The KGC: An American Conspiracy (Part 2)

The Confederate Army’s losses at the battles of Gettysburg and Vicksburg in July 1863 marked a turning point in America’s Civil War, one that was not favorable for furthering the cause of “Southern Independence.” With the hopes of an overall military victory for the Confederacy now beginning to fade, the clandestine leaders of the KGC took the movement fully underground, secreting not only their commands and communications, but also their amassed wealth and weapons. There is sufficient circumstantial evidence to suggest that significant amounts of gold and silver as well as armaments had been collected by the KGC from agents, members and sympathizers, but that then begs the question, where did it all go? If a vast, non-centralized network of money and guns needed to be kept from the hands of a dominant and soon to be victorious Union government, what methodology could a secret organization use to hide it all, and who and what system could be trusted to find it again when it was needed? Part Two of our series on the Knights of the Golden Circle takes a look at where they may have gotten their gains, and what legendary names, famous and infamous, may have helped them. Tonight’s Quote: “It’s my damn story, and if they don’t believe it I’m not gonna worry about it, damn it. Pardon my French.” – Bob Brewer Show Links: We’ve found that some sites are not showing these links as clickable unless they are URL’s, so until those outlets improve their show notes section, we are providing actual URL’s next to the clickable description of each link to make things easier for our listeners! Maximilian I, of Mexico - Jesse Woodson James - J. Frank Dalton - Forum on the KGC from - Link to Del Schrader’s “Jesse James Was One Of His Names” on Amazon - Article on Betty Dorsett Duke and Jesse James - Blog entry on Orvus Lee Howk, a.k.a. Jesse James III - “Was Orvus Lee Howk Really a Barnhill, as Dalton Claimed?” by Philip Kromer - “What You Didn’t Know About John Wilkes Booth & Jesse James” by Mark Owen - Credits: Episode 028 – “Knights of the Golden Circle – Part 2” Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2015, All Rights Reserved.

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