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NEBRASKA STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY MANUSCRIPT FINDING AID



RG3657.AM:  Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, Nebraska Commandery



Records:  1885-1923

Omaha, Douglas County, Neb.:  Fraternal organization

Size:  0.5 cu.ft.



BACKGROUND NOTE



The Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States held its first organizational meeting on April 20, 1865. Membership was opened to commissioned officers of the United States Army, Navy, and Marine Corps who had served in the Union forces prior to April 1865, as well as the direct male descendants of these officers.



The purpose of the organization was “to cherish the memories and associations of the war waged in defense of the unity and indivisibility of the Republic, strengthen the ties of fraternal fellowship and sympathy formed by companions in arms, advance the best interests of the soldiers and sailors of the United States, especially of those associated as Companions of this Order, and extend all possible relief to their widows and children; foster the cultivation of military and naval science; enforce unqualified allegiance to the general Government; protect the rights and liberties of American citizenship and maintain National Honor, Union and Independence.”



The separate organizations of each state are called Commanderies. The headquarters of the Nebraska Commandery, the fourteenth one established, was located at the southeast corner of Harney and 15th Streets in Omaha, Nebraska.



SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE



This collection consists of the records of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, Nebraska Commandery, 1885-1923. The correspondence and financial records concern arrangements for the annual banquets of the Nebraska Commandery. Among the most important items in the collection are the printed Circulars issued by the Headquarters of the Nebraska Commandery which include calls for meetings, changes of membership, obituaries of deceased members, committee reports, and acts of resolutions of the meetings. Also included in the Printed Matter are registers of the membership of the Nebraska Commandery, 1890, and of the national organizations, 1906, as well as a brief account of the origins of the Order and requirements for membership.



DESCRIPTION



Box 1

Folder




  1. Correspondence, 1893-1923

  2. Financial Records, 1889-1903

  3. Membership Lists

  4. Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, Nebraska Commandery, Circulars, 1885-1902

  5. Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, Nebraska Commandery, Circulars, 1905-1910

  6. Addresses Delivered at the Fourth Annual Reunion, Nebraska Commandery, 1889

  7. Register of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (Boston, 1906)

  8. Register of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, Nebraska Commandery, 1890

  9. Brief History, 1886

    Report of the Committee Created May 21-22, 1913, Upon Amendments to the Constitution of the Order

  10. Miscellaneous including invitations to meetings and banquets of various state commanderies

    Register of the Commandery of Vermont, 1892

    Invitation to Fourth Annual Reunion, Nebraska Commandery, 1889



 



ADDED ENTRIES



Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, Nebraska Commandery

Nebraska — Societies, clubs, etc.

Omaha (Neb.) — Clubs

Patriotic societies — Nebraska

United States — History — Civil War, 1861-1865

Veterans — Nebraska

Veterans — Nebraska — Societies, etc.



 



Revised 04-09-2008   TMM