16 January 2009 by Published in: General News 3 comments

Thanks to reader Charlie Knight for passing this along….

The Augusta, Georgia Museum of History was recently robbed of Civil War-era items. None had a great deal of monetary value, but all are probably irreplaceable. A newspaper article from Charlie’s e-mail:

Published: January 13, 2009

(AUGUSTA) – The Augusta’s Story Room at the museum is missing some pieces of history and the theft was a brazen one.

Richmond County Investigator Alton Creech says Saturday, or Sunday, someone waited until no one was looking and smashed the display case that used to be here and took the items. No one may have seen the theft, but cameras were rolling.

Inv. Alton Creech: “There was video of the incident we’re trying to locate the exact video of the incident itself. There were also fingerprints found at the scene.”

This is a list of some of the stolen civil war ear items:

Georgia $500 note Civil War Era valued at $40.

A Confederate States of America $20 note valued at $32

The Bank of South Carolina currency for $.10 valued at $12

Seated Liberty half dollar valued at $120

City Council of Augusta $.25 note number 955 Civil War era vauled at $12

Augusta $1 bill Civil War era valued at $25

Pair of earrings made of hair valued at $150

Hair jewelry brooch valued at $250

Ring link chain made of meat bones (brown) with approx. 25 links valued at $250.

Inv. Creech: “They were not the most expensive items that they had. They don’t want any type of loss, in any way. It definitely could have been worse.”

This is another instance where I think that waterboarding and an all-expenses-paid vacation to Gitmo would be wholly appropriate for the perpetrators. Let’s hope that they get caught quickly.

In the interim, if anyone tries sell or donate any of these items, please report it to your local police.

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  1. Sat 17th Jan 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Been there many times as my mom is from Augusta. They have spent an enormous amount of money on their history, Augusta Canal, Woodrow Wilson Boyhood Home and the museum. Did I mention the statue of James Brown?

  2. Sun 18th Jan 2009 at 11:38 pm

    Since Gitmo will be closed soon, let’s send them to Andersonville to serve as “Prisoner in Residence”. Same amenities as my Union ancestors of course.

  3. Sun 17th May 2009 at 3:09 am

    Nah…put ’em on a train to Elmira.

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