The Brothers of the Gov. Crapo Camp
No. 145 elected Max L. Newman of Owosso, Commander of the Camp on
November 15, 2000. Brother Newman was installed on January 20, 2001.
He is the eighth Camp Commander elected by the Brothers of the Gov.
Crapo Camp since its organization in 1992.
Brother Newman traces his Civil War roots to his Great-Great-Grandfather,
James Sanderson Lincoln, who served as a Sergeant in Company K,
144th Regiment Ohio National Guard Volunteers during the Civil War.
Sgt. Lincoln was shot and killed by one of Col. Mosby’s gorilla
chiefs near Berryville, VA, in 1863. He was a 7th cousin to Abraham
Brother Newman has served as the Camp's Junior Vice
Commander since 1999 and has also been an Delegate to the Department
of Michigan and National Encampments. As a member of the 30th Michigan
Infantry SVR unit, Brother Newman has supported many ceremonies
and activities throughout the Department. He has an avid love of
history, especially American history and Civil War history in particular,
which has led him to his involvement with the SUVCW and reenacting.
In 1968, Brother Newman enlisted in the United States
Navy Seabees and spent a tour of duty in South Vietnam as a 2nd
Class Petty Officer with the U. S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion
Ten (USNMCB-Ten). While in South Vietnam, Brother Newman worked
on many construction projects as squad leader and crew leader of
32 enlisted construction men. His projects included several Railroad
and "Highway One" Bridges, airstrip runway repairs, new
steel building constructions and ammo storage encasements, and several
new helicopter hanger constructions projects. These projects were
located 15 miles north of Hue, Vietnam, to 30 miles south of Saigon,
Vietnam, about 400 miles to the south. Brother Newman is the recipient
of the War Service Medal of our Order with Vietnam Action Bar.
Brother Newman especially enjoys his 11 grandchildren
(ages 1-1/2 months to 17 years) and 2 white German Shepherds. His
wife Nancy is a member of the Juliet E. Stevens Tent No.14, Daughters
of Union Veterans of the Civil War .