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Dickson, Moses. Manual of the International Order of the Twelve of Knights and Daughters of Tabor, Containing General Laws, Regulations, Ceremonies, Drill and a Taborian Lexicon . St. Louis: A. R. Fleming and Co., 1891. [format: book], [genre: report; proceedings]. Permission: Public domain
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Extract from the I. C. G. M.'s Message.

Extract of the I. C. G. M.'s Message to the Triennial Grand Session, held in St. Louis, Mo., August, A. D. 1890:

A CHANGE OF TIME.

"We have been much perplexed and bothered in explaining the two dates of the original organization. Our public speakers are hampered when they come to this part of our history. The organization of the Order of Twelve that was made in Galena, Ills., in 1855, was made to perpetuate the names of the Twelve Knights of Tabor, who were so successful in enrolling the 47,000 Knights of Liberty, for the purpose of aiding in breaking the bonds of our slavery. This secret organization of the Knights of Liberty was one of the strongest and most secret of any organization ever formed by men. The question of giving the history of this organization to the world is one that has had my most earnest thoughts for several years. There are so many families of the old men of renown, both in this country and England, that are now living and hold high positions, that they might be injured by revealing the secrets of the Knights of Liberty and giving the names of their fathers. I had almost decided to let this part of our history rest in the grave, more especially since God found other means to give us our manhood and freedom; but the names of the twelve men who were instruments in God's hands in preparing and organizing 47,000 men of undoubted courage to do battle for our freedom shall be perpetuated. God fixed the time, and every man was at his post. In their death struggles they gave to us the boon of liberty. Precious be their memory.

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"The organization that was made in Galena, Ills., was no part of the Knights of Liberty. They were simply organized to perpetuate the name, "Order of Twelve, of Knights of Tabor." I made the organization in the residence of Alfred H. Richardson. The names of the Knights that were known to be alive in 1872 were given in the old Manual, and are: A. H. Richardson, E. H. Cain, Wm. P. Emery, James T. Smith, J. Garrett Johnson and G. Christopher. This organization closed its doors at the beginning of the great Rebellion and never opened again. I have given this statement, that we may be enabled to change the date of our Order's birth. This Order, in its present form, was changed from the original warlike order, Order of Twelve, into a Beneficial Secret Order, and the real date of the birth of our Order is the 12th of August, A. D. 1872. On that day the Representatives of three Tabernacles and two Temples assembled in the City of Independence, State of Missouri, and organized the Order of Twelve, of Knights and Daughters of Tabor, and elected Grand Officers. The birthday of this great Order of ours is the 12th day of August, 1872. The first Grand Session was held in the same city the second Tuesday in August, A. D. 1873.

"I refer to these matters as a part of the history of the Order, and that all official papers may give the correct date, the 12th of August, 1890, A. O. T., age of Taborians — 18 years. I recommend that the 12th of August be made the day to celebrate the birthday of the International Order of Twelve. I recommend that the Triennial Grand Session be changed from the second Tuesday in August. The

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fourth Tuesday in the month of August wag fixed by this Triennial Grand Session as the day to assemble. The 12th day of August was made the day for our annual celebration, in commemoration of the birthday of the Order.

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Dickson, Moses. Manual of the International Order of the Twelve of Knights and Daughters of Tabor, Containing General Laws, Regulations, Ceremonies, Drill and a Taborian Lexicon . St. Louis: A. R. Fleming and Co., 1891. [format: book], [genre: report; proceedings]. Permission: Public domain
Persistent link to this document: http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/file.php?file=dickson.html
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