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Conference at Irwinville
By Alexander Trimble
Wednesday 12 April 2012
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Since boyhood I’ve been fascinated by the possibility of time travel, that somehow just perhaps I could roll back the pages of time, witness first hand, and even participate in those events, which I’ve read about in the history books.   Even dare I hope that history might even be altered!   Up until recent years these have been simply tales of fantasy told by fiction writers - that is until the discovery of wormholes, black holes and warped space.
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Some who study Quantum Physics hypothesize that man might one day break the time barrier, and given the technology, travel to and from distant stars in a matter of a few years, rather then several lifetimes.   The story of the six days of creation as described in the Book of Genesis, Chapter One, of the Holy Scriptures is not only a matter of faith, but has now entered into the realms of science, as Scientific Creationism.
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Consider this, what if you could quite literally travel back in time and return to some pre-chosen period in the past?   Where would you choose to go, what historical event would you change?   Join with us now as a scientific genius somehow unlocks the secrets of traveling in time!
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"Governor, if I had foreseen the use these people desired to make of their victory, there would have been no surrender at Appomattox, no, sir, not by me. Had I seen these results of subjugation, I would have preferred to die at Appomattox with my brave men, my sword in this right hand." --- General Robert E. Lee - as told to Texas ex-Governor F. W. Stockdale
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An Ole Friend from Irwinville
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The story you are about to read is that of Sheldon Sullivan, an ole friend, and it is retold here in the first person, as told to me a couple of years ago!  The story begins on Sunday 11 April 2010, another friend of mine called me on my cell phone it was Vinton Courtney!  I had known Vinton since childhood, he was in the same classes through most of our elementary school days, and even in High School, and both of us being somewhat athletic, were on the football team together.  We had many of good times together, and sometimes even competed for the attentions of the same lady.  That is until we both got married a few years after our graduation!
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But there were differences, I went in more for a business curriculum, and Vinton, being shall we say higher on the intellectual scale then I, was interested in advance mathematics and science.  So we drifted off in different directions after High School, save for a brief reunion during our sophomore year in College, when we both married our then High School Sweethearts.  But it was now many years later, Vinton had gone on to receive a Doctorate in Physics, and ended up with a title longer then a man’s ‘Honey Do List’, which is much to long to repeat here.
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As for myself I accepted my University Business Degree, spent 8 years in the military, and left the service after a few combat tours.  Since that time I have been involved in the what might be called the high end of the shipping business, having contacts with companies, corporations, and numerous politicians, both in the States as well as abroad.  It was a Sunday so I was at home, preparing to attend Church; it was still early by weekend standards, around 6:30 in the morning.  My Cell Phone began to ring; my wife Janice called out to me from the back room, honey, she said, who could it be this early on a Sunday.

I opened up my cell phone and clicked the green call button, it was Vinton Courtney, or shall I call him by his title, Doctor Vinton Courtney!  Since I had him posted on my list of contacts, his name had already appeared as soon as I opened the cell phone, so I knew before he spoke, to whom I was speaking.  Vinton, what brings you to the phone so early on a Sunday morning, how can I help you my friend?  Sheldon, you must come to my home outside of Irwinville, and bring your list of contacts, business, military, all of them, it is urgent.  What’s up Vinton?  I can’t discuss it on the telephone, but we can speak freely when you get here, but believe me when I say I need for you to be here, and soon.
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I have about 500 of them are listed on my portable hard drive Vinton; I’ll bring both it and my laptop if you wish!  Forgive me for speaking to you so briefly this morning but I must go, but please, while this is not exactly an emergency, just the same, get here as soon as you can.  Good day my friend!  Vinton hung up and I folded my cell phone and laid it down on the stand beside my chair, where I had taken a seat, as I spoke to him.  Janice had walked into the living room by now, and was standing not far away, waiting while I finished speaking to Vinton!  What was that all about honey, she said, and why so brief?
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I looked over at her; my mind still focused on the brief few words spoken by Vinton and how quickly he broke off the conversation!  Janice, it must be critically important to Vinton or else he wouldn’t have called at this time.  If it were merely a call between ole friends, he would have spoken longer, and more light-hearted, anyhow, he wants us at his house in Irwinville as quickly as possible.  Sheldon, Vinton has never spoken in those terms before, it must be very important, I assume you are going.  I had been looking at the floor my mind some distance away, what was so critically important to my ole friend Vinton Courtney?  Well ever mind, he called and we are leaving in the morning to pay him a visit!

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Janice and I sat down for a light breakfast of coffee and toast, time seemed to be rushing by, and soon it was already 7:30, so we took turns getting ready for Church, and knowing my wife as I did, she would take an hour or more, so I sat down to watch the morning news on television.  As I did, I thought back to the time when our two children were still living at home, quite a few years ago now.  I smiled as I recalled how long it usually took for my wife and two daughters to get ready for anything, let alone church.  Still I was raised in Church and around Christians, among those beliefs, a life given to those precious beliefs, it was Benjamin Frankly himself who said;
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“God governs in the affairs of man.  And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?  We have been assured in the Sacred Writings that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it….”   I didn’t know exactly what was up with Vinton, but I did know him to be a devout scientist, and among his interests was Quantum Physics.  I wasn’t sure what all this meant, but I did know that it deals somehow with the mysteries of time!  Just as I was about to conclude my chain of thought, Janice entered the living room, this time, all prettied up and ready for church.  It’s your turn honey, she said, so I arose and headed for the bedroom!
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The Mustering of Forces
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Early the next morning of Monday the 12th of April, Janice and I packed the car and rolled out of northern Atlanta, headed south toward the historic town of Irwinville; I figured the trip would take three, maybe four hours, depending upon the traffic and how many stops we made.  We arrived in the area in early afternoon, Eastern Time, pulled off the main highway onto a two-lane country road, soon we found ourselves pulling into the driveway of Doctor Vinton Courtney.  Vinton’s wife Betty was his intellectual equal, holding a Ph.D., she was a scientist in her own right, as we knocked on the door we were greeted by an elderly man, having been his household manager, dating back more then a decade.
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Mr. and Missus Sheldon and Janice Sullivan, it is good seeing both of you again, you are expected!  The old man known simply as Jacob turned about and led us through the foyer into the modest size living room, where Vinton and three other men were gathered.  They all stood as we entered, out of respect for Janice, inasmuch as it was there custom to practice the old Southern courtesies.  Janice and I walked down the row of men shaking hands, all of whom I knew from my military days!  There was, according to seniority,
Allen Bronson, Franklin Redding, and Corry Yarnel, each dressed in the well-tailored uniforms of a Confederate Lieutenant General, modern but distinctively confederate.

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These men had all failed to gain star rank, so they retired from military service after 26 years in 2008, having gained the rank of Colonel.  They were all of the WestPoint Class of 82, save for I myself who gain my commission as a result of a Civilian University!  I thought to myself, with all these distinguished men, why am I here?  The last man in line was my life long friend Doctor Vinton Courtney.  As Janice then I myself shook hands with Vinton, he very politely explained to her, perhaps you would be more comfortable with the ladies.  Just then Jacob stepped forward; the other ladies are in the kitchen, would you like to join them?  I nodded my head in the affirmative, and Jacob escorted Janice away!
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All of us in that room were in our early 50’s and had known each other for the better part of our lives, but still, the question that lingered in my mind was, why was I invited here, outside of having a lifelong friendship with Vinton?  As Janice was being escorted toward the kitchen us men were invited to take a seat, there were two of us seated on one side of an oblong coffee table, two on the other end, and Vinton at one end.  Vinton then began to speak, gentlemen, Sheldon must have surely wondered why he was called here; perhaps General Bronson would like to explain.  Bronson leaned forward in his chair and began to speak!
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Sheldon, each of us have had a gainful military career, we didn’t gain star rank so we retired after 26 years, give or take a year for each of us, but we have all had battlefield experience.  You on the other hand, while having had only 8 years; nonetheless you have become the unsung military tactician, and the organizer.  Believing the nation was rapidly deteriorating into hard-core socialism, you organized 300 hundred officers, from the active, inactive and retired rosters.  These officers are all known to be dedicated to restoring the Confederacy, should thing reach the point to where conditions are irretrievable.
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I looked at Allen Bronson; then glanced at the other three men, ‘all right, where do I fit into the picture?  True I have 300 officers, but I have no army, that’s not exactly top grade planning.’  Franklin Redding then spoke up, that may be true Sheldon, you have no army, but we do!  We met Doctor Vinton Courtney approximately ten years ago; he had the genius, as well as the political and business connections to raise huge sums of money.  Sheldon, we in turn had the military connections, and as fate or God’s grace would have it, we met at, of all places, an Atlanta 4th of July celebration.  Corry Yarnel then join in, Sheldon, we decided to find a coffee shop where we had snacks, so here we are!
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I was somewhat startled, you gentlemen have an army, how large and where?  Well Sheldon, we have 300,000 scattered over 12 states, and they are the best of the best, all Special Forces or else Navy Seals, and they are all Confederates or descendants of Confederates.  I could tell Vinton had something more to add, Sheldon he said, these men all originate from six different nations, but they are all devoted Confederates.  We have everything, including training, equipment, arms, ammunition and uniforms, as well as horses with accruements.  But we lack an officer corps, beyond these three men, and you my lifelong friend, are asked to provide the officer corps and to command this army.

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I now stood to my feet, as the others followed suit, and did likewise!  Did I hear correctly, you want me to accept the command of an army; with all the military experience we have in this room?  Yes Sheldon, responded Lieutenant General Allen Bronson, with you onboard we have our Officer Corps as well as our General Staff; will you accept?  I walked away from the group a short way and paced a bit, then turned to them and ask; what do I not know, there’s something you four men haven’t told me.  For a starter, how am I to utilize this army?  So now it was Vinton’s time to step forward as a scientist and explain!
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Fasten your seat belt Sheldon, what I am about to tell you is fantastic but true, so put in simple terms, I have learned the secret of time travel, I’ve have went back to the late ‘Civil War’ a number of times.  I did not approach anyone or attempt to change anything, but I have stocked stores throughout the Confederacy, sufficient to support an army until victory can be achieved.  I stopped my pacing and paused directly in front of Vinton, why not travel back to 1861 and begin there?  Why go back to a date after nearly all of our Confederate Armies have surrendered or disbanded?  Because Sheldon, the process has not proven sufficiently safe for men or equipment, beyond approximately 147 years?
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Vinton looked at me, Sheldon, time on this end is running short, everything is at the ready, if you accept follow Allen Bronson and he will take you to a room where the uniform and accoutrements of a full General await you.  Switch from civilian cloths into the uniform of a Confederate General, return and take command, the choice my friend is yours!  Allen and I departed, and I followed him, and just as Vinton had indicated, everything was laid out properly and in the correct sizes.  Allen returned to the group and awaited my decision, which would be made in the positive, simply by me putting on the Confederate General’s Uniform.  I stood and looked about the room, and down at the uniform!
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Laying Out the Strategy
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As I looked at the uniform laid out on the bed before me, I could hardly believe what was happening, was I really going to travel back in time at the head of an army, and turn a defeat into a victory for the Confederacy?  I thought to myself, this better not be a hoax or else some kind of a joke, if so some one will pay a dear price!  Nonetheless I have always dreamed of doing such a thing, howbeit I had always hoped to go back at an earlier time in the war, be that as it may, I’ll take what is offered.  So I put on the uniform and joined the others in the living room!  Upon my approach, I gave my first command; ‘we will now hold our first Council of War, so let us prepare for our arrival back in 1865.
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Doctor Courtney, I assume you have arranged for communications technology between the various elements of my army, both now and in the year 1865, if so who holds the knowledge and where are these stockpiles, you spoke of weapons, ammunition, uniforms, food, etc?  Doctor Courtney glanced at each one of us, then spoke directly to me, General Sullivan, each of the three members of your General Staff have been briefed on all the, who, what, when and where’s of this operation.  Additionally, each sector of the army will depart from their present location!  However let me remind you of this, once you travel back in time and alter the past, everything in this time period will have been changed.
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Army wives, families or for some, their girl friends, will be sent back in time with them; however, their arrival dates are set for two years after your own arrival.  This will give you sufficient time to win the victory and make preparations for them!  General Sullivan, I myself have set up a kind of temporary laboratory during this period, in an out of the way place in Central Alabama, you will all hear from me at some point after we have been transported back.  The good Doctor having completed his instructions then turned to General Sullivan!  General Sullivan finished his own final instructions, before each of his assigned Command Generals and their subordinate officers would make final preparations.
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Alright gentlemen we will concentrate our initial efforts on the six deep south states, Lieutenant General Bronson, you will command 100,000 men of the First Corps, 50,000 in South Carolina, and 50,000 in Georgia, sending three Battalions into Florida.   Lieutenant General Franklin Redding, you will command 100,000 men of the Second Corps, 50,000 in Alabama and 50,000 in Mississippi.  Lieutenant General Corry Yarnel, you will command the 100,000 men of the Third Corps, with 50,000 in Louisiana, and 50,000 in Arkansas.  Each Army of 50,000 will have a Major General in Command, appropriate officers will be provided for each subsequent unit under 50,000.
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General Bronson, gather the necessary historical documents in order to locate those remaining Confederate Armies, which have not heretofore surrendered, as of our arrival date.  One of your Battalions will arrive in the general vicinity of Tallassee, where you will locate Confederate Major General Samuel Jones, and convince him not to surrender.  A small force of a dozen or so men will locate Judah P. Benjamin, as you all know he has served in a number of posts under President Davis, among them is as Attorney General, Acting Secretary of War, and Secretary of State, he is ultimately heading for southwest Florida.  You may find him in Ocala Florida residing with Solomon Benjamin, a relative!
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Now, we have two days in which to prepare, so if there are any questions, lets have them!  General Sullivan glanced about at each of his generals and seeing there were no questions, he made a final statement.  I assume everyone understands the plan and will be ready at the designated time!  We will arrive on the evening of Sunday 10 May 1865 just outside of the city of Irwinville Georgia; those who will make up my own Regiment size escort will begin first by locating and securing the safety of President Jefferson Davis and his wife, our First Lady, Varina Davis.  The other contingents of our army will in the meantime begin their sweep, putting down any and all armies foreign to the Confederacy.
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The two days passed quickly and the day arrived when we were lining up at the out-door transporter, with our mounts, weapons, food and other accoutrements, ready to travel backward in time.  Henceforth our country will quite literally be the Confederate States of America!  Upon arrival I want each of you to sweep northward and westward, until all 13 member States and territories of the Confederacy are free of Union occupation forces, as well as any carpetbaggers you find along the way.  I want any and all Confederates in captivity freed, as well as legitimate State Governments officials.
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Further given the enormous destruction, which has taken place in Richmond and Atlanta, you will all stay in contact with me, pending the securing of President Davis’s safety.  As President and Commander in Chief, he will let us know where he wishes to reassemble the Confederate States Government; I will in turn pass the information along to you.  You will seek out and take down any and all occupational forces, using special forces and guerrilla tactics, there will be no battle lines in the open field, those days are over.  Additionally, where possible use a tactic employed during the Colonial Revolution, by taking down by first taking down their officer corps.
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The Commander in Chief
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The following two days were extremely busy, with preparing our families; assembling whatever historical documents we would need and making sure our armies were in place and battle ready.  Finally confirmation was received from our various commands, all the elements of our army were positioned on various out of the way spaces, which served as assembly areas.  Doctor Vinton Courtney used the term Quantum Assembly Area or {QAA}, to describe the buildings used for the time travel technology.  The Army had been broken down into Corps of 25,000 each, and the civilians likewise, and the process continued steadily, until everyone concerned had moved back in time.
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Quite naturally Doctor Vinton Courtney was the last to move through the time field, by then a Major, Captains, several Lieutenants a number of Sergeants and the remainder of my own escort, arrived on a dirt road outside of Irwinville Georgia.  It was just about dusk, so after confirming our position, we had locate, and secure the safety of President Davis, his wife and the few, which remained with him.  I had studied the terrain carefully and felt that I knew where the Davis Encampment was, during this time period.  As we approached the general area where I believe Davis to be, we slipped off the road and into the woods, so as to not be detected by any Yankees, which might be passing this way.
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I commanded the Major to send out Sentries, so as to ensure there would be no surprises!  We managed to slip quietly through the woods; the only sound was the occasional, very realistic sound of birdcalls from our Sentries.  We had covered approximately a mile and a half through the woods, when the particular bird call signal came back; they had found the Davis Encampment.  Among those encamped were President Jefferson Davis, Mrs Varina Davis, as well as Postmaster John. H. Reagan, and the Presidential Secretary Burton Harrison, as well as a few others; it appeared he hand no security contingent to speak of, thus no Sentries were posted.
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There was a light rain and a fog, which proved quite favorable for such clandestine operations, the Sentries moved forward and positioned themselves round about the encampment, at a distance of approximately half a mile.  Davis was not only a military man and politician but also an excellent hunter in years gone by, so as we approached the encampment, I gave him a call commonly known to backwoodsmen of Mississippi.  Just as I had suspected a reply came back, so I stepped out of the darkness into the dim light of the encampment.  Since I was in uniform I saluted, “Mr. President, I am General Sheldon Sullivan, sir!”
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I tried not to stare or gaze at the President, after all being a man of the 20th and 21st century, I had never had the honor of meeting our beloved President, only that of reading of him in books or on a computer console.  The President seems quite naturally surprised at my presence; allow me sir to call forward a few of my officers.  I turned and gave the designated birdcall, and with that my Major, Captain and three Lieutenants stepped out of the woods into view.  The reality of being in the presence of President Jefferson Davis dawned on the five officers, as they came to attention and jointly saluted their Commander in Chief.
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Before I could say anything more, the President’s wife, and our First Lady, Varina Davis, who was standing to his left ask the vary question, I am sure he was thinking; who are you people?  Forgive me Mr. President for being so late on the scene, for we have traveled a very long way, and are here to security your safety and that of your party.  The President glanced at the five of us; have you an army whereby you might back up your words?  Indeed sir, I have a well equipped, well armed army of 300,000 men, which is spread across the lower six states of the Confederacy, just to our north, and already they are moving to secure there respective States.
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We expect to locate or free from captivity, as the case may be, the remainder of the Confederate Government, within days if not weeks!  Just about then the Sergeant Major and a Private stepped out of the woods, each heavily armed.  They both turned first to President Davis with an awe struck look on their face, saluted, then turned to the General, sir, we have located and brought down the Yankees, even now closing in on you Mr. President.  Davis looked at the Sergeant Major, and then at me, so I felt it best to explain what little I could, Mr. President, you would have been located tomorrow, captured and taken prisoner at Macon, and eventually imprisoned in Virginia.
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You have such military power at your disposal?  Sergeant Major, hand the President your rifle, he is a military man, I am sure your AK-74 will explain much to him!  The Sergeant Major walked smartly over and handed the President his rifle, after which Davis inspected it carefully!  This weapon must hold at 50 to 75 shells, and it is a repeating rifle, is it not?  I looked down at the riffle he was holding then into his face; the weapon is more then a repeating rifle it holds 100 rounds, and is a rapid-fire weapon.  My army can take down any army on earth!  Mr. President, you are our Commander in Chief, while the arrival of my army is a bit late, we are nonetheless here to defend the Confederacy.
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The Armies Sweep North
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President Davis paced back and forth for a few moments, then turned again to General Sullivan, ‘General, for now I won’t ask you how you mustered an army of 300,000, nor will I ask how you armed them with such weapons.  Someday, under more pleasant circumstances, I’d like you to tell me your story!’  The General smiled, maybe for the first time in days, if not weeks, indeed Mr. President, I look forward to such a time!  Mr. President, it is my suggestion that you and your party remain here for now, perhaps for a week or more, until we can make southern Georgia safe, then perhaps we can reassemble your Cabinet in Macon, afterward, we shall see.
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The ultimate decision is yours of course, in the meantime I have a Presidential Command Tent for you and the First Lady, and we have a covered wagon just over yonder, which contains clothing food and other items for you and your party.  Mrs. Varina Davis, Postmaster John. H. Reagan, and Presidential Secretary Burton Harrison held a low toned conversation of their own off to one side, waiting for a break whereby they might add their comments to that of President Davis and the General.  The First Lady looked at her husband then at the General, perhaps by chance the good General has brought with him a trunk of items suitable for a lady.
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Mrs. Davis shyly turned away as if not expecting the answer she wanted, but instead was quite surprised by the General’s response; Mr. President, Mrs. Davis, we dare not to have arrived without considering the comfort of our nations First Lady.  We indeed have a trunk filled with such items, which I am sure will please the both of you!   Mr. President, I think you will find the tent quite comfortable; it is well equipped with furniture and an assortment of other items.  President Davis looked at the Major then at General Sullivan, ‘it appears as if you gentlemen have thought of everything, have you considered our official government documents, which are even now on the train, heading for Cedar Keys?’
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As to the government documents onboard the train bound for Cedar Keys, Mr. President, I expect a report by tomorrow, if my plan is successful, my troops will have stopped the train some distance north of Cedar Keys.  President Davis glanced at General Sullivan, ‘you mean our troops do you not General Sullivan!’  The two men smiled, and the President responded, ‘your recommendation is accepted; we shall assemble the Cabinet in Macon!  We can make the move once your armies have swept the Union Armies out of Georgia and Alabama, perhaps we can then reassemble the entire government in Montgomery.’
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The President continued, ‘after Virginia is secure, and any necessary construction is completed, I will consider returning to our former Capital City!’  Just then Lieutenant William Bradley entered the encampment driving a team of horses, pulling the Presidential Supply Wagon, which also contained the Command Tent, followed by a second and third wagon.  Six Privates from the General’s Regiment stepped forward and began to assemble the Tent, located according to the President’s wishes.  Meanwhile the First Lady Varina Davis moved from one side of the construction area to the other, it was obvious she could hardly wait to move in, besides it had been raining and she was concerned for her husbands as well as her own well being.
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Time passed quickly, and within a couple of days the area looked more like an encampment of the President of a nation, General Sullivan’s Regiment had set up their own tents surrounding those of the President, the General and his officers.  Devices had been brought back from the 21st century, which served in the stead of a cross-country transmission tower; these were placed high in nearby trees.  By the end of the fourth day reports were coming in, Major General Samuel Davis, who would have surrendered just outside of Tallassee Florida, instead withdrew in the direction of Jefferson Davis’s Encampment, after discovering the area had been cleared of Union Forces.
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Just as General Sheldon Sullivan had ordered, his armies were using their best special operations and guerilla war tactics, as armies under the command of Lieutenant Generals Bronson, Redding and Yarnel swept north and west from Georgia to Arkansas.  It was on the eighth day that word came from General Redding’s Second Corps that night attacks on the Union Army in Mobile Alabama and Natchez Mississippi, caught ended in their liberation.  In South Carolina General William Tecumseh Sherman had been killed when while attempting to recall his troops, Union Troops unprepared for a massive Confederate attack.
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The Government in Macon
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Rather then sending a wireless message, a rider arrived early on a Monday, and just as the rider approached the edge of the encampment, he was stopped and escorted to the Command Tent of Jefferson Davis, both he and General Sullivan were talking over plans to move to Macon.  The First Lady was busy scurrying about fixing coffee, for the President and his new officers, who seemed to have arrived out of nowhere.  Standing with them was Secretary Judah P. Benjamin, who had only an hour before arrived in camp.  The General spoke first, ‘what have you Private!’  General Sullivan, Mr. President, Secretary Benjamin; ‘Major General Weldon Hensley, who is commanding in Georgia, sends his regards.’
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President Davis caught the Private’s attention, he being a man of the future, was awe struck; continue Private, what further have you to report?  Private James Wilburn sirs; ‘General Hensley reports that Macon is secure, even as we speak, elements of Hensley’s Army is marching on the cities of Savannah and Atlanta, the lower third of Georgia is in Confederate hands; that is all sirs.  You are dismissed Private, I recommend you have some fresh coffee, a bit to eat and get some rest; I will want you to return within hours.  The Private saluted, Mr. President, General Sullivan, sirs, he then turned to depart!
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O’ one last item, Mr. President, General Hensley sends the gift of a white stallion, he stated, ‘for our Commander in Chief.’  The President, First Lady Varina Davis, General Sheldon Sullivan, Secretary Judah P. Benjamin, Postmaster John H. Reagan, and the Presidential Secretary Burton Harrison, all filed out of the Command Tent.  They circled around the pure white stallion standing before them, the President smiled as he commented, ‘General Hensley definitely knows horseflesh; this is the finest stallion I’ve ever seen.  I shall give him the name of an earlier horse I once owned, Blackjack.  He then turned to the men standing around about, ‘his wife Varina, looking on from the tent opening!’
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My old reliable friend Benjamin, until we can round up the larger part of my Cabinet, as well as at least a quorum of both the House and Senate, I’d like you to be my coordinator, do whatever you can to put together this government.  General Sullivan, I am sure will give you all the assistance he can!  John, I want you to fill in as acting Treasurer, we will need to put together substantial financial assets, in order to run this government.  Our goal is to put it all together by the time we reach Montgomery!  In the meantime we will make due without a Secretary of War, for the present time, General Sullivan and I will act directly with one another, until we can bring the government together.

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They glanced at the stallion before them, Presidential Secretary Harrison took special notice of the accoutrements, ‘Mr. President, I can’t help but notice the saddle blanket and the saddle itself, are not only of the finest quality, but bear the Confederate Great Seal.  Davis smiled as he glanced about, ‘let us adjourn for the night, General, how about we get an early start in the morning, in route to Macon!  Each of them went their own way, and the encampment quieted down for the night, with only an occasional sound to be heard.  But the morrow came all to soon, the trip for the President and First Lady was most pleasant, they both knowing how thing might have turned out, save for the arrival of General Sullivan and his army.

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Their stay in Macon was relatively short, a matter of a month and a half, when General Sheldon received word that Montgomery Alabama was secure, as was the cities of Mobile, New Orleans, Natchez, Vicksburg and a score of cities and towns.  The railroads were nonetheless useless in many areas, having been ripped up or destroyed by the likes of General Sherman’s and his forces.  However, Lieutenant General Franklin Redding and his troops had done a magnificent job of readying what was known as the ‘First White House of the Confederacy.’  Upon entry the First Lady could only express her pleasure that it was in such good repair, clean and well stocked with all the necessities.
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In a poverty stricken Southland, how so many government people and their families managed to travel to Montgomery and find suitable quarters is a question President Davis suspected only Secretary Benjamin and General Sullivan, alone could answer.  However as the government began to buckle down to the business at hand, Davis had only a few moments to meet with Lieutenant General Redding.  Redding and his army were rapidly moving north, sweeping the Union Armies before him.  The entire Confederate Government and the civil population were greatly over-whelmed with joy at the sudden turn of events, which became obvious, given the huge turnout when elements of Redding’s Army pass through the town.
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The Union Spy
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Still, suitable quarters had also been arranged for a number of others of the Presidential party!  The next morning the President was even more pleased to find the better part of his Cabinet and a quorum of the House and Senate had been rounded up, with Benjamin Judah and General Sullivan having been hard at work.  He called a Cabinet Meeting that very morning, and convinced the Leadership to call the Congress into secession in the afternoon.  However, he found that a few Senators and a number of Representatives either could not be located, or where presumed to have been imprisoned or killed by the Yankees.  Amazingly the Yankee appointed scalawag Governors, where quickly replaced!
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A couple more months rapidly passed in Montgomery, and additional members of the Confederate Government drift into the Capital City, partly because they had been contacted, and partly so as to flee areas of Union occupation in the northern sectors of the Confederacy.  Be that as it may, this new Confederate Army under the overall command of General Sheldon Sullivan was spread across the six of the Southern most States, and were even now moving west into Texas and Oklahoma, as well as north into Tennessee and North Carolina.  Nonetheless, General Sheldon Sullivan had not as yet informed his Commander in Chief of all the projects he had underway!
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Within the Davis household, a team of six Negro Servants was provided, according to the terminology at the time, but the President was about to discover first hand, the extra-ordinary talents of his Servants, which extended far beyond their housekeeping chores.  It was now somewhat early on a Saturday evening, and all was quiet, there was to be one additional meeting that day with the now Governor of Alabama James Seddon, and the man who was only recently appointed as his Secretary of War, John C. Breckenridge.  Judah Benjamin remained in the Presidents Cabinet but was appointed Secretary of the Treasury; he was also present at the meeting, as was General Sullivan.
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Somehow a Union Spy named Adam Wilcox, having passed himself off as a friend of the Confederate Cause, while supposedly smuggling critical information as to Union Army movements.  His performance appeared to substantiate his claims, thus he was allow access to President Davis as well as the Secretary of War!  The Vice President Alexander Stephens had just entered the White House, just as the meeting was approaching adjournment, when Mr. Wilcox pulled a pistol out of his jacket, intending on opening fire on those present, including President Jefferson Davis.  When out of nowhere the two of the six Servants moved against Wilcox like thunder and lightening out of a dark sky?
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Before anyone in the room could regain their composure, the man lye dead on the floor!  The Vice President having just entered the room, and still standing, looked at the two Servants, then at the President, ‘Dear God, he said, looking back at the Servants, who are you people?’  The General stood to his feet and addressed President Davis, ‘Mr. President, perhaps it is best that I answer Vice President Stephens question.  Everyone here should consider what I am about to say as secret, a secret of the highest order!  All six of the Household Servants are members of an elite corps known as the Black Scorpions, and the word black in their title, does not refer to the color of their skin.’

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President Davis glanced at the General then at the two Servants, ‘General Sullivan, you never ceased to amaze me, gentlemen, please allow me a moment to gather my thoughts.’  General Sullivan glanced at the Servants, ‘the two of you are excused, you may return to your duties!’  The President turned once again toward his General, ‘I don’t want you to reveal any secrets, not here and now, but what else are you free to tell me at this time, about these Black Scorpions?’  The General gave a kind of mischievous grin, ‘let me just say Mr. President, that were these people on Abraham Lincolns team, he would be alive today, and you’d have already passed on to your final reward.’

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Union Victory Turns to Defeat
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Meanwhile at the Whitehouse in Washington, President Andrew Johnson, Secretary of State William H. Steward, Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, and General Henry W. Halleck were, as the saying goes, burning the midnight oil, and for good reason.  President Johnson paced the floor, then paused for a moment, and turned to Secretary of War Stanton, ‘tell me Edwin, we had already won this war, did we not, the Rebel Armies were surrendering across the South.  How could our victory have been so quickly turned into defeat, more then that, a rout?  Mr. President, stated Secretary Stanton, I believe the reversal of the Southerners fortunes of war, is as much a surprise to Jefferson Davis as it is to us.
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President Johnson turned to General Halleck with a furious look in his face, ‘what have you to say Henry?  You’ve been at this for the entire war, there ought to have been something you’ve learned?’  The President paused again in his pacing, as he listened to his top General, hoping against hope, that he had an answer that would make sense.  ‘Mr. President, a new Southern Army has arisen, which has seemingly come out of nowhere, an army that has for the most part, remained unseen.  When this new Army retook Georgia, Sherman mustered his own army in North Carolina, only to come under attack by these vary forces.  Mr. President, how could our troops return fire at an army they can’t see?
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One Union Army after another has been crushed, and all of our occupation troops have simply disappeared, our best spies cannot uncover their fate, nor in regards to our Military Governors.  It is as if four years of progress in this war has been erased in short order!  There was a growing frustration in the demeanor of the President, which was obvious for all to see, ‘what about Sheridan, Thomas, Meade and Grant?  ‘Thomas has evacuated Nashville, and is making preparations for what will no doubt be a confrontation with this new Confederate Army.  Grant is in North Carolina while Sherman was killed in the conflict that ensued after he reorganized his Army, as he prepared to retake Georgia.
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Mr. President, Meade has simply dropped out of sight, and Sheridan was last seen in Arkansas; Confederates likely felled him and his troops!  Back in Montgomery President Davis has arranged for a conference room at the Capital, suitable for a meeting of his Cabinet, as well as his Senior Military Staff.  It was mid-morning on Monday 6 October, six months since General Sheldon Sullivan and his Army arrived.  General P.G.T. Beauregard had only a month before approached fellow General James Longstreet in New Orleans; indicating they should both return to Georgia immediately, and reconstitute their former Armies.
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Then make preparations to march north, in Beauregard’s words, ‘I don’t know about you, but I still have an issue with them Yankees.’  But just as they were preparing to travel to Georgia, Longstreet comedown with pneumonia and was bedridden, so Beauregard was encouraged to go it alone.  Davis was anxious for the latest word, as to the progress of this new offensive in the war, he sat at the end of the conference table, looking at his notes, spread out before him.  Just then the Vice President, Cabinet and Senior General Sheldon Sullivan began to file into the room.  It was a risk having the Vice President so close hat hand, knowing that would transpire, should Yankee Infiltrators assassinate him.
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Nonetheless President Davis felt it urgent that Stephens be present during these critical hours!  Shortly everyone was seated and Davis opened up the floor for any announcements or comments, before adding his own remarks.  The discussion went around the table to the Presidents right, the Vice President being first, ‘Mr. President, I believe the Union Government in Washington, should be made aware as to the seriousness of their situation.  They should be given a final opportunity to end this war according to Confederate Terms!  If they realize they cannot win, and their further use of force will only end in disaster, they just might capitulate.
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Davis glanced about the table then turned to Stephens, ‘I agree, I leave it to you and our Secretary of State Robert Hunter, do what ever you can, prayerfully we can end this horrible war, and do so as an independent nation.  In turn each Cabinet Member added his announcement or comment, until it came to General Sheldon Sullivan!  Just as the General was about to speak, Davis injected a question occupying his thoughts for sometime now, ‘General Sullivan have you looked into the possibility of using the experience of our former soldiers, who previously have surrendered or else dispersed?
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The Yankee Empire Yields
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Indeed Mr. President, among our commanders which have returned to duty is Generals Richard Taylor of Alabama, E. Kirby Smith of Trans-Mississippi, M. Jeff Thompson of Arkansas, as well as John Bell Hood and P.G.T. Beauregard of Louisiana.  General James Longstreet would have, save that he came down with Pneumonia!  Nathen Bedford Forrest has mustered 8,000 troops, rearmed them with our weapons and tactics, and has now crossed the State line into Tennessee, in route to Pulaski, and onward to Nashville.  Beauregard in like manner has mustered 12,000 former troops and has crossed into North Carolina, in pursuit of Grant and his army.  There are a number of others!
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While General Sheldon Sullivan’s Second Corps under Lieutenant General Franklin Redding prepared to move north into Tennessee and Kentucky, members of his Medical Team brought back from the 21st century, were sent to New Orleans.  There had been an outbreak of Malaria and Phenomena, and among those cases was none other then Lieutenant General James Longstreet.   In the region south of Raleigh North Carolina General P.G.T. Beauregard mustered his forces of 11,000, which grew beyond that number as the weeks passed.  His officer’s corps could be described as sparse, most of whom he did not know!
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Among them were Major Allen Stanley, Captain Milton James, Lieutenant Ashton Williamson, Lieutenant William Bradley, and Lieutenant Omar Walton, of which he organized into three Regiments of 2500, with a Lieutenant in Command.  Captain James became their immediate superior, and Major Stanley his second in command under General Beauregard.  There remained around 1,000 troops who were organized into a special advance strike force, used to probe and distract the Union Army, now under the Command of General Ulysses S. Grant.  Beauregard soon discovered that most of those now mustered under Grant were former members of Sherman's Army that had fled North Carolina.

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He thought for a moment as he looked about at his new War Council, he then spoke with the voice of one ready to wreak havoc on Grant and his ‘Sherman Army’ of Barbarians.  ‘The day of retribution gentlemen, has truly come, and sooner then I could have imagined, given these new weapons and our recent training in guerrilla tactics, we shall be able to satiate our spirit of revenge, on those fanatics and radicals of the north.  Notwithstanding our people as well as we our-selves have, at the very least, a minimal but adequate supply of food, clothing and other essentials.  Now we shall make them drink of the same poison chalice, as have our own people!
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Major Stanley, is everything readied?’  Yes indeed, our Strike Force has already moved out, they’ll be scouting and distracting General Grant, making him believe we will attack him from a totally different direction, then we intend.  Beauregard then turned to Captain James, you will send Williamson’s Regiment to the left, Walton to the right and Bradley, you form up in the middle.  Remember no frontal attack unless there is no other option, we are wearing what General Sullivan calls, camouflage uniforms, whose purpose is to make us disappear in the foliage, so take advantage of this.  As the night passed the rifle fire was so rapid, Yankee repeating rifles was surely useless against their firepower!
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General Beauregard could not know his three Lieutenants were from the 21st century, brought back to this time period by Professor Vinton Courtney himself, who was responsible for re-supplying and rearming of the Confederate Armies.  The good Professor was even now making preparations to receive additional items, which were timed to arrive on various dates.  While no one could as a result, return to the 21st century, since the world they left, no longer existed, still, he had sent these items ahead, before traveling back in time him self.  Professor Vinton in cooperation with General Sullivan, had left precious little to chance!
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Robert Hunter had returned as Secretary of State and John C. Breckinridge now Secretary of War, reported as directed to President Davis, at 8:00 O’clock the evening of Friday 17 November, at the Whitehouse in Montgomery.  Once they had been invited into the Presidents residence by a Servant, they found Vice President Alexander Stephens, General Sheldon Sullivan and Professor Vinton Courtney were already present in the sitting room.  The First Lady and Betty the wife of the Professor retreated to the upstairs, so as to allow the men to speak freely.  While the Servants were serving refreshments, the President began the conference!
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’Gentlemen, most of you have not had the honor of meeting Professor Vinton Courtney; Vice President Alexander Stephens, Secretaries Robert Hunter and John Breckinridge are both well known to the remainder of you.  We are gathered here for the purpose of sending Secretary of State Hunter, and Secretary of War Breckinridge, on a vary special mission.  But first I’d like Professor Vinton Courtney to explain their most unusual mode of travel, as he along can explain it, Professor!’  Mr. President, gentlemen, what I am about to tell you, must be kept in the strictest of secrecy, for reason you will understand shortly.
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I won’t go into details as to where our new Confederate Army came from, or how all of us managed to seemingly come out of nowhere!  However, I must at the very least explain part of the story.  I have the technology, which makes it possible for me to quickly transport any individual to a distant location, and this requires a transmitter and a receiver, the one being here in Montgomery, while others are locate in various locations.  One of them is in Washington, the Union Capital City; in fact our Special Forces Team, has planted such a device in President Andrew Johnson’s own private study.  We have since been informed as to when he will be in his study alone, this study is separate from the official Presidential office; Lincoln knew of this private office.
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The Professor reached into his suit jacket and pulled out an oblong box about 21/2 x 1 x 4 inches, on one side it had a series of numbered buttons, a couple of them were positioned above and below the numbers ones and strangely marked, these looked like some type of symbols.  President Davis then asked, ‘are the two of you ready?’  The two men looked at one another then at the President, we are indeed Mr. President!  The President nodded in the positive to Professor Courtney, and with that the Professor ask the two men to stand to one side, and they did so.  After a few clicks on the box the Professor now had in his hand, the two disappeared, leaving President Davis and Vice President Stephens, awe struck.

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The Conclusion
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While the President and Vice President of the Confederacy was busy assessing what had just taken place, Hunter and Breckinridge found themselves standing in the private office of the President of the United States, Andrew Johnson.  It took a few moments for Johnson to realize the two men were standing in the room, just behind him.  ‘Who are you two, and how did you get in here, asked Johnson?  How did you get past my guards?’  Robert Hunter glanced at Breckinridge then at Johnson, ‘Mr. President we have come to advise you to make peace with President Davis and the Confederacy, now, while you may still avoid a horrible devastation.’
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Breckinridge then added his response, ‘Should you not take Secretary Hunter’s advice, I am at liberty to inform you that you’re armies shall be crushed, and this Capital City turned into a pile of rubble.  The choice of course Mr. President is your own!  Order your armies to surrender unconditionally, and we shall peacefully escort them out of our country, or else they shall be destroyed, down to the last man.  President Davis will be awaiting your response, I strongly advise you not to tempt the outcome.’  However before their final departure President Johnson did manage to respond with one last question, ‘where are the remains of our soldiers, those who died in battle in the Southern States?’

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As the two men disappeared, Johnson heard their departing words, ‘there are no remains!’  The two men had disappeared from President Johnson’s office, leaving Johnson astonished as to what had just taken place!  It wasn’t more then 15 minutes after the two men disappeared when his top General Henry Halleck entered the office.  ‘Excuse me Mr. President for interrupting you at this late hour, but I’ve just received a message from Raleigh North Carolina!’  Go-ahead Halleck, what have you, do read it!  ‘Halleck glanced at the President then began to read, ‘General Grant and his Army have vanish, disappeared, a search reveals no trace, as to their whereabouts!’
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The President paced back and forth again, contemplating if there were any options short of capitulating to the Confederates; Lincoln had considered them simply a part of the United States in rebellion, not a separate nation in the truest sense of the word.  Now the thought of capitulating to them, how could things have come to this, could both Lincoln and myself have misjudged so completely?  He turned to Halleck, 'is there any chance at all of winning this war, or would we be tempting total disaster?'  Mr. President, if I may be straight forward, 'I have surmised the situation, based upon what is known, Grant and his men were mowed down by some kind of rapid fire.'

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Further, this new Confederate Army somehow has other means of dealing with the deceased, rather then merely allowing them to decay on the battlefield, a method that does not involve burial or cremation.  I think thy came from some place far away, and brought with them technology far beyond anything we can even imagine.  Believing this as I do, I am convinced, we cannot win, and total annihilation would be the only possible outcome, should we continue.  Hallack, contact Secretary of State Steward, and Secretary of War Stanton, I want to see the three of you here in this office within the hour.
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General Halleck looked at his Commander in Chief, knowing that he was frustrated enough, and this would be the wrong time to question what he knew all to well, he had in mind.  Halleck though to himself, no matter, I know where the two men are, and there not at home!  President Andrew Johnson found he had no other option, but to arrange a meeting with the Confederate President!  It was a few minutes past the hour deadline imposed by Johnson, when the three men reentered his Private Office; obviously he was too busy to notice the difference.  Gentlemen contact President Jefferson Davis; arrange a ceasefire while we go about seeking terms of ending this war.
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Secretary of State Steward walked over and stood closer to Johnson, ‘Mr. President, must it come to this, you know what Davis will demand, it will amount to an unconditional surrender.’  Secretary of War Stanton himself moved forward, ‘Mr. President, after the fury we have unleashed on the Southern States, and upon him personally, can we expect less?  The three men hushed their speaking as the President spoke up, ‘This war is now going into its sixth year, President Lincoln is dead, and we are bleeding both north and south to the point of total exhaustion.  If Davis will agree, I plan on ending this war, even if that means granting recognition to the Confederate States.
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President Jefferson Davis was in the White House sitting at his desk, and while it was late, he felt he must finish working on his long term strategy, before turning in for the night.  A messenger, a Private Caleb McCray was escorted into his presence by one of his house servants!  The President looked up from his writing, and into the eyes of his messenger, whose countenance was as spirited, as he’d ever seen on a Confederate Soldier, through all the years of this terrible war.  ‘What have you Private?’  Mr. President, a message from the Union President Andrew Johnson, sir!
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Private McCray handed the President the message, and Davis quickly began to read it!  President Davis was so pleasantly startled; he simply turned to his messenger.  ‘The Vice President, Secretary of State and Secretary of War are at Secretary Hunter’s home, go there now, and ask them to come quickly.’  Private McCray himself never thought to ask for written instructions, but merely saluted the President, turned and headed for the door.  The Private McCray could be heard riding off in the night, after an hour and fifteen minutes Vice President Alexander Stephens, Secretaries of State Robert Hunter, Secretary of War John C. Breckenridge, were all three knocking on the White House door.
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Private Caleb McCray chose not to inform them as to why they were being called, so they merely assumed it related to the course of the war!  As they were all escorted into the sitting room where President Davis was seated, he stood to his feet.  Secretaries Hunter and Breckenridge, allowed the Vice President Stephens to speak for the three of them.  ‘Mr. President!’  Just then Davis broke in, ‘the war may well be over, President Johnson wants a cease fire with terms!’  Gentlemen, all three of you are aware of the terms I will demand, and obviously President Johnson is also aware, with that the four men began to rejoice, even the servants joined in the celebration.  The war was ending!

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God save the Confederacy
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“And the Lord said unto Joshua, Fear them not; for I have delivered them into thine hand; there shall not be a man of them that shall stand before thee.” {Joshua 10:8}