On January 19, 2009, one day before Barack Obama’s first inauguration, I had the honor to appear as a guest on RMNews Radio. The hostess, Rayelan, subsequently posted the question, “DID A FEDERAL RESERVE BANK EXIST IN 1865??”
On the program, as I recall, the subject of a claim by one of my sources, the “Anonymous Author”, was discussed. He had implied that a “Federal” Reserve bank had existed in 1865. (Of course, the commonly accepted birthday for the “Fed” is December 23, 1913.)
It is not clear, but this alleged 1865 Federal Reserve Bank seems to have been located in Charlotte, North Carolina and was in the vicinity of a Bank of England branch.
After the discussion on the RMNews Radio program of January 19, 2009, this question of a possible pre-1913 Federal Reserve facsimile lodged in my mind. The upshot of further delving into the subject is contained in my book, “What Would Millard Do?” (published by Lulu.com). Besides Civil War-era banking machinations, an unusual perspective on the War Between the States is offered therein.
Among the many sources which helped me in my research, an especially superb book charting a link between the Civil War and the “Federal” Reserve is by John Remington Graham: Blood Money: The Civil War and the Federal Reserve (Gretna, LA: Pelican Publishing, 2006)
“The fatal wound that robbed the Republic of its life was neither slavery, nor tariffs, nor even secession. It was money, money bathed in the blood of American soldiers, both North and South,” summarized David Aiken in his Foreword to Graham’s book.
Aiken claimed that Congressman Charles A. Lindbergh, Sr. (1859 – 1924) linked the Federal Reserve with the Civil War in his book, Banking and Currency and the Money Trust.
Britain did not give up on regaining “her” colonies after the War of 1812. A European bankers’ plot enlisted portions of Freemasonry which infiltrated North and South with agents provocateur. Their task was to stir up passions on the slavery issue. Through this “divide and conquer” strategy, Britain and France hoped to take over portions of North America. But Abraham Lincoln heroically fought to preserve the Union and defeat the “divide and conquer” scheme. Especially irksome to the European bankers were Lincoln’s Greenbacks, money controlled not by bankers but by the U.S. government. For this reason, Lincoln was assassinated. Thereafter the Greenbacks were retired in favor of “sound money” (gold). Later, after the “Federal” Reserve came into open power, the “sound money” was abandoned. But the key thing is that control of U.S. currency was hijacked following the murder of Abraham Lincoln.