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From: "Paul M. Bessel" <paulb@cpcug.org>
Subject: Civil War and Freemasonry

To all who are interested in Freemasonry and the Civil War ---

If anyone reading this message is interested in the subject of the American Civil War (1861-1865) and the role of Freemasonry and individual Masons during that war, I am happy to tell you that we have a very active "Civil War Lodge of Research #1865, AF&AM" in Virginia. In fact, I'm the new Master of that lodge (as of yesterday).

Any Mason in a lodge recognized by the GL of Virginia is welcome to affiliate with our relatively-new lodge (whose Charter Master was Allen E. Roberts, author of the most comprehensive book on the subject of Freemasonry and the Civil War, "House Undivided"), and anyone who is interested in Freemasonry and the Civil War is welcome to get on our mailing list for our bulletins (small fee involved in both cases, of course).

More importantly, we have several events scheduled that should be very interesting and educational. May 26 we will be at the memorial parade and cemetery service for Winfield Scott Hancock, said by many to have been the best general the North had, and also a Mason. It will be held near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Nov. 15 we will have a joint meeting with the lodge located in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and after the meeting we'll join in a parade commemorating the 134th anniversary of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Before the meeting we'll have a solemn visit to the Masonic "Friend to Friend" monument.

In addition, our lodge plans to make itself the best repository of all written information (books, articles, etc.) about the role of Freemasonry in the Civil War. I have the beginnings of a large bibliography on this subject (highlighting, of course, the work of Allen E. Roberts in this area), and plan to exapand it as much as possible.

So, if you're reading this message, and you have an interest in the Civil War and Freemasonry, from a research point of view, to be involved in our meetings, to dress up in Civil War era clothing, or just to learn more about this, please get in touch with me, ask for an affiliation petition or ask for an application to be on our mailing list. It's a fascinating area for study, and all are welcome.



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