SS Central America and the Panic of 1857. Gold hunters to dive ship wreck.

5 May

SS Central America and the Panic of 1857. Gold hunters to dive ship wreck.

When the SS Central America sank on Sept. 12, 1857, it was carrying gold ingots and freshly minted U.S. $20 Double Eagle coins. New York banks were awaiting the shipment; the size of the loss was so large that it contributed to the Panic of 1857 and the economy was weakened until after the civil war. Gold hunters to dive ship wreck.


150th anniversary of Morgan’s Raid this summer. Salineville, OH to take part in Morgan’s Raid tour

22 Apr

150th anniversary of Morgan's Raid this summer. Salineville, OH to take part in Morgan’s Raid tour

According to The Review, it was 150 years ago, this July, when Salineville played host to some 23,000 Union soldiers, and another 500 Confederate soldiers captured during what would become known as Morgan’s Raid.

The infamous raid has since become part of local lore and is still talked about “as though it happened yesterday” as John H. Barnet of the Carroll County Historical Society put it.

“Salineville played a big part in this” he said.

At Monday Village Council meeting, Barnet outlined events planned to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Morgan’s Raid. The events will take place on what was the last two days of Morgan’s Raid, July 27-28, around Salineville and across Columbiana, Carroll and Jefferson counties. Historical societies in these three counties will host a drive-it-yourself tour of Morgan’s route through Ohio. The tour will include seven stops along Morgan’s route starting in Wintersville and ending in Wellsville, where Morgan was taken after being captured near West Point. Barnet told council the driving tour will send motorists down state Route 164, bringing them into the village. Read more here:


Artifacts still being discovered at wreck of Spanish galleon Nuestra Señora de Atocha.

20 Mar

Spanish galleon Nuestra Señora de Atocha

Participants in the Atocha Dive Adventure will join the effort to recover artifacts and treasure from the Spanish galleon Nuestra Señora de Atocha. In 1985, shipwreck salvager Mel Fisher uncovered an estimated $500 million of the Atocha’s treasure

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Villain or Hero? The truth about Alexander Hamilton Stephens, Vice President of the Confederacy.

18 Mar

Villan or Hero. The truth about Alexander Hamilton Stephens, Vice President of the Confederacy.

According to Wikipedia, During his 32 years of practice, he gained a reputation as a capable defender of the wrongfully accused. None of his clients charged with capital crimes were executed. One notable case was that of a slave woman accused of attempted murder. Stephens volunteered to defend her. Despite the circumstantial evidence presented against her, Stephens won an acquittal for the woman.

According to access Atlanta, People who have seen “Lincoln” may little note nor long remember the appearance at mid-film of a character named Alexander Stephens. But put down your popcorn, Georgia. Stephens, portrayed as a bit of a weasel in the movie, was a product of the Peach State, the vice president of the Confederacy and an aggressively pro-slavery white supremacist.

As it happens, he also is one of the two Georgians whose statues grace the National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol. Each state was asked 150 years ago to send statues of two of its most illustrious citizens to the Capitol, there to stand in honor for the decades and centuries to come.

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In 1884, Leroy Pope Walker defends Frank James who was acquitted of all charges.

18 Mar

Leroy Pope Walker defends Frank James

Huntsville’s Trial of the Century

On April 17, 1884, the trial began. Frank entered the courtroom accompanied by his wife, young son, and an all-star legal team headed by veteran Huntsville lawyer, Leroy Pope Walker who also happened to be the former Secretary of War for the Confederacy. Leroy Pope Walker saved his most brutal cross examination for the government’s star witness. Liddel was portrayed as a liar and career criminal, who was destroying the character and reputation of an upright man like Frank, so he could avoid going to the gallows for murder.

Governor Smith could see his case slipping away. He tried on redirect to reestablish some of Liddel’s credibility, but in the end it did no good. After a parade of witnesses by the defense who swore that they saw Frank in Nashville on the day of the robbery and a brilliant final summation by Leroy Pope Walker, the jury reached its verdict.

Frank James was acquitted of all charges. He walked out of that Huntsville courthouse a free man. He returned to Missouri and, for the most part, lived a quiet life. The James Gang was no more.

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Austin Rare Coins and Bullion Sells One of the World’s Oldest and Most Treasured Coins. Lydian Gold Coin Struck in 560 BC Will Never Be Back on Market

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