ESCAPING WITH THE CONFEDERATE TREASURY (COMMENT). I posted here about this wikipedia article which argues that John Trenholm, who made a fortune during the Civil War as a blockade-runner, was the model for Rhett Butler. My sister-in-law Margo points out that I left out the facts that Margaret Mitchell “wrote that Atlanta believed Rhett had made off with the gold of the Confederate Treasury”, and that Trenholm had been accused of making off with the Confederate Treasury. Since Trenholm had become the Treasurer of the Confederacy, he might have been in a position to do it. They are great facts, and I don’t know why I left them out. Perhaps, I didn’t want to think that Rhett Butler was capable of that.

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