Volume LIXJanuary 2012Number 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

Labor Day 2011 saw the partial arrival of the anticipated ground breaking ceremony for the Lower Makefield Veterans Square Memorial. Due to inclement weather, the official ground breaking was delayed until Veterans Day, but the planned celebration was still able to proceed, due in part to the continued support and sponsorship of Newtown Lodge No. 427, Woodside.

The event was held at the Lower Bucks Masonic Hall adjacent to the planned Veterans Square at the intersection of Edgewood and Heacock Roads, Lower Makefield. The large crowd listened to a concert and several speakers, which included Pennsylvania Representative for the 31st District Bro. Steve Santarsiero, member of Newtown Lodge No. 427, and representatives from the Lower Makefield Veteran Square Committee. The event raised almost $5,000 for the memorial.

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