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tively connected with any other movement cannot be established.
That they had visions of magnificent triumphs is certain, but
that they ever had much of a chance of success is doubtful.
Although widely scattered, the membership was small, and very
few of the members knew much about the real plans of the
organization. It was poorly financed and even more poorly led.
It is not surprising that such a scheme arose. Like the other
expansion projects, this scheme was a more or less natural
product of the age. It was born of the same spirit that sent
men filibustering into Cuba, Mexico, and Central America, that
made men dream of annexations North, West, and South, and
that in an earlier day sent men to occupy Texas, Oregon, and
California. It is possibly true that some Southern leaders were
aware of the existence of the order of the Knights of the
Golden Circle. A few of them may have given advice, sympathy,
or money, but there is no trustworthy evidence of it.
The Knights of the Golden Circle was an organization of
Southern men, who looked toward the South, contemplated
Southern expansion, and dreamed of Southern glories. Their
amazing scheme, their dazzling vision, failed to materialize.
Lacking money enough to sustain even a few hundred men,
they dreamed of enormous riches; lacking in man power enough
to justify procedure with their plans, they talked of dominating
millions of men in their new empire; lacking in personal leader-
ship, they planned what few if any leaders could have accom-
plished; lacking in ability to organize and control their own
members, they pictured themselves governing the most power-
ful nation on the earth; lacking in most of the essentials of
success in this kind of undertaking, they indulged in visions
that they could not possibly attain. Truly the dream of the
Knights of the Golden Circle was a filibustering fantasy of
the first magnitude.
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