House Undivided 

The Story of Freemasonry and the Civil War

By:  Allen E. Roberts

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House Undivided - The Story of Freemasonry and the Civil War. This book is by Allen Roberts and was published in 1976 by Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Co.   It has 356 pages and explains the Masonic role in the Civil War.  The brotherhood was confronted with a difficult conflict when the Civil War broke out in 1861.  Freemasons, both northern and southern, were forced to choose a side and go against the very foundation of the society of Freemasonry.   Despite all their differences, Masons continued to practice their principles of brotherly love and good will on the battlefield, thus proving that the men who joined under the order would not, under any circumstances, sever their bonds of Masonic unity.  Here is their story told by the famous Masonic author Bro. Allen E. Roberts.

Biography of Allen E. Roberts

 1917 - 1997

      Allen E. Roberts was a Certified Administrative Manager, and owner of

      Imagination Unlimited!, registered with the U.S. Patent Office, and Anchor

      Communications. The companies specialized in audio/visual aids for business

      and fraternal organizations, management consulting, writing, motion

      picture productions and book publishing. Allen was a member of film

      producers organizations; a member of the Academy of Certified

      Administrative Managers. He was a former member of the Administrative

      Board of the Highland Springs United Methodist Church, and has often

      spoken from its pulpit and taught Sunday School.

      Allen was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island on October 11, 1917, and

      received his preliminary education in its public schools. He continued his

      studies in the U.S. Navy where he served aboard the U.S.S. Alabama and

      L.S.T. 877 during World War II and earned the rating of Chief Commissary

      Steward. He saw action in the North Atlantic and the Pacific theaters. Journalism

      and accounting were his main subjects of study in the Navy and in

      Virginia, where among other institutions, he attended T.C. Williams Law

      School. He made his permanent home in Highland Springs, Virginia upon his discharge

      from the Navy in 1946.

      He was a Colonel, Aide-de-Camp on the staff of the Governor of New Mexico;

      an Honorary Lieutenant Colonel, Aide-de-Camp, in the Alabama State

      Militia; a Kentucky Colonel; and has been cited by the General Assembly of

      the State of Connecticut for his "outstanding career in the field of

      office management and communications, specializing as a management

      consultant in the production of informational films, training aids, and

      sound recordings."

 

        He has been listed in:

Who's Who in the World

              Who's Who in Finance and Industry

              Who's Who in the South and Southwest

              Who's Who in Entertainment

              Who Is Who in Freemasonry

      He was married for 50 years to Dorothy Marie Grimes and had four sons,

      Allen E., R. Wayne, Kenneth D., Brian K. (deceased); and one daughter, Marcia Lynne

      Roberts Weber; five grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

 

      His Books Include:

              House Undivided: The Story of Freemasonry and the Civil War

              Freemasonry in Highland Springs

              Sword and Trowel

              Masonry Under Two Flags

              Freemasonry's Servant: The First Fifty Years in the History of The

              Masonic Service Association

              Key to Freemasonry's Growth

              Brotherhood in Action

              Fifty Golden Years

              The Craft and Its Symbols

              G. Washington: Master Mason

              How to Conduct a Leadership Seminar

              Chronicle of Virginia Research Lodge

              Frontier Cornerstone: History of the Grand Lodge of Ohio

              Shedding Light on Leadership

              Freemasonry In American History

              Brother Truman: The Masonic Life and Philosophy of Harry S. Truman

              The Diamond Years

              The Search For Leadership

              Seekers of Truth

              The Mystic Tie

              Masonic Lifeline

              Masonic Trivia and Facts

              House Reunited: Civil War - Aftermath - Brotherhood

              Freemasonry and Democracy: Its Evolution In North America

 

      Motion Pictures: 

(Each received awards in international Film Festivals)

               The Saga of the Holy Royal Arch of Freemasonry

              The Brotherhood of Man...

              Challenge!

              Precious Heritage (Gold Award)

              The Pilot

              Fraternally Yours

              Lonely World (also received a Freedoms Foundation Award)

              Virtue Will Triumph

              Living Stones...

              The Connecting Link

 

      Leadership Series:

              Growing the Leader

              Breaking Barriers to Communication

              Planning Unlocks the Door

              People Make the Difference

        Plays:

              "William McKinley--Freemason"

              "The Lodge in Swann Tavern"

              "Lafayette Visits Richmond, Virginia"

              "A Lodge of Confusion" (six episodes)

 

      Articles:

      Hundreds have appeared in numerous magazines and periodicals for over 40

      years. For five years he published and edited The Altar Light. Allen wrote

      a regular column for The Philalethes magazine and The Northern Light. He

      was Acting Editor of The Philalethes for six months on the death of its

      long time Editor.

 

      Masonic Education:

      For The Masonic Service Association, Allen developed "More Light in

      Masonry," termed by many to be a "A Masonic Survival Kit." It is a

      self-teaching course in Masonic leadership that has been used by hundreds

      of Freemasons throughout the country. Also for the MSA he produced

      "Talking Short Talks" on cassettes and a Bicentennial Program entitled "We

      Mutually Pledge ...", and recently Masonic Lifeline, plus several Short

      Talk Bulletins, and articles for some of its digests. He also wrote its 50

      year history "Freemasonry's Servant."

      For 14 years he served on the Education Committee of the Grand Lodge of

      Virginia. In 1995 he organized the Masonic Leadership Center at the George

      Washington Masonic National memorial and was its president.

 

      In Freemasonry:

              Past District Deputy Grand Master (PDDGM)

              Past Deputy Grand Secretary (PDGSec)

              Past District Deputy Grand High Priest (PDDGHP)

              Past Master of Babcock Lodge No. 322, Highland Springs, Virginia

              Past Master and Secretary of Virginia Research Lodge No. 1777

              Charter Master of Civil War Lodge of Research No. 1865, Virginia

              Past High Priest of Temple Chapter No. 32 (now Richmond Chapter

              No. 3)

              Former (20 years) Chairman of the Fraternal Relations Committee of

              the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Virginia and its

              Fraternal Reviewer

              Past President and Executive Secretary of The Philalethes Society

              Past Grand Master (1990-91) of the Grand Council of Allied Masonic

              Degrees of the United States of America

              Past Grand Chancellor of the Grand College of Rites of the United

              States

 

      In July 1994 the library and museum of the Grand Lodge of Virginia was

      renamed and dedicated as "The Allen E. Roberts Masonic Library and Museum".

      On October 3, 1995 he received the 33rd degree of the Scottish Rite,

      Northern Masonic Jurisdiction.

      In February 1995 The Northern Light named him as one of the top 25 Masons

      during the past 25 years.

 

      Honorary Memberships:

              Babcock Lodge No. 322, VA

              Lodge St. Thomas No. 306, Larkhall, Scotland

              Alexandria Lodge No. 33, New Brunswick, Canada

              American Union Lodge No. 1, Ohio

              Vincennes Lodge No. 1, Indiana

              Georgia Lodge of Research

              Research Lodge No. 2, Iowa

              Masonic Lodge of Research, Connecticut

              Tennessee Lodge of Research

              Walter F. Meier Lodge of Research No. 281, Washington

              Texas Lodge of Research

              South Carolina Research Society

              Richmond Chapter No. 3, Royal Arch Masons

              Josiah Hayden Drummond Council No. 1, Maine

              Dog Wood Council No. 171, B.C., Allied Masonic Degrees

              Pelham Council No. 263, SC, Allied Masonic Degrees

              Virginia Craftsmen

              High Twelve International

              Finger Lakes Chapter of The Philalethes Society

 

      Citations:

              Fellow of the Philalethes Society (FPS)

              Fellow of Virginia Research Lodge No. 1777, VA

              Fellow of Georgia Lodge of Research

              Fellow of Missouri Research Lodge

              Fellow of the Phylaxis Society (Prince Hall Masons)

              Deputy Grand Abbott of the Society of Blue Friars (Mason Authors)

              Founder and Secretary of The Masonic Brotherhood of the Blue

              Forget-Me-Not (Masonic educators and writers)

              Certificate of Literature of The Philalethes Society

              Ira S. Holder Certificate of Literature of The Phylaxis Society, 1990

              Honor Plaque of Virginia Research Lodge No. 1777

              Red Branch of Erie, AMD

              Knight Grand Cross, AMD

              Honorary Legion of Honor, Order of DeMolay

              Cross of Honor, Order of DeMolay

              White Honor Key, Order of DeMolay

 

      Masonic Medals:

              George Washington Distinguished Service Medal of the Grand Lodge

              of Virginia

              Josiah H. Drummond of the Grand Lodge of Maine

              Silver Medal of the General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons,

              International

              John Dove Distinguished Service Medal of the Grand Chapter of

              Royal Arch Masons

              Virginia Craftsmen Distinguished Service Medal

              Gold Medal of the Glasgow (Scotland) Compass Association

              James Royal Case Medal of Excellence of the Masonic Lodge of

              Research, Connecticut

              Anniversary Medal of Babcock Lodge

              Virginia Research Lodge Medal of Merit

              The Philalethes Society Distinguished Service Medal

              Grand Cross and Red Branch of Erie of the Allied Masonic Degrees

              Pierpont Edwards Medal of the Grand Lodge of Connecticut

 

      Memberships:

              Babcock Lodge No. 322 (PM)

              Virginia Research Lodge No. 1777 (PM/Sec.)

              Richmond Chapter No. 3 (PHP), Royal Arch Masons

              Research Lodge No. 2, Iowa

              Southern California Research Lodge

              Civil War Lodge of Research No. 1865 (Charter Master)

              Member, Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Boston, Massachusetts

              Grand College of Rites (Past Grand Chancellor)

              Past Sovereign Master of George Potts Council No. 73 (PSM), Allied

              Masonic Degrees

              Richmond Commandery No. 2 (demitted)

              Society of Rosicrucian (S.R.I.C.F.) (demitted)

              Fort Lee-Richmond Chapter, National Sojourners

              James Monroe Camp, Heroes of '76

              Virginia Craftsmen

 

      Other:

              One of Founders of W. Lance Walker Chapter, Order of DeMolay

              Founder and first Grand Tall Cedar of Battlefield Forest No. 170,

              Tall Cedars of Lebanon (demitted)

              Founder (1962) and President Ad Vitam of the Virginia Craftsmen

              Past Adjutant, Post 242, Sandston, VA, American Legion

 

 


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