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Knights of the Golden Circle: Secret Empire, Secession, Civil War

This is a "Banner Lecture" at the Virginia Historical Society.  It is free to members and $6 for others.

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The Knights of the Golden Circle was a mysterious southern-based society that set out in 1859 to establish a slave empire in Mexico. In late 1860, it shifted its focus to supporting the secession movement and intimidating Unionists in the South. According to David Keehn, once the war began, the Knights helped build up the nascent Confederate army and carried out various clandestine actions, including an attempt to assassinate Abraham Lincoln as he passed through Baltimore in 1861. Keehn, an attorney from Allentown, Pa., is the author of Knights of the Golden Circle: Secret Empire, Southern Secession, Civil War.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I found the presentation interesting and certainly learned some things I didn't know.

    June 13, 2013

  • Steve F

    This was a very interesting subject that is usually little more than a footnote in history, yet may have had some degree of significant impact on the War Between the States. To hear the author who brought forth his research and book lecture on the matter was most worthwhile. There were probably 250+ people in attendance. AND, the Historical Society had a used book sale going on! Tough to run that gantlet.

    June 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've never heard of this before and look forward to learning something new!

    May 27, 2013

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