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Added August 13, 2014


Speaker Announced for Fall Annual Meeting

Dr. Bradley Keefer

Associate Professor, History, Kent State University.


Prof. 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 rotating basis.

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.


Added August 1, 2014



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 1114 Oak Harbor Road Fremont, OH 43420 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 1245hrs (12:45PM).

From Wang's it is only a few blocks to The R.B.Hayes Presidential Library at1337 Hayes Ave., Fremont, OH 43420-2796 (see map and information below by clicking the hi-lited link).

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.



The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is a complex comprising several buildings related to the life and presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes. Located in Fremont, Ohio, the center comprises the Rutherford B. Hayes Museum and Library and Spiegel Grove, 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 Civil War 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.



Added April 30, 2014


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...



Added April 28, 2015


Spring Meeting is Well-Attended

There was a full house and a full agenda as Ohio MOLLUS and DOLLUS gathered at the historic Taverne of Richfield for a working luncheon.


Reports from the Commander, Recorder and the Lincoln at Cleveland Team made for an information-packed afternoon as our Commandery sails full sheet  into 2015. As always we were honored with several members of DOLLUS and a number of very special guests.


We also welcomed new Companions, Dr. James Dawson and Mr. Ted Dudra.



Added March 4, 2015


Support Ohio MOLLUS by purchasing a discounted copy of

The Light of Freedom! Find out more here:



Added April 28, 2015

Ohio MOLLUS launches Lincoln At Cleveland website


February through April 2015 we will be co-hosting a mammoth historical event in downtown Cleveland.


Click below to read all about it and join our facebook page!




Fall Congress in Framingham, MA October 3-5, 2014


The event brochure for our coming Fall Congress is now available online.

You can view it here.

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).

Added March 3, 2014


OHIO MOLLUS Spring Meeting!


It's 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: mollus spring.pdf


Added March 2, 2014


First of two Ohio ROTC Awards Presented



Congratulations to Cadet Christopher Messer of Ohio State University's ROTC Corp for being awarded the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United State's Medal of Merit. The medal is awarded to one ROTC Cadet each year who has attained the highest levels of "Academic Achievement and Leadership Potential" This year's medal was presented by Ohio Commander Doc Loomis at a ceremony at OSU on February 27th.


Cadet Messer hales from Georgia, Vermont and will be heading to Fort Benning after he finishes his senior year as a Buckeye.


Please pray that God protects Chris in his service to our country.



Added January 17, 2014

Massachusetts to Host 2014 Congress

The 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 HERE (pdf)

Added January 15, 2014


Lincoln Events in DC planned

MOLLUS Midwinter meeting February 10-12


3 days filled with luncheons, wreath layings, nationally recognized speakers and a glorious celebration the the birthday of our 16th President. Our 2014 Midwinter meeting coincides with this event.


Download the event guide here:





Added November 9, 2013


ENORMOUS UNDERTAKING as Plans are being Laid to Celebrate Lincoln Train


Cleveland, 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 Harrogate, TN.


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 Springfield, IL.


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


The 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 here


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.




Loomis               Bury                   Daley                 Rock


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


Companions 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 Astronomy Club.


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 attended the 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 last year.

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 Street an on to the square where over 40 members of the Rosecrans family were seated to witness the unveiling.

The Ohio Commandery was one of many donors who made this

memorial possible.


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Added on September 14,2013


Attention to Orders:

The 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 Ru
therford B. Hayes near Fremont, OH. Among other items offered for consideration, the Commandery elected the following slate of officers for the next two years:

Commander David M (Doc) Loomis

Senior Vice Commander Peter J. Hritsko, Jr
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. Rock,

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. Bury.

Our Spring Meeting date and location will be announced in mid November.



Added on August 19,2013


OHIO MOLLUS Fall (Annual) Meeting

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center

Spiegel Grove
Fremont, OH 43420

(419) 332-2081 



Added on July 21. 2013

Gordon Bury Honored

Gordon Bury 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 o
ur American heritage and for educating the American Public.

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

Ohio MOLLUS Spring Meeting

Ohio MOLLUS Spring Meeting in Carrollton, OH  Visiting the House of the Fighting McCook's.

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

FPS staff report

A family heirloom will become part of the McCook House collection May 18

when the museum opens for the summer season.


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 Carrollton.  


The 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 1862.” 


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 national government.


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 within

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, 1882.


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 and

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 p.m. Sunday. 


For more information, visit or call the

McCook House Civil War museum at 330-627-3345 and leave a message.

Added October 29, 2012


MOLLUS at CW Leadership Conference

The Ohio Commandery of MOLLUS was represented this past weekend at the Ohio Civil War Reenacting Leadership Conference with a membership table and display. Please visit our "Apply" page for more information about becoming a member.
Added October 29, 2012


Ohio MOLLUS at National Congress

Two Ohio Commandery MOLLUS members traveled to Rhode Island last week for the National Congress of MOLLUS. The Ohio Commandery is pleased to announce that they will host the next National Congress in October of 2013 at the Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee



Added September 29, 2012


Ohio MOLLUS Fall 2012 Meeting


The Fall meeting of the Ohio

Commandery MOLLUS was held

on September 22nd. Members

attended the annual POW/MIA

remembrance ceremonies at

the National Cemetery in Seville, OH.

A luncheon at the Rittman Diner

followed with a business meeting

and outstanding presentation

entitled ": A Brief Survey of

Civil War Prison Camps, both

North and South by MOLLUS

member Tim Daley




For More Information or to RSVP any event, please Contact

Gordon R. Bury, PCinC

10095 Wadsworth Rd. Marshallville, OH 44645