Knights of Columbus: Did You Know...

posted Nov 30, 2011, 7:39 AM by St. Joseph Cheyenne
Earlier this year, the United States marked the 150th anniversary of the start of the U.S. Civil War. 
A gruesome conflict that lasted from 1861-65 and claimed the lives of approximately 620,000 Americans, the Civil War saw by its conclusion both the abolition of slavery and the untimely death of President Abraham Lincoln. While many people can recount the key players and battles of the Civil War, it is less well known that the early history of the Knights of Columbus is tied closely to this particular conflict. Founded less than 20 years after the close of the war, the Order counted many Civil War veterans among its initial members. Perhaps the most notable of these early Knights was the Order's first supreme knight, James T. Mullen. Mullen is credited with suggesting the name
"Knights of Columbus" for the organization founded by Father Michael J. McGivney in 1882 and with designing the emblem of the Order about one year later. Before undertaking both of these historic acts, though, Mullen had fought on the side of the Union during the Civil War. – by Patrick Scalisi