History Detectives: Klondike Gold & Morgan's Raiders

History Detectives: Klondike Gold & Morgan's Raiders

Saturday, May 18 at 8:00 p.m.

Could an Alaskan shipwreck contain two tons of Klondike gold?

Environmentalist Gabriel Scott was working in the Copper River Delta near Cordova, Alaska, when he came across the wreckage of an old ship. According to locals, these are the remains of the SS Portland, the famous steamship that carried 68 miners and nearly two tons of gold from the Klondike River to Seattle harbor and began the great Klondike Gold Rush of 1897.

Then, a man in Paris, Kentucky, owns a Western-style saddle, believed to have been used by the Confederate general, John Hunt Morgan, on his famous raid into Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio in July 1863. Could this be a relic from one of the most audacious attacks launched by the South during the Civil War? History Detective Wes Cowan is on the case and reveals a surprising personal connection: Wes's great-grandfather was actually one of "Morgan's Raiders" and was captured alongside Morgan during the historic raid.

Pictured: The five History Detectives (from L-R) Wes Cowan, Gwen Wright, Tukufu Zuberi, Elyse Luray and Eduardo Pagan.