Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Jesse James and the Knights of the Golden Circle:
the Albert Pike Connection (Part 1)

(A portrait of Albert Pike in his later years wearing Masonic regalia.)

Mysterious Looking Letter-Symbols

I've mentioned Albert Pike and his connection to the Knights of the Golden
Circle (KGC) in a previous post ("Jesse James and the Knights of the Golden
Circle: Tips on KGC Treasure Locations [Part 3],"\
2.html). At the top of that post I placed a graphic image with 4 lines of

The first two lines of those mysterious looking letter-symbols were created by
Albert Pike himself. Perhaps now the light bulb has gone off in your head and
you now know why I told you to pay particular attention to those two lines of
letter-symbols. (If you don't, e-mail me at and we'll
discuss it.) In order to better understand Albert Pike's connection to the KGC
(and Jesse James and KGC treasure repositories) we must first learn more about
the man himself.
A Die-hard Southern Sympathizer and "Knight Templar"

Although born and raised in the thoroughly "Yankee" state of Massachussets,
Albert Pike would eventually become a die-hard Southern sympathizer who served a
as a Major General in the Confederate Army. As a little-known fact Pike actually
wrote the lyrics (Confederate version) to that timeless Southern anthem,

Pike was an extremely literate and educated man (he was accepted into Harvard
University but declined to attend) who possessed an advanced Freemason's
(Masonic) degree. In fact, Pike was a "Knight Templar" which should suggest to
you how deeply he was involved in the Masonic Rite and ultimately, the KGC.

"General" Pike

After serving in the Mexican War Pike moved to Little Rock, Arkansas where he
edited Little Rock's newspaper, the Arkansas Advocate. When the Civil War broke
out, Pike was given command of mixed (Indian and "partisan") forces in the
so-called Indian Territories (which included Oklahoma) where he was victorious
at the Battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas.

Things literally went "south" for Pike after Pea Ridge where he was taken to
task because some of his native troops had scalped fallen Union soldiers.
Additionally, he was accused of mishandling large amounts of gold and silver
coin needed to supply his troops. In the end, Pike resigned his generalcy but
never forsook the Southern cause.

Pike, Jesse, and the Youngers

Remember, at this same time the James Boys and the Younger brothers were riding
with Confederate "partisan ranger" William Quantrill's forces in nearby
Missouri. After Pike's fall from grace as a Southern military commander it is
fairly well known that he traveled extensively in the Indian Territories,
Arkansas, and yes....Missouri.

Is there a possible connection between Albert Pike (who would later be called
the KGC's "Dark Prince") and Jesse James? In my own mind I believe that the word
possible should be changed, at the very least, to probable (if not "without a

Questions Begging for Answers

And what of those mysterious letter-symbols that Pike created? Why would he and
use so much of his intellectual brilliance and time and effort on such a task?
What were those letter-symbols used for and, more importantly, what did they

These are all important questions begging for answers. Stop and think about them
for a moment. Is the connection clearer to you now? No?

Never fear. There's more to come on this subject.
Good hunting to you......
(c) J.R. 2010
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