Past Commander Biography

Gov. Crapo Camp No. 145

Department of Michigan
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Max L. Newman, PCC
Camp Commander - 2001

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 Lincoln.

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 .