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October 15, 2003---Volume 1, Number 16

Treasure Hunter's Secret Manual

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FROM THE EDITOR:   Hello !  WOW---the past two weeks just flew by !  Welcome to all of the NEW subscribers who recently signed up.  And THANKS to those of you that continue to "forward" my newsletter to your friends, forum buddies and club members.  If you LIKE this newsletter---please tell someone !

PROPERTY FOR SALE !!

??  Jesse James Hideout  ??   The auction for the 590 acres is on October 30th
http://www.williamsauction.com/current_auction_detail.php?propertyid=4735

OUTDOOR STUFF FOR SALE !

http://www.at-wholesale.com/1stop-cybershop/

ONLINE TREASURE HUNT

LOST TREASURE magazine has a website with many interesting features.  One of them is an online treasure hunt.  http://www.losttreasure.com/elcazador/contest.cfm

RARE NICKEL FINALLY FOUND !

One of five---worth $2 million ?  http://money.cnn.com/2003/07/30/news/million_dollar_nickel/

PUGET SOUND TREASURE HUNTERS CLUB

Be sure to click on their links.  I liked ghost towns.  http://www.angelfire.com/wa/psthc/Home.htm

JESSE'S METAL DETECTOR PAGE

From Fairbanks, Alaska.  A very good personal website with stories, links, photos and more: 
http://www.gi.alaska.edu/~jesse/treasure/detector.html

TREASURE HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL

Anybody have these copies that I need ?  12/98 & 3/99 thru7/99  LostTreasureUSA1@AOL.COM 

TREASURE OF NIMRUD

Found in Iraq---and it is Spectacular !  http://www.ancientsites.com/aw/Post/150788


AN ARIZONA TALE OF TREASURE

http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tw/2002-12-05/curr4.html

PASS IT ON !!

An article about passing on your passion for treasure hunting to the younger generation.  Plus:  there are other good links to click on:  http://www.e-adventure.net/land/treasure/passiton.html

SCIENTIFIC TREASURE FINDING

An article on how to research a treasure project:  http://www.ldolphin.org/Treasfind.html

LOST TREASURE FOUND

http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/1999/091699/Pumpelly.html

MINERAL COLLECTING STORIES

Four stories:  http://www.treasuremountainmining.com/tmmstories.html

Treasure Hunter's Secret Manual

17-TON COPPER BOULDER

Divers recover it from Lake Superior:  http://www.museum.mtu.edu/images_dec_02/boulder.html

TALES FROM THE PAST

Sandy Cline wrote these stories for WESTERN & EASTERN magazine:
http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Gallery/4821/TH/page4.html

24 HOUR MUSEUM

Gateway to over 2,500 UK museums, galleries and heritage attractions.  Here is just one story from their website:  http://www.24hourmuseum.org.uk/nwh/ART12396.html

THE GOLD LEDGE

Many great pages on this website.  Be sure to look at the 373 photos of California Gold Rush Mining Towns !:  http://www.goldledge.com/links/

DEPARTMENT OF MINERAL SCIENCES

Dedicated to the study of minerals, gems, rocks, volcanoes and meteorites: http://www.nmnh.si.edu/minsci/

GETTING INVOLVED & STAYING INFORMED

PLEASE check out these three websites often.  They will keep you up to date on the GOOD bills being considered in our government---and the BAD !  There are very informative stories on these sites.
http://www.landrights.org/index.htm
http://www.eco.freedom.org/
http://www.mountainstateslegal.org/

THE TREASURE SHOP

Six pages of submitted tales of metal detecting:  http://www.treasureshop.com/metald5.htm

TREASURE STORIES

A personal website:  http://www.capricorntreasures.com/capricorn_stories.htm

FOR THE YOUNGSTERS

Even though these tales are geared to the younger treasure hunters, I think you might enjoy browsing through the website:  http://www.jamesmdeem.com/stories.treasure.htm

LOST TREASURE STORIES OF NORTH GEORGIA

http://ngeorgia.com/travel/losttreasures.html

MAINE TREASURES

Barbara Rumsey tells us of some tales from Maine AND the "Common Elements of Treasure Stories".   http://www.boothbayhistorical.org/articles%20Treasure.htm

THE NEWSPAPER THAT ROAMS

OUT WEST---a quarterly "on-the-road" newspaper.  Interesting articles you won't read anywhere else:  http://www.outwestnewspaper.com/

THE TRUTH ABOUT JESSE JAMES

?????????   HMMMM!!   http://www.granburytx.com/docs/truth.htm

STORY TELLERS CHALLENGE

I don't know if any of these 300 short stories are about treasure, but I'm including this website here as a little "extra"---you just never know when you'll want something to read---maybe on a cold winter night ?  http://www.storytellerschallenge.com/STTreas/sttrlist.asp

CONFEDERATE GOLD AND KGC LEGENDS
By Randy ( Jesse James ) Sumpter
Rio77@mvn.net

                 CONFEDERATE GOLD and KGC LEGENDS

                              by: Randy JESSE JAMES Sumpter

     One of the great plans of the North during the Civil War was to split the South in half and to do this, the plan called for bottling up the southern harbors keeping the South split along the Mississippi River, and then slowly strangling her to death once food and other supplies had been cut off.

     In order to accomplish this feat the North needed an edge and found this by using sea power. The South was short of mechanics, factories and shipbuilding facilities. The North knew it had to seal off nearly 189 Confederate harbors and river mouths along 3,500 miles of coastline. The North eventually gained the strength they needed by having 670 ships, with 8,700 officers and 51,500 seamen.

     The South wouldn't let the blockade go unchallenged. Blockade runners were being built from materials secured from Europe. Eventually, the South had 1,650 vessels running the blockade. The blockade runners kept the Army supplied with arms and ammo as well as other things needed.

     There were many battles and skirmishes fought all along the southern coastline. Some of the major ones happened in Florida. Here are a few sites where Federal warships and southern blockade-runners collided. CEDAR KEY....Before its capture in 1862 by Federals, this was a bustling Gulf port heavily used by the Confederates. In a swift and devastating assault, the Federal warship HATTERAS sailed into Cedar Key harbor and sank four schooners, three sloops and a ferryboat. The wrecks of these ships remain untouched and each of these ships may have had a strongbox containing gold and silver, as was the custom.

     APALACHICOLA BAY....A Confederate blockade runner went down in the bay north of St. George Island, carrying $500,000 in silver bars and many Spanish coins. STEINHATCHEE RIVER..Three Civil War treasures are buried along the Steinhatchee River, which empties into Dead Man Bay in Taylor County. A Confederate blockade-runner chased by a Union ship was scuttled at the mouth of the river. The crew buried $500,000 in silver close by. Another blockade-runner hiding near the mouth of the river buried $140,000 in gold coins when a Federal gunboat appeared. After the war, members of the crew returned to claim the money, but were unable to find the location because a flood had taken away the markers along the bank of the river. Union Soldiers buried a cache of gold coins five miles from the mouth of the river.

     EVERGLADES....KGC .Captain John Riley trying to ship Confederate gold to Havana in the spring of 1865, was chased into the Everglades by Federal troops. Riley buried $500,000 in gold bullion in west central Broward County. A Confederate paymaster fleeing Federal troops buried $200,000 in gold coins in Hendry County and the area is supposedly between Alligator Alley and State Route 41.

     OTHER NOTABLE SITES......NORTH CAROLINA......FOLEY INLET...Six blockade-runners wrecked in this area and coins from the various wrecks periodically wash ashore. SHAKLESFORD BEACH...........A Confederate blockade-runner ran aground on Shaklesford Beach, located on the southwest side of Harker's Island, ten miles south of Beauford. The crew went ashore and buried a large chest of silver coins among the high sand dunes. By the way, all the Confederates were killed by Federal troops.

     KGC GOLD LEGENDS.....ALABAMA.....ATHENS...Two huge metal chests containing over $100,000 in gold and silver were dumped into a bog in 1865. The treasure is located approximately four miles north of Athens in Limestone County.  BIRMINGHAM....$1,000,000 in gold is buried around Birmingham.

     ARKANSAS......WICKES.....$1 million in gold bars are buried near Wickes in Polk County......White River.....A union gunboat carrying $150,000 in gold coins sank on the White River near Claredon....A man by the name of John Crittenhouse recovered this loot and placed it in a cave near Claredon but died soon afterward before he could spend any of it.

     LOUISIANA....NEW ORLEANS BANKERS entrusted $6 million in gold to several Confederate officers just before the city was captured..They buried the gold somewhere on the Walter C. Flowers estate located between Madisonville and Chinchuba. The officers were later killed and the gold remains lost.

     KGC GOLD IN SAVANNAH....In 1864, $20 million to $30 million in gold bars stamped, "CSA TREASURY" was being transported from Texas, bound for the banks in France and England. The shipment reached Savannah but Union troops were moving in hoping to capture the huge treasure and shorten the war for good. KGC operative, Major Miller, decided to bury the gold bars outside the city limits. The burial took 3 hours to complete from the time they left the outskirts until the wagons returned empty. The gold was never found and rumors persisted that Major Miller buried this golden hoard in an old graveyard. History states, Major Miller was known to say, "We buried it in the last place that anyone would think to look for it." General Sherman mounted a search for it but never found anything! Now, I've done some extensive research and found some documentation related to this incident. Here's what I discovered about it all. Major Miller retired a very rich man after the war and built a very large plantation in Georgia. I'm not saying he went back and recovered the gold since the amount was too large for transfer without some detection. There are records from the KGC that tells another story about this hoard. The gold was buried in an old Confederate cemetry under a false grave with the name of a certain General on the tombstone above. On each side of this false grave are two other names of Confederates and they too are false graves. I found the name of the original cemetry and did some research on it. Some KGC records indicate the gold was later moved to a Super Depository north of Atlanta and stored there while another document states the gold was never moved at all...Forget about going in and trying to locate this since it's against the law to search or dig in a cemetry....Of course, there are those who don't care and maybe this will all come to light someday.

     KGC SITES IN AMERICA.......North of Alexandria, Louisiana, North of Atlanta, Georgia,  North of Columbia, South Carolina, 2 major sites in Tennessee and another large site near Gatlinburg.  South of Lexington, Kentucky....AND MANY MORE THAT WILL APPEAR IN OTHER ISSUES OF THIS NEWSLETTER........

     Much of the info contained in this story is from other stories written by well known authors. KGC info is from my own extensive research, documentation that I've acquired over the years and personal observation. Please know that any KGC info I present here I do so by my own free will. I feel all treasure hunters should have access to information on any aspect of this hobby without the idea of paying for it or joining groups dedicated to KGC research and discovery. I will present future evidence that these depositories and sites used by the KGC belongs freely to all the people and not just to some of the people. I personally welcome all inquiries and questions and will answer you promptly. If you need help in your quest for discovery or clues to any site please don't hesitate to contact me since all will remain confidential.

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CONCLUSION

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DEDICATION

TO MY WIFE TARA !!  Thanks for your tolerance & support.

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