Harmony Lodge, # 22, A.F.M.

Depot Road

P. O. Box 22 Beaufort, S.C. 29901

(843)524-6697


Supper 6:30 Meeting 7:30

Craig B. Dopson, WM                  Robert V. Pinkston, Secretary Emeritus                  Kevin U. Ennis, PDDGM,

P.O.box 279                     Regular Communication: Second Thursday                      PDDGM, Secretary

  St. Helena, SC 29920                                                                                                                   P.O. Box 22

843-812-7977                                                                                                                                 Beaufort, SC 29901 

    843-252-1142

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O.E.S. 1st Tuesday, 8:00 PM
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Trestleboard NewsLetter, May 2011.




Craig B. Dopson WM

Brethren, ,

I hope everyone had a chance to enjoy Easter with their families. We don’t realize, sometimes, how truly great it is to live in a nation where we can attend church and celebrate our wonderful God. Darlene and I attended our family church with our children and grandchildren and then had a wonderful lunch with them. That afternoon we did the famous Easter Egg Hunt. It never ceases to amaze me how we always seem to come up short on the egg count at the end of the day.

The month of May is starting off on a busy note. We have a 2nd Degree on May 5. I hope to see many of our Brothers there. Dinner is at 6:30 and work begins at 7:30.

Mother’s Day is coming soon. This year will be our 3rd Mother’s Day Dinner. Please join me, our Officers and the Men of Harmony Lodge on May 7 at 6:00 for dinner. This dinner will be to celebrate those special ladies in our lives. Please call 843-575-5667 (Christian Sherbert), 843-524-0981 (Howard Harris) or 843-812-7977 (Me) and let us know how many plan to attend, so we may prepare enough dinner for everyone.

The Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of South Carolina met in Greenville on Thursday and Friday, April 28-29. After all the formalities were gone through, the one shining star of the event was that our very own Charles Weickhardt has been selected as the new District Deputy Grand Master for District 4. Congratulations, Charlie!

Fraternally,

Craig Dopson,

Worshipful Master



Brethren, ,

I have been thinking lately of ADDRESS LABELS. Many of your names are printed in full, formal manner. I believe it is the custom, here in the South, to consolidate one’s name. For example, may name might be printed as Howard Roy Harris, Howard R. Harris, Howard Harris or just plain H. Harris. It should not be necessary for a Brother to receive a piece of mail with his full, formal name spelled out if he prefers it to be otherwise. If it suits you, Brother, to have your address label printed in any other way than it has been printed up until now, please let me know. I am available 24/7 at howardharris@hargray.com. My phone numbers are 843-441-8317 (cell) and 843-524-0981 (home). I await your instructions.

The South Carolina Masonic Research Society held its first Annual Banquet & Symposium on April 22, 2011 at the Omar Shrine Temple in Mount Pleasant, SC. It was a roaring success!

John R. Fretwell’s Remarks on His Involvement with the Submarine Hunley

A living history presentation

South Carolina Masonic Research Society

Symposium and Banquet: Freemasonry & The Civil War

April 22, 2011

The First Symposium and Banquet of the South Carolina Masonic Research Society featured two Masons who have researched aspects of the relationship of the fraternity during the War Between the States.  Bro. Sirmon spoke on the Masonic connections with the Confederate submarine Hunley, using the persona of John R. Fretwell, who was one of the developers of the torpedo used by the Hunley to sink the USS Housatonic on February 17, 1864.

Bro. Fretwell was a member of Lavaca Lodge (Texas) and served the Grand Lodge of Texas as Grand Master in 1868.  In 1862, Bro. Edgar Singer, also of Lavaca Lodge, organized what would become the “Singer Secret Service” also called the “Submarine Corp.”  These two Masons, plus at least seven other members of the lodge, worked on this project.

While working in Mobile, AL, Bros. Fretwell and Singer began working with the Mason-led submarine project that started in New Orleans.  Involved in this project were Bros. Horace L. Hunley (Mt. Moriah #59, New Orleans) and James R. McClintock (Mobile #40).  Other Masons involved in the submarine effort included William Alexander and George Dixon.  Both of these men received their degrees during the war in Mobile #40.

In August 1863, General (and Brother) P.G.T. Beauregard requested that the submarine project relocate to Charleston.  Two crews were lost when the submarine sank during training exercises.  Investigations reported that lack of experience was a significant factor in each of the deadly accidents.

Bro Dixon’s death was reported to Mobile Lodge and the Secretary made this solemn notation to his membership record:  “Lost his life in the service of the C. S. Navy while in command of a Torpedo Boat off coast of Charleston in destroying the U. S. Str. Housatonic.  Monument at Charleston to the memory of Bro. Dixon.  Torpedo boat was built in Mobile and was first of its type.”

PGM Fretwell died in 1885.  Mobile Lodge had the privilege of conducting the funerals of Brothers Fretwell and Dixon and, assisted by the other three city Lodges, traveled to Mobile’s Magnolia Cemetery to deposit them in their final resting place.  Twenty-nine years later, the Lodges again gathered in Magnolia Cemetery for the Masonic funeral of Bro. Alexander, who had remained in Mobile until his death in 1914.

A new generation Masons of Mobile Lodge assembled “in the character of Masons” on April 17, 2004.  This time the location was Charleston’s Magnolia Cemetery where Bro. George Dixon was laid to rest with a Masonic Funeral Service.  Bro. Sirmon served as the Worshipful Master and used a service written in 1843 by the Rev. and Brother Albert Case of Charleston.

 

Wayne E. Sirmon

Immediate Past Master, Texas Lodge of Research

Past Master, Avondale Lodge No. 476, Birmingham, Alabama

Past Master, J. H. McCormick Lodge No. 874, Mobile, Alabama

Grand Representative of Texas near Alabama

Brother Wayne Sirmon is a member of Mobile Masonic Lodge No. 40, F. &. A. M. located in Mobile, Alabama.  A Master Mason for thirty-seven years, he has served as the Worshipful Master of two Lodges and received the 33º of the Scottish Rite in 2001.

He served the Grand Lodge of Alabama as an Assistant District Lecturer for three years and has served on several Grand Lodge committees including eight years as the Chairman of the Masonic Education Committee.

Bro. Sirmon is charter President of the National Association of Masonic Scouters and is a recipient of the Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award.  He currently serves as the President of the General Galvez Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, Secretary of the University of South Alabama National Alumni Association and is Vice-Chairman of the Board of the Museum of Mobile.

He holds an appointment as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at the University of South Alabama and as an adjunct Lecturer in History at the University of Mobile.

Bro. Sirmon has been published in The Philalethes, The Knight Templar, The Royal Arch Magazine, The Scottish Rite Journal and the Alabama Freemason as well as the Transactions of both the Texas Lodge of Research and the South Carolina Masonic Research Society.  His study of Military Lodges of the Civil War is being published as a two part article in the Scottish Rite Research Society’s Plumbline and will be speaking this June at the New Orleans Scottish Rite History and Research Symposium.  He is a life member of the South Carolina Masonic Research Society.

On April 17, 2004, he served as Worshipful Master (pro tem) at the burial of Bro. George E. Dixon, commander of the Confederate Submarine Hunley.

The current Grand Senior Deacon in the Grand Lodge of Kansas, A.F. & A.M., Michael Halleran, received the Mackey Award for Excellence in Masonic Scholarship by the Scottish Rite Research Society in 2006 and has lectured on military Freemasonry in both the United States and Great Britain.  Following dinner, Bro. Michael delivered an extensive presentation about Freemasons in the American Civil War.  His books were available for purchase and he was present to personally autograph them.  The book has received praise from both Masonic and Non-Masonic reviewers:

“Michael Halleran has set a new, high standard for scholarship on Freemasonry in the Civil War.  His stories are compelling, the research is impeccable, and his analysis gives fresh insights on the ‘mystic tie’ of the fraternity.” – S. Brent Morris, Ph.D., 33º Managing Editor, Scottish Rite Journal.

“The Better Angels of Our Nature accomplishes what few books about Freemasons are able to do:  it explores the legends and long-told tall tales of the fraternity in an academic fashion, with both dispassionate analysis of the facts, and an obvious passion for the subject.” – Christopher L. Hodapp, Editor, Journal of the Masonic Society.

“[Halleran] knows the sources thoroughly and exploits them in a masterly fashion.  What he produced has certainly exceeded its predecessors and Better Angels of Our Nature is surely the best volume available on wartime freemasonry, and one I would recommend to anyone interested in the subject.” – Mark Lause, Ph.D., University of Cincinnati, in Civil War Book Review.

 

Fraternally,

Howard R. Harris,

Junior Warden & Newletter Editor


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Dear Brethern,

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Wit & Wisdom

“You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.”

-- Woodrow Wilson

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday Dear Brothers, Happy Birthday to you!


05.01 Kevin Usif Ennis

05.02 Laron Hubert Cain

05.02 Raymond Carrol Fletcher

05.02 Percy Alan Rowland

05.02 Chance Edward Vann

05.04 Robert Clayton Heck

05.06 Joseph W. Lipsitz

05.06 Walter Bernard Rattray II

05.07 Toany DeJesus Genao

05.20 Arthur Martin Berger

05.20 Daryl Bruce Rhoades, Jr.

05.22 Scott William Robinson

05.25 Michael J. Liberty

05.28 Melvin Schoenberg

05.30 Charlie Wilder Dempsey



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