The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 70, July 1966 - April, 1967 Page: 572
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The KGC in Texas, r86o-r86z
Tennessee, contained a brief autobiography with this incredible
I was thrown on the world pennyless and friendless; yet with
great energy I educated myself and rose to eminence in the pro-
fession of medicine. I have written many books, and vast quantities
[of] minor essays on all conceivable subjects. I have built up prac-
tical secession and inaugurated the greatest war of modem times."7
Was this just more egocentrism? Or, was this the truth for a
change? On the basis of currently available sources, it is obvious
that, genetically, the KGC was a reflection of the times when men
could feel but could not think. At best, the group was more an
impression than an expression. Its essence therefore is not dis-
cernible per se in the visible or tangible world of acts branded
"KGC." Its vita are embedded in the subtle, silent abyss of opin-
ion, and they will be rectifiable only through research that is
exhaustive as well as intensive. To effect any sort of an organic
incarnation of the group, researchers will have to roll up their
sleeves and dig into the scattered grass-roots archives of the local
KGC chapters and then possibly a correlation of the secret KGC
membership lists with participants in documented events will
reveal the true deeds and dreams of this lost corps of double-
lifed Southern patriots.
8"Autobiographical sketch dated Bristol, Tennessee, December 14, 1862, and signed
"Geo. W. L. Bickley, M.D.," Bickley Papers.
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