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