Ghosts Guard Cornwallis' Gold

By H.T. Ellis
From page 23 of the October, 1976 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 1976 Lost Treasure, Inc. all rights reserved

While researching a Bicentennial story, two paragraphs from Bill Sharpe's book, "A New Geography of North Carolina," roused my interest. They were:

"According to legend, when the British crossed Abbott's Creek in 1781, Cornwallis had a large sum in gold and silver. Because his baggage train was strained by supplies, the British general put his coins in a large barrel and lowered it in a hole in the creek, planning to recover it later.

"But he never came back and, from that day to this, ghost stories connected with the sunken gold have been popular in that neighborhood. Possum hunters and others report strange lights, mysterious figures, and other phenomena. No one has ever found the gold."

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