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J Madonna
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« on: May 28, 2012, 06:44:13 AM »

After giving a lecture to a Civil War group last week, a gentleman asked me if I knew about MOLLUS. I confessed that I didn't and he put me in touch with their website, which I found interesting.

On April 15, 1865, as word of President Abraham Lincoln's death spread throughout the country, three Union Army officer friends met in Philadelphia to discuss the tragic news. Rumors from Washington of a conspiracy to destroy the Federal government by assassination of its leaders prompted the three officers to form an organization that could help thwart future threats to the national government.

A mass meeting of Philadelphia veterans was held on April 20, 1865 to pledge renewed allegiance to the Union and to plan for participation in the funeral arrangements for the President. The Philadelphia officers, who served as an honor guard for President Lincoln's funeral cortege, met again after the funeral was over to establish a permanent organization of officers and former officers patterned after the Society of Cincinnati established after the Revolutionary War. The name they chose, the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, first appeared in a notice calling a meeting on May 31, 1865 at Independence Hall.
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« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2012, 10:23:12 AM »

If you go to Google Books there are several volumes of papers which were read before the various MOLLUS commandaries throughout the years. They were reprinted in the 1990s by Broadfoot Publishing. Here is an index of the books.


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