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Austin Blair Camp No. 7
Our Year ~ 2017




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April


Visitors to the Museum looking at the displays.
On the 1st and 2nd of the month, members of Camp No. 7, and several other Camps throughout the State traveled to Eaton Rapids to help honor the 151st 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, Brothers brought items for display, and stories to tell about their ancestors and the Grand Army in general. The community support for this event was great as 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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PCinC Keith Harrison talks with some of the visitors to the event.


The spirits and memories still linger.



The certificates and patch that were awarded
to the Scouts.


DESC Tingley talking about the GAR and Scouting.

On the 9th of April, being ask to attend by members of the Nash-Hodges Camp No. 43, Department of Michigan Eagle Scout Coordinator, Nathan Tingley and DJVC Bob Griggs traveled to Tecumseh to attend the Court of Honor for four new Eagle Scouts from Troop 632.

During the ceremony the Scouts were given reconnection certificates from the Mayor of Tecumseh, and the State of Michigan as well as SUVCW Certificate and Eagle Scout Patch. Brother Gary Naugle PCC, Camp No. 43 spoke of the history of the Grand Army of the Republic and the SUVCW, and Brother Tingley talked about the relationship between the GAR and the Boy Scouts.

Thanks to the Brothers of the Nash-Hodges Camp for asking us to attend, and a hardy Congratulations and HAZZAH to Nathan, Joel, Conor, and David on your achievement.

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Scouts are presented their certificates and patches by Brothers Tingley, and Naugle.


All Eagle Scouts present nenewed their
Eagle Scout Pledge.


The Scouts with their families.


Our newest member Rob Smith
At our regular meeting held April 10th. the Brothers of Camp No. 7 inducted a new Brother into our fold. Robert Smith comes to us through his great-great grandfather Andrew Denton Grimes who served from August of 1862 until June of 1865, in company G, 17th Michigan Infantry. Rob is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps where he was a forward observer for an artillery unit.

Welcome Brother Smith, we all look forward to working with you
on upcoming projects.

Also at our meeting Brothers Henry Hawker PCC and Howard Lloyd PCC received their 15 and 10 year pins. Congratulations, and thank you Brothers on your dedication in helping all of us Keep the Memory alive.

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Rob's SUVCW Badge is pinned on by Commander Cox


Brothers Hawker and Lloyd receive their service pins.


Members of the Vandercook Lions Club.


Part of the display taking for the VCL club to see.

On the 12th of April, DJVC Bob Griggs-PCC, visited the Vandercook Lions Club to put on a presentation on Michigan in the Civil War. Many items were taken for display for the Lions to look at. After the presentation, many of the Lions told DJVC Griggs how much they enjoyed his talk and that they were excited to hear his lesser known stories about the Boys in Blue.

DJVC Griggs would like to extend a hearty HAZZAH and Thank you to the Vandercook Lions for giving him the opportunity to Keep Green the Memory of the Boys in Blue.

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Lions Club members.


DJVC Griggs during his talk.


PCC Howard Lloyd, Brother Kim Horning and Auxiliary President Connie Horning at the Cotton Gin.


Department JVC Bob Griggs during his talk.

On the 21st and 22nd, Brothers and Sisters of the Austin Blair Camp traveled to Franklin, Tennessee for the 30th annual meeting of the Sultana Descendant's Association.

Friday night included speakers talking about the work done to save the Battlefield and the meeting plan for next year at Cahaba, Alabama. Saturday included visits to the Carter House, and Cotton Gin, Winstead Hill, Fort Granger, Carnton Mansion and the Confederate Cemetery located on mansion grounds. Saturday night there was a banquet for all the descendants, their families and friends. During the banquet, DJVC Bob Griggs spoke about the history of the SUVCW and some little known facts about the Civil War soldiers, and Auxiliary President Connie Horning talked about the work of the Auxiliary in helping today's veterans as well as their work in Keeping the Memory of the Boys in Blue alive. At the end of the meeting the descendants of men on the Sultana held a candle light service for all that were lost on the Sultana.

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Auxiliary President Connie Horning speaking at the banquet Saturday night.


PCC Howard Lloyd took part in the Candle Light Service.


Brother Tingley awarding CJ his Eagle Scout Certificate.
On the 29th of April, Brother Nathan Tingley had the privilege to present an Eagle Scout Certificate to CJ Conroy of Troop 312 from Jackson at his Court of Honor.

From all the Brothers and Sisters of the Austin Blair Camp, congratulations CJ on you achievement and your commitment to Scouting.

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Brother Tingley with CJ.

Covers were put up in case of rain.
We were very glad they did.


Private Michael Campbell's headstone.

On the 30th of April, Brothers and Sisters of the Austin Blair Camp traveled to White Pigeon to take part in a headstone dedication for Private Michael Campbell of the 33rd New York Infantry. The dedication was conducted by Richard Denney Commander of the
March to the Sea Camp No. 135.

Several descendants of Private Campbell were in attendance, some from as far away as Texas. Also in attendance to help in the dedication was the Michigan Army National Guard, LaGrange de LaFayette Chapter of the DAR, the White Pigeon American Legion, LaSalle Council Boy Scouts of America, and Genesis Hoffner of the White Pigeon
High School Band who played TAPS.

The Brothers and Sisters of Camp No. 7 wish to extend our Thanks to Commander Denney for allowing us to assist in remembering Private Campbell as well as all of Father Abraham's children.

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Department of Michigan Auxiliary President June Lloyd talking to family members about her dress.


PCC Howard Lloyd and SVC Dave Kimble talk with Brothers of Camp No. 135 before the dedication.


Music was provided by a cello duet.




May

Sergeant Major Joe trying out his new uniform.

SVC Dave Kimible talking to the students about soldiers during the Civil War.

On the 2nd of the month, Brothers and Sisters from Camp No. 7 went back to school. Traveling to Owosso they spoke to Mrs. Smith's 8th grade class at St. Paul School about Boys who wore the Blue and the men and women who fought to save our Union. The students will shortly be taking their class trip to Gettysburg and Washington D.C., our Brothers were asked by Mrs. Smith to visit the school and talk to them about the battle and the American Civil War.

Students were shown, and allowed to handle the weapons, accoutrements, and uniforms of a Civil War soldier. They were told about life in camp and the equipment that a soldier would have used. The role that Michigan played in the Civil War was a big part of the day's event. The students were also told about the Battle of Gettysburg and the pivotal role it played in the war. Several of the students decided to see what it was like to be a person living in the 1860 and tried on the clothing of the era. The students were also reminded about the respect they should show the soldiers who fought there while they were visiting Gettysburg, that they should not be climbing on the monuments and cannon around the area.

Thank you to the staff and students of St. Paul for allowing us to be a part of your class trip, have fun and safe journeys.

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Some of the students checking out the equipment
of a soldier.

Dept of MI Auxiliary President June Lloyd, talked about womens clothing.


Brothers and Sisters enjoying the band Friday night.


Commander Cox receives our Honors Ribbon for Remembrance Day at Gettysburg.


Past CinC's and National Presidents of the Allied Orders from Michigan.

On the 5th & 6th of the month Brothers and Sisters from Camp No. 7 made the trip to Lansing to attend the Department of Michigan 133rd Annual Encampment.

After the dinner Friday night a dulcimer band provided the entertainment for those in attendance. At Saturdays' meetings, Brother Bob Griggs and Brother Michael Maillard were elected to Department Senior Vice Commander and Department Council Member respectively and Brother Nathan Tingley was appointed Department of Michigan Eagle Scout Coordinator. This year Nathan was also ask to wear a second hat and was also appointed Guide for the Department. This years Department Auxiliary officers are; Department President June Lloyd, Vice President Connie Horning, she is also wearing a second hat and is also Patriotic Instructor, Chaplain Elizabeth Lloyd, Treasurer, Vicki Weiss, Council member Karen Hamann. Congratulations to you all, may you have a great year Keeping Green the Memory of the Boys in Blue.

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Sister Connie Horning talking to PCinC Jim Pahl.


Sister Karen Hamann intoductes National President of the Ausiliary, Denise Oman.


Brothers from Camp No. 7 that attended
the 133rd Encampment.


DSVC Griggs during his presentation.


Brother Griggs talking with members of the study group about items on display.

On the 10th, DSVC Bob Griggs -PCC visited the First Baptist Church of Albion to present a program on Michigan in the Civil War to one of their Bible study groups.

After a great lunch, DSVC Griggs gave his talk and answered questions. After that members of the study group moved next door were many items were on display for the members to see and feel.

We wish to extend a hardy HAZZAH and thank you to Denny Barr and the members of the First Baptist Church for inviting Brother Griggs to visit and talk about the life of the Boys in Blue.

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It seems that members wanted to check out the Civil War uniform as well as the weapons.

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