Lincoln, Sherman and Davis and the Lost Confederate Gold

Presented by Patricia McNeely.

Sherman’s brilliant campaign through Georgia and the Carolinas ended in political turmoil with public insinuations from President Andrew Johnson’s administration that Confederate President Jefferson Davis had bought his freedom from Sherman with gold from the Confederate treasury.  Sherman was accused by high government officials of being “a common traitor and a public enemy” while subordinates were being told to disobey his orders. Even as Sherman angrily denied the rumors, the hunt began for the Confederate gold that was trundling down through the Carolinas into Georgia. The search is still going on today.
(Presentation lasts 35 to 45 minutes and includes a PowerPoint; a screen or blank wall will be needed.)

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