Dying confession of a K. G. C.
--A correspondent of the Philadelphia Inquirer
furnishes the following statement:
A man of respectable connections, who resided some years near Hillsburg, Pa., died a few days since at his home.
A few hours previous to his death he called a few friends round him, and intimated to them that he could not die peaceably without relieving his conscience it.
He confessed that he was a Knight of the Golden Circle
, which order was secretly and extensively represented in most Northern cities.
He stated that regular and general communication was carried on between the headquarters of the "Knights" and the Cabinet
of Jefferson Davis
That he was cognizant that the rebel War Department had arranged with the organization of which he was a member to evacuate Richmond
, for the purpose of drawing the Federal
army that far South, and while their attention was there engrossed the rebel army, by a quick flank movement, would descend in full force upon Washington
, and, aided by a general uprising of the Knights in Pennsylvania
and other Northern States, capture the city and seize upon the Government
by force, leaving our Army South at liberty to desolate at the expense of retaliation in their own States.
This is no fabrication, but unquestionable authority furnishes this confession of a dying man, on a subject now familiar to the residents of the district wherein he resided.