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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (14 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael A. Halleran Narrator: Jack Chekijian Publisher: University Press Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The first in-depth study of the Freemasons during the Civil War

One of the enduring yet little-examined themes in Civil War lore is the widespread belief that on the field of battle and afterward, members of Masonic lodges would give aid and comfort to wounded or captured enemy Masons, often at great personal sacrifice and danger. This work is a deeply researched examination of the recorded, practical effects of Freemasonry among Civil War participants on both sides.

From first-person accounts culled from regimental histories, diaries, and letters, Michael A. Halleran has constructed an overview of 19th-century American freemasonry in general and Masonry in the armies of both North and South in particular, and provided telling examples of how Masonic brotherhood worked in practice. Halleran details the response of the fraternity to the crisis of secession and war, and examines acts of assistance to enemies on the battlefield and in POW camps.

The author examines carefully the major Masonic stories from the Civil War, in particular the myth that Confederate Lewis A. Armistead made the Masonic sign of distress as he lay dying at the high-water mark of Pickett's charge at Gettysburg.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by John Miles | 7/8/2013

    " Excellent book about the Fraternity during the Civil War and how fraternal ties crossed the battlelines "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bretton | 8/21/2012

    " This book recounts many acts of kindness and civility from both Union and Confederate Freemasons during the Civil War. Very readable! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by David Baker | 6/21/2012

    " Just started reading this book. I find it very interesting so far. "

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