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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Military order of foreign wars, (search)
Military order of foreign wars, an organization founded in New York City, Dec. 27, 1894, by the veterans and descendants of veterans of one or more of the five wars waged between the United States and foreign powers. The purpose of this organization is to perpetuate the names and memory of brave and loyal men who took part in establishing and maintatining the principles of the government, and to preserve records and documents relating to said wars, and to celebrate the anniversaries of historic events connected therewith. A commandery may be established in any State. A national commandery was instituted March 11, 1896, with the following officers: Commander-general, Maj.-Gen. Alexander S. Webb, U. S. A.; secretarygeneral, James H. Morgan, New York City; treasurer-general, Edward S. Sayres; registrar-general, Rev. Henry N. Wayne; historian-general, Capt. Samuel E. Cross, U. S. V.; recording-general, Charles D. Walcott.