Robinson's Battery strives hard to promote interest in the American Civil War and our American history. On occasion, specific activities receive special notice. We are pleased to display those honors here.
Second Annual Brian Haack Memorial Artillery Match - May 2015
We were honored to earn second place in the rifled gun match with John Hughes serving as gunner.
First Annual Brian Haack Memorial Artillery Match - July 2014
Fred Chapman served as gunner in the first artillery match created in Brian Haack's memory. We were pleased to take part to honor and remember Brian.
2013 Smoothbore Live Fire Contest
On February 24, 2014, Robinson's
Battery received the 2013 first place Smoothbore trophy awarded by Loomis Battery.
Cam Davis points out the hits on the target.
Library of Congress Archives - March 2010
On February 25, 2010, we received the following email:
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Our Web Archives are important because they contribute to the historical record, capturing information that could otherwise be lost. With the growing role of the Web as an influential medium, records of historic events could be considered incomplete without materials that were "born digital" and never printed on paper.
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Permission was granted and these materials should be available there and may serve others long into the future.
The Essex Free Press - December 2009
Battery member, Kirk Walstedt, at an appraisal event on December 6, 2009.
Kirk also made front page news in the Voice of December 10, 2009.
Civil War News - December 2009
Traverse City Record Eagle Cheers - October 2009
Traverse City Record Eagle Editorial: October 26, 2009
Cheers -- To two Civil War enthusiast groups who gave Civil War veteran
John P. Sinclair a headstone and burial service 95 years after he was
buried in an unmarked grave at Oakwood Cemetery. Sinclair, an Ohio
native and Union Army sergeant, died near Long Lake in 1913. Robinson's
Battery of Battle Creek tracked down his cemetery plot. The area Robert
Finch Camp No. 14 Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, dressed in
Union Army uniforms, conducted a full Grand Army of the Republic
graveside service. The federal Department of Veterans paid for a
reproduction Civil War-era headstone.
Traverse City Record Eagle - October 2009
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Vet in unmarked grave given burial service
BY ART BUKOWSKI
CITY -- John P. Sinclair lay in an unmarked grave for 95 years, his
plot tucked between other local Civil War veterans under a stand of
gnarled old trees in historic Oakwood Cemetery.
Sinclair, an Ohio native and sergeant with the Union Army, died near
the shores of Long Lake in 1913 and was buried in the cemetery along
Eighth Street the next year. It's believed his grave never had a
headstone, possibly because no family could be located to pay for one.
But Sinclair received a brand new marble headstone and burial
service Saturday after a group of Civil War enthusiasts tracked him
down. The group, Battle Creek-based Robinson's Battery, is in the
process of finding the final resting place of all the members of
"It's sort of a labor of love, trying to get all of them present and accounted for," said Deb Gosselin, Robinson's historian.
Gosselin used a series of records and a 1914 Record-Eagle article to
determine Sinclair was in the cemetery. Records indicate the names of
the soldiers he's buried between, so the group was able to find his
Robinson's battery contacted the Robert Finch Camp of the Sons of
Union Veterans of the Civil War, a local civil war group. The
enthusiasts joined forces to re-enact a full Grand Army of the Republic
burial service, and the federal Department of Veterans Affairs paid for
a reproduction Civil War-era headstone.
"It's one of the things (we) do to keep alive the memory of those
who fought ... It's important to society that these people be
remembered and the Civil War be remembered," said Neal Breaugh, Robert
Finch Camp secretary.
Among those gathered for the ceremony was Traverse City resident
Chris Campbell, 62, Sinclair's cousin four times removed. Campbell
learned of the service last week through a news story in the
Record-Eagle and contacted the Robert Finch Camp to inform the group
he's related to Sinclair.
"This is really cool. As my brother said, now we don't have to do it," he joked.
Campbell believes his ancestor would be honored by the formal funeral service and headstone.
"How surprised he would be, I think, that anyone would remember him 100 years later," he said.
Honoring the memory of Sinclair and his fellow soldiers is what
drives Robinson's Battery, which so far has tracked down about 110 of
the 130 members of Sinclair's unit.
"This was just a group of people. There were good guys and there
were bad guys, people that went on to fame and fortune and people who
died like (Sinclair)," Gosselin said. "It does make you feel good to
restore this person to the place in history that he deserves."
For more information, visit www.robinsonsbattery.org.
Front Page News - July 2009
Front page article in the Crawford County Gazette - July 16, 2009. The Battery's cannon is featured in the lower photograph.
Cover of the October 2008 Camp Chase Gazette
Robinson's Battery members and the cannon were featured on the cover of the October 2008 issue of the Camp Chase Gazette. This and its sister publication, Citizen's Companion, are highly recommended.