Saturday, May 9, 2009

Here’s an Interesting Masonic Educational Tidbit……….

Who were the two Masonic Brothers who exchanged cannon fire that started the American Civil War? And where did the battle take place?
· Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard, Master Mason- Knight Templar New Orleans Louisiana
· Union Major Robert Anderson, Master Mason Trenton New Jersey
· The battle took place on April 12-13, 1861 at Fort Sumter South Carolina.
Here a few facts that are not commonly known about them or the battle.
· General Beauregard and Major Anderson knew each other very well. As a matter of fact Major Anderson was Beauregard’s Instructor at the US ARMY military academy West Point before the war.
· Approximately one month before the battle, they exchanged gifts of cigars and whiskey.
· The battle itself lasted over 34 hours.
· Thousands of Artillery rounds were fired at each other AND……..
· No lives were lost on either side.

This is just one of many such short articles I have written with Grand Lodge Education Officer Ed Halpaus and Glen Kiecker, a fellow lodge member of mine, and we both cheerfully serve on the Grand Lodge Education Committee together.
If you like short articles like this, you’re going to love our Masonic Monday Questions and answers at
Once you go to the site, you can sit at your leisure and pick and choose from over 150 such Questions and Answers.
If you like them, feel free to print them and pass them out at your Masonic coffees or card games. Feel free to use them for your lodge education program.
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