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Something You Might Not Have Known: Lost Confederate Gold



It is a mystery that historians and would-be treasure seekers have debated for over 150 years.

Legend has it that at the end of the Civil War, what was left of the Confederate treasury was secreted out of the capital of Richmond, Va. on a wagon train and then it vanished somewhere in Georgia.


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  1. To put legend to rest, in 2019 I published GRABALL ROAD, the historical account of what truly happened in Lincoln County in the summer of 1865. The book includes documents, contemporary accounts and witness statements. Clearly, the legend and the facts do not line up. For example, a wagon train robbery did not happen on the Chenault Plantation, but on the David Moss farm, about a mile away. Electronic scans of the Moss property in 2020 turned up coins and artifacts consistent with the historical record. GRABALL ROAD is available locally at Bargain Hunters and on line at Amazon.

  2. According to another legend, the gold was placed overnight in the vault of a bank in Washington, Georgia, where Jefferson Davis spent the night on his way to South Georgia. It was supposedly the last time the gold was seen. My 3rd great grand uncle J. J. Robertson was a clerk in the bank. He entertained Davis for supper in his residence in the upstairs above the bank.

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