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The Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS).
I am proud and honored to be a member of MOLLUS, representing my great-grandfather, Lieutenant Thomas S. Armstrong of the 122nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry that fought to preserve the Union in the American Civil War.
Welcome to the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS).
A mass meeting of Philadelphia veterans was held on April 20, 1865 to pledge renewed allegiance to the Union and to plan for participation in the funeral arrangements for President Abraham Lincoln. 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, first appeared in a notice calling a meeting on May 31, 1865 at Independence Hall.
Since its inception, the MOLLUS membership has included nearly 12,000 Civil War officers. At its zenith, the MOLLUS counted practically every prominent officer among its ranks. Among them were Generals Ulysses S. Grant, William T. Sherman, Philip H. Sheridan, John M. Schofield, Winfield Scott Hancock, George B. McClellan, Rutherford B. Hayes, George Armstrong Custer, and Admiral David G. Farragut. In addition to Ulysses S. Grant and Rutherford B. Hayes, Chester A. Arthur, Benjamin Harrison and William McKinley served as Presidents of the United States.
The principal objectives of the Loyal Legion are to perpetuate the memory of those who fought to preserve the unity and indivisibility of the United States. We do this by memorializing events of the Civil War by furthering the study of military and naval science with ROTC awards; by promoting research and writing about Lincoln and the Civil War through presentation of literary awards; by erecting, restoring, and maintaining plaques and monuments commemorating events and personalities of the Civil War; by supporting efforts to preserve Civil War battlefields and sites; by supporting the Civil War Library and Museum; by publishing a quarterly journal; and by engaging in other patriotic and educational activities.