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Legend of the Lost Confederate Gold
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Near this spot stands Chennault Plantation. On the night of 5/24/1865, two wagon trains filled with gold containing the last of the Confederate treasury were robbed at Chennault Crossroads in Lincoln County.
The geocache is hidden near a granite marker bearing the names of the families that settled the surrounding area. Look and you will find the geocache. Look harder and you may just find the lost Confederate Gold!
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Chennault, GA, is located at the crossroads of GA 44 and GA 79 and it is here that part of the Confederate Civil War treasure had been lost when it traveled by wagon to Georgia with Confederate president Jefferson Davis in the last days of the Civil War. The treasure train left Danville, Virginia, on April 6, 1865, with $327,022 in gold and silver coins, as well as bullion, donated jewelry, and even floor sweepings from the Dahlonega mint. Some $450,000 in coins and specie checks (paper money that could be redeemed for metallic coins) that originated with Richmond banks also traveled with the fleeing Confederate government. Almost all the Confederate assets was dispersed, to pay soldiers returning home, before the capture of Davis on May 10, 1865, near Irwinville. The remaining funds from the Richmond banks were left in Washington, Georgia. A detachment of Union soldiers set out to divert this specie to a railhead in South Carolina. The wagons stopped for the night at the Chennault Plantation and it was here that on May 24, 1865, bandits attacked the wagons and $251,029 was lost. Bank officials eventually recovered some $111,000 of the stolen money. Union general Edward A. Wild led a search of the area for more gold and earned notoriety for the arrest and torture of the Chennault family, who Wild believed were hiding gold but who turned out to be innocent. As a consequence, Union general Ulysses S. Grant removed Wild from his command.
[Info taken from the New Georgia Encyclopedia]
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- Chennault PlantationSite of the Confederate Gold heist.
Last Updated: on 11/15/2017 3:54:54 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (11:54 PM GMT)
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