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V. Significance of the Study

There have been thousands of books written about the American Civil War. Yet,

new books continue to be published without any indication that the field has been

exhausted. There has been very little research into the rather common military lodges and

none at all on those created for Alabama soldiers. The study should provide an initial step

in a closer investigation of the relationship of Masonic lodges and the military service of

combatants of the Civil War.

Few days of military service were spent in actual combat. After the time for

maneuver is accounted for, there remains the many days spent in camp. How the soldiers

passed those days give us a greater understanding about the total impact of the war.

While this current research is anticipated to produce material that will be of interest

to a range of historians, it should also establish a methodology by which this study can be

expanded to encompass other individual Military Lodges. It is anticipated that this path of

research may successfully lead to an analysis of the larger question of the role of

Freemasonry in the armies of the Confederate States of America.

It has been suggested that Masonic membership provided some degree of advantage

to the soldier. While there are some documented (and many more undocumented) cases

of Masons received special treatment by other Masons, this study will be one of few that

attempts to go beyond the simple collecting fragments of oral history and cataloging

curious tales.

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