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CWLR – Website Jan. 2019
Civil War Lodge of Research #1865 AF&AM was conceived in an association formed among Civil War re-enactors who found they not only shared an interest in the Civil War, but also in Freemasonry. As their associations and friendships grew, it was not enough to meet only on the field. They began to desire to meet as Brothers, in a regular tiled Lodge; their Lodge. For this to be a traveling lodge, with stated communications on a Civil War battlefield or other location of historical significance would be even better. Through the necessary processes, the Grand Lodge of Virginia granted a charter on November 14th, 1995 establishing the Civil War Lodge of Research No. 1865 AF&AM.
Membership in the CWLR was not limited to only the Freemasons of Virginia. Freemasons from all jurisdictions interested in the Civil War were encouraged to petition the Lodge. Currently its members reside in approximately 32 states, the District of Columbia, and seven other countries.
The lodge meets on four Saturdays through the year, and does not always meet in the state of Virginia, but being Chartered by the Grand Lodge of Virginia, all work is performed to Virginia Masonic Ritual. Being a Research Lodge it does not initiate.
Although most of the stated communications are in Virginia, it has also traveled to places of Civil War significance as Gettysburg, Pa.; Franklin, Tennessee; Mobile, Alabama; New Bern, North Carolina; Charleston, South Carolina; and Philadelphia, Baltimore and New York cities to name a few. It has met on several battlefields at Gettysburg, Antietam, Chancellorsville, Fredericksburg, Appomattox, Harpers Ferry, New Bern and Fort Gaines. It has had the honor and privilege to lay a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. Since its beginning, CWLR#1865 has honored many Civil War heroes of both the North and the South.
We have learned that several times Masonic Lodges were saved from fire or destruction, on both sides, and by both sides by a guard or officer who happened to be a Mason. Brothers nursed, healed and buried Brothers wearing a different color uniform. Lodges in the South with Southern Lodge Officers would raise to the Subline Degree of Master Mason a Northern soldier. Enemies by day; brothers by night. Brothers when in need.
That’s our history. What about the future. Our reason for being a Lodge now is the same as 1995 – to bring together Brothers who have an interest in Freemasonry and in the American Civil War and especially to learn of Masonic involvement and Brotherly love in that war.
If you would like more information about the Civil War Lodge of Research #1865 A.F. & A.M. please contact us. If you are a Master Mason, you are invited to join us at our stated communications. Our schedule of events and petitions can be found elseware on this website.
Thank you for your interest in the Civil War Lodge of Research #1865 AF&AM