Has anyone heard the following story? And do you know any other info?
On July 31, 1864, Governor Brown, of the State of Georgia, ordered Col. John Jones to take the funds of the State Treasury of Georgia to Macon and there place it in Safety Deposit boxes until further notice as Federal Troops were approaching the capital (Milledgeville) and he wanted to make certain it didn't fall into Federal hands.
An armed guard left the Capitol around midnight, but as they neared Macon, it was found that this city had also fallen into Union hands. The wagons carrying the Treasury money turned and went back through the piney woods to Sparta in Hancock County where it was buried on a nearby farm. The amount of this treasure was over one-half million dollars which was never recovered.