weekend, please be sure to join us there on October12th, for their Pioneer Day.

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PCC Henry Hawker (right) & and his son Landon relax before the event.


Private Woody once again got himself in trouble trying to sneak into the house after getting into the hard cider.






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July


One of the Historical Plaque at the site.


Brother Chris Cox as General Granger.


Commander Lloyd, PCC Ron Tyrl, Brother Mike Maillard, PCC Bob Griggs, Brothers Nathan Tingley, David Kimble and Chirs Cox.

On the 6th members of the Camp got together at the Under the Oaks Park to help celebrate the birth of the Republican Party.

We presented the Colors and Brother Chris Cox, acting as General Gordon Granger, read the Emancipation Proclamation that was delivered on Juneteenth (the 19th of June, 1865) in Texas.

After the program, as we were about to retire the Colors, the Austin Blair Camp was recognized by announcing that this year we celebrated our 100th years as a SUVCW Camp, for which we received a hardy round of applause and cheer.

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Commander Lloyd and PCC Tyrl getting ready for the event.


Brothers who attended the event before it started.


Brother Chirs Cox at the Learning Fair.


Part of the display that was set up during the
Learning Fair..

On the 10th and 11th of July members of the Camp set up at the Learning Fair that was held at the Career Center on Jackson College Campus.

We were able to enlist many "soldiers" for Father Abraham's Army, and tell them how a soldier would have lived. Also, we spoke with many adults about how to locate the records of their ancestors and their graves sites.

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PCC Bob Griggs at the Learning Fair.


One of Father Abrahams newest soldier thinking about carrying a
drum not a musket.


Brother Chris Cox talking about the role of the cavalry during the War.


Members of the Ladies Auxiliary made and passed out rag dolls. No the one that Betsy is holding was not made at the encampment.


There really is a recruit under that kepi.



Members of the Camp posting the Colors.

On Saturday the 26th, members of our Camp and Auxiliary set up at the Paddock Hubbard House in Concord for their annual Civil War Day. Members of Camp No. 7 took part in many of the events that took place. This year we were not only joined by reenactors to assist us, but also by Mike Martin and his artillery crew, who greatly added to the days events.

During the day we had the opportunity to "meet and greet" many visitors and talk to them about their ancestors as well as ours who had served to preserve the Union. Brother Todd Holton was the MC for the event and also assisted by playing the fiddle with the group that provided the music. The Colors were presented and posted by members of Camp No. 7, and Brother Chris Cox talked about the role of the cavalry during the war. As in years passed, the ladies of the Auxiliary talked to visitors about the role of the women and children during the Civil War and also made and passed out rag dolls for the girls to play with.

This year the Battle of Cold Mill Pond was fought, and it featured earthworks, a Chevaux De Frise and a cleared field of fire, all painstakingly built by Brother Pardee. Hazzah Daniel, and THANK YOU! for all of your hard work. It was greatly appreciated by all.

After the battle, members returned to the camp set up, to again talk with visitors and explain more in depth things that had happened during the battle. We were also able to refill our ranks by recruiting some young soldiers to replace our loses.

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Brother Ed Conklin shows how his foot powered band saw works.


Brother Todd Holton plays with the band.


The earthworks built by Brother Pardee.


Confederate artillery fires at the
attacking Union.




August


Brother Chris Cox (left) and PCC Ron Tyrl relaxing before the recruits arrive.


Brother Chris Cox getting the company to fall in for drills.

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It does not look like there will be any rest for our members in the month of August, as we started off spending most of the first full week at Ella Sharp Museum assisting them with their annual Civil War Camp.

While "on duty", the soldiers learned many things about the Civil War and the soldiers who fought it, and how they lived. They also learned how to treat a wounded comrade, marching, drill, simple parts of the Manual of Arms.

One of the highlights of the week was when they were issued their own musket, and they learned how to load and fire it. After getting this information, they learned how to attack an enemy position. After a successful attack, command was turned over to our newly made officers and they tried their hand at drilling the troops.

As always, it was a great week working with the "soldiers" and staff of the Ella Sharp Museum and we thank them for allowing us to share this week with them.

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Brothers Charlie Waters Jr.(back), and Charles Waters III taking a break during the camp.


PCC Bob Griggs issues the soldiers their muskets.


How the area looked when found in 1996 .


Brother Kim Horning cleans up Austin Blair's gravesite.


Ladies of the Auxiliary who attended the event.


Sister Liz Lloyd places flowers at the monument.


The plaque is unvailed by PCC Ron Lewis.


Brother Dave Kimble talked about Captain Edward Pomeroy.


Brothers of Camp No. 7 during the dedication.

On August 9, 2014, thanks to the generous donations of several local businesses, the City of Jackson Park Department, and the assistance of Centec Casting, a company in Freemont Ohio, the Austin Blair Camp was able to put the finishing touch on a project that has been on-going for more than 20 years.

On this day, members of Camp No. 7, the Ladies Auxiliary, 7th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Re-enactors. and several visitors gathered at the Soldiers Cemetery inside Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in Jackson to dedicate a permanent memorial to the 29 soldiers who gave "..the last full measure of devotion.."

After a history of the Soldiers Cemetery and how it came to be found and restored almost 150 years after the soldiers were buried there was given by Brother Michael Maillard, the stone, with a bronze plaque affixed, was unveiled to the public.

After the ceremony visitors were encouraged to walk around the area of the Soldiers Cemetery and view the displays that were set up showing the different stages of the work that had been completed over the last 20 years. Members of Camp 7 were at this time, stationed at the headstones to talk about the soldiers who were buried there. In addition to the Soldiers Cemetery, Camp members were placed at the graves of The War Governor-Austin Blair, and Edward Pomeroy for whom Post 48 of the G.A.R., which was located in Jackson, was named for. Along with these two men, Doug McComas of the 7th Michigan was at the gravesite of Christian Rath, the Lincoln conspirator's hangman to tell the visitors about these men.

Once again, our members would like to thank those who made this event possible. A very hearty HAZZAH! to Brother Mike Maillard, who's tireless energy brought all of this together. To Consumers Energy Economic Development Director, Allan Hooper, Baily Sand and Gravel, President Jerry Bailey, Jackson Monument Company Owner, Chris John, Centec Casting, and the City of Jackson-Parks Department. With out the help of these folks, and their commitment to this country's veterans, this project very possibility would have never been completed.

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The area as it looks today.


Brother Joe Davis making sure the area looks sharp.


Brother David VanHoof talking to visitors at the Austin Blair gravesite.


Brothers & visitors talking before the event.


Brother Mike Maillard stands with the monument.


JVC Chris Cox at the SUVCW National Encampment.
August 14-17 found JVC Chris Cox in attendance at the National Encampment, which this year was held at Marietta, Georgia. Brother Cox made the trip with nine other brothers from within the Department of Michigan.

Thank you Brother Cox for taking your time to represent both the Austin Blair Camp and the Department of Michigan at this event.


Junior member Dennis, under the watchful eye of PCC Dennis Zank of Camp 20, help getting the fire started.


PCC Ron Tyrl, with the assistance of one of the recruits sets up for the medical part of the program.

On the 20th members of our Camp, working with members of Camp No. 17, Camp No. 20, and museum staff from the G.A.R. Memorial Hall and Museum located in Eaton Rapids, put on the museum's first Civil War Day Camp.

During this camp recruits learned drill, how to pack a knapsack, drill, how to set up a shelter tent, drill, how to care for a wounded soldier, drill, how to load and fire a musket. After learning that skill, they were allowed to fire one of the muskets. After more drill they learned about what the soldier of that time would have had for lunch and were able to try some "hardtack". Finally after a very full morning they were given lunch and learned about Civil War ear music and what it meant to the soldiers. Then it was time, for you guessed it, more drill, then marching from the G.A.R. Park to the Museum itself where they wrote letters home, and then learned about the G.A.R.

Finally, they were paid off and issued their discharges and returned home, feeling better knowing that they were once members of Father Abraham's Army and had helped save the Union.

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One of our helpers to many of these events, Aurora helps set up the Confederate area.


PCC Bob Griggs helps out one of the recruits during one of the many drills.


PCC Tyrl touches up his artwork.


Brothers relaxing at Camp Hawker.


GRO Charles Waters III looking up information.


Brothers Maillard talking to visitors.

Over the weekend of the 23th & 24th as in many of the years passed, members of Camp No. 7 and the Ladies Auxiliary set up at the Jackson Civil War Muster. This was the 30th year for the Muster and the battles of The Wilderness, and The Battle of Franklin were reenacted, in which some members of our Camp participated in.

During our time at the muster, we were able to assist many visitors in looking up their ancestors, or give them instruction on how to do that, as well as helping them find their ancestors gravesite. Camp Hawker was once again set up on top of the hill for visitors to stop in and talk to members about life in a Civil War Camp. Brother Chris Cox served as the tour guide for the historic bus tour of Jackson sponsored by Eaton Corporation.

This year, we were once again fortunate enough to be able to install a new member into the Camp at the Muster. The installation was performed by Department of Michigan Commander, Paul Davis and attended by Brothers and Sisters from many different Camps. A hardy welcome to our newest member, junior Brother Alex Tingley…hazzah, Hazzah, HAZZAH!!!!!!

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Members of the Auxiliary talking with visitors.


Our newest Brother, Junior Alex Tingley.


Brother Chris Cox was the tour guide.


Brothers and Sister who attended the lecture.

On the 26th, members of Camp No. 7 and the Auxiliary attended a lecture held at the Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum in Eaton Rapids. The topic of the talk was the Michigan Connection to John Wilkes Booth and Jefferson Davis.

The lecture was presented by Rick Brown, and left us with many questions to ponder about the men who captured Booth and Davis.


Presenter Rick Brown.



September


Members of the Camp and Auxiliary taking a short break.


Brother Nathan Tingley outfitting one of our new recruits.

This year, for the first time, the Austin Blair Camp was ask to take part in the Grass Lake Heritage Day. Great support for this event was shown by the community and we had the opportunity to speak to many visitors about our ancestors and their lives as soldiers of Father Abraham's Army.

As with many of our events as of late, we were able to recruit many new members into that Army. As always, private Woody was a huge hit with everyone and with the help of the kids that worked on his wounds he again, lives to fight another day.

Members of our Camp joining with men representing of the Revolutionary War also put on firing demonstrations for the visitors throughout the day.

It was a great day and we hope to be ask back for next year.

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PCC Ron Tyrl and visitors working hard to save Woody.

Somr of the visitors to the event looking at our displays.


Department Commander Paul Davis presented Brother Maillard with the Camp's Austin Blair Award.


The Austin Blair Award that was presented to Brother Maillard.

At our meeting, held on the 9th, we had two events take place. Mike Culp from Camp No. 20 gave a talk on the War in the West and how the fighting there actually won the war. Also, Brother Mike Maillard was presented with the Austin Blair Award for his outstanding work over the last year in designing, and having made our camps 100 anniversary medal, and the monument that was dedicated last month at the Soldiers Cemetery.

We had many visitors to listen to Brother Culp, Department Command Paul Davis, Past Department Commander Paul Arnold, Camp No. 17 Commander David Bankhead, and Brother Howard Streeter from Camp No. 22 along with visitors joined the members of camp 7 in hearing what was a very informative talk.

Department Commander Paul Davis, with Commander Lloyd looking on, presented Brother Maillard the Austin Blair Award. From all of us Mike, congratulations on your well-earned award, and thank you for jobs well done.

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Brother Maillard with his award.


Brother Culp during his talk on the War in the West.


PCC Bob Griggs talking to the Tekonsha Lions Club.

On the 15th of September, PCC Bob Griggs attended the Tekonsha Lions meeting to present a talk on the American Civil War.

After a very tasty dinner, which did NOT include any hardtack, everyone moved into another room, where many items were on display for them to see, for the presentation. After the presentation, the Lion's members checked out the items and ask many questions about those, and about the Civil War in general.

A THANK YOU to the Tekonsha Lions for allowing us to share an evening with you to help us Keep Green the Memory, of our ancestors.

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Members of the Lion's Club looking at the display & asking questins.


Brother Griggs talked about the difference and importance of flags.


Members of the Camp and Auxiliary before the dedication.


Members of the Color Guard.

On September the 20th members of Camp No. 7 and Auxiliary, along with members of the Gilluly-Kingsley Camp No. 120 from Howell, and members of the 14th Michigan SVR, assisted the Curtenius Guard Camp #17 Lansing/Sunfield in a headstone re-dedication at the Webberville Cemetery in Webberville.

The stone was for private David E. Emmons Company B, 6th Michigan Infantry. Private Emmons enlisted in the 6th January 5, 1864 in Jackson. He transferred to the 1st New Orleans Volunteers and was honorably discharged from that units Company D May 6, 1866.

Many decedents of private Emmons were present at the ceremony where the honors of a soldier were place on the grave, and a wreath was placed by Sister Liz Lloyd of our Auxiliary.

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Commander Dave Bankhead, Camp 17, starts the dedication.


A decedent of private Emmons places a rose on his grave.


Sisters Rexine Cockroft (L) & Brenda Walters (R)
at the open house.
On the 28th of the month, members of the Auxiliary assisted by volunteering their time and working at the one year anniversary open house at the Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum in Eaton Rapids.

Congratulations to the museum, and thank you for helping to Keep Green the Memory of the Boys in Blue




October


Brother Dave Kimble with the 20 pound Parrott.


The display that was set up at the Heritage Festival.


Brothers & Sisters of the Camp at the Heritage Festival.


Brother Mike Millard talks with some of the visitors.

On the 4th of October, members of Camp No. 7 and the Auxiliary divided forces to take part in two separate events. First members traveled to Otsego, MI., assist members of the General Benjamin Pritchard Camp No. 20 in their re-dedication of a G.A.R. Monument that was originally dedicated on May 29, 1886. In attendance at the original dedication were representatives from 5 different G.A.R. Post from that area. Also rededicated on the 4th, was a restored 20 pound Parrott Rifle that was originally dedicated in 1883.

After the ceremony The SUVCW will have tables set up at the Otsego Area Historical Society for visitors to learn more about the men who fought in Father Abraham's Army to preserve the Union.

The second event of the weekend was the Urban Air Festival, and the Heritage Festival at Miller Farm in Eaton Rapids where working with the G.A.R. Memorial Hall and Museum and the Eaton Rapids Historical Society members of both the Camp and Auxiliary set up at the Miller Farm where we had many items on display for visitors to look at, and we were able to assist several in finding out more about their Civil War ancestors. As we have been able to do for the last couple of years at different events we were once again able to enlist several new "soldiers" into Father Abraham's Army.

Despite the weather not cooperating for either event it was a very productive and fun weekend for all who took part in these events.

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The Monument to the G.A.R.


PCC Ron Tyrl and Auxiliary President June Lloyd with President Lincoln.


Sister Connie Horning talks with visitors.


Visitors enjoyed the fall colors while on a horse
drawn wagon ride.


Auxiliary Presisdent June Lloyd, and Sister Liz Lloyd visiting other exhibits at the event.


PCC Ron Tyrl gets help from visitors in dressing
Woody's wounds.


On the 12th of the month, members of the Camp and Auxiliary set up at the ice house at the Waterloo Farm Museum, for their annual Pioneer Day. The weather could not have been better and many visitors took advantage of the day to visit the museum to enjoy the many different exhibits that were set up around the ground. They were also entertained by several bands and individuals playing music of different sorts, and were able to enjoy horse drawn wagon rides.

We were able to assist several visitors in locating ancestors as well as talk to them around our ancestors. We also had other items on display to help people understand how the Civil War soldier lived.

Once again, the highlights of our day were having the assistance of visitors in saving Woody, who once again managed to get himself wounded. With their assistance Woody will live to fight another day, if he can learn to keep his head down that is. Also we were again able to enlist several new recruits into Mr. Lincoln's Army. If we have many more events like this one we'll soon have the 300,000 for Father Abra'am Army.

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A dulcimer band played on the porch of the house
for the visitors.


Sister Brneda Walters talks to visitors about how wounded soldiers were treated.


Past Commanders Ron Tyrl, and Ron Lewis talking to visitors about the life of a Civil War soldier.


After the presentation, PCC Griggs talking with Lions members.

On the 14th of the month, PCC Bob Griggs attended the Marshall Lions Club meeting to present a talk on the Civil War.

Many items were set up for display for them to see, and to be used during the presentation. After the presentation, the Lion's members were able to get a closer look at these items and ask questions about them, and about the Civil War in general.

A very hearty Hazzah to the Marshall Lions for the work that you do, and thank you, for allowing us to share an evening with you to help us Keep Green the Memory, of our ancestors.

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After the presentation, PCC Griggs talking with Lions members.

November


Department Commander, Paul Davis (R) looks on as Charlie Waters Jr, (C) has his Commander badge pinned on by his son, Charlies Waters III. (L)


Members of the Auxiliary are installed.


PCC Lloyd receives his Past Commanders medal from his wife, and Auxiliary President June.

At our regular camp meeting held November 10th, both the camp and the auxiliary installed officers for the upcoming year.

A very hearty HAZZAH! and thank you to the out going officers for their service over the last year. To the new officers, congratulations on your new positions, the members of both the camp and the Ladies Auxiliary, are looking forward to continuing the work of Keeping Green the Memory, of the Boys in Blue.

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The Auxiliary installation was preformed by
Karen Hamann.


Our new Commander, Charlie Waters Jr.



Members of the Camp at the
Defense of the Flag Monument


Members speaking with visitors after the event.

On the 11th., Camp and Auxiliary members took part in Veterans Day ceremony of Massing the Flags, in Jackson, and the Veterans Day
Parade in Mason.

The rain held off until after the Jackson ceremonies, but such was not the case at the Mason Parade. It did not, however, dampen our resolve to honor, not only our ancestors, but all the men and women who have served in this great countries Armed Forces. THANK YOU! to all who have, and who are now serving, to you a debt is owed that I'm not sure we can ever repay.

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Members speaking with visitors after the event.



Members of the Camp at the
Defense of the Flag Monument


PCC Lloyd (front right) and JVC David Kimble (cemter rear) durring the parade.


JVC Kimble (center rear) with members of the 14th Michigan SVR.

On the 15th of November, members of our Camp and Auxiliary, along with many other Brothers from around the Country, attended the annual Remembrance Day event in Gettysburg, PA.

Thank you all for representing our Camp and our Order at this event.

Photos provided by Sharon Kimble, Thank you.

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Brothers Lloyd and Kimble during the parade.


PCC Lloyd (center) and JVC Kimble (over his left shoulder) attending one of the events of the day.

December


Some of the Brothers, Sisters, friends & family who attended the party.


Vicki trying to get her dad to incress his bid during the a.

On the 7th of the month, Brothers and Sisters of the Camp got together for their annual Christmas party hosted by the Auxiliary.

Out famous (or should it be infamous) Brown Bag Auction was held with the money raised by it going to Toy's for Tots. This year we tried something new and had the party catered. As you can see from the pictures, people were lining up to try the food.

A wonderful time was had by all and it was great seeing some of our Brothers, Sisters, and friends that we haven't seen in awhile.

Thank you ladies for once again putting on a very fun-filled afternoon. We are already looking forward to next years party..

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Members and friends in line for their lunch.


Our Christmas cake.



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