Volume 5 Edition 2
15 April 2013
IN HONOR OF PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN SCENES FROM THE TOMB 13 APRIL 2013
Headquarters Company Franklin, WI Members of the Headquarters Company served as a color guard during the 33rd Annual Patriotic Luncheon, hosted by Milwaukeeâ€™s C. K. Pier Badger Camp 1 and Aux. 4 on February 2nd. The luncheon honored Presidents Washington, Lincoln and McKinley. Over one-hundred people, representing nearly thirty-five different patriotic and hereditary organizations
attended. Mr. Steve Rogstad spoke on Racine, Wisconsinâ€™s statue of Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln, one of only a couple in the United States. A raffle and silent auction were held, which raised over $1200 for patriotic education and historic preservation initiatives. Shown are Pvts. Patrick Fallon, David Howard, Joseph Fallon and Jeffery Lesar with Sr. Susan Fallon. The 4th MD HQ Company was represented at the Lincoln Tomb Ceremony and the GAR Founder's Ceremony by Privates, Alan Petit, Kirby Scott and Major Steve Michaels. Photos by Private Scott.
Company A, 1st Missouri Engineers The unit presented a wreath at the Lincoln Tomb ceremony held in Springfield, Il on Saturday April 13. The unit was represented by 1 Sgt. Martin Aubuchon and Private Robert Aubuchon.
Company A, 2nd Missouri Infantry Regiment St. Louis Lincoln Tomb Ceremony April 13. The 2nd Mo Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Co A Presented a wreath in honor of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Tomb ceremony held in Springfield, Il on Saturday April 13. In attendance is Sgt John Avery, Sgt Robert Aubuchon, Private JamesEgbert, 2nd Lieutenant Don Palmer, and 1st Lieutenant Martin Aubuchon. Future plans for the 2nd Mo Infantry are attendance at the Memorial Day Ceremonies at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St Louis, Mo and the Grant Death Day remembrance ceremony at the Ulysses S Grant Historic Site in St Louis on Saturday July 20, 2013.
NEBRASKA RANGERS On February 12, 2013 members of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Department of Nebraska Shiloh and Victor Vifquain Camps performed the annual guard duty at the Lincoln Monument on the west side of the Nebraska State Capitol for the 204th anniversary of Lincoln's Birthday. Ron Rockenbach Camp started the annual guard duty in the late 1990's after hearing of graffiti being found at the Lincoln tomb. Members present are: on the right Victor Vifquain Camp and Nebraska Rangers SVR Commander Cpt. Marc Witkovski and in the ranks from left to right: 1st Sgt. Gage Stermensky Sec/Treas Vifquain Camp,Cpl. Larry Angle Shiloh Camp,Pvt. Jim Atkins Council Shiloh Camp,Cpl/Musician Eric Bachenburg Shiloh Camp,Cpl. Ron Rockenbach Vifquain Camp Patriotic Instructor/Chaplain. Lincoln Nebraska is the largest city in the United States named after our 16th president
Company B, 10th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Council Bluffs, IA Our unit is still in “Winter Quarters”, but our schedule for the rest of the year is filling up fast. We will add to these as the year progresses 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
Clean-up Day, Col. William H. Kinsman Monument, Council Bluffs April 6, Lincoln Tomb ceremony, Springfield, IL April 19-20 Dept. Encampment Hotel Ottumwa in Ottumwa; triple stone dedication on the 19th May 1, Living History at Atlantic Middle School 8:30-10:30 May 3, Living History Hitchcock House Underground Railroad stop May 10, Living History Lewis Central Middle School 12:00-2:30 (rain date May 13) May 18, 2 PM Col. William H. Kinsman Monument re-dedication –SUVCW Signature Sesquicentennial Event, Council Bluffs. 8. May 25 Vicksburg monument rededication 9. June 14 Story County (Nevada) monument dedication in conjunction with the WRC 10. June 29 Georgia Wade McClellan family reunion/ Monument dedication- Denison 3 pm 11. July 4 Fulton MO Dedication of 3rd IA Cav monument in conjunction with the SCV 12. July 13 Cass County, IA “Lady Liberty” Civil War monument re-dedication, Atlantic 13. Sept. 4 Monument dedication and living history @ Denison 9-3 11. Sept. 14 Correctionville –Double gravestone dedication As you can see, we are going to be very busy. Many of these events will be mentioned in the next issue of P.I.R. -1 LT Michael Carr
34th Illinois Infantry Regiment St. Louis Obituary of Brother Eugene Beals Eugene Thomas Beals, 58, of Collinsville, Ill., born March 8, 1955, in East St. Louis, Ill., entered into rest Monday, March 25, 2013, at his residence. Eugene was a well-known local military historian and preservationist who worked diligently to promote the history of local (Collinsville) veteran's roles in the community, country, and the world. Eugene's work was a passion with him. His research will provide an archival base of Collinsville's veterans and a learning tool which will benefit the community for many years to come. He was responsible for obtaining government headstones for 60 Union Civil War Veterans in Glenwood Cemetery, in Collinsville. A memorial service was held in May of 1999 to honor these citizen soldiers. 300 people attended the event. In 1998 as Commander of the Maj. Gen. Bushrod R. Johnson Camp 1718, a local chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans he organized and promoted a memorial service at the Glenwood Cemetery for Collinsville's lone Confederate, Sgt. William H. Thompson. This service drew over 250 people. Eugene also obtained 17 new government markers for Collinsville veterans
of the war of 1812, Black Hawk, Mexican War, Spanish American War, and World War I, laid to rest at Glenwood, Holy Cross, and St. John Cemeteries. He contributed in putting together a Veteran's web page, honoring Collinsville's veterans beginning with the Revolutionary war through World War II. The site will provide valuable information for current and future citizens with interest in Collinsville's role in our country's history. In 2005, as president of the Nelson A. Miles Camp No. 610, a local chapter of the Sons of the Spanish American War Veterans, he spearheaded the placement of a memorial marker honoring, resident veterans of the Spanish American War, to be placed on the grounds of Collinsville's City Hall. The marker became a reality with financial assistance from American Legion Post 365 and VFW Post 5691. A dedication for the marker was held in May of 2005, with many in attendance. Eugene's most recent endeavor was the "Flowers for the Fallen" (May 2007) program. It was designed to provide floral tributes for Collinsville's World War I and World War II veterans interred overseas. There are 29 veterans buried or cited as missing in action overseas. The program's cost of $900.00 was covered by patrons of American Legion Post 365's weekly fish fry. This is the only known instance of a local community having their veterans honored in this manner. He was a member of several historical and lineage organizations. Eugene was a life member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Military Order of the Stars and Bars. He was also a life member of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. He was a member of the Sons of Veterans Reserved, past commander (Missouri Commandery) of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, Adjutant and historian of the Sons of the American Legion, president of the Collinsville chapter of Sons of Spanish American War Veterans, and a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. He was also past member of the Sons of the American Revolution, General Society of the War of 1812, and the Descendants of Mexican War Veterans. He was preceded in death by his father, George Eugene Beals and his mother, Virginia, nee Cairns, Beals Render. Surviving are his three sisters, Maureen (Robert) Schumacher of Warson Woods, Mo., Jeri Lynn Palmer of Clayton, Mo., and Cairn Pedersen of Seattle, Wash.; and many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to Faith in Action, Collinsville, Ill. Condolences may also be expressed online at www.lakeviewfuneralhm.com. Visitation: Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, March 29, 2013, at Lake View Funeral Home, Fairview Heights, Ill. Funeral: Services will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, March 29, 2013, at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, Ill. LAKE VIEW FUNERAL HOME, Fairview Heights, Ill. Published in Belleville News-Democrat on March 28, 2013
Company E, 47th Missouri Infantry Park Hills, Missouri The 47th Missouri Infantry, Company E took a few weeks to rest and spend time with our families after our holiday dinner in December 2012; however, by February 2013, we were back at it again. On February 3rd, Unit Commander/First Lieutenant – Chris Warren (dressed here as a color sergeant), gave a special program titled “Civil War Flags of Missouri & Arkansas” to the South Central Missouri Civil War Round Table in Rolla, MO. Then, on February 16th, the unit presented a Civil War history day for the Perry County Military History Museum. This was to assist with their opening of the Missouri Traveling Civil War exhibit. The news crew from KFVS 12 in Cape Girardeau came and took some photos and interviewed members. In addition, the Perryville Republic newspaper also got photos and interviewed members for an article. Next, on February 23rd, the camp presented an SUVCW Eagle Scout Award to a deserving young man at his court of honor, in Farmington, MO. This makes about the tenth one the unit has presented in the last year and a half. Also that day, several of our members attended the annual Swap Meet at Jefferson Barracks Park in St. Louis. Corporal, Doug Roussin, had his tables with original Civil War artifacts, and some of our members got some good deals on uniforms/equipment for our SVR and Living History portrayals. The next day on February 24th, members of the unit and Volker Auxiliary participated in the annual Sherman Day festivities in St. Louis. The also stopped by Capt. Thomas H. Macklind & Louisa Volker Macklind’s graves in Bellefontaine Cemetery, and placed flags and flowers on them. Next, March 9th saw members of the camp & auxiliary participating in Turner Brigade’s Spring Drill at Fort Davidson State Historic Site in Pilot Knob, MO. Unit Commander, Chris Warren was asked to lead a staff ride of the battlefield for the 1st Missouri Engineers (reenactors), and the group discussed the errors, possibilities of what could have been done differently, commanders, and tactics of the battle. Finally, April 4th saw us giving the “Civil War Flags of Missouri & Arkansas” program to the Herculaneum, Missouri Historical Society. We also presented another SUVCW ROTC award (and will be presenting one on April 16th). The rest of April, May, & June promises to be busy for this group as well. We have a Living History upcoming at the Thomas C. Fletcher House in Hillsboro, MO on April 20-21; then, a Civil War encampment on April 27th in Leadington, MO; the Ste. Genevieve, MO Civil War Camp on May 4th; Pioneer Day – 4th Grade Civil War Day in Farmington, MO on May 9th; Artillery School on May 18th; a Living History at Fort D in Cape Girardeau, MO on May 25th; and the Department of Missouri Encampment on June 1st.
49th Iowa Infantry Regiment Iowa 49th Iowa Does Provost Guard Duties at Lincoln’s Tomb 12 April, 2013 Springfield, Illinois It was a gloriously chilly Spring day in Southern Illinois on Saturday, and “The Governor’s Own Iowa Rifles” was doubly honored to have been afforded the duties of Provost Guard for the 57 th annual observance of the death by assassination of the nation’s beloved 16th President; and to have both the Commanding General of the SVR, Major General Robert Grim; and his Deputy Commanding General, Brigadier General Henry Shaw, present for the swearing in of the newest Junior member of the Grenville Mellon Dodge Camp #75 (Des Moines, IA) ; AND newest Corporal in the ranks of the 49th Iowa Honor Guard, Corporal Asher L. Beerman of Laporte City, Iowa. Cpl. Beermann (aged 8 years) is the grandson of 1st Corporal Courtney S. Stahr, PDC, and already a very knowledgeable historian of the Civil War, and a selfdescribed , “Lincoln Man through and through”. Once the young Corporal was properly sworn in and given a copy of his enlistment documents by MG Grim, he was pleased to take his first official post as sentry in the rotating Guard Mount at the catafalque of President Lincoln inside the Tomb, where he stood at somber attention with his very proud grandfather until properly relieved by one of his brothers from the 49th Iowa. In addition to the Rotating Guard at the Tomb of the President, the Color Guard of the 49th led the parade of units taking the field by providing the National Colors appropriately dressed in mourning ribbons and memorial wreaths; and, carrying in addition to our own proud “Regimental” (also dressed in mourning, as military tradition would dictate to be appropriate for this most solemn occasion), and we carried the personal flag of the Commanding General of the SVR, and azure display banner of the SUVCW and MOLLUS. Participation at this outstanding event has clearly fallen off over the past few years, but it is hoped that this situation will be rectified in the coming years and that the entire Fourth Military District will once again rally to support this opportunity to serve the memory of our fallen President and our own ancestors as the Sesquicentennial of Lincoln’s death draws nigh. We know that Corporal Beermann will be back!
Respectfully Submitted 1/Lt. David M. Lamb Commanding “The Governor’s Own Forty-Ninth Iowa”
Brothers and Sisters of The SUVCW and Allied Orders of the Grand Army of the Republic The Department of Iowa, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and th Company “A’ 49 Regiment, Iowa Veteran Volunteer Infantry/SVR “The Governor’s Own Iowa Rifles” Honor Guard to the Department of Iowa and Personal Honor Guard to the Governors of Iowa Wish to cordially invite you to attend the exercises marking the formal re-dedication of the Iowa Monument at the Vicksburg National Battlefield Military Park to be held on SATURDAY May 2013 at 10:00am in the morning at the site of the monument on the Battlefield at Vicksburg, Mississippi. 25th,
Please join the Department of Iowa, the 49th Iowa, Governor Terry E. Branstad of Iowa; Governor Phil Bryant of Mississippi, Immediate Past Commander-in-Chief/SUVCW, Dr. Donald D. Palmer, Jr.; Commander-in-Chief/ MOLLUS, Mr. Jefry Burden; Superintendant Michael Madell, VBNMP/NPS and other national and local dignitaries as we re-dedicate the monument first erected in 1906 by the citizens of Iowa to honor the 30,000 Iowa volunteers who participated in the battles known collectively as “The Siege of Vicksburg” in the winter of 1862 and Spring of 1863. Following efforts by members of our Order to enlist the bi-partisan aid of members of both the Iowa House and Senate during the 2012 legislative session; an appropriation of funds in excess of $300,000 dollars was signed into law by Governor Branstad the allowed the National Park Service to effect the total restoration and renovation of this monument erected by our ancestors to the struggles endured during the longest running continuous military siege to take place on American soil. For further information, please visit the websites of; Vicksburg National Battlefield Military Park at www.nps.gov/vick The 49th Iowa Veteran Volunteer Infantry Regiment/SVR at www.iowavalor.com Or contact: Michael W. Carr, Iowa Department Commander at firstname.lastname@example.org David M. Lamb, Chair, Governor’s Select Committee of the Re-Dedication of the Iowa Monument at Vicksburg at email@example.com
Company F, 78th Enrolled Missouri Militia Ste. Genevieve, MO 24 February-Private Gary L. Scheel participated in the ceremony at Major-General William T. Sherman grave site in Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis. 28 February-Private Gary L. Scheel gave a presentation to the Ste. Genevieve Public School Honors Class. There were nineteen students present. 5 March-Private Gary L. Scheel put up a display at the Ste. Genevieve Visitors Center to help advertise the Ste. Genevieve Civil War Camp in May. 17 March-Private William Zoughaib received his Eagle Scout. Presentation of SUVCW Eagle Scout Certificate is being presented by Department of Missouri Eagle Scout Coordinator Robert Hammack who is also an Eagle Scout and a Private in Company F. Also present to the left of Private Zoughaib is Corporat Tom Greminger who also is an Eagle Scout, Private Bob Mueller, Corporal Paul Cameron and Private Gary Scheel. Also present but not pictured is Private Samer Zoughaib, William’s Father. 18 March-Corporal Tom Greminger and Private Gary Scheel put up three displays of Civil War items. The Ste. Genevieve Honors Class was doing a play on the Civil War entitled “Drumbeat”. The display cases were to help create interest in the play. 4, 5 & 6 April-1st Sergeant Tom Farlow, Private Bob Mueller and Private Gary Scheel along with two Lt. Col. J. Felix St. James Camp #326 and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary handed out brochures to advertise the Ste. Genevieve Civil War Camp in May. On 9 April-nine members of Company F assembled at St. Agnes School in Bloomsdale, MO to present the Civil War to 91 students and their teachers. We had six stations including one of period games run by the Ladies Auxiliary. The photo to the left is a camp photo with the recipient of the Pvt. John E. Smith Scholarship presented by the Lt. Col. J. Felix St. James Camp #326. Donovan Womble was the recipient of the award based upon an essay he had written. There were 11 camp members present and 4 members of the Ladies Auxiliary at this activity. One of our stations included (Photo courtesy of Robert Mueller) demonstrating loading and firing of rifles. 1st Sergeant Tom Farlow talked four Privates through the firing procedures while the students watched. These four Privates had never fired their weapons before and by the end of the six sessions of firing now feel qualified to participate in our activities with weapons.
Reconnaissance May 3, 4, & 5, Ste. Genevieve Civil War Camp, A re-enactment at Moses Austin Park in Ste. Genevieve, MO Sponsered by members of Company F, 78th Enrolled Missouri Militia SVR. School day on Friday. We are expecting around 150 children. On Saturday we are expecting at least 300 Girl Scouts. Contact information is Adjutant Gary Scheel, firstname.lastname@example.org and 314-6232062. There will be a re-enactment of the Bank Raid both days. May 18 & 19. NCWAA School of the Piece Jefferson Barracks County Park. Interested individuals and units contact Lt. Col. Jack Grothe SVR 314-631-7492 or Capt Randy Baehr 314-962-4690 for registration materials http://turnerbrigade.org/wpcontent/uploads/2013/01/2013registration.pdf for registration. http://turnerbrigade.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/schoolflyer2013.pdf for event flyer Registration closes April 27. Checks for $20.00 registration fee should be made payable to “HQ 4th Military District SVR” and should be submitted with registration forms by the close of registrations. Event will take place at the Lee Shelter, signs will be posted with directions. Water, straw, firewood and indoor sanitary facilities will be provided free. May 25. Re-dedication of Iowa Monument
Please join the Department of Iowa, the 49th Iowa, Governor Terry E. Branstad of Iowa; 10:00am in the morning at the site of the monument on the Battlefield at Vicksburg, Mississippi. Re-dedication of the monument first erected in 1906 by the citizens of Iowa to honor the 30,000 Iowa volunteers who participated in the battles known collectively as “The Siege of Vicksburg” in the winter of 1862 and Spring of 1863.
SEEKING INFORMATION Lt. Col. Jack Grothe is looking for members of the 4th Military District whose ancestor served under the command of Major General William T. Sherman at some point in his Civil War service. If your ancestor served with General Sherman in places like Battle of Bull Run, Kentucky, Vicksburg Campaign, Tennessee, Atlanta Campaign, March to the Sea or the South Carolina and North Carolina Campaign, please send me his rank, name, unit and when he served under General Sherman, to email@example.com or through the Post Office at P.O. Box 87, Ste. Genevieve, MO, 63670 or call me at 314-623-2062. With Regards, 1st Lt. Gary L. Scheel Public Information Officer 4th Military District