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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.


Board President Keith Harrison introducing Bob.


Brother Kim Horning, and Auxiliary President Connie Horning talking to visitors to the program.

On May the 23, DSVC Bob Griggs PCC visited the G.A.R. Memorial Hall and Museum to put on a presentation called "Things you might not know about Michigan (and a few other places too) in the Civil War". The program was very well received and enjoyed by those attending.

On the 24th, Brothers and Sisters of Camp No. 7 visited the Manchester Lions Club to present a program on the Civil War. Before and after the program, members to able to talk with the Lions and visitors to the event, and answer many questions about the Civil War and the role that Michigan played in it.

We wish to thank Keith Harrison and all the Board of Directors at the G.A.R. Museum, and the Manchester Lions Club for allowing us to visit and share the stories of our ancestors as well as all the Boys in Blue.

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PCinC Harrison and DSVC Griggs talking to a visitor to the museum.


DSVC Griggs during the presentation.


Camp Auxiliary President Connie Horning and Department Auxiliary President June Lloyd at the Lansing event.


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


PCinC Keith Harrison, and PCC Howard Lloyd talk to others before the Eaton Rapids parade.

Over the Memorial Day weekend, the Brothers and Sisters of Camp No. 7 were very busy. They attended events in Lansing, Jackson, Concord,
and Eaton Rapids.

On Saturday the 27th we assisted in a ceremony at Lansing's Mt. Hope Cemetery, presided over by Department Junior Vice Commander Rob Payne and Past Department Commander Paul Arnold, Brothers of Camp No. 7 fell in with members of Camp No. 17 and provided a squad to fire three volleys to honor those who fell in defense of our Country.

On Memorial Day our forces were split between Jackson, Concord and Eaton Rapids to take part in the parades and celebrations in those cities. (Thank you Sister Horning for providing the pictures from the Jackson event.)

It was a great privilege for the Brothers and Sisters of our Camp to attend these events to Honor all who fell in defense of our Nation protecting the freedoms we cherish today.

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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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Brothers from Camp 7 and 17 relaxing before the start of the event in Lansing.


Members of the Camp and Auxiliary
after the Jackson event.


DSVC Bob Griggs and PCinC Keith Harrison carried the banner for the G.A.R. Memorial Hall and Museum in Eaton Rapids. PCC Howard Lloyd carried the Post 111 flag and Museum Board Vice President Chris Allen carried the National Colors..




June


Brother Tingley read the certificate.
On Saturday the 3rd of June, JVC Nathan Tingley, Department of Michigan Eagle Scout Coordinator, had the privilege to present an SUVCW Eagle Scout Certificate and patch to Christopher Buck of Troop 312 from Jackson at his Court of Honor.

All the Brothers and Sisters of the Austin Blair Camp, wish to congratulate you Christopher on you achievement and to your commitment to Scouting. Well done!

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JVC Tingley presenting the certificate
to Christopher.


Chirs and Bruce Gosling at Davids gravesite.

On the 24th of June, Brothers of the Camp fell in with members of the 14th Michigan Co. A., SVR to honor one of their own, Brother David Gosling of March to the Sea Camp No. 135.

Traveling to White Pigeon the Brothers took part in a traditional SUVCW graveside dedication, during which three volleys were fired to honor Brother Gosling. After the completion of the ceremony the Brothers formed a circle and along with family members drank a toast to Brother Gosling in remembrance of his dedication and service to our Order.

Sleep on ye fallen Comrade, the victory you have won, You've served our Order's banner, your task has been well done. Rest under wreaths of laurels by grateful Brothers given, We strew your grave with flowers, the sweetest gift of heaven.

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Brothers of the 14th prepair for the dedication.


The squad that fired the three volleys.


PCC's Ron Tyrl, Henry Hawker and Dan Conklin at their campsite.


Department Senior Vice Commander Bob Griggs talking about items soldiers would have carried with them

Over the weekend of the 24th and 25th, Brothers and Sisters of Camp No. 7 set up camp at the Waterloo Farm Museum for their annual Soldiers, Sailors, Blacksmith and Log Cabin weekend.

Throughout the weekend members were able to talk to many visitors to the event about their ancestors as well as relating storied about Michigan in the Civil War. They were also able to talk about the soldier’s equipment and how they lived. Several new “soldiers” were recruited for Father Abraham’s Army, although they all seemed to have deserted us before the skirmish with a company of Confederate solders who were camped near by.

It was a great weekend, and we all look forward to returning to the Farm Museum in October for their Pioneer Day event.

Thank you to Connie Horning, Ron Tyrl and John Ocwieja for submitting photo to us for this event. It is greatly appreciated.

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Brother Kim Horning and Auxiliary President Connie Horning talking with
visitors to the event.


Brothers of Camp No. 7 during the skirmish.


DSVC Griggs talking with visitors about the items on display.

On the 27th, Brothers and Sisters traveled to Sunfield for a slideshow presentation by Department Senior Vice Commander Bob Griggs. This program was put on as an educational seminar for the public sponsored by the Curtenius Guard Camp No. 17 of Sunfield. Many items were set up as displays for visitor to look at, and to help enhance the evening. Throughout the evening the Brothers from both Camps were able to talk to the many visitors to the programs and answer their questions about the items on display and the life of a Union soldier during the war. The program, "Stories you might not know about Michigan, and maybe a few other places, during the Civil War" was well received and enjoyed.

DSVC Griggs, and the Brothers and Sisters of Camp No. 7 wish to thank the Brothers of the Curtenius Guard Camp No. 17 for allowing us to assist you in Keeping Green the Memory of the Boys in Blue.

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Above & below, Brother Griggs meeting with visitors at the Sunfield seminar.


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July


Brothers and Sisters of Camp No. 7
prepare for the parade.


PCC Ron Tyrl before the event.


SVC Dave Kimble, museum volunteer Chris Allen and Brother Kim Horning heading to the staging area.


The Brothers and Sisters from Camp No. 7 who assisted.

On the 241st birthday of our Country, the Brothers and Sisters from Camp No. 7 traveled to Eaton Rapids to march with (or work the Museum) the volunteers of the Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum, in the 4th of July Parade.

It was heartwarming to see the amount of support, and respect the members of the community provided us, and all the other veteran organizations when we passed by with the National Colors. Also appreciated was the enthusiasm that was shown to the entire parade as both visitors and participants came together to
celebrate our Nations independence.

To the James B. Brainerd Post 111 G.A.R. Memorial Hall and Museum, and to the Eaton Rapids community as a whole, the Brothers and Sisters of the Austin Blair Camp No. 7 would like to send out a hardy HAZZAH! and thank you for allowing us once again to Keep Green the Memory of the Boys in Blue.

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Sister Brenda Walters.


Brothers, Sisters, and Museum volunteers
marching in the parade.


Brothes from Camps 7, 17, & 20, and Sisters of our Auxiliary joined the volunteers of the museum to celebrate our Nations 241st birthday.


PCC's Henry Hawker, Dan Conklin, & Mark Heath kept the piece at the event.
Over the weekend of July 15th and 16th, Brothers and Sisters of Camp No. 7 traveled back in time to Historic Charlton Park in Hastings for their Annual Civil War Muster.

Visitors to the event were treated to soldier drill, skirmishes, and a battle. They were also able to see how civil war soldiers lived, ate, and entertained themselves when not on the march. If they wished they could enjoy walking through the town and checking out how life was on the "home front" as well.

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

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Sister Angie Tingley, JVC Nathan Tingley, Brother Kim Horning, Auxiliary President Connie Horning at the Charlton Park Muster

DSVC during the presentation.
On the afternoon of the 17th Department of Michigan SVC, Bob Griggs, gave a short presentation on odd stories from the American Civil War to the Entre Nous group in Albion.

Speaking to about 3 dozen visitors to their luncheon, Brother Griggs related stories about the men, women, and even some of the animals who did their part to save the Union.

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Brother Griggs talking to one of the visitors to the presentation.

Brothers of Camp No. 7 posting the Colors.


One of Father Abraham's newest soldiers.

On the 29th the Brothers and Sisters of our Camp made the trip to Concord for the Annual Civil War Day event at the
Paddock Hubbard House.

As in the past years Brothers from Camp No. 7 presented the Colors and lead the Pledge of Allegiance. A campsite was set up where visitors had a chance to see many items on display to remind them just what the Boys in Blue had to go through to save our Nation. Also demonstrations were put on showing the nine steps that a soldier had to go through to load before firing his (or in a few cases her) weapon. After these demonstrations Brothers loaded their muskets and several younger "soldiers" came forward to fire them.

During the event several Sisters of our Auxiliary were inducted into the Woman's Relief Corps. The ceremony was conducted by Lucille Streeter of that organization. Congratulations and Hazzah! Sisters on becoming members in two of the five Allied Orders.

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Sisters of the Auxiliary taking the Oath to join the WRC.


Auxiliary President Connie Horning learned to load and fire a musket.




August


Brothers of the Department of Michigan Delagation.


Some of the Brothers who provided the Provost Guard.

On the 10-13 of August the Department of Michigan hosted the National Encampment of the Allied Orders in Lansing.

From the Brothers and Sisters of Camp No. 7, a hardy thank you and HAZZAH goes out to the members of the Encampment Host Committee, and all the Brothers who volunteered to work at the event for an exceptional job and a very successful Encampment. Well done! How great it was to meet Brothers from around the country (exspically the Brothers from the "other" Camp No. 7) and learn how they remember their ancestors and what they do in their States to Keep Green the Memory of the Grand Army of the Republic.


Brothers from the Camp's No. 7 in front of the Austin Blair statue at the State Capital.

The 1st sergeant and the major take roll call.


PCC Ron Tyrl working with the recruits on being a battlefield medic.


PCinC Jim Pahl talks to the recruits about what a soldier carried in his haversack.

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On the 16th of August Brothers and Sisters from Camp No. 7 joined forces with Brothers of Camp 17 and Board Members of the Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall and Museum to put on the 4th Annual Discovery Camp hosted by the Musuem. Throughout the day the soldiers were drilled, drilled and drilled somemore as well as learing about how a soldier lived during the war. They were also allowed to fire muskets and took part in a mock battle.

After their time in the service expired they were marched to the musuem and mustered out. At that time they were paid their $13, recieved a booklet on Michigan's part in the Civil War, and were issued a ribbon from the museum for their service.

Thank you to the G.A.R. Memorial Hall for allowing us to help them in preserving the memory of the Boys in Blue.

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Dennis Zank told the soldiers about what a soldier would have carried with him.


The soldiers working on the Manual of Arms.


Our recruits have become soldiers.


The Brothers and Sisters from Camp No. 7 who attended the event.


Sisters of Camp No. 7 Auxiliary who took part in the event.


Brothers of the Honor Guard.

On the 19th of August Brothers and Sisters from Camps throughout the State fell in with members of the 14th Michigan Company A Sons of Veterans Reserve (SVR) for a Plaque Dedication on Mackinac Island for her soldiers and sailors who served during the War of the Rebellion. This memorial to the Civil War veterans was placed in Veterans Memorial Park.

Before a GAR Dedication was performed by Department of Michigan Commander of the SUVCW, David Smith patriotic songs were sung and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by the National Auxiliary Chaplain Connie Horning, and Department of Michigan Auxiliary President June Lloyd. Brothers and Sisters had many opportunities to speak with people walking by and talk to them about the Boys in Blue and what this dedication was for. During the ceremony an Honor Guard of members of the 14th Michigan SVR escorted in the Department of Michigan flag, flags from several Camp and one Grand Army of the Republic Post.

After the ceremony lemonade and cookies were served and the Brothers and Sisters once again had the chance to meet and talk with visitors to the island.

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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Brothers and Sisters who took part in the event.


The Brothers from Camp No. 7.


Department Commander and Auxiliary President, David Smith and June Lloyd talking over the days activities.





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