|Volume LIX||January 2012||Number 1|
Confederation of Union Generals
Masonic brethren from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Florida and Oregon attended a recent gathering of the Confederation of Union Generals (COUG) at Old Bedford Village, Bedford, Pa. Each of these brothers portrays a Union officer who fought during the American Civil War. First and foremost historians, each COUG member researches "his" officer for many months or years before even taking the portrayal public and at his own expense. Members do not request to be paid, but do their presentations out of their love for history and the knowledge they can share with the public.
According to the COUG website, the organization's mission is "to authentically portray historical figures from the American Civil War era in order to educate the public and honor the service and sacrifice of the persons so portrayed; to aid and promote efforts to preserve the hallowed ground upon which the conflict was waged; and to communicate and celebrate the history of the period, thereby preserving our common heritage."Left-right: Bro. Joseph Kukula, Garfield Lodge No. 559, Du Bois, Pa., portraying Brig. Gen. Alexander Hays, who was a member of Allegheny Lodge No. 223, Pa.; Bro. Mike Seeley, Winter Park Lodge No. 239, Longwood, Fla., portraying Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan, who was a member of Williamette Lodge No. 2, Portland, Ore.; Bro. Michael Riley, Lodge No. 43, Lancaster, Pa., portraying Maj. Gen. John F. Reynolds; Bro. John L. Warsing, P.M., Moshannon Lodge No. 391, Philipsburg, Pa., portraying Major Jonathan Letterman, Medical Director of the Army of the Potomac; Bro. Ken Kickerbocker, Winter Park Lodge No. 239, Longwood, Fla., portraying Brig. Gen. James A. Garfield, P.M., Pentalpha Lodge No. 23, Columbia, Ohio, who later became President of the United States; Bro. Joseph Funk, Mount Vernon Lodge No. 151, Md., portraying Maj. Gen. Godfrey Weitzel, USV; Bro. Daniel Moran, Patmos Lodge No. 348, Hanover, Pa., portraying Brig. Gen. John Rawlins, USA, who later became a member of Lodge No. 273, Galena, Ill.; and Bro. William Fuza, Seaport Lodge No. 7, Cannon Beach, Ore., portraying Maj.Gen. Alfred Pleasonton, USV, Franklin Lodge No. 134, Philadelphia.
Supporting Those Who Served Us
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