Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. Commandery of the State of Massachusetts

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The Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States was established in Philadelphia on 1865 April 15 as an organization of officers who fought for the Union during the Civil War. Among its stated purposes was "to cherish the memories and associations of the war" and to "strengthen the ties of fraternal fellowship and sympathy formed by companionship-in-arms." The Commandery of the State of Massachusetts was instituted on 1868 March 4. Activities included social gatherings; the presentation of historical papers on the war; and the collection of books, manuscripts, photographs, and memorabilia.

From the description of Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States Civil War Commandery of the State of Massachusetts collection: 1724-1933 (inclusive), 1861-1912 (bulk). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612702538

The Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS) was established in Philadelphia on 15 April 1865 as an organization of officers who fought for the Union during the Civil War. Among its stated purposes was "to cherish the memories and associations of the war" and to "strengthen the ties of fraternal fellowship and sympathy formed by companionship-in-arms." The Commandery of the State of Massachusetts was instituted on 4 March 1868. Activities included social gatherings; the presentation of historical papers on the war; and the collection of books, manuscripts, photographs, and memorabilia.

Patriotic cover art began to be produced extensively in the United States from the earliest days of the Civil War. Printing firms in both the North and the South produced these covers including lithographed images printed (or occasionally embossed) on envelopes depicting satires of enemy politicians and generals, tributes to heroism, and a huge variety of other patriotic images using caricatures, allegories, slogans, portraits, etc. relating to Civil War events and personalities. The envelopes were intended to be used and they would show the patriotic feeling of the sender, or would express a particular political sentiment, often of a propaganda nature. The great majority of designs were created and sold during the war from 1861 to 1865, however some were also produced after the war, apparently for collectors.

From the description of Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States Commandery of the State of Massachusetts collection: Patriotic covers, ca. 1861-1865. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612767982

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creatorOf Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. Commandery of the State of Massachusetts. Massachusetts MOLLUS papers, 1861-ca. 1930. U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center
creatorOf Blackford, B. L. (Benjamin Lewis). Map of country between N.E. Cape-Fear River and Topsail sound / made under the direction of Capt. Wm. H. James, Chf. Engineer, by B.L. Blackford, Top. Eng.rs. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
referencedIn Rogers Memorial Collection: Henry Munroe Rogers papers, 1812-1937 (bulk: 1862-1937) Houghton Library
referencedIn Rand, Arnold A. (Arnold Augustus), 1837-1917. Arnold A. Rand letter, 1894. Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
referencedIn John Read papers, 1853-1915. Houghton Library
referencedIn Hutchinson, Calvin Gibbs, ca.1836-ca. 1912. Papers of Calvin Gibbs Hutchinson, 1862-1912, (bulk 1862-1864). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. Commandery of the State of Massachusetts,. Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States Commandery of the State of Massachusetts collection: Patriotic covers, ca. 1861-1865. Houghton Library
creatorOf Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. Commandery of the State of Massachusetts,. Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States Civil War Commandery of the State of Massachusetts collection: 1724-1933 (inclusive), 1861-1912 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States Commandery of the State of Massachusetts Civil War collection, 1724-1933 (inclusive);, 1861-1912 (bulk). Houghton Library
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associatedWith Aguinaldo, Emilio, 1869-1964. person
associatedWith Andersonville Prison. corporateBody
associatedWith Blackford, B. L. (Benjamin Lewis) person
associatedWith Cluseret, Gustave Paul, 1823-1900, person
associatedWith Confederate States of America. Army corporateBody
associatedWith Eldredge, D. b. 1840 or 41. person
associatedWith Gray, Robert H. person
associatedWith Haines, John M., b. ca. 1841. person
associatedWith Hall, William Ware. person
associatedWith Hamlin, Augustus C. 1829-1905. person
associatedWith Hancock, Winfield Scott, 1824-1886, person
associatedWith Harris, Wesley T., 1836-1911. person
associatedWith Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911. person
associatedWith Hutchinson, Calvin Gibbs, ca.1836-ca. 1912. person
associatedWith Macy, George Nelson, person
associatedWith McPherson, James Birdseye, 1828-1864, person
correspondedWith Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. Commandery of the State of Massachusetts, collector. corporateBody
associatedWith Peabody, Ezra Brown, 1820-1894. person
associatedWith Rand, Arnold A. (Arnold Augustus), 1837-1917. person
associatedWith Read, John, 1840-1915 person
correspondedWith Rogers, Henry Munroe, 1839-1937 person
associatedWith Tracy, Henry A. person
associatedWith United States. Army. Maine Infantry Regiment, 4th (1861-1864) corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Army. Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 12th (1861-1864) corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Army. Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 13th (1861-1864) corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Army. Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 20th (1861-1865) corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Army. Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 31st (1861-1865) corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Army. Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 35th (1862-1865) corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Army. Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 44th (1862-1863) corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Army. Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 54th (1863-1865) corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Army. Massachusetts Light Artillery Battery, 11th (1864-1865) corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Army. Massachusetts Light Artillery Battery, 1st (1861-1864) corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Army. New Hampshire Infantry Regiment, 3d (1861-1865) corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Army. Rhode Island Infantry Regiment, 5th (1861-1863) corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Army. South Carolina Volunteers, 1st (1862-1864) corporateBody
associatedWith United States Sanitary Commission. corporateBody
associatedWith Wells, George Duncan, 1826-1864, person
associatedWith Wiggin, John G. person
associatedWith Wild, Edward Augustus, 1825-1891, person
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United States
United States
Massachusetts
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Chancellorsville, Battle of, Chancellorsville, Va., 1863
Caricatures and cartoons
Veterans
Soldiers--Correspondence
Veterans--Societies, etc
Political cartoons
African American soldiers--Correspondence
Envelopes (Stationery)
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Collectors

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