Part 17: The Order of St. John of Jerusalem

The end of St. Elmo  came with the arrival of Turkish reinforcements from Africa.  New cannon batteries were placed  to enfilade the fort, but even with these changes it was not until June 21st after a heavy bombardment, the Turks launched a mass assault and much to the amazement of the on lookers from Fort St. Angelo,  St. Elmo was not overrun.

There above the ruins waved the flag of the Order, the Cross of St. John.  But by June 23rd, there were only 100 defenders left.  The Turks orders another huge bombardment.  At a signal, it ceased and Mustapha order his  finest troops forward, only to be thrown back, they regrouped and rushed forward  through the breached walls and the fort was taken.

It had taken a month for the  Turks to subdue Fort St. Elmo, much to the chagrin of Mustapha’s military  advisors, who said would only take days.  The cost,  8000 Turks died in the assault.  The Christian forces lost 1,500. including 130 of the Knights Hospitaller.

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District Deputy Grand Master Saratoga-Warren District 1998-2000; Grand Lodge Leadership Services Committee; Leadership Development Course Coordinator; Vice Chairman Grand Master's Educational Task Force; Vice Chairman Grand Lodge Child ID Committee; District Deputy Grand High Priest 14th Capitular District; Grand Master of the 1st Veil 2010; Grand Master 2nd Veil 2011; Grand Master 3rd Veil 2012 Grand Royal Arch Captain 2013 Grand Principal Sojourner 2014 Grand Captain of the Host 2015 Warren County Historical Society Board of Trustees; Queensbury Masonic Historical Society Charter Member; State Chairman Lodges & Buildings Committee Deputy Grand Master's Advisory Committee
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