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Civil War Lodge of Research history

Civil War Lodge of Research #1865, AF&AM
Masters and Membership Statistics for each year of its existence




Total Membership







Allen E. Roberts (deceased)




Keith A. Hinerman

+16 (+12%)




Paul M. Bessel

+38 (+26%)







Paul M. Bessel

+ 106 (+58%)
116   2 3  


David J. Roberts 321
+31 (+11%)
48   2 15


Robert E. Schindler, Sr.

+37 (+12%)






(below left) Number of Members in CWLR each year 1995-2000
(below right) Percent Increase in CWLR Membership each year 1996-2000

Meetings of the CWLR


Date Place & Other Details
May 6, 1995 Highland Springs – first meeting – Allen E. Roberts, WM, unable to attend because of illness
May 4, 1996 Highland Springs – elected new officers – Keith A. Hinerman new WM
October 26, 1996 meeting at Lodge in Richmond, and tour of Richmond battlefields
May 3, 1997  Highland Springs – elected new officers – Paul M. Bessel new WM – Tribute to the late Allen E. Roberts, our Charter Master
October 11, 1997 Masonic Home of Virginia, in Richmond, Virginia – living history demonstration at Grand Lodge family day
December 6, 1997 Winchester Hiram Lodge in Winchester, Virginia – Speaker: Michel Brodsky from Belgium, Past Master of Quatuor Coronati Lodge – also Civil War Tour of Winchester – elected officers on new schedule (December instead of May) – Paul M. Bessel reelected WM
 April 18, 1998 Fredericksburg Lodge – 2 speakers on Civil War and Masonic research
July 3, 1998 Gettysburg – CWLR meeting in the open field at dusk
July 11, 1998 George Washington Masonic National Memorial, together with officers and members of Quatuor Coronati Lodge #2076 from London – filled the auditorium, with about 350 attendees – Paul M. Bessel presented a paper on “Civil War Political and Philosophical Issues from a Masonic Perspective
October 10, 1998 Antietam – Pry House – followed by tour of the Battlefield
 December 5, 1998 Highland Springs – elections – David J. Roberts new WM
March 6, 1999 Wellsburg, West Virginia – meeting of CWLR in W.V. lodge celebrating 200th anniversay
July 10, 1999 Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, with brass band during lunch, followed by tour of Harpers Ferry and Charles Town, West Virginia
August 28, 1999 Visited Bentonville, N.C., Battlefield, in Newton Grove, N.C. – tour conducted by site manager John B. Goode
October 30, 1999 Presentation on Battle of Ball’s Bluff by Kim B. Holien, historian with the Department of the Army, followed by a tour of the Ball’s Bluff Battlefield, near Leesburg, Virginia
December 4, 1999 Fredericksburg Lodge #4 in Fredericksburg, Virginia – elections – Robert E. Schindler, Sr.,  new WM – medical display by Bruce Nelson and tour of old town Fredericksburg and the Masonic cemetery
April 1, 2000 Presentation by Kathryn Kleiman, Friends of Point Lookout Society, on the U.S. prison at Point Lookout, Maryland, for Confederate prisoners, followed by a tour of the prison
July 8, 2000 Arlington Masonic Lodge – talk by Brian Pohanka on the 5th N.Y. (Duryea’s Zouaves) at 2nd Manassas (Bull Run) – followed by tour of Bull Run (Manassas) Battlefield
October 7, 2000 Presentation by Peter Gross on the burning of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, followed by a tour of the destroyed area – meeting in the Masonic lodge that was saved from the burning
December 2, 2000 Highland Springs – elections – Michael McCabe new WM – also a tour of Cold Harbor battlefield
April 7, 2001 Gettysburg – Good Samaritan Lodge – followed by a Masonic tour of the Gettysburg Battlefield
July 14, 2001 Delaware City, Delaware – Jackson Lodge – tour of Fort Delaware, Union prisoner of war camp, with living history show
September 15, 2001 – 1pm lodge meeting in the field at Laurel Hill in Ararat, Virginia – birthplace of J.E.B. Stuart
October 20, 2001 – 10am Winchester Hiram Lodge #21 in Winchester, Virginia – same weekend as Cedar Creek reenactment – in evening Unity Lodge #146 (WM is CWLR Treasurer Marty Zuckerman) table lodge
December 1, 2001 election and installation of new officers – Babcock Lodge #322 in Highland Springs, Virginia – tour of Richmond and the Confederate White House after meeting



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