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Austin Blair Camp No. 7
Our Year ~ 2015




January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December


January

Brother Griggs during his presentation.

On the 20th of the month, Past Camp Commander, Bob Griggs, visited the Senior Center in Eaton Rapids to present a slide show, and talk about Michigan in the Civil War. The program was well received and after the presentation, PCC Griggs was able to answer questions. Visitors to the center were able to check out the displays that were out.

Brother Griggs was also able to help one of the visitors out in finding out more information on a person he thought he might be related to who was a member of the 24th Michigan, and was killed in fighting during the first day at Gettysburg.

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PCC Griggs listening to a question.




February


(left to right back row - PCC Bob Griggs, PCC Howard Lloyd, and Brother Roger Manning. (front) Peg Griggs, Carolyn Manning,
and Auxiliary President June Lloyd.
On the 5th of February, some of the Brothers and Sisters from Camp No. 7 visited Cornwell's Turkeyville for lunch and a play. The "play" was a spin off of the TV show "Lets Make a Deal", and I'm very happy to report that Brother Roger Manning walked away with the grand prize.

Congratulations Roger! Enjoy your night out.




March



Bruce Barton presenting the DVD to Commander Waters.
At our regular meeting on March 9th, past Chairman for the Jackson County Republican Party, Bruce Barton, on behalf of the Under the Oaks Committee, presented the Austin Blair Camp a DVD of last years Under the Oaks celebration.

Last year, as in previous years, members of Camp No. 7 and Auxiliary have presented the Colors for this annual event.

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Bruce Barton presenting the DVD to Commander Waters.

PCC Bob Griggs during the presentation.


Members of the Homer Lions Club.

On Monday, the 23rd, PCC Griggs visited the Homer Lions Club to talk to them about Michigan's role in the Civil War.

After a great dinner, put on my the men's club from the Homer Presbyterian Church, the show was started. After there was time for a question and answer period, and the Lions Club members were able to look at, hold/feel, and ask more question about the items that
were on display.

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Above and below. Members of the Homer Lions looking at the displays.

Members of Camp No. 7 who attended.


National Officers being introduced.


2025/16 Officers being installed.


Sister Lloyd with her Michigan Bridget Award.

On the 28th of March the Allied Orders from the State of Michigan all got together to hold their Annual Encampment. During the encampment, many matters were discussed, and election of new officers for the 2015-2016 years were elected, as well as awards given.

I'm sure we all wish to congratulate our Brothers and Sisters of the Camp and Auxiliary who were elected, or appointed to Department offices;

  • Sister Karen Hamann-Department President
  • Sister Jan Davis- Department Vice President
  • Sister Vicki Weiss-Department Treasurer
  • Sister Liz Lloyd-Department Chaplain
  • Sisters Linda Kronberg, Jan Davis and June Lloyd elected to Department Council
  • Brother Bob Griggs-Department Council
  • Brother Chris Cox-Department Historian
Sisters June Lloyd, and Vicki Weiss were also recipients of the Michigan Bridget Award for their outstanding work not only within the Auxiliary but with assisting the other Allied Orders and their work in promoting the memory of the Boys in Blue. Congratulations ladies. Well done!

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Commander Waters Jr.GRO Waters III, and Treasurer/PCC Maillard at the Encampment.


National Officers pictured with Department Commander Davis. (3rd from Left)


Department Officers 2015/16.


An etching of Michigan Bridget. Click here to read her story.




April


Members of the Ladies Auxiliary and Angie Tingley on left, next is Sister Connie Horning, Sister Liz Lloyd, and President June Lloyd


Left to right Brother David VanHoof, PCC Howard Lloyd, Brother Kim Horning, JVC Dave Kimble, Brother Nathan Tingley, Front; Sisters Liz Lloyd, & Connie Horning, President June Lloyd, and Nathan's wife Angie


Some of the members of the Allied Orders from Michigan who attended the event.

On Saturday, April 11th, members of Camp No. 7, the Auxiliary and family members, joined with others of the Allied Orders and attended the 59th Annual Ceremony at Lincoln's Tomb in Springfield, Ill.

During the ceremony, a wreath was laid on behalf of the Camp by Sister Liz Lloyd.

It seems the weather this year was very cooperative and a grand time was had by all.

Photos provided by PCC Ray Lake, JVC David Kimble and his wife Sharon. Thank you.

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Lincoln's Tomb


Some of the members of the Orders during the Ceremony



Commander Waters presentating the award and medal.

Photo by PCC Ron Tyrl.

On Friday the 24th members of the Camp attended on awards ceremony for the Jackson Junior ROTC. At this ceremony, Commander Waters presented an award, and a S.U.V.C.W ROTC Medal to JROTC member Brandi Miles for her achievement of obtaining the rank of Second Lieutenant.

From all of us at Camp No. 7, Hazzah! and congratulations Lieutenant.

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Commander Waters presentating the award and medal.

Photo by PCC Ron Tyrl.


For the ceremony, a 34 star flag was raised over the Soldiers Plot.


PCC Griggs talks to PDC Dave Arnold about the days event.

On April 25, 2015, members of the Austin Blair Camp No. 7 assisted with a cemetery walk at Lansing's Mount Hope Cemetery. During the walk descendants of Civil War soldiers and local historians presented brief biographies of 6 Lansing Civil War soldiers. These included Luther Baker, who led the party that captured John Wilkes Booth, Charles T. Foster, the first man from Lansing to enlist. Another of the soldiers profiled was an African American who served with the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment. The first northern raised regiment made up
of African Americans.

The last stop on the tour was for Dr. George E. Ranney. Doctor Ranney was a recipient of the Medal of Honor from his service during the Civil War. He was honored by fellow Medal of Honor recipient and Korean War veteran Duane Dewey. Mr. Dewey laid a wreath at Dr. Ranney's grave.

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PDC Arnold gave the history of the Soldiers Plot.


PCC Griggs with Medal of Honor recipient Duane Dewey.


Mr. Dewey laid a wreath at Dr. Ranney's gravesite.



PCC Griggs during his presentation.
On Monday the 28th, PCC Bob Griggs visited the Inter-Lakes Lions Club to give his presentation on Michigan in the Civil War. His talk was well received and the Lions members enjoyed checking out the items that he brought to their meeting for display. After his presentation, he was presented a trivet that one of the Lions members had made.

Thank you to the Inter-Lakes Lions for giving us the opportunity to "Keep green the Memory" of the Boys in Blue.

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PCC Griggs with Lions President McNutt and the trivet that was given to him.



May

Lincoln's tomb from the crypt area.

A closer picture of the crypt.

Lincoln's coffin.


Some of the members of our Camp and Auxiliary who made the trip to Springfield.

Over the weekend of May 1, through the 3rd, many members of the Austin Blair Camp and Auxiliary were able to attend the Lincoln Funeral Train event that was held in Springfield IL.

This event pulled reenactors from all over the country as the events of 150 years ago were recreated starting with the arrival of Lincoln's body on a rebuilt train car to his internment at the vault at
Oak Ridge Cemetery.

As you can see from the pictures, the train car and the hearse were worthy of a President. Although there were a few glitches throughout the weekend but, nothing that we could not over come. Also, it was great fun meeting and talking to re-enactors from all parts of the country.

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The train car.

A close up picture of one of the trains wheels.

The painting on the side of the train car.

Brothers Roger Manning (center) and Kim Horning (Hardee hat) during the procession on Sunday.


PCC Ron Tyrl, and Brother Nathan Tingley
during the event.


Brothers Nathan Tingly, Kim Horning and GRO Charles Waters III talk to one of the guest about the difference in the weapons carried by Union soldiers.

On the 7th of the month, members of Camp No. 7 and the Ladies Auxiliary attended the Jackson Republican Party 120th Lincoln Day Event. During the event members of the Camp acted as President and Mrs. Lincoln's security detail for the evening.

Senator James Harlan of Iowa, whose daughter Mary Eunice Harlan who suggested the idea to President Lincoln and later married his son Robert, introduced this Resolution in the Senate on March 2, 1863. The Resolution asked President Lincoln to proclaim a national day of prayer and fasting. The Resolution was adopted on March 3, and signed by Lincoln on March 30, one month before the day was observed.

During the event Sister Connie Horning portrayed the Senator's wife, Ann Eliza Peck Harlan, and Sister Liz Lloyd portrayed their
daughter Mary Eunice.

Members of the Camp and Auxiliary wish to thank the Jackson County Republican Party for asking us to take part in this event helping to "Keep green the memory" of the Boys in Blue.

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Sisters Liz Lloyd and Connie Horning (and a guest of the President) talking to one of the guest
about their roles.


GRO Charles Waters III talking with guest at the event.


Members of Camp No. 7 (on left) PCC Howard Lloyd, & JVC David Kimble assisted in the dedication.


The plaque that was dedicated

On the 10th, the 150th anniversary of the capture of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, Brothers of Camp No. 7 traveled to the East Martin Cemetery where they joined forces with Brothers of the General Benjamin Pritchard Camp No. 20, for a plaque dedication for Andrew Bee, Co. L, 4th Michigan Cavalry;

"The first man to lay hands on Jefferson Davis." at his capture.

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All photos courtesy of Brother David Kimble


A picture of Andrew Bee, his G.A.R. Medal and other items were on display for visitors to see.

Sisters Rexine Cockroft & Brenda Walters at the Aurelius Library.

On the 22nd of April, and the 12th of May, members of the Ladies Auxiliary visited the Leslie, and Aurelius Libraries to give a presentation of "The Uncommon Courage of Women in the Civil War."

The ladies, Rexine Cockroft, and Brenda Walters, (Who's great-great grandmother, Martha Lindley, joined the 10th Ohio Cavalry with her husband William) took many items for display and put on a great program. Wonderful job Sisters, keep up the good work.



PCC Griggs during his presentation.
On the 13th of the month, PCC Bob Griggs visited the Hanover-Horton Lions Club to give a talk on Michigan in the Civil War. The presentation was well received, and was deemed "very informative" by the Lions members. Many of the Lions talked to PCC Griggs about their ancestors who had fought during the Civil War and he was able to locate information on a New York regiment that one of their ancestors fought with and e mail that information to him.

Thank you to the Hanover-Horton Lions Club for giving us the opportunity to "Keep Green the Memory" of the Boys in Blue.

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PCC Griggs talks with some of the Lions members while others look at some of the items brought for display.

Sisters Brenda Walters, Rexine Cockroft setting up their display in the gazebo.


Some of the students at the Museum.


Students filling the officers chairs in the Hall.


Students practice carrying a wounded soldier.

This year, on the 21st of May, members of the Camp and the Auxiliary did something that we ourselves probably haven't done since we were in school and took a "field trip". Thanks to the James B. Brainerd G.A.R. Memorial Hall and Museum, some of their volunteers, and the City of Eaton Rapids, we were able to hold the annual Civil War Day for the Paragon School of Jackson at the Museum and G.A.R. Park.

The students, teachers, and chaperons were divided into two groups with one group going through the museum, while the other group went to G.A.R. Park. Everyone got together for lunch, after which the groups were reversed so everyone had a chance to see and learn about both locations. At the park, they learned about how a soldier would have lived during the Civil War as well as the equipment he would have carried with him, the role women played, how to treat a wounded soldier, the part drummer boys had. To get a better understanding of what a soldier went through the 2 day Battle of Shiloh was re-enacted by the students. At the museum, they learned about the history of the Grand Army of the Republic and their Allied Orders, how their meetings were held, the role that the G.A.R. took after the war. They also got to see many items on display from the G.A.R. as well as the different Allied Orders, and learn about them.

Members of the Camp and Auxiliary wish to thank the G.A.R. Memorial Hall, their staff, the City of Eaton Rapids as well as the teachers and chaperons who all working together allowed us to make this possible.

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Brother Mike Maillard and PCC Howard Lloyd
setting up displays.


PCC Ron Tyrl and Brother Nathan Tingley taking a short break.


Students in the Hall.


Volunteer Aurora Lynch talks to the Ladies of the Auxiliary.


Auxiliary President June Lloyd and Sister Liz Lloyd
at the Lansing event.


PCinC Jim Pahl reads General Order No. 11.


Ladies of the Auxiliary before the start of the parade.


Camp and Auxiliary members marching in the parade.


Camp and Auxiliary members who took part in the Jackson Memorial Day event.

On Saturday the 23rd, many members of the Camp and Auxiliary started their Memorial Day weekend by traveling to Lansing to assist Camp No. 17 with their Memorial Day tribute at Mr. Hope Cemetery.

During the ceremony General Logan's General Order No. 11 was read. A wreath was placed at the monument in the soldiers plot area, and three volleys were fired in honor of those who "….gave the last full measure of devotion…", throughout our countries history.

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

On the 25th members of the Camp and Auxiliary gathered together in Jackson to take part in their Memorial Day Parade. Although there was a forecast of rain, both the parade and the ceremony at the end of it remained dry.

During the parade a bouquet of flowers were placed at the Laura Evans Memorial inside Mt. Evergreen Cemetery. At the end of the parade there was a Massing of the Flags within the cemetery where wreaths, and flowers were laid to honor those who have fallen in defense of our Country

I wish to thank our photographer, Peg Griggs. 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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The event was opened by Camp No. 17 Commander
David Bankhead.


Three volleys were fired to honor the fallen.


Camp and Auxiliary members before the start of the Jackson parade.


Sister Connie Horning, and SVC Chris Cox lay flowers during to honor the fallen.




June


Sisters Liz Lloyd, June Lloyd, Jan Davis, and Connie Horning of our Auxiliary at the dedication.


Brothers Kim Horning, Dave Kimble, and PCC Howard Lloyd relax with a member of the Governor Carpo Camp before the event.

On the 13th, Brothers and Sisters from Camp No. 7, and its Auxiliary assisted the Governor Crapo Camp No. 145, at a headstone dedication in Swartz Creek for private Madison Fisher, Co. D., 23rd Michigan Infantry. Also in attendance were members of several other Allied Orders, and about 100 people who came to witness the dedication.

After the dedication a luncheon was provided and Captain L. Dean Lamphere 14th Michigan SVR presented Lt. Edwin Carrington Chapter Regent, Cheryl Morris, with the cemetery flags, that were replaced, from the grave of a Genesee County soldier buried in the Gettysburg National Military Cemetery.

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Thank you to Kim and Connie Horning for sharing these pictures.


Brothers of Camp No. 7, Co A. 14th Michigan SVR, and the Governor Crapo Camp No. 145 during the dedication.


Three volleys were fired to Honor the Fallen.


Brother Manning warms himself over one of the many camp fires at the encampment.


PCC Mark Heath and PCinC Keith Harrison during drills.


PCC Bob Griggs learning how to stack arms.


PCinC Harrison shows his calm under fire

On the weekend of the 20th and 21st, Camp No. 7 members along with several re-enactor units gathered at Turkeyville for their annual Battle for Turkeyville reenactment.

Camp members fell in with the re-enactors for battalion drills, and during camp time our members were personally able to "meet and greet" many of the visitors to the event, and answer many of their questions about the life of a civil war soldier.

After the battle both Union and Confederate formed as one unit and fired one massed volley much to the delight of the crowd.

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PCC Mark Heath.


Junior member Dennis (center) and soon to be junior member Barret spent part of their time with President Lincoln.

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Members of Camp No. 7 at Waterloo.


Camp members working the Ice House at the Farm Museum
PCC Henry Hawker and Brother Ed Conklin checking our other displays.

On the last weekend in June Camp and Auxiliary members divided our forces and attended two different events. On Saturday, members attended the Springport Summer Festival, and over the whole weekend we were at the Waterloo Farm Museum's, Blacksmith, Soldiers, and Log Cabin Weekend. Unfortunately, as anyone knows who happened to be in lower Michigan over the weekend it was rather a wet day Saturday and the event in Springport was canceled. The Waterloo event still went on through the rain and on Sunday all the members who had gone to Springport showed up their as reinforcements.

Throughout the day members mingled with the visitors to the event and were able to answer many questions about the weapons, equipment, and camp life (as well as talk about our own ancestors) of a Civil War Soldier. We also were able to give information from the graves database as well as providing direction to some of the visitors as to how they might be able to find their own ancestors who fought in Father Abraham's Army.

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Ladies of the Auxiliary at Waterloo.


Members in the camp talking to visitors of
the event.



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July


Camp members Presenting the Colors.


Brother David VanHoof as Stephen Douglas.


After the Colors were presented.

On the 6th of July, members of Camp No. 7 and the Auxiliary gathered at the Under the Oaks Park in Jackson to celebrate the birth of the Republican Party at the location where it occurred 161 years ago.

During this event Camp members presented the Colors, patriotic songs were sung, and a skit was put on about the birth of the Republican Party and its history up to the time of President Lincoln's assassination. Brother David VanHoof, and Sister June Lloyd took part in the skit with Brother VanHoof playing the part of Senator Stephen Douglas, and Sister Lloyd playing the part of
Mary Todd Lincoln.

When the event was over, Brothers of the Camp Retired the Colors, and spent time talking with visitors who had come to the event.

A very special THANK YOU! to Sister Connie Horning of our Auxiliary for taking and forwarding the pictures of this event

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Sisters Connie Horning, June Lloyd, and her granddaughter Lixie assisted in the event.


Brothers getting ready before the event.


Some of the Camp and Auxiliary members who attended the event.


PCC Bob Griggs and Brother Kim Horning presented the Colors.


Members of the Ladies Auxiliary and Brother Dave Kimble talking to one of the visitors to the event.


Sister Brenda Walters was there as part of the OCs,one of the singing groups.


PCC Mark Heath teaches Brother Ed Conklin the steps to the Dodge the Bullet Trot.

On the 25th of July, members of Camp No. 7, the Auxiliary and members of the 18th Michigan re-enactors joined forces at the Paddock-Hubbard House in Concord for their annual Civil War Day.

At this event an encampment was set up, along with a tractor ride, petting zoo, music, and lunch being provided to all who attended by the Paddock-Hubbard House. Members of Camp No. 7, again this year as in years past, presented the Colors before the afternoon festivities started. After the presentation of the Colors, the Battle of Saylers Creek was re-enacted resulting in the Confederate troops surrendering to Union forces at Appomattox Court House. After the "surrender" Taps was blown to honor all veterans, past and present who have, and who continue to serve our Country.

After the smoke had cleared Matt VanAcker, from the Capital Save the Flags Project, spoke on Civil War Battle Flags, after his talk there was a drawing, with Matt drawing the winning ticket, for a Rebel Battle Flag with the names of all the battle that we have "fought" at Concord over the years. Proceeds from this drawing went to benefit, that Paddock-Hubbard House and the Save the Flags Project. The Paddock-Hubbard House donated their share of the proceeds to the Save the Flag Project. From all of us belonging to Camp No. 7 a very heartfelt THANK YOU, for supporting this project so near and dear to all of us.

A special Thank You! to our photographers Connie Horning, and Liz Lloyd of our Auxiliary. Thank you ladies, camp members appreciate your help and assistance at our events.

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Confederate troops stack arms, and flag during the surrender.


Sister Betsy Pardee grathering tickets for the flag drawing.


Brother Dan Pardee, who made the flag, presents it to the drawing winner, PCC Dan Conklin.


It really was a Brothers War, as PCC Dan Conklin, and his (and ours) brother Ed, shoot it out over
which side was right.




August


PCC Griggs during his talk.


Some of the items taken in for display.

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On the 3rd of August, PCC Bob Griggs visited the State Employees Retirees Association to present at talk on Michigan in the Civil War. Before and after his presentation he was able to interact with members of the association and talk about items he brought in and answer questions they had about the American Civil War, and Michigan's role in it.

A thank you goes out to the SERA organization for inviting us to attend your meeting and talk to you and to Bob's wife Peg for taking the pictures.

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PCC Griggs talking with SERA members
before his presentation.


PCC Griggs talking with members about items on display.


PCC Ron Tyrl, and Brother Kim Horning (back) along with PCinC Keith Harrison with some visitors to the event.


One of the original Loomis Battery 10 Pounder.


JVC Dave Kimble (center), Brother Kim Horning (right).


PCC Ron Tyrl.


Brothers and Sisters preparing for the start of the event.


On the 8th of August, members of camp No. 7, our Auxiliary, several other camps within the Department of Michigan, the 14th Michigan Sons of Veterans Reserve, re-enactors from the 5th and 7th Michigan, and Battery D, 1st Michigan Light Artillery all joined together in a dedication returning the cannon of the Loomis Battery to the lawn of the State Capital.

The Loomis Battery, from Coldwater, served with distinction during the Civil War in many of the largest battles in the West. The original cannon were part of that battery but it is believed that the guns were donated during scrap drives in WWII. Over the last two years money has been raised to return replica cannon to the Capital lawn. During the ceremony the Colors were presented by the 14th Michigan SVR, and a cannon volley was fired by Battery D,
1st Michigan Light Artillery.

Thanks to all who put this event together, and for allowing us to honor our ancestors as well as all the Boys in Blue. Thank you also to Sister Connie Horning for sharing her photos of this event, as well as some from the Loomis Battery site on the Perrysville Battlefield.

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Some of the Ladies from our Auxiliary who
attended the event.


Brothers Roger Manning, (front) Nathan Tingley (in green) and Junior Alex.


Brothers of the Camp talking affer the event.


Brothers & Sisters at the Austin Blair Statue.


PCC Maillard, PDC Paul Davis, and PCinC
Keith Harrison.


PCinC Harrison presenting the badge.

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At our regular meeting last night, in recognition of almost thirteen years of dedicated and loyal service to the Austin Blair Camp as its treasurer, members of the camp presented Brother Mike Maillard with a Past Camp Commander badge. The presentation was made by our esteemed guest, PCinC Keith Harrison, and PDC Paul Davis. Thank you to both of you gentlemen, for assisting us with this.

Congratulations PCC Maillard and thank you for all of your hard work, your dedication to your Brothers, your Camp, your Order, and all of our ancestors in Keeping Green the Memory, of the Boys in Blue.

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PCinC Keith Harrison pinning the Past Camp Commanders badge on Mike.


PCC Maillard receives a much deserved congratulations from our guest.


Commander Waters and our junior members Alex and Dennis getting ready for the start of the day.


New recruits learning the Manual of Arms.


PCC Bob Griggs talked to the recruits about life in camp.

On the 19th of August, Camp and Auxiliary members joined forces with James B. Brainerd Post 111 G.A.R. Memorial Hall and Museum located in Eaton Rapids, put on the museum's Second Civil War Discovery Day Camp held at the G.A.R. Park in Eaton Rapids.

During the day the recruits were drilled in the Manual of Arms, allowed to fire the muskets and re-enacted The Cornfield portion of the Battle of Antietam, along with learning how the solders cared for their wounded comrades, and life in camp.

After all of the outdoor activities, the troops were marched to the G.A.R. Museum where they toured there, were told of Tad Lincoln and finally received their months' pay and discharged papers.

Thank you for allowing us to assist you with this event, also thanks to Brother David Kimble for assistance in taking pictures.

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Volunteers introduce themselves to the recruits.


1st. Sargent Aurora receives her discharge.


PCC Tyrl talking with visitors about our display.


GRO Waters talking with a visitor about their ancestor.


PCC's Ron Lewis, and Mike Millard talking with a visitor to the event.

Over the weekend of the 22nd & 23rd 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 is the 31st year for the Muster and the battles of Five Forks, and The Battle of Palmito Ranch 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. Our Camp 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. SVC Chris Cox served as the tour guide for the historic bus tour of Jackson.

Visitors to the event were able to pick up many handouts that members of Camp No. 7 have made up about different items relating to the Civil War. They were also able to see some of the equipment that a civil war soldier would have used, and how he used it.

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Members of the Auxiliary were set up under the fly.


PCC's Howard Lloyd and Dan Conklin taking a break.


PCC Mark Heath entertained passer byes with Civil War era music.


PI Joe Davis talks to a visitor to the event.




September


PCC Henry Hawker at the
Grass Lake event.


June and PCC Howard Lloyd talking to some of the visitors to the event.

On the 12th of the month we had the pleasure to set up at the Grass Lake Heritage Day Festival. The day started off sunny but soon turned to rain, which keep the crowds down but we still managed to talk to people about our ancestors, and their Brothers and the part they played in preserving the Union.

Working with soldiers from the American Revolution, and a squad of Russian soldiers, we put on firing demonstrations much to the delight of the crowd attending. Also, we were able to find many eager recruits for Father Abraham's Army. All in all, it was a very fun day.

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Auxiliary President June Lloyd works on a needle point.


PI Joe Davis joined us at the event.

October


Sister Brenda Walters talking with some of the
visitors to the GAR Museum.


Sisters June Lloyd and Connie Horning talking to
visitors to the Miller Farm.

On the first weekend of October, Auxiliary and Camp members visited Eaton Rapids to work at the GAR Memorial Hall and Museum during their Urban Air Festival, and set up camp at the Heritage Day event at the Miller Farm.

Friday was a great day working the museum where we had the chance to talk to many visitors to the museum and explain to them what the G.A.R. was and what they did. Saturday? well let's just say it was a very good day for the ladies to be wearing 9 layers of cloths and the men to be wearing wool, as it was a rather cold and damp day that unfortunately kept the crowd down some, but those that did attend were show how a civil war soldier would have lived as well as the equipment that they would have carried with them.

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Camp and Auxiliary members who worked the
Heritage Day event.


Camp junior member Alex talking to visitors
about being a civil war soldier.


Auxiliary members Rexine Cockroft, and Brenda Walters with some of the visitors to the event.


Brother Nathan Tingley with a visitor.


On the 11th, 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 individuals playing music, and were able to enjoy horse drawn wagon rides.

We were able to talk to meny visitors about Civil War soldiers as well as 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 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. We were also able to enlist many new recruits into Mr. Lincoln's Army. If we have many more events like this, we'll soon have the 300,000 for Father Abra'am Army.

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PCC Ron Tyrl help a recruit with their equipment.


PCC Bob Griggs also assisted recruits.


Members of the Austin Blair Camp (and the 14th SVR) who were able to attend the dedication.


PCC's Howard Lloyd and Ron Tyrl.


On the 18th of the month, members of the Austin Blair Camp joined forces with the 14th Michigan SVR to honor Henry Seals, Co. A., 8th Michigan Cavalry. Private Seals enlisted on December 16, 1862, at the age of 32 for three years. He served with the 8th until June of 1865 when he was discharged on certificate of disability from a surgeon.

A side trip was taken on the way home to stop by and see the grave site of "Old Sam" of the Loomis Battery

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PCC Howard Lloys and SVC David Kimble.


Old Sams gravesite.

November


Commander Cox recieves his
Camp Commander badge.


Newly elected officers take the Oath of Office.

Last night at our regular meeting, Officers were installed for the 2016 year. Congratulations to all our new officers, and thank you to our outgoing officers for your year of service to the Camp.

also at the meeting, JVC Nathan Tingley presented PCC Charlie Waters Jr., and PCC Mike Maillard with years of service pins with the assistance of Commander Cox. Charlie received his 10 year membership pin and Mike his 20. Thank you both for your many years of service to our Camp.

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PCC Waters Jr. receives his Past Camp Commander badge from his son, GRO Waters III.


PCC's Waters Jr., and Maillard receive years of service pins.



The Defense of the Flag Monument

At the eleventh hour, on the eleventh day, of the eleventh month, members of Camp No. 7 and its Auxiliary were in Jackson to celebrate Veterans Day. During the ceremony wreaths were laid by many of the veterans groups in the area to honor all men and women who have served this country in her Armed Forces.

Members of Camp No. 7 wish to thank their Brothers and Sisters who have served as well as all other veterans who have, who now are, and those who will in the future serve. You are owed a debt that we will never be
able to repay.

A special Thank you! to Sister Vicki Weiss for taking these pictures for us.

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Sister June Lloyd places a wreath at the Defense of the Flag monument.


Members of the Camp at the
Defense of the Flag Monument


PCC Bob Griggs, (left) JVC Nathan Tingley, (cemter) and PCC Ron Lewis Before the event.


PCC Lewis wore two hats today. Here he is talking to students about equipment from WWII.

Friday the 13th, turned out to be a very lucky day for some of the Brothers of Camp No. 7 as they got to spend it with a room full of American Hero's at the Thank a Veteran Day held at the senior center in Spring Arbor. Fifth grade students from Warner Elementary School visited the center and were treated to many displays set up by area veterans groups ranging from the Civil War to the Persian Gulf. During the event we were able to talk to many students about the Civil War and the life of a soldier in the 1860's, as well as recruit many of them for Father Abraham's Army.

Between the second and third session, lunch was served by staff and volunteers at the center and the Brothers of Camp No. 7 were able to bond even more with the Veterans .

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JVC Tingley talks to teachers and students about
the Sharpes Rifle.


PCC Lewis (left) and JVC Tingley (right)
taking a short break.


Brothers and Sisters at the National Civil War Museum.


Sisters Connie Horning and June Lloyd at the monument to the 24th Michigan.


President June Lloyd and SVC David Kimble placing flags at graves in the Michigan section of the cemetery.

Remembrance Day 2015 event in Gettysburg was a very full trip for the Brothers and Sisters who attended the event. Friday started off with a side trip to the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg. Saturday was started very early at the National Cemetery for the placing of the flags on the Michigan section there. After that members moved to the Albert Woolson monument for the ceremony conducted there. Albert was the last Union soldier to die on August 2, 1956, at the age of 109. Albert enlisted as a drummer boy in Company C, 1st Minnesota Heavy Artillery Regiment on October 10, 1864. After that event, members attended 3 other events before heading to the Dress Ball. They were the memorial for Alonzo Cushing, who earlier this year was awarded our nation's highest honor, the Medal of Honor for his actions during the battle at Gettysburg, the reenactment of Union and Confederate troops shaking hands across the wall where Picketts Charge ended, and the lighting of the luminaries at the National Cemetery. After that it was a very relaxing evening at the Commander Ball. Sunday it was a trip to Little Round Top to make the trek to the Michigan Sharpshooters monument before heading home.

Thank you to the Brothers and Sisters who made the trip to represent our Camp, also to Brother Kim Horning, Sister Connie Horning, and Carolyn Manning for supplying us with the pictures.

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Ladies of the Auxiliary who attended the events.


Brothers who attended.


Brothers Roger Manning, David Kimble and Kim Horning during the parade.


PCC Griggs before the start of the meeting.

On the 24th PCC Griggs visited the Albion Lions Club to give a talk on Michigan in the Civil War. PCC Griggs answered many questions and spoke with several Lion Club members about their ancestors who fought in the Civil War. Many items were placed on display, and the "postcards" that were handed out were as always a big hit.

A hearty HAZZAH! goes out to the Albion Lions for helping us Keep Green the Memory of the Boys in Blue.

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PCC Griggs during his presentation.

December


SVC Kimble during his presentation.

On Friday the 11th, SVC David Kimble visited Owosso High School and gave a presentation on Michigan in the Civil War. Brother Kimble took along many items for the students to see, feel, and hold so that they had a better understanding of what the life of a Civil War soldier was like.

Thank you, and Hazzah to the Owosso High School for allowing us to help "Keep green the Memory" of our ancestors and all the Boys in Blue.

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Brother Kimble talks about loading an Enfield musket..


As in many things, the work had to get done before the playing could start.


Members and guest, young and old, were there
to help celebrate.

On the 13th of the month members of the Camp and the Auxiliary came together as the the Ladies Auxiliary put on our Seventeenth Annual Christmas Get Together.

It was a great time for sharing, and remembering things we have done over the past year and to talk about some of the events we're looking forward to in the year to come. Also, this year, as in years past, a brown bag auction was held with money raised going to Toys for Tots.

Thank you Ladies for putting on another great party, we're already looking forward to next years.

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Members and friends in line for their lunch.


PCC Charlie Waters Jr., assisted by Brother Kyle Hamann, was our auctioneer for the day.


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