Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United StatesAmerican Legion}}
The Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS), or simply the Loyal Legion is a United States patriotic order organized on April 15, 1865, by three veteran officers of the U.S. Army. The original membership was composed of commissioned officers of the Army, U.S. Navy, or U.S. Marine Corps who served during the American Civil War, or who had served and thereafter been commissioned and who thereby "had aided in maintaining the honor, integrity, and supremacy of the national movement" during the Civil War.
The Loyal Legion was formed in response to rumors from Washington of a conspiracy to destroy the United States government by the assassination of its leaders in the immediate aftermath of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. The founding members stated their purpose as cherishing the memories and associations of the war waged in defense of the unity and indivisibility of the Republic; the strengthening of the ties of fraternal fellowship and sympathy formed by companionship in arms; the relief of the widows and children of dead companions of the order; and the advancement of the general welfare of the soldiers and sailors of the United States. The veterans' organization became a hereditary society after the original officers died off. The modern organization is composed of men who are direct descendants, nephews, or first cousins of these officers (hereditary members), and also other men who share the ideals of the Order (Associate members), who collectively are considered "Companions". A female auxiliary, Dames of the Loyal Legion of the United States (DOLLUS), was formed in 1899 and accepted as an affiliate in 1915. Provided by Wikipedia
23Abraham Lincoln : Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, Commandery of the state of Pennsylvania, memorial meeting, February 13, 1918.Published 1918“...Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. Pennsylvania Commandery...”
Connect to the full text of this electronic book