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Austin Blair Camp No. 7
Our Year ~ 2016




January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December


January




February


Commander Cox talking with Private Till of the 24th.


JVC Tingley talking to visitors about the Sharps.


Left to right)PCC Bob Griggs, Commander Chris Cox, SVC Dave Kimble, PI Joe Davis, JVC Nathan Tingley.
Knelling George Till of the 24th.

Our 2016 year began on the 6th of February, when several members of our Camp, along with George Till of the 24th Michigan, visited the Chelsea District Library to put on a presentation covering several aspects of Michigan in the Civil War.

The crowd, or lack there of, did not actually allow us to present our program as we had planned. We did however, have an opportunity to speak with several members of the community and were able to enlist new members into Father Abraham's Army.

Although the day did not work out the way we planned, we still would like to thank Karen Persello, the staff of the Chelsea District Library and their volunteers for their assistance throughout the day in helping us Keep Green the Memory of the Boys in Blue.

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SVC Kimble talking to some of the visitors to the program.


PI Davis talking to visitors.


PCC Griggs(r), Private Till, and our
new recruit


PCC Miallard starts his presentation.


Brother Miallard showing one of his many displays.

At our regular meeting on January 8th, PCC Mike Maillard put on a presentation on U.S. Flags during the Civil War.

Because of time the presentation had to be rather quick, but was very informative and generated much discussion on the subject.

Thank you Brother Maillard for your time in putting this together and presenting it to our Camp.

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Brothers of the Camp looking at some of the displays that were passed around.

Part of the display that was set up for the pesentation.


Brother Griggs showing how to load the musket.

On Wednesday the 10th, PCC Bob Griggs visited the senior center in Grass Lake to put on a presentation on the Civil War.

During the afternoon he was able to meet with many of the members, both before and after a wonderful lunch, that thankfully did not include even, one piece of hardtack, and talk about their ancestors, and items that they possess that had belonged to them.

After the presentation many questions were answered and members were able to check out many of the items that were brought for display.

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PCC Griggs during his presentation.



March



Members of the Austin Blair Camp who attended the soldiers School of Instruction


A group photo in front of the Headquarters for the school

On the 12th of March, several members of the Austin Blair Camp returned to school. The Seventh Michigan Company B., held a School of Soldier and invited our camp to attend. Unlike the ancestors we honor, we had plenty to eat, short marches on dry roads, and no one reported for sick-call.

Our members wish to thank Colonel-private Emerick and all the members of the 7th for hosting this school, and allowing our members to attend. We all learned a lot.

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Brother Horning, JVC Tingley, and PCC Tyrl talking during a break.
April


Sisters Jan Davis, Connie Horning, and Auxiliary President June Lloyd.


PDC Paul Davis, JVC Nathan Tingley, and Brother Kim Horning trying to determine the age of a sword.

On the 9th and 10th of the month, members of Camp No. 7, and its Auxiliary made the trip to Eaton Rapids to help honor the 150th anniversary of the Grand Army of the Republic.

Setting up on separate tables at the James B. Brainerd Post 111, G.A.R. Memorial Hall and Museum, along with Brothers from several other Camps from around the state, members brought items for display, and stories to tell about their ancestors and the Grand Army in general. The community turn out for this event was FANTASTIC as, despite Mother Nature, there were many visitors to the event.

Our members which to express out thanks and gratitude to the G.A.R. Memorial Hall and Museum for allowing us to take part in this event and in helping us Keep Green the Memory of the Boys in Blue.

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PCC Mike Maillard and Brother Kim Horning
at the event.


SVC Dave Kimble and Sister Jan Davis looking at
some of the displays.



SVC Kimble is congratulated on his promotion by Captain L. Dean Lamphere of the 14th Michigan Co. A. SVR.
On the 16th SVC David Kimble traveled to Springfield to represent the Austin Blair Camp at the 60th Annual Ceremony at Lincoln's Tomb. Brother Kimble, who is also a member of the 14th Michigan Co. A SVR was promoted to corporal during this event. A mighty HAZZAH on your well-deserved promotion corporal Kimble.

A special thank you to Sharon Kimble for taking and sharing pictures of the event.

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Brother Kimble, 2nd from the left was a member of the Color Guard at the event.

PCC Griggs places at flag at the monument for
the 17th Michigan.


PCC Lloyd (center) during the candle light service.


Brothers of Camp No. 7 with the Borthers of Camp No. 39.


The Sultana monument that was dedicated 100 years ago.

On the 22nd and 23rd, members of the Camp and Auxiliary took a trip to Knoxville, Tennessee to attending the 100th Anniversary of the dedication of the Sultana Monument at Mount Olive Baptist Church Cemetery. This event was presented by the Sultana Descendants Association and the Major William A McTeer Camp. 39 S.U.V.C.W.

Friday was filled with visiting the Farragut Museum in Farragut, TN and finding a monument dedicated to members of the 17th Michigan (two members of the regiment were awarded the Medal of Honor) for their service at the Battle of Campbell Station. At the Friday night reception members got to meet 91 year old Real Son, John Oliver and 95 year old Clint Riddle, a WWII veteran who went in with the 82 airborne glider unit on D-Day and through the Battle of the Bulge.

Saturday there was a tour of historic sites in Knoxville, the re-dedication program at the monument and the banquet Saturday night. At the banquet there was a candle light service for those who had ancestors on the Sultana, that PCC Lloyd took part in. Also, at the banquet, PCC Bob Griggs was ask to talk to the gathering about the S.U.V.C.W., and the Austin Blair Camp. All in all it was a very full, but a very rewarding weekend.

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The monument to the Boys in Blue at the
National Cemetery.


Monument to Confederate soldiers in the
Confederate Cemetery.



Cadet Goodell and JVC Tingley..
On Friday April 29th, JVC Nathan Tingley represented our camp at the JROTC awards dinner. During this time JVC Tingley presented Cadet Caleb Goodell in recognition of his outstanding service as a cadet, and commendation and a medal from the S.U.V.C.W.

HAZZAH!!! and congratulations Cadet Goodell, keep up the good work.

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May

An original G.A.R. Marker.

Part of the many volunteers who
were on hand to place flags.

On Saturday May 7, Department Junior Vice Commander Bob Griggs, along with about 60 others from the area, volunteered time to assist placing American Flags on the graves of veterans in Riverside Cemetery. He was fortunate enough to have the leader of the group he was in to have been a person who gives tours in the Riverside Cemetery as they did the old section were many Civil War Veterans were buried. Also in this area were found two markers he had never seen, one being an original Grand Army of the Republic marker, the second being a Ladies of the G.A.R. marker.

It was great seeing this many members of the community coming together to assist in this project.

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A Ladies of the G.A.R. Flacg Marker.

PCC Bob Griggs. in red hat checked off the names as the flags were placed.


Ladies of our Auxiliary who attended the dedication.


Before any event there is an inspection of weapons.

On the 14th, members of the Camp and Auxiliary traveled to St. Charles to take part in a headstone dedication for Alvah Nichols. Alvah was a member of Co. K., 9 New York Heavy Artillery, and is the ancestor of Brother Bob Nichols of the U.S. Grant Camp No. 67.

The skies remained cloudy, but the rain stopped long enough for the ceremony so we were able to stay dry. Joining with members of the 14th Michigan Company A., SVR, camp members were part of the Honor Guard and fired 3 volleys in honor of Alvah.

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Before the event a prayer was given by Department Chaplain Rev. Charles Buckhahn, PCC


Three volleys were fired to honor the fallen.


A small part of the crowd at the Sturgis event.


Flags of Camps 7, 20, and 135.

On the 15th the Brothers and Sisters of Camp No. 7 made the trip to Sturgis to take part in the dedication of 6 headstones for Civil War soldiers who were buried on the County Farm in the paupers cemetery.

Many visitors were on hand to witness the dedications including some decedents of the soldiers. In a grave side ceremony a flag was presented to decedents, or members of the Historical Commission for each of the soldiers who had received one of the headstones. A salute of three volleys was fired to honor the fallen by the Brothers of Camp No. 7, the 14th Michigan Co. A. as well as Brothers from several different camps The event was hosted by The March to the Sea Camp No. 135..

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Sisters June Lloyd and Connie Horning trying to find a warm spot. There was none to be found.


Some of the Brothers at rest during the event.


What a difference a little soap and elbow grease makes.


GRO Charles Water putting the finishing touches on the Jewell headstone.

On Tuesday members of the Camp visited Mount Evergreen Cemetery in Jackson to install a headstone and clean others. A headstone was placed for James Jewell, Captain Co. D., 10th Michigan Infantry. That headstone will be dedicated Memorial Day by members of the Austin Blair Camp
and the Ladies Auxiliary.

Also while there the Brothers worked on cleaning many of the headstones in the military section of the cemetery. It was a very good day for Keeping Green the Memory of the Boys in Blue.

The Brothers and Sisters of the Austin Blair Camp would like to shout out a special Hazzah! to the Jackson Monument Works on Francis St. for donating the cleaning supplies and some help to assist with this project. Thank you all.

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JVC Tingley working on cleaning a headstone.


Above and below- PCC Charlie Waters Jr., GRO Charles Waters III and JVC Nathan Tingley setting and leveling the headstone.


Some of the items that were on display for the group.


Some association members looking at the displays.

On the 19th Department Junior Vice Commander Bob Griggs PCC, attended the Clark Equipment Retirees Association to give a talk on Michigan in the Civil War. The presentation was well received, and was deemed "very informative" by the members of CERA.

Many members of the group talked to DJVC Griggs about their ancestors who had fought during the Civil War and he extended an invitation to each of them to join us for our meetings. One member of the group had an ancestor who had been captures and assigned to Andersonville and she was very interested in the items and stories about the prison.

Thank you to the Clark Lake Retirees Association for giving us the opportunity to "Keep Green the Memory" of the Boys in Blue.

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DJVC Griggs talking to CERA members about the weapons that were on display.


Above and below- DJVC Griggs during his presentation to the Retirees Association.



Brothers and Sisters talking over their part in the event.


Stacking arms.

On May the 21st, members of the Austin Blair Camp and Auxiliary attended the headstone dedication for Medal of Honor recipient Firemen 2nd Class John Kelley.

Firemen Kelley was awarded the Medal for his actions while serving on the USS Ceres during the Civil War but never received it. He had been in an unmarked grave until this time.

Others in attendance were Commander John Keith & Brother Bob Townsend of the General Benjamin Pritchard Camp No. 20 and Sister Patti Townsend of Cornelia Stockbridge Sheldon Tent 58, DUVCW. There was also currently serving naval personal, several area American Legion Post, and the Marine Corps League. Also present were the Viet Nam Veterans of America who along with the Camp No. 7 members fired three volleys to honor the fallen.

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Talking with some of the Viet Nam Veterans of America.
Sister Connie Horning talking with one of the visitors to the event.

The ladies of our Auxiliary who attended this years event.


Commander Cox talking to the students.


Commander Cox presented Mrs. Vischer of Paragon a Save the Flags poster.

On the 24th, members of the Camp and Auxiliary visited Paragon Charter Academy for our 10 annual Civil War Day. Talking to both the 5th and 8th graders the students learned about the true meaning of Memorial Day with General Logan's General No. 11 being read by Boy Scout Isaiah Wyekoff, the Michigan Cavalry Brigade, and Michigan women in the Civil War. They also got a first-hand story, about Sister Brenda Walters great-great grandmother who put on a uniform to fight alongside her husband during the war.

After a break for lunch, the students were gathered on the soccer field and split up into two groups. The 8th grade (Union) and the 5th grade (Confederate) to re-enact the Battle at the Mule Shoe, Spotsylvania Court House May 12, 1864. Before the battle, Mrs. Vischer, the teacher from Paragon who works with us to set this event up, was presented a Certificate of Appreciation and as a token of our thanks for allowing us to put this program on for 10 years, a framed Save the Flags poster.

The members of Camp No. 7 wish to once again thank the staff of the Paragon Charter Academy for allowing us to Keep Green the Memory of not only our ancestors but all the Boys in Blue.

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Brothers awaiting the students.


GRO Charles Waters III relaxing before the student arrive.


Confederate troops moving up to reinforce the front line.


DJVC Bob Griggs placing a wreath at the
Soldiers Monument.


Brothers and Sisters from Camp No. 7 at
the Jackson Parade.


Members of Camp No. 7 with the American Heritage Girls after the dedication.


Auxiliary President June Lloyd waits for the parade to start in front of the G.A.R. Hall.

Memorial Day weekend, as you can guess was a very busy time for the Brothers and Sisters of Camp No. 7. Starting Saturday members traveled to Lansing to assist Camp No. 17 in their annual ceremony held at the Soldiers and Sailors plot in Mount Hope Cemetery. After that members attended the event at Little Arlington in Evergreen Cemetery.

On Memorial Day members split up to take part in several local events. Some Brothers and Sisters marched in the Jackson Memorial Day Parade. After that parade, there was a headstone dedication at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery for Captain James Jewell of the 10 Michigan Infantry. During this event the honors of a soldier were placed on the gravesite with the assistance of the American Heritage Girls from St. Mary's Church. A hardy THANK YOU! and HAZZAH! to these ladies for their assistance.

Also on Memorial Day, Brothers and Sisters took part in the Memorial Day Parade in Eaton Rapids falling in with Brothers from Camp No. 17, and Camp No. 20 as well as volunteers from the G.A.R. Memorial Hall and Museum. This parade was close to our hearts as the Laurel Wilson and Corky Jerick, daughter and sister-in-law of our PCC Bob Hoffman, who we lost 3 years ago, carried the banner for the museum. Brother Hoffman spent many years researching records to find the building that housed the James B. Brainerd Post 111 of the G.A.R. Thank you ladies, we know Bob would have been proud to see you doing that.

Thank you to those who supported us over the weekend by taking and submitting pictures for us to use, Connie Horning, Deb Malewski,
and Peg Griggs.

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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 Brothers and Sisters of Camp No. 7 who
attended the event.


Members of the Camp taking a short break before the headstone dedicaion.


These young ladies wanted to get close to the soldiers.


One of the American Heritage Girls laying one of the Soldiers Honors.


Brothers who assisted the G.A.R. Memorial Hall and Museum in Eaton Rapids.




June


Great-great nephew PCC Howard Lloyd.


Members of the Eva Gray Tent No. 2.


Three volleys were fired to honor the fallen.

On Sunday June 12th., Brothers and Sisters from several Camps & Auxiliaries, DUVCW Eva Gray Tent No. 2, and Company A. 14th Michigan S.V.R. traveled to Grant, MI for a headstone dedication for one of our own. The dedication was held for Private John P. Barnum, who was lost on the steamship Sultana disaster April 27, 1865. Private Barnum was the great-great uncle of PCC Howard Lloyd.

Also in attendance were Jon Bumstead, 100th District Representative, Julie Hallmark, Mayor of Grant, and several local residents.

At the close of the ceremony three volleys were fired and TAPS was played to honor Private Barnum.

A special thank you goes out to our photographer Jessica Lynn Lloyd.

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Sisters of the Auxiliary.


Members of Company A., 14th Michigan S.V.R.


After the event lunch was provided by John Barnums' descendants Howard and Junt Lloyd.
Thank you!


Camp members with the Colors.


Commander Cox with Auxiliary President June Lloyd and Sister Connie Horning.


PCC Howard Lloyd, JVC Nathan Tingley and QM Kim Horning at the Springport event.

On the weekend of June 25th and 26th, members of the Camp and Auxiliary split forces to attending two different events. Waterloo Farm Museum Blacksmith, Soldiers and Log Cabin Weekend ran both Saturday and Sunday, and the Village of Springport held their annual Summer Festival on Saturday.

At the farm museum, with the help of Jim Hunt who brought his horse Vegas to the even, visitors were able to become cavalry soldiers for a while, along with some of our camp members. At Springport Camp members were able to recruit several new soldiers into Father Abraham's Army.

Throughout the weekend at both places members were able to talk about their ancestors as well as all civil war soldiers and what their lives were like. Thank you to both the Waterloo Farm Museum and the Village of Springport for allowing us to "Keep Green the Memory" of the Boys in Blue.

Thank you PCC Tyrl for submitting the pictures at Waterloo.

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PCC Henry Hawker, PCC Dan Conklin, and PCC Mark Heath at the Waterloo event.


Jim Hunt with his horse Vegas recruiting Cavalry solders.


PCC Ron Tyrl talks to visitors from Germany about the museum.


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July


The Tipton Monument.

On the 5th, members of our Camp and Auxiliary made the trip to Tipton to take part in the 150th anniversary-rededication of the oldest Civil War Monument in the State of Michigan, located in Franklin Township Cemetery.

National Ladies Auxiliary President, Linda Kronberg and Past Camp Commander Howard Lloyd both have ancestors names on the monument having made the ultimate sacrifice in the cause of freedom.

Thank you to Jessica Lloyd for supplying us with the pictures of the event. It is greatly appreciated.

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Brothers and Sisters of the Camp with Dept Commander Dean Lamphere (right)

PCC Henry Hawker, Brother Kim Horning, Junor Alex and JVC Nathan Tingley at the event.


JVC Tingley with the Union troops.

On the weekend of the 16th and 17th several members of our Camp and Auxiliary took Horace Greeley advice and traveled west. Well, maybe closer to west northwest to Hastings and the annual Civil War Muster at Charlton Park.

At the event they took part in battalion drills, the battle, and spent their free time talking with visitors about their ancestors and the life of a Civil War soldier. They event found time to enjoy the dance Saturday night. Some of our members were Pinkerton Detectives and helped keep the area free from the common riff-raff known as "camp followers".

A very grateful thank you is extended to Sister Connie Horning for providing us with the pictures of this event.

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PCC's Henry Hawker, Dan Conklin, and Mark Heath in camp at the event.


Union Troops on the move.


Before the lunch, Auxiliary President June Lloyd, and Sister Connie Horning talk to some of the visitors to the event.


The Colors were presented by PCC Ron Lewis and DJVC Bob Griggs, with Brothers from Camp No. 7 and the 18th Michigan acting as Color Guard.

On July 30th, members of the Camp and Auxiliary set up at the annual Civil War Day at the Paddock Hubbard House in Concord. The day started off very wet, but cleared off in time for a very fun day of music, dancing, food, and of corse, a skirmish between Union and Confederate troops. This year we even had a few pyrotechnics thrown in to add to the realism of the event. After the skirmish, as in years passed, a volley was fired to honor the crowd and a bayonet charge was made complete with the Rebel Yell.

Both before and after the different events members of the Camp and Auxiliary were able to meet with visitors to the event to take about their ancestors and the life of a Civil War soldier.

A special Thank You! to Sister Connie Horning, of our Auxiliary for her assistance in taking the pictures at this event.

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Before the event started, brothers from the Camp talking over the days events.


Union troops were somewhat hidden behind
the smoke of battle.




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August


Recruits fall in for the start of the day as Auxiliary President June Lloyd looks on.


Like the true Civil War soldier, our recruits received plenty of drill. Here they work on right face.


After a long day of drill and battle some of our recruits had a hard time keeping up marching to the G.A.R. Memorial Hall and Museum.

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On the 17th of the month, members of the Camp and Auxiliary joined forces with Brothers of Camp No. 17, Camp No. 67, as well as members from the James B. Brainerd Post 111, Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum to put on the Museum's annual Civil War Discovery Camp.

This years activities included a scavenger hunt (which included the finding of Lee's lost Special Order 191), the firing of a reproduction Civil War musket, having some Civil War era candy, and of course the highlight of the day, the mock battle, which this year was Millers Cornfield at Antietam.

A fun, and educational day was had by all who participated in the event. A hardy thank you goes out to the G.A.R. Memorial Hall for inviting us to assist in this event and helping us Keep Green the Memory fo the Boys in Blue. We look forward to returning next year.

After the tour our soldiers were given their discharge, $13 for their service and a booklet on Michigan in the Civil War

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After falling in and counting off, our recruits are issued their muskets.


Shoulder arms is demostrated by DJVC Bob Griggs as our soldiers are assisted by PCC Ron Tyrl, PCC Howard Lloyd and JVC Nathan Tingley of our Camp.


Junior member Dennis receives his $13 pay and discharge paper from Museum staff at the end of the day as Brother Dennis Zank of Camp No. 17, Department of Michigan Auxiliary President Jan Davis and Past Department Commander Paul Davis look on.


The newest member of our Sisterhood, Becki Pahl shows off her Allied Order t-shirt.


PCC's Mark Heath, Ron Tyrl, and Dan Conklin talking with visitors to the Muster.

Over the weekend of the 20th and 21st, members of the Camp and Auxiliary set up camp at the Jackson Cascades Civil War Muster.

Throughout the weekend we managed to stay dry (for the most part) and talk too many of the visitors about their and our ancestors. We were also able to assist several visitors in locating more information on their ancestors as well as their gravesites. We also answered many questions about our organization, and what we do to keep the memory alive of the Boys in Blue.

The highlight of the weekend was when the Ladies Auxiliary gained and installed a new member. Welcome to Sister Becki Pahl, daughter of PCinC James Pahl. We know you will be a great asset to our Camp and look forward to working with you on our projects. Congratulations Ladies on your continued growth, and thank you for your assistance at our events.

A thank you also to Sister Connie Horning for her assistance in providing pictures to us of the event. Your help is greatly appreciated.

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PCC's Henry Hswker & Ron Tyrl at the Jackson Muster.


PCC Howard Lloyd, JVC Nathan Tingley and PCC Ron Lewis taking a short break at the Muster.




September


PI Joe Davis and PCC Henry Hawker set up our Camp.


Department JVC Bob Griggs fell in with the 102nd USCT for one the firing demonstrations.

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On the 10th of the month, members of Camp No. 7 set up in Grass Lake for their Heritage Festival. As with several other of our event this year we did not get a lot of cooperation from Mother Nature but we did not let that dampen our spirts, as we joined with others portraying soldiers from the French and Indian War, through WW II. Throughout the day the portrayers talked to visitors about the solders of that era, what they had to endure, and the equipment they used. Also, there were firing demonstrations by soldier with muskets, rifles, and artillery. In the afternoon a 1790's cannon was dedicated for the Military Museum in Grass Lake.

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PCC Henry Hawker checks out the canon
that was dedicated.


The dedication of the 1790's canon.


2nd Lt. Rauser's headstone.


President Jan Davis listens as great-great granddaughter Connie Horning reads The Boys in Blue.


Department of Michigan Chapain Elizabeth Lloyd reads the Auxiliary Prayer.

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On September 18, Brothers and Sister of Camp No. 7 took part in a headstone dedication for 2nd Lt. John Rauser. On hand to honor Lt. Rauser were family members, Brothers and Sisters from Camp No. 7, Brothers from Colgrove-Woodruff Camp No. 22, the WRC, Robert Smith Post 29 of the American Legion Jackson, MI., VFW Post 2406 Charlotte, MI., and Brothers from the 14th Michigan Co. A,
Sons of Veterans Reserve.

Presiding over the dedication was PDC Paul Davis and Department of Michigan Auxiliary President Jan Davis. During the ceremony Kathie Horning, the family genealogist, read a biography of Lt. Rauser and family members laid Honors to a Soldier at the gravesite. Sister Connie Horning, Department of Michigan Auxiliary Patriotic Instructor, read the poem The Boys in Blue. Three volleys were fired by Brothers of the 14th Michigan SVR and Robert Smith Post 29 of the American Legion, and TAPS was played by VFW Post 2406. To complete the ceremony Department of Michigan Auxiliary Chaplain Elizabeth Lloyd
read the Auxiliary Prayer.

I wish to thank all of you for participating in today's ceremony in honor of my gg-grandfather's, John Rauser, headstone dedication. It was a wonderful to accomplish this event for my family. All of my brothers and wives were present. We all appreciate your loyalty and commitment to supporting efforts to remember those who served in the military during this critical time in our nation's history. Thanks again!
Brother Kim Horning

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Great-great grandson, Kim Horning places a wreath
at the gravesite.


The descendants of Lt. Rauser.


The gravesite with Honors given.

October


Some of the volunteers and visitors to the event.


Many visitors enjoyed the wagon rides.

On the 9th of October, members of our Camp visited the Waterloo Farm Museum for their annual Pioneer Days event. An encampment and displays were set up for visitors to the event could get the feel of how a soldier lived and the equipment they used during the war. Wagon rides were also a big hit for the day.

This year, unfortunately, private Woody succumb to his many wounds and had to be placed in the Ice House at the farm so that he didn't "start to stink." Many of the children visiting the event expressed their concern for him and his family.

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PCC Henry Hawker and Brother Ed Conklin at the event.


Many mourned the loss of Private Woody.


PCC Ron Tyrl receives his Past Camp Commanders badge from PCinC Keith Harrison.


Some of our Brother before the meeting.


On the 10th our camp was given a special treat as we were allowed to meeting at the James Brainerd Post 111 Memorial Hall and Museum in Eaton Rapids. It was quite a thrill indeed to meet in an actual G.A.R. meeting hall where the ghost of the Boys in Blue watched over our meeting and hopefully were smiling on us and our work of keeping their memories alive. At the meeting PCC Ron Tyrl was, after many years of delay, awarded his Past Camp Commanders Badge. The badge was presented by Past Commander and Chief, Keith Harrison.

A very special Thank You, and Hazzah goes out to Museum Board President Keith Harrison, and all the board members for making this meeting a very special night for all of us.

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JVC Nathan Tingley prepares for the meeting.


Our Patriotic Instructor Joe Davis at his station.

November


Brothers of Camp No. 7 in Jackson.


Brothers of Camp No. 7 in Mason.

On Veteran's Day, members of Camp No. 7 divided forces and joined members of Camps 17, 145, and the 14th Michigan SVR to attend three different events. The Veteran's Day celebration in Jackson, the Rededication of the Civil War Monument in Flushing, and the
Mason Veteran's Day Parade.

In Jackson and Flushing patriotic songs were sung and the men and women who have, and those who continue to serve were honored. The parade in Mason traveled through the downtown area and veterans were greeted with cheering and many signs of Thank You from the crowds
that had gathered.

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Brothers at the rededicated monument in Flushing.


PCC Mike Maillard presents the Austin Blair Award to Chris St. John.


Officers of the Camp being installed.

At our regular meeting on the 14th the Brothers of Camp No. 7 had many items of business to take care of. The first order of business was to present our camps highest award, the Austin Blair Award, to Christopher St. John of Jackson Monuments Works for their assistance in helping us "Keep Green the Memory" of the Boys in Blue over the last couple of years. The second thing was the initiation of our newest member, Avery Lynch was inducted into the Camp by right of his 3x grandfather Edwin Potter of the 4th Michigan Cavalry. This ceremony was conducted by Department Junior Vice Commander, his very proud grandfather, Bob Griggs PCC. Congratulations and welcome Brother Lynch. We all look forward to working with you on upcoming events. Last, but by no means least, our camp officers for the 2017 year were installed by DJVC Griggs. The Ladies Auxiliary also installed new officers for the 2017 year.

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Our newest member Avery Lynch receives his membership badge from DJVC Bob Griggs.


Our Ladies Auxiliary also installed new officers
for the 2017 year.


A gathering of the Presidents; Department of Michigan President Jan Davis, Camp No. 7 Auxiliary President Connie Horning, and Past National President Linda Kronberg at the Remembrance Day event.


Brother Kim Horning at the 3rd Michigan Monument.


The Hornings' with President Lincoln.

On the weekend of the 19th Brothers of the Camp and the Ladies Auxiliary traveled to Gettysburg to take part in the Remembrance Day Ceremony. Members places flags at the grave sites of Michigan Soldiers who are buried, took part in the G.A.R. Remembrance at the Woolson Monument as well as the Remembrance Day Parade. They also, alone with other Brothers and Sisters from around the state, performed a dedication service at the monument for the 3rd Michigan in the Peach Orchard.

On the morning of the 20th they made the trip to the monument for the 1st Michigan Sharpshooters on the face of Little Round Top.

It was a very good weekend and a wonderful way to honor the Boys in Blue.

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SVC David Kimble places flags on the Michigan section of the National Cemetery.


Connie and Kim Horning at the monument to the 1st Michigan sharpshooters.


Private Bullard's headstone
Just because the temperature has dropped we still have jobs to do so on the brisk clear morning of the 22nd members of Camp No. 7 meet at Woodland Cemetery in Jackson to install two headstones for Civil War soldiers who did not have them.

Stones installed were for Augustus Bullard, Co. A., 102 USCT and William R Lovell Co. E., 3rd Michigan Cavalry. Please check our Bulletin Board next spring for date and time of the dedication for these two stones.

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Private Lovell's headstone.

December

(Above and below) Brothers, Sisters, family and friends at our 2016 Christmas party.

On the 17th Brothers and Sisters meet at Stakes Eatery for our annual Christmas party and white elephant auction. This year's proceeds are going to be split between the Children's and Veteran's Hospitals.

Despite the forecasted weather, many of our members were able to attend including some that we have not seen for a very long time. What a treat it was to see them again. It was a fitting ending to a very busy year, and to all of our Brothers and Sisters in all of the Allied Orders a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.

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PCC Ron Tyrl and DJVC Bob Griggs checking out pictures that Ron had taken.


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