Confederate Brig. Gen. Bro. Armistead (lying wounded) entrusting a pocket watch to Union Captain Bro. Bingham to be delivered to the General’s family. Armistead was shot during the Gettysburg battle and fearing that his personal effects would be stolen by Union soldiers, he gave a Masonic sign to ask for help .Union Captain Bro. Bingham then came to his aid.
Richard Howell Gleaves (1819-1907) was a prominent Prince Hall mason and Reconstruction-era politician in South Carolina. He was born free in Philadelphia to a Haitian father and an English mother. In 1866, Gleaves went into business with Robert Smalls, who later served in Congress. He also constructed a black fraternal hall that is now known as the Sons of Beaufort Lodge. In 1872 and 1874, Republican Gleaves was elected the 55th Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina.
Joppa Lodge #150, World Renowned 9th U.S. Calvary: Of all the lodges, only one lodge has given posterity pictures. Joppa Lodge #150 with the 9th Cavalry located at Fort Walla Walla, Washington, then Fort Riley, Kansas and finally The Philippines. The Buffalo soliders received 18 Congressional Medals of Honor. Yet they operated with substandard equipment and sometimes were working in weather extremes for which they were inadequately outfitted.
The cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol Building was laid with Masonic Honors on September 18, 1793 under the auspices of the Grand Lodge of Maryland. At the ceremony, President George Washington presided. Worshipful Brother Washington was assisted by R.W. Bro. Joseph Clarke, Grand Master pro. tem. of Maryland, Wor. Elisha C. Dick, Master of Alexandria Lodge No. 22 of Virginia (Washington’s home Lodge) and Wor. Valentine Reintzel, Master of Lodge No. 9 of Maryland