Just ordered a new book: David C. Keehn’s Knights of the Golden Circle: Secret Empire, Southern Secession, Civil War.
“Based on years of exhaustive and meticulous research, David C. Keehn s study provides the first comprehensive analysis of the Knights of the Golden Circle, a secret southern society that initially sought to establish a slave-holding empire in the Golden Circle region of Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America. Keehn reveals the origins, rituals, structure, and complex history of this mysterious group, including its later involvement in the secession movement. Members supported southern governors in precipitating disunion, filled the ranks of the nascent Confederate Army, and organized rearguard actions during the Civil War. …”