The Rev. Canon Robert Girard Carroon served as Commander-in-Chief of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS) from 1995 to 1997. He is descended from six Union Army officers and one Naval Officer. Among the Union Officers is his great grandfather, Lt. John Arbuckle of the 61st Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry and his great great uncle, First Assistant Engineer John Carroon, US Navy.
Dr. Carroon is the author of three books on Civil War subjects including UNION BLUE: The History of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion. He joined the MOLLUS in 1970 through the Ohio Commandery and subsequently re-organized the Wisconsin Commandery in which he served as Senior Vice Commander. After moving to Connecticut, he re-organized the Connecticut Commandery, serving as Commander. Subsequently he served the Commandery-in-Chief as a member of the Council and as Junior Vice and Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief before becoming Commander-in-Chief.
Canon Carroon has written numerous articles on the history of the Civil War many of which are published in the Loyal Legion Journal. In 2010, he was awarded the Rutherford B. Hayes Cup, the highest award given by the MOLLUS for service to the MOLLUS. He was the first recipient of the award.
Father Carroon is a native of Missouri and was raised in Indiana. He graduated from Indiana State University and subsequently earned graduate degrees from Nashotah House Theological Seminary, the University of Wisconsin, and Sussex University. He has written articles on religious history and after his ordination in 1962 served in parishes in the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Milwaukee, including a term as Dean of All Saints Cathedral as well as Historiographer of the Diocese of Milwaukee and Curator of Research Collections of the Milwaukee County Historical Society. In 1981, he became Director of the Litchfield Historical Society in Litchfield, Connecticut and in 1984, Historiographer and Archivist of the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut. He retired from that position in 2004 and then served for four years as Director of Scholarship Programs for the Society for the Increase of the Ministry. He served the National Episcopal Church for five terms as a Deputy to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church and for nine years was secretary of the Board of Archives of the Episcopal Church. In 1998, he was awarded the Canon John W. Davis Award for his service to archives and history of the Episcopal Church. Father Carroon is a Canon of Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford and Sr. Associate Priest of Grace Episcopal Church in Hartford. He also is the Historiographer of the Diocese of Connecticut.
Dr. Carroon is active in a number of historical and genealogical societies including the Society of the Cincinnati (President of the Connecticut Society, 2007-2010), Society of Colonial Wars (Chaplain General for 26 years), Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (Past Department Commander and Past National Chaplain), Military Order of the Stars and Bars (Chapter Commander and Past Chaplain General), Society of the War of 1812 (Chaplain General), Order of the First World War (National Sr. Vice Commander), Order of the Founders and Patriots of America (Past Chaplain General), and Sons of the American Revolution (Past Genealogist General and Past President of the Wisconsin and Connecticut Societies). He also is a Past President of the Connecticut Society of Genealogists.
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