and Upcoming Events
The Sword and Revolver
our Ohio Commandery
Dr. Bradley Keefer
Associate Professor, History, Kent State University.
Keefer earned a BA (1980) and MA (1984) in history from Kent
State University and received his PhD from Kent in 2006. His
dissertation, “Constructing Memories on the ‘River of Death’:
Conflict, Landscape, and the Impact of the Spanish-American War
on the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park”
garnered the Ohio Academy of History's Outstanding Dissertation
Award in 2007.
He has been teaching since 1987 and joined the Ashtabula Campus
in January 2007, earning both tenure and promotion in May, 2013.
He previously taught as an adjunct at the Kent, Stark, and
Tuscarawas Campuses of Kent State University, and at Edison
State Community College.
He teaches U.S. History Formative and Modern periods, World
History Ancient/Medieval and Modern (formerly Civilization I &
II), and offers Sectional Conflict and Civil War, Reconstruction
and Later South, Progressive US: 1896-1920, History of Ohio,
World War II, and a Colloquium on Victorian England on a
In addition to his scholarly interest war and memory, Prof.
Keefer is doing research on the 104th Ohio Volunteer Infantry in
the Civil War with the intent of publishing a full regimental
study of this unit in the near future. He is a member of the
Ohio Academy of History, Southern Historical Association,
Organization of American Historians, Society of Civil War
Historians, Pioneer America Society, Society of Military
History, American Historical Association, East Tennessee
Historical Society, Museum of the Confederacy, and the Civil War
Preservation Trust. He is an active Civil War and colonial
period living historian and recently participated with the 8th
Ohio Volunteer Infantry in 150th anniversary celebrations at the
Gettysburg National Military Park, and the Antietam National
Battlefield as a volunteer for the National Park Service.
The Ohio Companions and Dames will
assemble in Fremont
Ohio on the 6th of September 2014 for
its Annual Meeting.
The day will start
at Wang's Chinese/Asian Restaurant
Oak Harbor Road
The Luncheon will
be a Buffet in the Meeting Room in which the group will
assemble at 1100 hrs. (11:00AM). It is
encouraged that Companions and Dames will invited other
family members and friends to attend not only the lunch but
the entire day. After a great Luncheon with quality social
time together, those attending will depart at approximately
it is only a few blocks to The R.B.Hayes Presidential
Fremont, OH 43420-2796
(see map and
information below by clicking the
At 1300 hrs (1:00PM)
The Commandery of the State of Ohio and Ohio Society of the
DOLLUS, will hold the formal Annual Meeting at the home of
General and President Rutherford B. Hayes. The Business
meeting will be in the Presidential Library for all business
that may come before the assembly of Companion and Dames.
Our Guest Speaker will be Dr. Bradley Keefer of Kent
State University's History Department.
Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
is a complex comprising several buildings related to the
Rutherford B. Hayes.
the center comprises the Rutherford B. Hayes Museum and Library and
an estate encompassing the Hayes home, residence to several
generations of the Hayes family. Opened in 1916, the
Rutherford B. Hayes Center Library
was the first presidential library and one of only three for a
19th-century president. The
Center is supported by the private foundations, the
Ohio Historical Society
and Hayes Presidential Center Inc.
The library holds the 12,000
volume personal library of
Rutherford B. Hayes,
as well as materials relating to his military and political career,
particularly of his presidency from 1877 to 1881. It also contains
70,000 volumes plus newspapers and journals from the time of the
to the eve of
World War I.
The library was built by the
state of Ohio in 1916, and was expanded in 1922 and in 1968. Stephen
A. Hayes, the great-great grandson of President Hayes, is the
President of the Board of Trustees for the Presidential Center.
PCiC Gordon Bury will be speaking at the
Cuyahoga County Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Traditional
Memorial Day Ceremonies May 30th 2014 at noon on Cleveland's Public
Square If you are in the greater Cleveland area, please stop by and
commemorate this solemn day with us...
Support Ohio MOLLUS by purchasing a discounted copy of
The Light of Freedom! Find out more here:
Ohio MOLLUS launches Lincoln At Cleveland website
February through April 2015 we will be co-hosting a mammoth
historical event in downtown Cleveland.
below to read all about it and join
our facebook page!
The three-day program includes visits to the Framingham History
Center, which displays beautifully preserved artifacts of the war
within a restored 1872 Civil War memorial building; a bus tour of
Civil War related locations, including the monument to the first all
African-American regiment (the 54th MA, subject of the film Glory)
at the Bullfinch-designed state capitol; Faneuil Hall, where Daniel
Webster gave his great speech on "Liberty and Union"; and a dinner
at the nearby Wayside Inn, celebrated in Longfellow’s famous "Tales
of the Wayside Inn" (and restored thanks to Henry Ford).The
Congress banquet, at the Framingham Sheraton Hotel and Conference
Center—our headquarters—will feature a period color guard; the
playing of John Philip Sousa’s "Loyal Legion March"; a presentation
by noted mystery writer-historian William K. Martin, Jr., author of
The Lincoln Letter; and a gift to all attendees of the MA
MOLLUS-commissioned book, "Our Forebears and Massachusetts in the
Civil War" (MA MOLLUS, Spring 2014).
time for our Spring Meeting and you're going to enjoy this
event! Join us for a FREE luncheon at the historic Taverne of
Richfield in Richfield, OH for a report from our Commander and an
important update on the Lincoln at Cleveland Events for 2015. Get
all the info right here:
Massachusetts to Host 2014 Congress
Massachusetts Commandery is honored to host the 2014 MOLLUS National
Congress—October 3, 4, 5, 2014—in historic Framingham, site of the
first public singing of Julia Ward Howe’s
Battle Hymn of the Republic. Enjoy Boston Civil War tours,
and wonderful presentations with dinner at the historic Wayside Inn!
Please plan to attend~ You can
read the preliminary event info
Added November 9, 2013
ENORMOUS UNDERTAKING as Plans are being Laid to Celebrate Lincoln
OH: Ohio MOLLUS leadership visited the Cuyahoga County Soldiers and
Sailors Monument and the Old Stone Church in Cleveland today. We are
laying the groundwork for what promises to be a huge April 2015
celebration of the arrival of Lincoln's body by train in Cleveland
in April 1865.
We have partnered with the Cuyahoga County
Soldiers and Sailors Monument and the gallery space at Cleveland's
historic Old Stone Church to host a three-month exhibit of Lincoln
memorabilia in conjunction with the Lincoln Memorial University of
A commemoration worthy of our 16th
President is also being planned for April 28th, 2015; the day
Lincoln's body was brought by train to Cleveland, OH on it way to
This event will be a year-long staging
effort with participants comprised of many military, fraternal and
civil organizations. More details as they become available!
Click any Picture below to view a larger version of these historic
Cleveland sites and events. Please visit our
Facebook page to see a full
collection of pictures from our recent visit to Cleveland
Lincoln Arrives in Cleveland /Old Stone Church /Soldiers Monument
Added November 9, 2013
Ohio MOLUS Hosts National Congress
Ohio Commandery hosted the 128th National Congress of the Military
Order of The Loyal Legion at Lincoln Memorial University in
Tennessee in October.
Among the Commandery representatives participating in the event,
PCiC Gordon Bury served as Master of Ceremonies, welcoming
the guests at the opening banquet. Tim Daley, Director of
Cuyahoga County's Soldiers and Sailors Monument delivered an
excellent presentation on Civil War Prison Camps, North and South.
Robert Rock was awarded a Medal for his participation as a
veteran who served the US Army in Korea. Commander Doc Loomis
delivered the keynote address entitled, The God of War.
Also attending from Ohio were Mrs. Lynne Bury, Elizabeth Rock,
Mary Louise Daley and Madeline Rock (DOLLUS).
The Commander wishes to express a very special thanks to all who
attended from Ohio and especially to PCiC Gordon Bury and his
family for organizing this remarkable event.
A copy of our Ohio Commandery Report to the Congress is available
Click any Picture below to view a larger version of Ohio
Commandery Members at the Congress. Please visit our
Facebook page to see a full
collection of pictures from the conference.
The 2014 Congress will be held October 3-5 in Framinham, Mass.
News Continued from First Column
Added November 08, 2013
New Additions to our Online Library
Thanks to PCiC Gordon Bury for these copies of The Loyal Legion
March composed by none other than John Philip Sousa. You can sing
along on the
Library Page of our website.
Added on October 3, 2013
175th Anniversary Documentary Underway
Tom Vince and Doc Loomis are working together on a documentary to
celebrate the nation's second oldest observatory, the Loomis
Observatory on the grounds of Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, OH.
Housed in a squat three-room brick building on the private school's
campus is the observatory’s original main telescope, a four-inch
refractor built by London, England’s Troughton and Simms. The
building also features a transit observatory with its original
instrument still firmly bolted to its pier. A third telescope, built
by J.W. Fecker of Cleveland, in 1923, stands on a wooden tripod in
the observatory’s office.
The main telescope is no longer used for observing but a plaque at
the door reads, “Elias Loomis and Charles Augustus Young worked in
this observatory, built in 1838, the third to be erected in the
United States and the second oldest now standing (1926).” Loomis was
a prominent astronomer in his day and, as a condition of his coming
to Hudson to teach at the then Western Reserve College, the
observatory was built. Loomis taught and observed in Hudson from
1837 to 1844.Parts of the observatory are still in use by WRA's
Companion Loomis is the 7th Great Grand Nephew of Dr. Loomis. The
documentary should be completed some time next month.
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Added on September 30,2013
Ohio Loyal Legion Attends Rosecrans Dedication
Companions Gordon Bury, Robert Rock and Doc Loomis
September 28th dedication and unveiling of a magnificent memorial to
US General William Starke Rosecrans in his hometown of Sunbury, OH
The larger than life-size equestrian statue honors
an eastern Delaware County hometown hero and provides a monumental
work of art for Sunbury Square. The statue is mounted on a
50,000-pound granite glacial boulder set in place in July of
The Rosecrans statue is the second Civil War
equestrian statue in Ohio; an equestrian statue in Somerset
memorializes General Phil Sheridan.
Tom Paul, who portrays General Rosecrans,
spearheaded the group’s effort to put a statue of the Kingston
Township native who became a Civil War General on Sunbury Square;
Zanesville native Alan Cottrill was selected to make the sculpture.
The Loyal Legion marched in the
Military parade with other
dignitaries, veterans and current military personnel down Cherry
an on to the square where over 40 members of the Rosecrans family
were seated to witness the unveiling.
Commandery was one of many donors who made this
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Added on September
Attention to Orders:
Ohio Commandery of the
Military Order of the Loyal Legion
At 1300 Hrs September 14, the Commandery of the State of Ohio and
the Ohio Society of the DOLLUS, held their formal Annual Meeting at
the home of General and President Rutherford
B. Hayes near Fremont, OH. Among other items offered for
consideration, the Commandery elected the following slate of
officers for the next two years:
David M (Doc) Loomis
Senior Vice Commander Peter J.
Junior Vice Commander Michael A. Christian
Recorder/Treasurer Gordon R. Bury
Chaplain, Keith Ashley
It is further agreed that the appointed positions be
continued for the next two years
Assistant Recorder, Robert E.
Web Master, David M Loomis
Special thanks were also offered for our, now, Past Commander,
Companion Keith Ashley and Recorder (And PC) Companion Gordon R.
Our Spring Meeting date and location will be announced in mid
Added on August
OHIO MOLLUS Fall (Annual) Meeting
Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
Fremont, OH 43420
Added on July 21. 2013
of the Zimmerman-Bury Octagon House of Marshallville, Ohio recently
returned from the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg
where Gordon was one of 30 individuals from across the country who
were honored and presented a special
medallion and a citation from The Pennsylvania State Senate.
The Battle of Gettysburg lauded as one of the most significant
battles of the American Civil War and one of the most important
battles ever fought on American soil. The battle is often referred
to as the High Water Mark, High Tide, or the Turning Point of the
American Civil War. The one hundredth anniversary of the Battle of
Gettysburg was held on July 1 to 3, 1963, and the one hundredth
fiftieth anniversary was held July 1 to 3, 2013. Gordon Bury was
among a very limited and special group of reenactors who had the
honor and privilege of participating in both anniversary
reenactments. This is a significant achievement for honoring our
veterans and our American heritage and for educating the American
Therefore, the Senate of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania commended
the 30 participants of the Gettysburg National Reenactments for
their unique achievement to our country and to their fellows
citizens, who have a better understanding of our American heritage
and history due to their contributions.
Additionally Gordon was active throughout the past 50 years and was
involved in staging a number of the Gettysburg anniversary
reeanactmnets in 1973, 1983, 1988. 1993, 1998, 2003, and 2008.
He is a Past Commander-in-Chief of the Sons of Union Veterans of the
Civil War, a Past Commander-in-Chief of the Military Order of the
Loyal Legion of the United States, past president of the Wayne
County Civil War Roundtable, and over a 50 year member of the
Cuyahoga Valley Civil War Roundtable.
Gordon served on the Presidential Commission for the BiCentennial of
the Abraham Lincoln Birthday and was a featured historical speaker
for the Lincoln Memorial rededication in 2009. As a National and
International speaker on an array of topics relating to the American
Civil War, Gordon is currently available to speak to groups,
organizations, and clubs. Gordon maybe contacted at 330-855-4251.
Added on May 28. 2013
128th Congress Information
Here is the preliminary scheduling
information for the 128th Congress in October 2013 hosted by Ohio MOLLUS (Click the Pic to enlarge)
Added on May 28. 2013
Spring Meeting in Carrollton, OH Visiting the House of the Fighting
We had a lovely afternoon visiting
with MOLLUS members.
The renovations and
new displays at the house were
worth the visit too. We also had the
opportunity to reconnect with the
retired curator that we worked with
25 years ago!
A happy day for the Ohio Commandery of MOLLUS. And also the 150th anniversary of the bugle call "Taps" which was rendered
with great emotion by our
Commander, Keith Ashley.
In Related News
Added August 19, 2013
Never-seen-before McCook photos included in album donated to museum
May 14, 2013
A family heirloom will become part of
the McCook House collection May 18
when the museum opens for the summer
A McCook Family photo album featuring
never before seen photos will be
presented at 1 p.m. as a permanent
display in McCook House Civil
War Museum located on Public Square in
photo album is being donated by the David Holmes family of Marietta,
GA, many of who will be in attendance
at the presentation. The album was presented to Holmes’ great great
grandmother by Daniel McCook in July
1862, exactly one year before his
death. The donation coincides with the
150th anniversary of Daniel McCook’s
death at Buffington Island, OH, fighting
John Hunt Morgan’s raiders.
The inscription on the album cover
reads, “To Mrs. S.C. Smoot by Her Friend
and Relative Daniel McCook July
The album contains numerous portraits
of family members, many in Civil War uniforms. One picture shows
Daniel standing alongside his treasured Henry
rifle, which is on permanent display
at the museum.
A weekend celebration will be held May
17-19 with activities scheduled
Saturday. The 29th Ohio Volunteer
Infantry will set up a small encampment
on the McCook House lawn. A “School
of the Soldier” will be held as Union
soldiers recruit new members. New
recruits will go through the enlistment
process, learn to march and perform
drills on Public Square.
Members of the Military Order of Loyal
the Legion of the United States
(MOLLUS) are scheduled to meet on the
sleep porch at the McCook
House at 2 p.m. On 15 April 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
A mass meeting of Philadelphia
veterans was held on 20 April 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 (MOLLUS), first
appeared in a notice calling a meeting
on 31 May 1865 at Independence Hall.
With the eventual aging of the Original Companions, membership
MOLLUS was eventually changed to
provide for Hereditary Companions;
descendants of eligible officers. Many
Original Companions of MOLLUS
were also members of the Grand Army of
the Republic (GAR). Similarly,
many Hereditary Companions of MOLLUS
are currently also members of
the Sons of Union Veterans of the
Civil War, the legal heir to the GAR.
The Military Order of the Loyal Legion
of the United States is composed
of a National Commandery-in-Chief and
individual state Commanderies.
There are currently 18 Commanderies
and one Provisional Commandery.
The Ohio Commandery was created May 3,
The principal objectives of MOLLUS are
to foster military and naval
science, promote allegiance to the
United States government,
perpetuate the memory of those who
fought to preserve the unity
and indivisibility of the Republic and
to honor the memory and promote
the ideals of President Abraham
Lincoln. For more information on the
Ohio Commandery of MOLLUS, visit
search the web site index link.
The McCook House Civil War Museum will
be open Friday, Saturday
and Sunday from May 17 through Labor
Day, then Saturdays and
Sundays through the second weekend in
October. Hours are 10 a.m. to
5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1-5
For more information, visit
www.carrollcountyohio.com or call the
McCook House Civil War museum at
330-627-3345 and leave a message.
MOLLUS at CW Leadership Conference
Ohio MOLLUS at National Congress
Ohio MOLLUS Fall 2012 Meeting
Fall meeting of the Ohio
Commandery MOLLUS was held
attended the annual POW/MIA
remembrance ceremonies at
the National Cemetery in Seville, OH.
A luncheon at the Rittman
followed with a business meeting
and outstanding presentation
entitled ": A Brief Survey of
Civil War Prison Camps, both
South by MOLLUS
member Tim Daley
Information or to RSVP any event, please Contact
Gordon R. Bury,
Rd. Marshallville, OH 44645