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Traditionalists Must Keep the Tired Old Myths Alive

Posted by Jay Longley on July 30, 2018 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Most historians, including the one in this video, ignore the most important fact of the Lincoln Assassination. They do it intentionally because surely they are aware of the following well-established facts. The Knights of the Golden Circle, of which Booth was a member, was behind to original plot to kidnap, not kill, Lincoln. Booth and John H. Surratt were both members of the KGC BEFORE Lincoln was even inaugurated for his first term as President. The KGC originated the plot before Lincoln's first inauguration also. Sometime before the assassination, the plot to kidnap Lincoln was changed to a plot to assassinate him. No one knows whether the Knights of the Golden Circle leaders changed the plans or whether Booth changed them on his own.

Freemasonry's Connection with the KGC

Posted by Jay Longley on May 7, 2018 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

A very informative post from our Bloody Bill Anderson Mystery group's message board from 2013.


---In [email protected], wrote :

Freemasonry’s Connection With The Knights Of The Golden Circle

December 29, 2012

by BeeHive

Phoenixmasonry records on its website the existence of a White Supremacist organization with Masonic influence called Knights of the Golden Circle.

The Knights of the Golden Circle was a Texas-based secret society. Their

objective was to create a confederation of slave-holding states in parts

of Mexico and the West Indies, extending slavery; the group’s plan thus

mirrored the objectives of secession, a cause they actively supported

during the Civil War. Legend has it that they hid the fabled confederate

gold allegedly sent off for safe keeping as the waning days of the war.

Others have linked them to the KKK.

At the link below is a fascinating history of the KGC and the historical

context, it is after all subtitled “A History of Secession from 1834 to

1861.” It was written by a member of the order and published in 1861.

The rituals and degree structure described in this book clearly indicate

the influence of Freemasonry; whether it was founded by men who happened

to be Masons is unclear, as Freemasonry is not mentioned in the text. (1)

“A History of Secession from 1834 to 1861″


Few people know of the Knights of the Golden Circle and even fewer know

about the purpose for which it existed. It is probably the greatest

untold story today in the history of the United States. That is unusual

because during the last century this very large, powerful, secret and

subversive southern organization had such a profound influence and

effect over the course of many years that they almost succeeded in

changing the course of our history.

It has been said of them that they were one of the deadliest,

wealthiest, most secretive and subversive spy and underground

organizations in the history of the world. It is known that they

operated not only in the United States, but also around the glove for 65

years (1851 to 1916). Also, that the original Ku Klux Klan was their

military arm. Some of the finest and craftiest brains in the South

helped organize and direct the activities of the Knights of the Golden

Circle. The group was heavy on ritual, most of which was borrowed from

the Masonic Lodge and later from the Knights of Pythias. Some were also

members of the Rosicrucians. Their wealth was due to the huge amount of

money, valuables and equipment that they had accumulated for the purpose

of restarting the Civil War.

So, you might wonder then if that is true, why haven’t we read about

them in our history books or heard them mentioned in our schools before?

That is a hard question to answer, but maybe because they were such

devout, die-hard, southern rebels, working for a southern cause that was

eventually defeated and one that is not popular today. However, the fact

remains that since they did exist and were a very large and powerful

organization for many years, I think that their story should be known today.

But during the 1800′s, many stories and articles did appear about the

Knights of the Golden Circle in many newspapers, magazines and

periodicals, before, during, and after the Civil War. But somehow, these

stories have been overlooked or purposely omitted from our modern-day

history books. So, who were the Knights of the Golden Circle and what

was their purpose?

Origins of the Knights of the Golden Circle

Actually, their beginning goes back to a long period before the Civil

War when our young nation was reaching out for more territory. They were

part of the overall imperialist’s movement to expand out borders

westward, even though they had not officially taken on the name of the

Knights of the Golden Circle. Then, when the issue of slavery began to

divide the sentiments of our country, they started to support the

Southern states in trying to keep slavery alive because most of them

were Southerners. As the issue of slavery finally divided the Union and

the Civil War began, they became ardent supporters of the southern

cause. This is when the organization became secret and went underground

in their efforts to aid the Confederacy. Since they were considered

subversive, that is why they became a secret organization. President

Lincoln once referred to their very effective efforts against the North,

as a “Fifth Column.” That could have been the origin of the term.

Then, after the war was over, they refused to accept the terms of the

southern surrender. They had been working diligently for many years to

accomplish their goals and were not about to give them up. They had too

much momentum going. Also, they were still bitter over the issue of

slavery and of not establishing a Confederate nation independent from

the northern states. This is when they went underground with a strongly

determined and clandestine, even bizarre, plan to eventually restart the

Civil War at a later time.(2)


Shortly before the Civil War began, the state of Texas was the greatest

source of this organization’s strength. Texas was home for at least

thirty-two K.G.C. castles in twenty-seven counties, including the towns

of San Antonio, Marshall, Canton, and Castroville. Evidence suggests

that San Antonio may have served as the organization’s national

headquarters for a time.

The South began to secede from the Union in January 1861, and in

February of that year, seven seceding states ratified the Confederate

Constitution and named Jefferson Davis as provisional president. The

Knights of the Golden Circle became the first and most powerful ally of

the newly-created Confederate States ofAmerica.

Before the Civil War officially started on April 12, 1861, when shots

were fired on Fort Sumter, South Carolina, and before Texas had held its

election on the secession referendum on February 23, 1861, Texas

volunteer forces, which included 150 K.G.C. soldiers under the command

of Col. Ben McCulloch, forced the surrender of the federal arsenal at

San Antonio that was under the command of Bvt. Maj. Gen. David E. Twiggs

on February 15, 1861. Knights of the Golden Circle who were involved in

this mission included Capt. Trevanion Teel, Sgt. R. H. Williams, John

Robert Baylor, and Sgt. Morgan Wolfe Merrick. Following this quick

victory, volunteers who were mostly from K.G.C. companies, forced the

surrender of all federal posts between San Antonio and El Paso.

Perhaps the best documentation as to the power and influence of the

Knights of the Golden Circle during the Civil War is The Private Journal

and Diary of John H. Surratt, The Conspirator which was written by John

Harrison Surratt and later edited by Dion Haco and published by Frederic

A. Brady of New York in 1866. In this journal, Surratt goes into great

detail when describing how he was introduced to the K.G.C. in the summer

of 1860 by another Knight, John Wilkes Booth, and inducted into this

mysterious organization on July 2, 1860, at a castle in

Baltimore,Maryland. Surratt describes the elaborate and secret induction

ceremony and its rituals and tells that cabinet members, congressmen,

judges, actors, and other politicians were in attendance. Maybe the most

significant revelation of Surratt’s diary is that the Knights of the

Golden Circle began plotting to kidnap Abraham Lincoln in 1860, before

Lincoln was even inaugurated in 1861, and continued throughout the Civil

War, resulting in President Lincoln’s assassination by fellow Knight

Booth on April 14, 1865.

After trying unsuccessfully to peacefully resolve the conflicts between

North and South, the Knights of the Golden Circle threw its full support

behind the newly-created Confederate States of America and added its

trained military men to the Confederate States Army. Several Confederate

military groups during the Civil War were composed either totally or in

large part of members of the Knights of theGolden Circle. One notable

example of K.G.C. military participation in the Civil War included the

Confederate’s Western Expansion Movement of 1861 and 1862 led by Lt.

Col. John Robert Baylor and Gen. Henry Hopkins Sibley.

In 1861 Albert Pike travelled to Indian Territory and negotiated an

alliance with Cherokee Chief Stand Watie. Prior to the beginning of

hostilities, Pike helped Watie to become a Thirty-second Degree Scottish

Rite Mason. Watie was also in the K.G.C., and he was later commissioned

a colonel in command of the First Regiment of Cherokee Mounted Rifles.

In May 1864 Chief Watie was promoted to the rank of brigadier general in

the Confederate States Army making him the only Native American of this

rank in the Confederate Army. Watie’s command was to serve under CSA

officers Albert Pike, Benjamin McCulloch, Thomas Hindman, and Sterling

Price. They fought in engagements in Indian Territory, Kansas, Arkansas,

Texas, and Missouri.

One of the most feared organizations of all Confederates, whose members

were in large part Knights of the Golden Circle, was what was called

Quantrill’s Guerrillas or Quantrill’s Raiders. The Missouri-based band

was formed in December 1861 by William Clark Quantrill and originally

consisted of only ten men who were determined to right the wrongs done

to Missourians by Union occupational soldiers. Their mortal enemies were

the Kansas Jayhawkers and the Red Legs who were the plague of Missouri.

As the war raged on in Missouri and neighboring states, Quantrill’s band

attracted hundreds more men into its ranks. Quantrill’s Guerrillas

became an official arm of the Confederate Army after May 1862, when the

Confederate Congress approved the Partisan Ranger Act. Other leaders of

Quantrill’s Guerrillas included William C. “Bloody Bill” Anderson, David

Pool, William Gregg, and George Todd. Some of the major engagements this

deadly guerrilla force participated in included the Lawrence, Kansas,

raid on August 21, 1863, the battle near Baxter Springs, Kansas, in

October 1863, and two battles at and near Centralia in Missouri in

September of 1864. The bulk of Quantrill’s band wintered in Grayson

County, Texas, from 1861 through 1864. (3)

From “A History of Secession from 1834 to 1861″ comes this insight into

the rituals of The Knights of the Golden Circle. This entire work is

rather lengthy but very revealing and is available in full on


I will now give you the signs, grips, password, and token of the First

Degree of the K. C. G. (Of course a misprint for K. G. C.)

This Dcgree has a name, which I may now give you—it is the ” I,” (Knight

of the Iron Hand.) The first great sign of the…

Order is thus made, 7, (Hands open, palms touching and resting on the

top or the head, fingers pointed upwards). The answer to this is 8 (open

hands touching shoulder where epaulettes are worn ; elbows close to the


These are battle-field signs, and are not to be used under ordinary

circumstances. The common sign of recognition is 9 (right forefinger

drawn across upper lip under nose, as if rubbing). The answer 10, (with

forefinger and thumb of left hand take hold of’ left ear).

To gain admission to a Lorking Castle, or the room of any K. G. C., give

11 (one distinct rap) at the door, The Sentinel on duty will then raise

the wicket and demand the countersign, which is 12, (SOLDIERS, always

lettered except at Castle door.) You will then pass to the center of the

room and give the true sign of the K. G. C.; it is 13. (left hand on

heart; right hand raised) This will be recognized by a bow from the

Captain, when you will at once take your seat. The sign of assent is 14,

(both hands up) of dissent 15, (one hand tip) the grip is 16, (press

with thumb one inch above second knuckle) the token 17, (Golden Circle

encasing block bands closed on scroll : the whole to be the size of a dime)

Every member may wear the sign of his degree.

And now, reader, yon know as much about the signs, grips, tokens, &c.,

of the Knights of the Golden Circle as they themselves do. We may here

remark that the initiation fee for the First Degree is one dollar, for

the Second five dollars, for the Third ten.

From the Second or Financial Degree we need give but little.

The following is the closing part of the initiation:

Captain. The head quarters of this organization are at 23, (Monterey)

where most of the stores and munitions are deposited. The Financial Head

quarters are at —; Col. N. J.Scott is at present Financial Chairman.



Captain. I shall now give you the unwritten parts of this work, and I

trust you will be careful in its use. If a general war ensues, we shall

dispense with the First Degree, and rely on this and the Third.

Name—18 (True Faith) sign—25 (fore finger and thumb of right hands

joined, while with thc rest of the hand upon the right eye is touching

with the middle finger,) answer—26 (same with left hand and left eye)

password 27 (Monterey) night word of distress-32 (St Mary) response-3I

and say 5 (grasp by wrist and say Rio Grande emblem—28 (gold circle

encasing Greek cross, in center of which is star) This is the 29 (key)

to our 30 (secret alphabet) use of 33 (K. G. C.) 56 (Gcorge ley) guard

sign 28 (gold circle encasing Greek CROSS, in center of which is a star)

silence 25 (forefinger and thumb of right hand joined, while with the

rest of the hand open the right, eye left is touching on middle finger)

on lips; danger—right—same with and now it remains for us to give the

Ritual of the Third Degree, which, as being the most importaut, we shall

publish almost entire. We have not the time or space for commenting on

it now.

Every citizen can judge of it for himself: The Roman Catholics and the

foreign born population will see how they are proscribed by this

mysterious Order ; this central and guiding power of the secession and

disunion party. All will see, too, that the Order declares for a

Monarchy, a Limited Monarchy, as they call it, until all their purposes

in regard to Mexico shall have been accomplished, and we need not

suggest how bricf will be the period within which, if they get their

Limited Monarchy, they will make it an Absolute Monarchy.


(Knights Of the Columbian Star)

INSTRUCTIONS: Officers of the Council shall be a Governor and a

Secretary. Every 57 (Knight of the Columbian Star) is qualified to act

in either capacity.

Qualifications for Membership.


Candidate must be familiar with the work of the two former Degrees ;

must have been born in 58 (a Slave State), or if in 59 (a Free State) he

must be a citizen; 60 (a Protestant) and 61 (a Slaveholder). A candidate

who was horn in 58 (a Slave State) need not be 61 (a Slaveholder)

provided he can give 62 (Evidences of character as a Southern man).

Object: To form a council for the 33 (K. G. C.) and to organize 63 (a

government) for 2 (Mexico.) No 57 (Knight of the Columbian Star) shall

admit, except to a brother 57, that he has this Degree, for reasons that

will hereafter appear. Any two 57s84 RITUAL OF THE can confer the degree

on others, the oldest 57 acting as Governor.

Although it is pure conjecture one has to wonder whether present day

Southern Freemasonry’s objection to recognizing Prince Hall, its

insistence on being a White, Christian only Fraternity as exemplified by

the recent religious rulings of the Mainstream Grand Lodge of Florida,

has a direct correlation in the teachings of The Knights of the Golden

Circle and other White Supremacist organizations being passed down from

father to son, generation after generation.

(1) Phoenixmasonry –

(2) Knights Of The Golden –

(3) Knights of the Golden Circle –

(4) “A History of Secession from 1834 to 1861″

The Knights of the Golden Circle Research and Historical Archives

Enormous Spanish Treasure in Brown County, Texas

Posted by Jay Longley on April 15, 2018 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

This could be another important piece of Brownwood's and Brown County's secret history. The article is from the Kansas City (MO) Journal of December 30, 1897. Over the years, I've located evidence that a large Spanish treasure may have been located and recovered in Brown County by the Knights of the Golden Circle and moved to one of their many underground depositories (vaults). See attached article/photo or click on the treasurenet link.

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Happy Hunting!


How the KGC built its enormous treasure reserves after the War

Posted by Jay Longley on April 13, 2018 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)

The following is part of my reply to a friend who asked for my thoughts on this passage.



I've thought about this passage a lot over the past day. We know that the KGC in the North were often called "Copperheads" so I've considered the possibility that the copperhead was the snake he was thinking of rather than the foreign cobra but I don't know that for a fact.

The O.R. is full of reports saying how successful the KGC was at causing thousands of men to desert from the Federal ranks, especially in Missouri so the author is right on the money in that statement. Since the author wasn't a Knight, he wrongly assumed, in my opinion, that the Knights hid their badges out of shame. The KGC didn't, of course, display them proudly because they were trying to recruit deserters and the Union officers were very well aware that this was happening so they would have immediately punished anyone caught encouraging desertion.

I don't believe that the KGC was hoarding treasure to fight another civil war unless, of course, that became necessary and it didn't. They soon learned that they could build up their treasury (concealed in various depositories around the country) without having to rely on outlawed slavery. In the years following Reconstruction (beginning in the 1870s) the Knights of the Golden Circle set up some of their most trusted members into highly profitable businesses of their own like banks, general stores, livery stables, bootlegging, counterfeiting, and even bank and train-robbing. In turn, these new business owners contributed up to 50% of their profits back to the KGC treasury. (Roy Roush) Rather than "depositing" these funds into the treasury in the form of paper notes, which would of course deteriorate in a few years, they converted these profits to gold and silver which could always be used in the future, either as currency or in trading with foreign countries. This also served to weaken the Federal economy, whose monetary system was based on precious metals, while strengthening the economy of the South. As we all know, the South prospered in the years following Reconstruction. What we all don't know is that the Knights of the Golden Circle was responsible, for the most part, in that prosperity.


KGC Research Sources

Posted by Jay Longley on February 12, 2018 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (2)

Here's a message I quoted from several years ago and posted on our Bloody Bill Anderson Mystery group's message board.  There are enough good KGC sources in this list to keep a researcher busy for a lifetime.





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just in case someone is interested in research..........

Knights of the Golden Circle

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Book Written by a Real-Life Knight of the Golden Circle

Posted by Jay Longley on December 22, 2017 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (1)

With the Border Ruffians: Memories of the Far West, 1852-1868 by R. H. Williams - a real-life Knight of the Golden Circle.

I just finished reading this excellent story of an Englishman who traveled to the United States in the late 1850s as a young man. It's 472 pages long and took me several weeks to read but there wasn't a dull page in the entire book. He wrote it from his diary as an old man after he'd returned home to England. It tells about his life in this country and it's full of adventure and history that had never been told before. Williams tells about his travels and business dealings as he moved from Virginia to Kansas and finally to Texas where he built a big cattle ranch on the frontier. He was constantly battling Indians, Yankees, killers, and thieves. I first heard of R. H. Williams when I read Donald S. Frazier's book Blood & Treasure about the Confederates' Western Expansion Movement. That author listed him as being a KGC member in San Antonio at the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861. I highly recommend this book to all students of history and of the KGC.

I bought my copy of the paperback on eBay because I much prefer reading real books rather than digital books but you can also read the online version here

Jay Longley

KGC Tunnel Networks Under Many Towns

Posted by Jay Longley on November 1, 2017 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Those of you who have closely followed my research over the years probably know that we have proven that the Knights of the Golden Circle had a system of tunnels under my hometown of Brownwood in rural central Texas.  Jesse Woodson James aka J. Frank Dalton said that many other towns and cities had these tunnel networks underneath them. 


The following is a quote I took from: "Jesse James and the Lost Cause" by Jesse Lee James, Published by Pageant Press, New York, 1961, pages 34 & 35.

"..."Yet another branch of our secret army was a corp of engineers that

could build bridges, build rock buildings, and do most anything.

They could and did construct secret underground passages right under

bustling cities. They built secret tunnels down under Nashville and

Memphis, Tennessee, St. Louis, Kansas City and St. Joseph, Missouri,

Lawrence, Kansas and under Pueblo and Colorado City, Colorado, and

other towns; too many to name right now. These secretly constructed

tunnels, rooms, escape routes and storage rooms underneath the

surface of the ground were built without Yankee troopers and Federal

detectives ever finding out they were being made by well trained and

experienced workmen.

"Even in that day, when men were working for a dollar or a dollar and

a half per day for ten and twelve hours labor, we were paying our

men, for mining and tunneling, a wage rate of ten dollars per day.

"How did we do it?

"Well, I'll tell you how. Most generally, we would start tunnels

which would connect some of our business houses, such as our own

saloons, gambling houses, livery stables and even the jailhouses

would connect. Because our men were in the offices of public

officials, such as mayors, sheriffs, marshals, congressmen, senators,

school teachers, and principals, tunnels were down and under our

breweries, distilleries, and schools, and with the excuse that beer

needed to be aged, we had to age our whiskey in charred kegs.

"Some of our relay stations and even ranch and farm houses were

almost built like forts, and had tunnels down and under them

connecting the houses underground to the barns and escape routes, or

hatches in and out. We had to have at least two entrances, or means

of entry, or escape.

"So many places advertised across the country, `Jesse James' Cave'!

That is bunk! Yes, we may have had to use a few caves here and there

to hold our horses, or even to sleep in occasionally, that would be

true enough, but if there was only one entrance, and we were stupid

enough to get ourselves cut off, that would have been bad. If we

used a cave with only one entry, you could be sure that we kept a

constant guard posted around outside all the time. If the cave

should have two or more entrances, then we would feel safe, and use

it over and over again," said Jesse..."



If you have evidence of a KGC tunnel network underneath your town, please comment below or you can email me at: [email protected]

Jay Longley

Seeking Apprentice History Researcher/KGC Treasure Hunter

Posted by Jay Longley on July 23, 2017 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)

I'm glad that the History Channel is still occasionally re-airing the "America Unearthed" episode "Lincoln's Secret Assassins" occasionally even though the AU show was cancelled after 3 seasons when their H2 Channel was discontinued. I wasn't paid to appear on the episode but I recently turned down a paid position with a California film production company who planned to create an entire series about the Knights of the Golden Circle and their role in the Assassination of President Lincoln. I turned their generous offer down for several reasons but the main one was that it would have interfered with my own plans regarding the KGC this fall and winter. Those plans are also the reason that I'm currently searching for a History Research/KGC Treasure Hunting apprentice. I need to find someone local (Brown County, Texas) to assist me in continuing the work that my late partner Colin Eby and I began 12 years ago. There's a hell of a lot to teach an apprentice before I know that I can fully trust them with valuable confidential information that led Colin and I to locate 3 probable KGC Treasure Depositories in Texas that I believe hold billions of dollars of gold (at today's market value) and priceless historical and religious artifacts. Once my apprentice is "up to snuff" with his training and when he's proven to be trustworthy, then he will become a partner in the search and recovery efforts and share in any treasure recoveries we make.

Jay Longley

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Pot of Gold at Yancey Inn - "Bloody Bill" Anderson's Gold?

Posted by Jay Longley on July 18, 2017 at 2:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Pot of Gold at Yancey Inn - "Bloody Bill" Anderson's Gold?

Posted by Jay Longley on July 18, 2017 at 1:10 AM

I ran across this story while researching William C. "Bloody Bill" Anderson recently. Today, the value of the gold coins found in 1912 would be at least $600,000 in gold value alone. That's using the minimum estimated value ($10,000) of it in 1912 and isn't counting the coins' numismatic value so it's safe to say that the value of those coins today would be well in excess of a million dollars and that's a very conservative estimate. Bill Anderson was a member of the Knights of the Golden Circle.


Pot of Gold at Yancey Inn.

This is from the Higbee [Randolph County, Mo] News

of 13 Sep 1912 under the headline, "FINDS BURIED LOOT":

Farm Hand Discovers Can of Gold in Missouri--Wycke Patterson Flees With

Fortune Secreted by Civil War Bandit--Refuses to Tell Amount--May Share With

His Employer--Liberty, Mo--

One stroke of the pick made Wycke Patterson, a farm hand, rich beyond his fondest expectations when he struck a pot of gold concealed in the wall of an old building which he was helping to raze on the farm of his employer near Huntsville, [Randolph County], Mo. A notice of the discovery of the treasure was received here by C. E. [Charles Edwin] Yancey, owner of the place. How the farm hand's quick wit enabled him to make away with the thousands in gold before the eyes of seven helpers was told in the message. The old building, used before the Civil war as an Inn, had long been an eyesore on the big mule ranch owned by the Yancey family. A force of workmen under the direction of Patterson began tearing down the ruins last week. After removing a stone casing in the second story, Patterson struck something that gave out a sharp metallic sound. Two white laborers and five negroes crowded about him as he dug into the masonry and found a sealed pot. One blow knocked off the lid and the group gazed upon the vessel filled with gold pieces. Jaws dropped and eyes opened. "Good Lawd, we'se all struck it rich," said one negro. "What'll we--" But Patterson had his presence of mind. He seized the treasure pot and darted down the steps and out of the door. By the time his companions had recovered and followed, he was out of sight. Through Saturday night and Sunday the farm hand guarded the pot of gold. Not even his wife was permitted to know how much it contained. "If Yancey don't know how much is in it, he won't know how much to sue for," said Patterson. Monday morning a man walked into the Bank of Yates, a small town near the Yancey ranch. He carried a heavy package under his coat. After recovering from his surprise, W. H. Stark, the cashier, counted out the thousands in gold coin. Much of it was in Mexican money of 1831. How much the total was had not been given out by the finder or the banker. That it exceeds $10,000 has been admitted. That it might run as high as $30,000 or $40,000 has been reported. Although the law gives the treasure to the owner of the property, Yancey said he was willing to divide with the finder. The two men probably will divide the sum equally. The theory that Bill Anderson, a noted desperado of the Civil war period, hid the treasure while stopping at the place when it was used as an inn, has been advanced. Anderson spent the night at the inn two nights after banks at Huntsville and other towns had been robbed of 30,000 or $40,000 [in 1864]. He was killed near Orrick, Mo, a day or two later by Confederate bushwhackers.


Step 1 in Hunting for KGC Treasure

Posted by Jay Longley on July 8, 2017 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

A lot of hours goes into researching each of these possible KGC members to determine whether or not they were members of the secret organization but if one is to be successful in hunting for depositories, it's part of the essential groundwork that must be done. I often get emails and phone calls from people who are just beginning the hunt and they almost always want to know the first steps they should take. I always give them the same answer. First of all, they need to research all the residents of their own towns and counties during the time period from the end of the Civil War to 1916 to see if their area or any other nearby area, that they suspect may hold KGC treasure, had any KGC members or organization in them. After all, if an area never had any KGC members in it, the chance that it would hold a KGC treasure vault is virtually zero. A depository site had to have a group of members to, first, construct the depository vault, which could take weeks or months depending on the amount of laborers they had working on it, it had to have a source, KGC members, to transport and deposit the treasure in the underground vaults, and then there must be other members to serve as sentinels to keep watch over the site. These depositories were basically underground banks that were used to store valuables for an illegal organization (the KGC) and they were treated as such by those who deposited the gold, silver, jewels, and priceless religious artifacts in them. The KGC was no more likely to leave one of them unguarded, during their lifetimes, than a banker would leave his bank unguarded. I'm attaching a photo of Maj. John Young Rankin, C.S.A., KGC and also one of the famous drawing of a group of Knights of the Golden Circle fo our Photos section.

~Jay Longley