We are a small non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. We are grateful to our members for their annual dues and for the occasional bounties we earn at events, however, expenses for the care, upkeep and firing of cannon and researching of the original cannoneers often exceed our income. There are many ways you can help us keep the memory of these men and their great struggle alive.
Please consider sponsoring any of the following items and we would be delighted to acknowledge your sponsorship both on this page and the page of the website most applicable. Your generous donations are tax deductible.
Each time the cannon is fired, black powder and a friction primer are expended. If you 'buy a boom,' the photo of our men firing the cannon at an event will have our thanks to you in the Photo Gallery and you will be acknowledged here - tell all your friends!
Roy & Georgia Provencal
Buy a Bigger Boom $20
Firing with a full pound of black powder and a cannon ball
Each year, the Battery participates in a live fire competition at Grayling. It is amazing how accurate and powerful these weapons are. We are proud that our gun won the Smoothbore competition in 2008. Each of these firings are more costly because a cast ball and sabot are used as well as a full pound of black powder. A photo of the firing you sponsor will be posted in the Photo Gallery and you will be acknowledged here.
Roy & Georgia Provencal
Get a Pension Record $75
One of the pages from Abel Dunton's pension papers
While we have obtained the pension records for some of the Battery members over the years, many remain. They are usually a delight to both history buffs and genealogy researchers. They help flesh out the history of our men and their families and can shed light on movements during the war, injuries suffered as well as trades and professions of the men before, during and after the war.
Adopt a man from the original roster today!
Underwrite the Website
Generously sponsored for 2010 through 2017 by Chuck TenBrink to honor
his great-grandfather, Abraham Evans, a member of the original Battery
Maintaining the website, given its ever increasing size, costs the Battery $180 per year. It has been selected by the Library of Congress for inclusion in their archives. Help us keep it available.
We are trying to assure that all of our men's graves are located and honored with a gravestone. An example can be seen in Gallery 2009 in which the Battery honored John Sinclair at Oakwood Cemetery in Traverse City.
We have several original Battery veterans at Woodmere Cemetery in Detroit needing stones. While the stones are provided free of charge from the Veteran's Administration, each cemetery charges for setting the stone. The fees vary but as an example, Woodmere Cemetery requires $239.04 to set each stone and it must be paid at the time the stone is ordered.
We will also assure that a grave dedication ceremony is arranged with the help of the Sons of Union Veterans. Help us honor our veterans!
Donations toward a stone for Philip Wilking by John Hughes and Kris Lindquist 2011
How To Help
Please send your check, made out to Robinson's Battery, with a note about which item you wish to sponsor to:
Robinson's Battery P.O. Box 450 Battle Creek, MI 49016-0450
We can also accept donations through Paypal - please use the email address: email@example.com
Once in a Lifetime....
In the fall of 2011, Kay Jorgenson, widow of C. Peter Jorgenson, donated his Model 1861 Parrott tube to the Battery. Pete was exceedingly well known in Civil War circles and we are humbled and honored to have such an amazing gift. The tube has been christened 'Old Pete' in his memory. His contributions to the knowledge of the Civil War era will live on.
Dave Goodwin John Hughes Kay Jorgenson Fred Chapman Jon Liebrandt