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John Hunt Morgan was a Mason

Discussion in 'Civil War History - General Discussion' started by donna, Aug 1, 2012.

  1. donna

    donna Lt. Colonel Forum Host

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    Many who fought and served during the Civil War were Masons. John Hunt Morgan belonged to the Davies Lodge No.22 in Lexington, Kentucky. It is said he got his degree in June 1846. Many members of the Morgan family were Masons.

    There is a marker named John Hunt Morgan's Code of Honor 18. It is located on the John Hunt Morgan Hertiage Trail 1863 in Indiana. The description on the marker states:

    "Morgan's Raiders arrived in Versailles, Indiana at 1 p.m. on Sunday July 12, 1863. Versailles was plundered that afternoon by Morgan's men. They robbed the county treasury, as well as taking fresh horses. They also captured and paroled 300 men, who had assembled in hopes of defending Versailles. One of Morgan's men robbed jewelry from the local Masonic Lodge. General Morgan, who was a Mason, ordered the jewelry to be returned and reprimanded the theif. Morgan's raiders did not stay in Versailles long. They left in several directions at 4 p.m. with orders to coverage on present day St. Paul. Union forces arrived in Versailles about 4 hours later."

    Morgan always respected Masonic Lodges and anyone he found to be a Mason on his raid.

    There is photo of marker at: http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMDH80_John_Hunt_Morgans_Code_of_Honor_18
     

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  3. FourLeafClover

    FourLeafClover First Sergeant

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    Interesting donna. I have often wondered, and perhaps some members of the "brotherhood" would like to comment.
    If confronted by a fellow mason, either in capture, or surrender. Would you feel obliged to show a different attitude, when signalled?
    Obviously not in combat, but after the dust had settled.
    I also realise that rules of secrecy apply. But just ask a personal viewpoint.
     
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    Smokey theFireBear Brigadier General Moderator

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    I knew their was something fishy about that man...All up here in sweet ol' Indiana. We wouldn't hurt fly!
     
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    There was the incident when Mosby was going to execute seven Union prisoners in retaliation for the execution of seven of his men who had been captured. One of them made a Masonic sign to a Confederate officer, who then designated a different prisoner for execution. Only three were actually killed (two others were shot but survived) so it's not clear if the non-Mason paid the price for Masonic brotherhood.

    This grim action did bring an end to execution of prisoners on both sides in "Mosby's Confederacy".
     
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    That is a great article Mark.
    It underlines what must have been a great sub-plot within the ranks. I know from experience within organisations, that often a sub-ordinate can call rank of a higher degree within the craft. To display to a superior officer who is really calling the shots. It can also backfire, as I know of a Chief Petty Officer, he was on Ark Royal. Who knew the shakes and passwords, but had no time for the society. It earned the members no more than extra KP.
     

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