The Beale Treasure
NEW History of a Mystery

Peter Viemeister




Written by the former President of Grumman Data Systems Corporation and Chairman of the Bedford City/County Museum. True facts about the real people involved in the story of gold and silver purportedly buried in Bedford County in 1819 and 1821. Explores ties to Thomas Jefferson, Jean Lafitte, and the Confederate Treasury. With 54 illustrations, including cave photos and maps, and the complete original pamphlet with all ciphers which describe the exact location in ciphers. This book is a major revision and update of the earlier volume of 1987.

This is the authoritative book on the subject. 190 useful references.




Beale Treasure hunt concentrates near the Peaks of Otter.



It includes a useful timeline listing of relevant events and deaths, including Poe, Burr, Wilkinson, Hazlewood, Lee and others. A special diagram shows the relationships of certain people, including Jefferson, Clark, Ward, Otey, Morriss, Buford, Risque, Hutter, Jackson, and Lafitte. Issues of transport, personalities, and alternatives are explored and carefully analyzed in the context of the United States and Southwest history of the 1800’s. Even if you are not a treasure hunter, the book is a compelling story.



Why this Book?

Since the author’s first book on the subject, The Beale Treasure - History of a Mystery, appeared in 1987, millions have learned of the Beale Treasure story -- from hundreds of articles and from special TV programs on FoxTV, History Channel, BBC, Travel Channel, WSET, WDBJ, and even Seoul Broadcasting of Korea. Interest is keen not just in the USA, but in many countries abroad. Research is active in Sweden. Howard Woodcock of Britain keeps his History of a Mystery on the shelf next to Sherlock Holmes. The July 2005 issue of Cryptologia says "Viemeister is the most knowledgeable expert on the history and mystery surrounding the Beale treasure."

No one knows how many seek the treasure surreptitiously. It is no secret that hundreds of individuals have called, written or visited Bedford to share their insights or to openly search for the treasure. This book includes facts and new theories that have been uncovered by Beak scholars. Compared to the earlier book, this volume is overhauled, enriched and improved. This new edition shares what the author has learned over the years: new photos, new maps, new references, new leads. Several major new theories are described.

Among many theories is the notion that the “treasure” was actually part of the treasury assets of the South, stashed in Bedford in 1865 for safekeeping until the Confederacy could be rejuvenated. Bases for this idea included recommendations from Gen. Robert E. Lee to President Jefferson Davis. (An explanation of how this might conceivably been done can be found in the novel “Confederate Treasure Coverup - Duty, Honor and Deceit”)



The complete answer to the mystery eludes us. Hopefully, with Beale Treasure - NEW History of a Mystery as your reference, you may get closer 

These excerpts are just samples of what are in the book:

Robert E. Lee?
Up North, at Santa Fe in that war, the United States enjoyed an easy "victory" in August 1846. The town had been trading more with the United States than it did with the rest of Mexico. When General Stephen Watts Kearny and 1700 men in his “Army of the West” neared Santa Fe, the Governor disbanded his defense force of citizens - who lacked conviction - and left town. Kearny strolled in and shortly thereafter redirected 1,000 of his men to leave and help the American cause elsewhere.
American forces met serious resistance much further south. In early 1847, Gen. Winfield Scott led a force of 12,600, which had been brought by the Navy to the Mexican shore near Vera Cruz. On his staff was Robert E. Lee, then a 39-year-old captain. In a series of painful battles, they fought their way inland and occupied Mexico City on September 14, 1847. There they stayed until the peace treaty of Guadeloupe Hidalgo was signed in the spring of 1848. Lee was promoted, but his activities are not well...

Thomas Jefferson?
Tom Hemmings had potential for leadership. He may have inherited his mother’s hair, eyes and skin, and if he were Jefferson’s son, he could have Jefferson’s tall build, good looks, and brain. One scholar of Jeffersonian history recalls that Tom’s skin color was “sable.” Recall the Pawnee report of seeing men “blacker than the Indians” in 1817-1818.
If Tom were a favored slave, he would have been afforded access to books and good educational instruction. Young Tom could have been aware of the art of secret messages and been capable of creating ciphered messages. Thomas Jefferson once invented a code machine, and after leaving office, he retained a copy of the State Department code book he had used back when he was Ambassador to France. Young Tom might have seen it,...

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The Beale Treasure - NEW History of a Mystery
190 References. Maps. Photos. Map of Dig Sites.
This is the authoritative book on the subject.
Maps. Charts. The complete original 1885 pamphlet.
6x9 231 pages Copyright 1998



Cloth hardcover ISBN 1-883912-04-0




Confederate Treasure Coverup - 
Duty, Honor and Deceit

Peter Viemeister



Millions know of the Beale Treasure mystery from articles and special programs on WSET, Fox TV, History Channel, Travel Channel, BBC, CBS and even Seoul Broadcasting. But the puzzle still defies solution. Is the treasure real? Where did it come from? Where is it?



Peter Viemeister authored seven history books, including the now-classic resource book, The Beale Treasure - NEW History of a Mystery. The July 2005 issue of Cryptologia says "Viemeister is the most knowledgeable expert on the history and mystery surrounding the Beale treasure." 

To these works he added novel, his only work of fiction, follows a theory woven from his wide research into the Beale treasure mystery.



Peter's Confederate Treasure Coverup reveals who put it where, how they did it, what became of it, and what became of them, while struggling with ethical and moral issues.



The intrigue begins in the chaotic final days of the Civil War. An elite team of VMI officers begin a covert mission to protect part of the Confederate Treasury.



They disguise the hoard and use multiple ruses and a tangled web of deteriorating railways to survive a series of Yankee attacks, finally concealing the assets in a secret place.



At War's end, the Confederacy collapses and only a select few know about the very existence of the stash. What to do?



Torn between temptation and obligation, and coping with unforeseen violence and killings, the team recommits itself to duty and honor and embarks on an inventive, new mission... with surprising results.



Copyright 2004 Peter Viemeister First edition
Confederate Treasure Coverup - Duty, Honor and Deceit




Flex Cover 160 pages ISBN 1-883912-18-0



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