Klement, Frank L.

Dark lanterns : secret political societies, conspiracies, and treason trials in the Civil War / Frank L. Klement. - Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c1984. - xiii, 263 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

Includes index.

Bibliography: p. 245-253.

George Bickley and the knights of the Golden Circle -- The Union leagues : patriotic secret societies -- Phineas C. Wright, the Order of American Knights, and the Sanderson expose -- H. H. Dodd, the Sons of Liberty, and the Carrington expose -- The Holt report on secret societies -- The northwestern Confederacy scheme and the Indianapolis treason trials -- The Camp Douglas conspiracy and the Cincinnati treason trial -- Epilogue : postwar potpourri.

The author refutes past historical theories and claims that such subversive, secret Civil War societies as the Knights of the Golden Circle, the Order of American Knights, and the Sons of Liberty were never much more than paper-based organizations with vague goals and little ability to carry them out.

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Secret societies--History--United States--19th century.
Trials (Treason)--United States.

United States--Politics and government--1861-1865.
United States--History--Underground movements.--Civil War, 1861-1865
United States--History--Societies, etc.--Civil War, 1861-1865

Secret societies United States History 19th century Trials (Treason) United States United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Societies, etc United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Underground movements United States Politics and government 1861-1865

E458.8 / .K673 1984