MILITARY ORDER OF THE LOYAL LEGION
OF THE
UNITED STATES
OHIO COMMANDERY

Welcome to the home page of the Ohio Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. As you will see, the Order is one of the oldest veterans/hereditary organizations still in existence in the country. Please read over our history and our role today. We would appreciate hearing from you and about your officer ancestors who helped save the Union in 1861 - 1865.

The Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States is 501(c)(10) organization and is approved (1974) by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as an organization to which tax deductible gifts can be made pursuant to Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code, provided that said contribution are used exclusively for the Charitable purposes specified in section 170(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. The MOLLUS also maintains a Loyal Legion Memorial Fund Trust which is a 501(c)(3) organization and is approved (1967) by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as an organization to which tax deductible gifts can be made pursuant to Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.

OHIO COMMANDERY OFFICERS:

Commander
Rt. Rev. David M. (Doc) Loomis
3188 State Rd
Medina, OH 44256
Telephone: 330-990-9475
E-mail: hudsonanglican@yahoo.com

Senior Vice Commander
Peter J. Hritsko
12710 Darrow Rd
Vermillion, OH 44089

Junior Vice Commander
Michael A. Christian
4602 Kevin Ct.
Jeffersonville, IN 47130

Recorder/Treasurer
Gordon R. Bury, PCinC
10095 Wadsworth Road
Marshallville, OH 44645
Telephone: 330-855-4251
E-mail: ohiomollus@aol.com

Assistant Recorder
Robert E. Rock
68 West Marion St.
Doylestown, OH 44230
Telephone: 330-658-8045
E-mail: MOLLUSJOURNAL@aol.com

Chaplain
Keith D. Ashley
34465 Crew Road
Pomeroy, OH 45769
Telephone: 740-992-7874



Brief History


On 15 April 1865, as word of President Abraham Lincoln's death spread throughout the country, three Union Army officer friends met in Philadelphia to discuss the tragic news. Rumors from Washington of a conspiracy to destroy the Federal government by assassination of its leaders prompted the three officers to form an organization that could help thwart future threats to the national government.

A mass meeting of Philadelphia veterans was held on 20 April 1865 to pledge renewed allegiance to the Union and to plan for participation in the funeral arrangements for the President. The Philadelphia officers, who served as an honor guard for President Lincoln's funeral cortege, met again after the funeral was over to establish a permanent organization of officers and former officers patterned after the Society of Cincinnati established after the Revolutionary War. The name they chose, the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS), first appeared in a notice calling a meeting on 31 May 1865 at Independence Hall.

Since its inception, the MOLLUS membership has included nearly 12,000 Civil War officers. At its zenith, MOLLUS counted practically every prominent officer among its ranks. Among them were Generals Ulysses S. Grant, William T. Sherman; Lt. Generals Philip H. Sheridan, George Armstrong Custer, Nelson A. Miles and John M. Schofield; Major General Winfield Scott Hancock, George B. McClellan, Rutherford B. Hayes, David McMurtie Gregg and Grenville M. Dodge; Admiral David G. Farragut; Rear Admirals Bancroft Gherardi and George W. Melville. In addition to Ulysses S. Grant and Rutherford B. Hayes, Original Companions Chester A. Arthur, Benjamin Harrison and William McKinley served as Presidents of the United States.

With the eventual aging of the Original Companions, membership within MOLLUS was eventually changed to provide for Hereditary Companions; descendants of eligible officers. Many Original Companions of MOLLUS were also members of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR). Similarly, many Hereditary Companions of MOLLUS are currently also members of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, the legal heir to the GAR.

The Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States is composed of a National Commandery-in-Chief and individual state Commanderies. There are currently 18 Commanderies and one Provisional Commandery. The Ohio Commandery was created May 3, 1882.

Objectives of the Order

Objectives - The principal objectives of MOLLUS are to foster military and naval science, promote allegiance to the United States government, perpetuate the memory of those who fought to preserve the unity and indivisibility of the Republic and to honor the memory and promote the ideals of President Abraham Lincoln.

Each year MOLLUS sponsors and participates in a variety of ceremonies and programs designed to promote its Objectives, including:

Membership

There are currently three categories of membership within the Ohio Commandery: Hereditary, Junior and Associate.

Hereditary - Direct male descendants of the age of 18 years or more of a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, Navy or Marines who served during the War of the Rebellion, or male descendants of a brother or sister of any such officer.

Junior - Direct male descendants under age 18 years of an eligible officer or of a brother or sister of any such eligible officer. Junior Companions cannot vote or hold office.

Associate - A male 18 years or older who does not have an eligible ancestor.

Additional membership information may be obtained by going to our interactive Membership Information Request form.

Internet Published Ohio Commandery, MOLLUS War Papers

SKETCHES OF WAR HISTORY 1861 - 1865, PAPERS PREPARED FOR THE STATE OF OHIO COMMANDERY OF THE MILITARY ORDER OF THE LOYAL LEGION OF THE UNITED STATES, VOLUME 1, 1888 (Complete Volume Digitized by Google 2007)

SKETCHES OF WAR HISTORY 1861 - 1865, PAPERS PREPARED FOR THE STATE OF OHIO COMMANDERY OF THE MILITARY ORDER OF THE LOYAL LEGION OF THE UNITED STATES, VOLUME 2, 1888 (Complete Volume Digitized by Google 2007)

SKETCHES OF WAR HISTORY 1861 - 1865, PAPERS PREPARED FOR THE STATE OF OHIO COMMANDERY OF THE MILITARY ORDER OF THE LOYAL LEGION OF THE UNITED STATES, VOLUME 4, 1896 (Complete Volume Digitized by Google 2007)

SKETCHES OF WAR HISTORY 1861 - 1865, PAPERS PREPARED FOR THE STATE OF OHIO COMMANDERY OF THE MILITARY ORDER OF THE LOYAL LEGION OF THE UNITED STATES, VOLUME 5, 1903 (Complete Volume Digitized by Google 2007)

SKETCHES OF WAR HISTORY 1861 - 1865, PAPERS PREPARED FOR THE STATE OF OHIO COMMANDERY OF THE MILITARY ORDER OF THE LOYAL LEGION OF THE UNITED STATES, VOLUME 6, 1908 (Complete Volume Digitized by Google 2007)


Published Loyal Legion Vignettes by Ohio Commandery Companions

Additional On-line Resources

Past Commanders of the Ohio Commandery

National Home Page, Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States
National Home Page, Dames of the Loyal Legion of the United States
National Home Page, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center



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