By William Karras
From page 11 of the March, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. all rights reserved
Capt. Thomas Jefferson Beale was a friend of Andrew Jackson and fought with him at the Battle of New Orleans on January 8, 1815. Jean Laffite, famous pirate of the Baratarias, also fought with Jackson in that battle. Another man, Gaspar Trammel, was well known at the time as a freight hauler and founder of the wagon trail from Galveston, Texas, to St. Louis, Missouri.
This trail was continued to be called the Trammel Trace until late in the 1860's.
These three men, Beale, Laffite and Trammel, are linked by tradi-tion, records and circumstantial evidence to a $3,000,000 treasure (worth perhaps 10 times that amount on today's inflated market) buried near Buford Tavern in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.