Sunday, May 12, 2013

Confederate Gold and Silver

The 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg will be celebrated in July, 2013 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Author Peter F. Warren has been invited to participate in three separate book signings in connection with this event, and he is energized and honored to have been included in the extended invitations!

It is obvious from reading Confederate Gold and Silver that Warren spent considerable time and effort in researching the facts for this historical novel. The truth is that there is still much speculation about the possible locations of the gold and silver coins representing the Confederate treasury that was buried to withhold it from “those damn Yankees.”

Warren offers his own twist on this story and turns it into a mysterious page-turner that is written in an interesting format of alternating each chapter’s era from protagonist Paul Waring’s discoveries in 2011 to Captain Judiah Francis creating Civil War history in 1863.

Waring’s determination to utilize the clues he has stumbled upon to at last uncover this hidden Confederate treasury is laced with a perpetual reminder of the fact that this war was filled with such horror and philosophical impasse that should never have killed the estimated 360,222 Union soldiers and the 258,000 Confederate casualties of the Civil War. These numbers have been written in stone for many years, but in 2012 a New York Times article indicates that those statistics are understated and could very well exceed 20 percent more.

Being a Murrells Inlet, South Carolina resident, I appreciated the local setting where Paul Waring and his wife Donna have chosen to retire from their busy Connecticut lives and where Paul’s initial inadvertent discovery propels him on an insatiable path of research and treasure hunting.

One does not necessarily need to be a Civil War enthusiast or Reenactor to become engrossed in the premise of this book and the shroud of secrecy that is gradually exposed. Knowing that the story is based on an age in our country’s history that should never be forgotten, reading Confederate Gold and Silver is a solid reminder of exactly how deeply entrenched political and philosophical gridlock can turn a nation upside down.

It brought me back to a time in 1980 when my deeply Southern rooted family members met my New York born and raised husband for the first time. After chatting with my husband for quite some time, my uncle Jack pulled me aside and quietly whispered, “That Fred’s a really nice guy…for a Yankee!”

Hopefully, time has mellowed folks who viewed each other as Yankees and Rebels. We are, after all, proud Americans. And, by the way, I’d certainly like to unearth that gold and silver treasure!


A former resident of Connecticut, retired from the Connecticut State Police Department after serving for many years in several command assignments, Peter is a graduate of the University of New Haven, the FBI National Academy and an honor graduate of the Connecticut State Police Academy. He currently resides in South Carolina with his wife, Debbie.

Peter is a Civil War enthusiast and an avid golfer, choosing to combine those interests and his law enforcement experience into his first book,
Confederate Gold and Silver.

Recently, Peter, along with his co-authors, Roy McKinney and Edward Odom, have released The Journey North. This is a fictional story about the Battle of Little Round Top on Day 2 of the epic three-day battle at Gettysburg. While the book describes the actual brutal fighting that took place between the 20th Maine and the 15th Alabama, it also is a story of two opposing soldiers who accidentally met on the field of battle and became lifetime friends.

Visit Peter Warren at for more information, Peter’s upcoming events including The Moveable Feast on May 24, 2013 at Kimbel’s in Wachesaw Plantation in Murrells Inlet where he will feature The Journey North (call 235-9600 for details) and various links to purchasing sites and book formats.

See you soon with another opportunity to learn about amazing authors and their intriguing books!

Mary Anne Benedetto

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