Pictured: 30th Pennsylvanian Infantry 

Records of The Lodge of the Potomac
From the Masonic Ledger of the Third Regiment, Pennsylvania Reserves

Camp Tennally, Tennallytown, D.C. 
September 28th, AL 5861, A.D. 1861

By virtue of a warrant granted on the 24th day of September A.L. 5861 A.D. 1861 by the [Right Worshipful Grand Master] of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted York Masons of the District of Columbia for a Camp Lodge to be called “The Potomac Lodge,” which warrant is as follows;

            

Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth

 

To all whom it may concern:

 

Whereas, application has been made to me by Horatio G Sickel, David V Feaster, William G. Thompson, H. L. Strong, H. C lay Beatty, William Briner, F. M. Niblo, William D. Curtis, H. G. Tripp, Duval Doran, and Washington Richards, who have been properly vouched for as Master Masons in good standing within the jurisdiction of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of the State of Pennsylvania, and who are officers and members of the Third Regiment Pennsylvania Reserve Corps, now in the service of the United States, and encamped within this jurisdiction, for my Dispensation, empowering them to constitute a lodge of free and accepted masons within the body of the said Third Regiment, to be convened for purposes of social intercourse and masonic instruction, and

 

Whereas, the M. W. Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia did, on the 7th day of May last, “advise that the M. W. Grand Master grant special dispensation to such regiments or corps of volunteers of the several states now in the service of the United States in this jurisdiction, as he may deem proper, to hold occasional or camp lodges; and

 

Whereas, there appears to me good and sufficient cause for granted the request set forth in said application.

 

Therefore, be it known, that I, George C. Whiting, Grand Master of Masons of the District of Columbia, do, by there presents, and by virtue of the high powers in me vested, grant this my Dispensation, empowering the said Horatio G Sickel and his associates, as aforesaid, to constitute and hold a lodge within the body of the said Third Regiment of Pennsylvania Reserve Corps, now within the jurisdiction of this Grand Lodge, to be known and recognized as “The Potomac Lodge;” and

 

I do hereby appoint Horatio G. Sickel, Worshipful master; William G. Thompson, Senior Warden; and William D. Curtis, Junior Warden of said lodge, and authorize and empower them to hold communications thereof, for social intercourse and Masonic instruction, subject to the Constitution and Laws of Masonry; provided, however, that no power is hereby granted for conferring any of the degrees of masonry upon any persons, except by Special dispensation from myself in each call, and that not to extend beyond the members of the said Third Regiment Pennsylvania Reserve Corps.

This dispensation shall contain and remain in force for the purposes herein specifus, so long as the said Third Regiment shall remain in the service of the United States, or until it shall be revoked by myself of the Grand Master of the District of Columbia for the time being.

 

Given under my hand and Seal at Washington City this 24th day of September A.L. 5861. George C. Whiting, Grand Master.

Joshua T. Taylor, Grand Secretary

 

Brothers Horatio G. Sickel, David V. Feaster, William D. Thompson, H. S. Strong, Henry Clay Beatty, William Briner, F. M. Niblo, William D. Curtis, Duval Doran, convened at the house of Johnathan Buckman, at the Camp of the Third Regiment Pennsylvania Reserve Volunteer Corps at Tennallytown, D. C. at 7:30 P.M. and the 28th day of September A. L. 5861, A. D. 1861 for the purpose of duly organizing said “Potomac Lodge” and admitting new members.

 

The lodge was opened in ancient form in the degree of Master Mason and the W.M. appointed Brother Henry Clay Beatty Secretary pro. tem. The Warrant was then read by the Secretary protemp. At the request of the [Worshipful Master] all except Past Masters retired and Brother William D. Curtis duly installed Brother Horatio G. Sickel as Worshipful Master and Brother William S. Thompson as Senior Warden. The W. M. then duly installed Brother William D. Curtis as Junior Warden and appointed Brother William Briner, Senior Deacon, Brother F. M. Niblo, Junior Deacon; Brother Abslem B. Young, Tyler; Brother H. L. Strong, Senior Master of Ceremonies; and Brother Duval Doran, Junior Master of Ceremonies.

 

Dispensation from George C. Whiting, G. M. of Masons in the District of Columbia to enter, pass, and raise Captain Joseph Thomas and Major Richard H Woolworth, both of the Third Regiment, P. R. V. Corps, to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason, were received and read.

 

Ballots were taken and Captain Joseph Thomas and Major Richard H. Woolworth were duly elected members of the lodge.

 

The lodge was duly closed in the Master Mason’s Degree and opened in due form in the Entered Apprentice degree. Major Richard H. Woolworth and Captain Joseph Thomas were then severally and properly introduced and received the degree of Entered Apprentice Mason. The lodge was then duly closed in the Entered Apprentice degree, and opened in due form in the Fellow Craft degree when Major Richard H. Woolworth and Captain Joseph Thomas were severally and properly introduced and passed to the degree of Fellow Craft degree and opened in due form in the degree of Master Mason when major Richard H. Woolworth and Captain Joseph Thomas were severally and properly introduced and raised to the Sublime degree of Master Mason.

 

The lodge then proceeded to elect a Secretary and a Treasurer to serve for the balance of the Current Masonic Year, evening on Saint John’s Day next, and a ballot being taken Brother Richard H. Woolworth was elected Secretary and Brother David. V. Feaster was elected Treasurer.

The lodge closed in Peace & Harmony at 11 O’clock P.M.

H. Clay Beatty, Secretary, pro. tem.

Camp of the 3rd Regiment P. R. V. Corps

Camp Purpint, Fairfax County, Virginia December 26 A.L. 5861 A.D. 1861

 

The lodge met this evening at 8:30 O’clock PM at the call of the Worshipful Master, Colonel Horatio G. Sickel, for the purpose of electing Officers to serve during the next masonic year commencing on Saint John’s Day. Present the worshipful master, Colonel Horatio G. Sickel; Senior Warden, Lieutenant Colonel William G. Thompson; Junior Warden, Captain William D. Curtis; Senior Deacon, Captain William Briner; Senior Master of Ceremonies, Brother Herman L Strong; Junior Master of Ceremonies, Brother Duval Doran; Brother Captain Washington Richards, P.M.; Brother Captain Joseph Thomas; Secretary Brother Major Richard T. Woolworth

 

The lodge was duly opened in the Shortnery in the degree of Master Mason. The minutes of the proceedings were read and approved, no objection being made, the W. M. announced that the election would be held in the degree of Master Mason, from the fact that there were no Entered Apprentices or Fellow Craft masons belonging to the lodge.

 

The lodge was called from labor to refreshment for five minutes in preparation for an election for Worshipful Master. The lodge having been called from refreshment to labor for the purpose of giving into an election for Worshipful Master. The Worshipful Master appointed Brother Captain David V. Feaster and Brother Captain Joseph Thomas, tellers. A ballot being taken the tellers announced that Brother Lieutenant Colonel William Thompson, Senior Warden, had received nine votes, and Brother Captain William Curtis, Senior Deacon one vote. The report of the tellers being found correct, the W. M. announced to the lodge that Bro. Lieutenant Colonel William F. Thompson was duly elected Worshipful Master to serve during the ensuing masonic year.

 

The lodge was then caused from labor to refreshment for five minutes, preparatory to an election for Senior Warden. The lodge having been called from refreshment to labor for the purpose of going into an election for Senior Warden, a ballot was taken by the same tellers, they announced that Brother Captain William D. Curtis had received 10 votes, the whole number cast. The report of the tellers being correct, the W. M. announced to the lodge that Brother Captain William D. Curtis was duly elected Senior Warden to serve during the ensuing masonic year.

 

The lodge was called from labor to refreshment for five minutes, preparatory to an election for junior warden. The lodge having been called from refreshment to labor, a ballot was had for junior warden, and the tellers announced that Brother Captain William Briner had received 9 votes and Brother Captain David V. Feaster 1 vote. The report of the tellers being correct, the W. M. announced to the lodge that Brother Captain William Briner was duly elected Junior Warden to serve during the ensuing year.

 

The lodge was called from labor to refreshment for five minutes preparatory to an election for a Secretary and a Treasurer. The lodge having been called from refreshment to labor, a ballot was had and the teller announced that Brother Major R. H. Woolworth had received nine votes for Secretary; that Brother Captain David V. Feaster had received eight votes for treasurer and Brother Captain Joseph Thomas, has received one vote for treasurer. The report of the tellers being correct, the W. M. announced to the lodge that Brother Major R. H. Woolworth was duly elected Secretary, and Borther Captain David V. Feaster Treasurer to serve during the ensuing masonic year.

 

Brother Captain David V. Feaster proposed the names of Surgeon James Collins, Lieutenant Albert H. Jameson, Lieutenant Strickland Yardley, Lieutenant Joseph B. Roberts as applicants for membership in the lodge. Brother Senior Warden Captain William D. Curtis proposed the name of Lieutenant Lyman W. Hamlin as an application for membership in the lodge. Separate ballots being had, Surgeon James Collins, A. H. Jameson, Strickland Yardley, Joseph B. Roberts and Lyman W. Hamlin were duly elected members of the lodge.

 

On motion of Brother Captain Washington Richards, the W. M. appointed Brothers Richardson, Woolworth and Thomas a committee to frame By-Laws for the government of the lodge. On motion of Brother Captain Washington Richards, the charge for conferring the three degrees of Masonry was fenced as the sum of Seventy-one dollars.

The lodge of Master Masons was then closed and the lodge opened in the degree of Past Master. Present, Past Masters Brothers Col. Sickel, Captains Richards, Curtis, and Briner. The Worshipful Master elect, Brother Lieutenant Colonel William G. Thompson was then duly installed by past masters Brother captain Washington Richards. The Past Master lodge was then closed in due form.

The lodge was then in the degree of Master Mason for the further dispatch of business in that shorway and the Senior warden Brother Captain William D. Curtis, the Junior Warden Brother Captain William D. Briner, the Secretary Brother Major R. H. Woolworth, and the Treasurer, Brother Captain David V Feaster were each duly and separately installed by brethren past master Captain Washington Richards.

The lodge closed in peace and harmony at 12 O’Clock P.M.

R. H. Woolworth, Secretary

 

Camp of the 3rd Regiment P. R. Corps, 

Camp Pierpont VA March 1, 1862

Lodge met pursuant to call of Worshipful Master at 7:30 o’clock PM AL 5862Present the Worshipful Master Lt. Col. William S. Thompson; Captain W. D. Curtis, S.W.; Captain M. D. Briner, JW; Captain David V Feaster, Treasurer and Major Richard H Woolworth, Secretary. Also Brother Col. Horatio G Sickel, Bro. Captain H. Clay Beatty, Washington Richards, Joseph Thomas, Drum Major Bro. H. S Strong, Commissary Segt. Bro. Duval Doran, Hosp. Steward Bro. J W. Niblo and three visiting brothers.

 

The lodge opened in ancient form the degree of Master Mason. Minutes of the preceding meeting were read and approved. Petitions and dispensation together with a communication from [Right Worshipful Grand Master] Charles F. Stanberry Esq. of the [Right Worshipful] Grand Lodge of the Dis. Of Columbia were received & read to enter pass & raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason Surgeon James Collins, Lnet Albert H. Jameson, L M Stricklan Yardley, Leut. L W Hambert, Leut Joseph B. Roberts ballots beings separately taken they were all duly elected.

 

Master masons lodge was then closed and entered apprentice lodge opened when James Collins, Albert N Jamison, L W Hamlin and Strickland Yardley and Joseph B. Roberts were separately and properly introduced and received the degree of entered apprentice mason. Entered apprentice masons lodge was then duly closed and the lodge opened in the degree of Fellow Craft Mason, when Bro. Joseph B. Roberts was properly introduced and received the degree of Fellow Craft mason.

Fellowcraft Masons lodge was closed and lodge duly opened in the degree of master masons when Bro. Joseph B. Roberts was properly introduced and raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason.

A number of bills against the lodge amounting to $78.75 were approved and ordered drawn on the Treasurer for the respective amounts.

The lodge was then closed in peace and harmony at 11 O’clock P.M.

R. H. Woolworth, Secretary

 

Camp of the 3rd Regiment Pennsylvania R. Corps

Camp Peirpont March 5, 1862, AL 5862

 

The Lodge met pursuant to the call of the Worshipful Master Lt. Col. W. S. Hampson. Present Bro. Lt. Col. W. S. Thompson, W.M.; Bro. Captain W. D. Curtis, S.W.; Bro. Captain David V Feaster, Treasurer; Bro. Maj. R. W. Woolworth, Secretary; P. M. Bro. Col. H. G. Sickel; Bro. Cap. Washington Richards; Bro. Captain H Clay Beatty, Bro. Capt. Jos. Thomas, and Bros McClain and Robinson visitors.

 

Master Mason lodge was opened in due form. The minutes of the last meeting was read and approved. Master Mason lodge then closed and duly opened in the degree of Fellow Craft mason, when Bro. James Collins, L W Hamlin, Strickland Yardley, Albert H. Jameson were severally and properly introduced and received the degree of Fellowcraft masons. Fellowcraft masons lodge was closed and Master Masons lodge opened in due form when Bro. James Collins, Albert H Jameson, Strickland Yardley, and L W Hamil were speartely and properly introduced and were raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason.

 

Bro. Washington Richards proposed for membership Dr. Henry J Colston.Bro. Joseph Thomas proposed Lt. B J. Fisher. Bro. Captain H. Clay Beatty proposed Lt. S. J. LaRue. Bro. William Briner proposed Lt. F. H. Stong.

Their being no further business the lodge closed in peace and harmony at 11:30 O’clock PM.

Signed R. H. Woolworth, Secretary

I certify that I caused the proceedings of the two last meeting to be recorded from the original minutes made by Bro. R. H. Woolworth, Secretary, of Potomac Lodge, 3rd Regiment P R Cat the meeting of the said lodge on the dates above mentioned. I further certify that the said Bro. R. H. Woolworth was killed in battle before entering the same in the proper minute book and that I was present at both of the aforesaid meeting and vouch for the correctness of said minutes.

H. G. Sickel, Past Master of St. John’s Lodge No. 115 PA

Past Master of Potomac Lodge of the 3rd Regiment Pa Reserve Corps

 

Whereas Brother Joseph Thomas, a Master Mason, and late a member of Potomac of the 3rd Regiment PA R C U.S.A., Ancient York Masons held in the Camp of said 3rd Regiment under a warrant from the R. W. Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia, has withdrawn from said lodge, and compiled and conformed to the By-Laws whereof. Therefore, we the late officers of said Potomac Lodge grant to him this testimonial of his conduct as a worthy Master Mason and Brother, during his continuance among us, and recommend him to the favorable consideration of the Masonic Fraternity. Witness our hands and the Seal of the lodge this tenth day of December A.D. 1865, AL 5865

Late W.M., Late, S.W., Late, J.W.

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