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~To Live And Die In Dixie! ~
* Revolutions *



A Confederate States of America AAR
by: Volga

~ To Live and Die in Dixie Index ~

~ The Davis Plan ~
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~ The Neueva Leon Offer and the Invasion of Lexington ~
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~ Lee’s Victories in Virginia and Forign politics ~
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~ The Missouri Campain ~
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~ A Gander South, Europe come’s to collect its debts ~
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~ Charelston and Manassas ~
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~ To Washington and beyond ~
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~ Victory is near! ~
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~ A Dreamy Look apon him ~
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~ Onward North, Canada's the Limit ~
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~ My Kingdom for a Telegraph Line ~
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~ Let freedom ring from the deserts of Sonora to streets of Richmond ~
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~ The Day After Tomorrow ~
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~ The Next Five Years with John C. Breckinridge ~
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~ John C. Breckinridge continued ~
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~ Mucho’s Gracias, El H.M.S. Niobe ~
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~ The White House, Virginia ~
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~ Trouble Down in Dixie ~
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~ Judah visits Jackson ~
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~ Daring win not only battles.. ~
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~ May 23, 1876 ~
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~ Atlantic's Burning ~
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~ The Drive ~
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~ An End to the Bloodshead ~
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~ Peace Confrence ~
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~ With one problem solved, ten more take its place ~
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~ The Hood Trial ~
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~ Hood Trial Continued ~
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~ One shot is all you need ~
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~ George Davis ~
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~ Davis continued ~
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~ James Longsteet ~
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~ Yellow...I mean Free, Press has a Downside ~
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~ A Misfortunate Event ~
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~ William Jennings Bryan ~
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~ The Little Fish Turned Big Fish ~
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~ The Puppet Master ~
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~ Industry and Socialists? ~
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~ James Hoge Tyler ~
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~ Woodrow Wilson and the Coming Storm ~

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~ The Castle ~
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~ Jonney boy, the pipes are calling ~
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~ Five minutes in no man's land ~
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~ The Great War ~ [Map]
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~ A sudden change in position's ~
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~ Turkies CAN fly ~
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~ Sucess, Comrade ~
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~ Come on boys! Do you want to live forever!? ~
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~ United Again ~
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~ Five hours to Doomsday ~
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~ Coming to a close ~
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~ A Time to Kill ~
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~ Revenge is better sweet ~
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~ Confederate Rebirth ~
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~ I'm on my Way ~
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~ Byrd replaces Garner ~
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~ Depresion ~ *THE END*

Writers note: Well, this is my second attempt at an AAR, my first Conderate AAR was in HOI 2 but I focused to much on the back story and lost interest, so I though I would start over starting from the begining and then continue on into Doomsday, creating a full, complete history of the CSA. This will be set in CSABadass' Southern Revolutions mod, I suggest you get it if you havn't yet, and will continue on into DD using his Confederate: Armagedon mod as well. This first post is a sort of backdrop before I get into the War of Succesion, in which if you all wan't ill add in campain pics (which im sure you will want :cool: ) Post comments as you will, I will be looking forward to hearing them, enjoy!

~ Introduction ~


“February 4th 1861 will be one of those days in history that go down as earth shattering, revolutionary and pivotal in everything to come after it. A day when a the principles of the Constitution of the United States will be tested to it’s very a core, a day when the mighty states of the south will come together and unite under one banner and return to the purity and righteousness that our forefathers fought and died for in the Revolutionary war. Gentlemen, today is the day of judgment, and god willing he will grant us victory over our northern oppressors who seek to change our way of life and impose their will by force on us white Anglo-Saxon southerners. Today we fight for not only our freedom, but our way of life, to arms my brothers! Let us show them what it is to live and die in Dixie!” – Jefferson Davis, 1st President of the Confederate States of America.

This exert was taken from President Jefferson Davis’ inauguration speech the day he was sworn in as President of the Confederate States of America. February 4th became the day that the Union, which had stood united since its birth back in the days of the Revolutionary War, was split in two, North and South. The past few years leading up to the succession of the southern states was the main cause conflict, the Federal Government had been pushing and being pushed by abolitionists as well as black-sympathizers to put an end to slavery all together which made up the backbone of Southern agriculture and workforce.

While in the Northern States slavery had almost died out it was strong in the south, revived by the invention of the cotton gin which allowed more cotton to be produced quicker and more efficient, thus increasing the need for more laborers to turn a greater profit for less expensive workers – Slaves. Northerners began to demand the cessation of slavery all together, which conflicted southern beliefs, but not having the power in congress to do so an alternative means was created, slavery by choice. While the hope for abolishing slavery in already established slave states was a lost cause, there was ample opportunity to stop its spread in the territories, which congress deemed it for themselves to decide if they shall allow it or not.

Not long after the ruling lobbyists from both sides began to pour into the territories, determined to vote in every one to gain favor their side. The Northern Lobbyists, determined to stop slavery in its tracts, and the Southern Lobbyists, determined to gain support to stop the north from overpowering them and out voting them in Congress. Several incidents of these lobbyists clashing became bloody, the most famous being an event known today as Bleeding Kansas, in which the territory erupted into an almost state of civil war between the two opposing sides, never the less blood flowed like water, washing over the territory.

Things would eventually come to ahead when the rumors of succession began to circulate among the southern states, a rumor that soon spread like wildfire. While nothing was official, many governors, notably the governor of South Carolina, began preparing for the worst, which soon made itself evident. On February 12th the situation became even hotter when Abraham Lincoln won the presidential election, which threw the south into an uproar. Lincoln, who had been an avid supporter of anti-slavery, had done much to prevent the expansion of slavery in the west and in the union, Lincoln was a southerner’s worst enemy.

Seven Deep South cotton states seceded on February 4 1861, starting with South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas. These states, uniting under the banner of the Confederate Satates of America were lead by President Jefferson Davis of Kentucky, drawing up the Confederate Constituion, moddeled after the U.S. Constituiton, but in there eyes what it was ment to be. During the month’s of April and May 1861 four more slave states seceded and joined the Confederacy: Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia due to Lincoln’s call for soldiers to “Preserve the Union” when Confederate forces began siezing federal fort’s in the south…
 
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Let's hope this CSA AAR gets past the actual Civil War which I've never seen any other Vicky CSA AAR do!
 

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Good luck, I'll be rooting against you :D
 

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Well I'm on board with this! It'll be nice to see a good story telling CSA AAR! I haven't seen one in a while. Good luck, looking forward to seeing how you will do!
 

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Thanks for the support guys! I wont let you down for all thouse who wanted to see the Confederacy rise up over its oppresive big sister :p Sadly it wont let me take screenshots of events, so I won't be able to post any for some reason.

~ The Davis Plan ~

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Jefferson Davis (above) entered the office of the President an uncertain, but determined man. Davis was estute in military tactic’s, having went to West Point and earned his meret in the U.S.- Mexican War several years earlier. As soon as he walked into his office, which later moved to the Virginia State House with the succession of Virginia, Davis began preparing for the innevitable war knowing that the nationalistic Republican’s in office in their northern neighbor would not let the Confederacy succede quietly. The first part of “The Davis Plan” was to bring all federal forts in the south under the confederacy, which up until Fort Sumter, were handed over with no bloodshead, News of Sumters Refusuel soon reached Davis and the Confederate Cabinate which petishoned him to use force, which he agreed to.

In April 1861 Lincoln made the gavest mistake of his carrier in calling for the Govoners of the states to raise their militias to recapture the forts. This call steped over the boundries of several of the Border states, including Virginia, which declaired they would not stand for any military action to be taken agenst the Confederacy. With this Virginia, Tennesse, North Carolina and Arkansas succeded from the Union, and with Virginia the Greatest General the Confederacy would ever see, Robbert E. Lee. Davis soon asked Lee to serve the Confederacy as General of the Army of Northern Virginia, and in his belif to do his duity to his state he accepted.

~ ‘Bobby’ Lee and Stonewall Jackson Lead the Way ~​
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It wasn’t long before Union forces comenced the invasion of the south, attacking into Manassas, which came as a supprise to unionists when they arrived to find the area clean of Confederate soldiers. A sense that they had the “Jonney Rebs”, as the Yankee’s soon came to call Confederate soldiers, on the run, when in fact just south in Fredricksburg General Robert E. Lee was gathering fifty thousand soldiers to begin comensing opperations in Virginia. Under the beliefe that they had the rebs scared a second invasion was launched at one of the largest industialists area’s in the south, Staunton, in the Shenandoah Valley. Protecting the Shenandoah Valley was a skilled commander by the name of Thomas Jackson and his divison of ten thousand men. The Union army consisted of around Sixty thousand soldiers attacking from a rebellious West Virginia which was destermined to succede to the Union from the state of Virginia.

For several days Thomas Jacksons divison held there ground, fending off the onslaught of Union soldiers until Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia arrived to relieve him and push the Unino army back acrossed the border. The First Battle of Staunton gave Thomas Jackson the name “Stonewall” bay the other confederate generals because his divison stood their ground, fighting tooth and nail for every inch of ground and giving none of it up. This earned him a promotion to general and he was re-assigned to the Army of Central Kentucky for a joint roll in “The Davis Plan” which would require co-ordenation between the Army of Northern Virginia and Central Kentucky for a joint effort in dealing the Union a critical blow.

~ The Kentucky Campain ~

The Kentucky Campain would be pivotal for victory in the war of Succesion. It called for the invasion of Kentucky, which would consist of the Army of Tennesse, the Missouri Garrison, and Second Depo. To combined into one and form the army of Central Kentucky under now General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. The campain would be a high risk gamble, leaving the southern part of Missouri open for Union advance as well as the the territores. For the past days after initial hostilities the Eastern front in Virginia had been bogged down, the armies of the Union had been bering down on Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia attempting to make a break through and drive strait to Richmond, but due to Lee’s base of operation in Fredreicksburg he was able to cover all fronts of Union of attack, but just barely given the limeted resources of the Confederate Military.

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(above) The Confederacy was by far limited in military resources in manpower, at the beginning of the campain General Jackson had a total of thirty thousand soldiers with twenty thousand being trained for deployment elewhere to deffend the Confederacy. The Invasion took place after a short battle in Rollo, Jackson, leading twenty thousand soldiers crossed over the border and into Mckracken County and into the city of Paducha where southern sympathy was strong, welcoming them as liberators. Shortly after the Missouri garrison crossed over from the west and joined the rest of the army as they prepared for the invasion of Bowling Green.

A mere few days later Jackson was on the move again after refilling his ranks with willing volunteers, this time eastward to Bowling Green where he intended to capture all of Southern Kentucky. The reaction was almost the same as in Paducha, on Sept. 4th the people of Bowling Green welcomed Jackson with open arms and high spirtis, the early confederate victories over the union in Kentucky raised the mens spirits and did exactly what was hoped for, soon enough pressure began easing on Lee as troops were rushed westward to fend off the invasion of Union soil.
 
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And so it begins. Good luck!
 

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~ The Neueva Leon Offer and the Invasion of Lexington ~

The day after Stonewall took Bowling Green the feudal govoner of the Mexican Proviences of Nueva and Leon to the Confederate government with a tentalizing offer. The Mexican diplomat from the govoner entered the Capital of Richmond offering the annextion of Nueva-Leon in exchange for support in the “War of Reform” which had been plauging the fledgling Mexican government for years. The Confederate cabnet took the offer into consideration but ultimatly was forced to reject the offer on the basis that the Confederacy could not risk fighting a war on two fronts with defecent manpower, Jefferson wrote a letter back to the Govoner.

“The Confederacy, although tempted by your offer to aid you in your bid for freedom, are unable to accept with the current situation as it is. Our resources and manpower are streached as it is and with the Union bering down on us from all front we cann’t afford to fight the Mexican govorment on another.” – small exert from Jeffersons Letter

Meanwhile, with the help of twenty thousand additional troops from the mobilization of the Confederate Army Jackson continued his push in Kentucky, boldly spliting his forces in two, sending twenty thousand soldiers to capture Louisville lead by one of his most trusted aide’s while leading the assualt on Lexington himself. On October 15th Louisville fell to the Confederate 1st Corps and was immediately diverted towards Paducha which had been invaded via the Missouri border. Jackson and his origional thirty thousand men on the other hand arrived in Lexington on September 28th , just hours before the Union force coming from Illinois. The battle soon cominced where both forces, both evenly matched in numbers, engaged in combat in a plain just outside the city. (Below)

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The fighting was brutel, both sides evenly matched until Jackson 's left flank was able to overwhealm the Union left and swing around to attack their center which cost nearly nine thousand Confederate lives but almost twenty thousand Union lives. The battle ended with Jackson victorious and the Union on the retreat from Kentucky. A few days after the bluecoats were ejected from Paducha and fifty thousand man line was created running the length of the Confed-Union border. The war came to a slight pause after the occupation of Kentucky, Union forces still pressure Lee but were mostly pre occupied with the re-occupation of Southern Missouri and placing soldiers on the border to prevent furthur Confederate incursion.

November 21st became a day of celebration throughout the south, not because of the some great victory, but because Congress anounced the adoption of the first National Flag. Two red stripes and one white stripe were set in the background, a blue square in the left hand corner of the flag was home to eight white stars in a circle, representing the eight successor states. Soon the flag would fly over every city in the south, a symbol of Southern pride and deffiance to the Union, who considered them to still be one country as apposed to two.

Ten days after the adoption the Union launched a massive invasion of Kentucky, Sixty thousand soldiers crossed the border, ten thousand attacking Paducha, another ten in Louisville and fourty agenst Lexington. Jackson again proved his worth when the Unionist's where pushed back on all fronts and the invasion of Lexington was a disaster, the Dug in Confederate's held their ground and broke the Union center, repulsing the attack back over the line at the cost fifteen thousand lives to the Union.

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On Dec 4th the first Kentucky divison was raised, 22nd Breckenridge and another in Alabama, the D.H. Hill Divison. The 22nd was immediatly deployed to Lexington to aid General Jackson while the D.H. Hill was sent Robert E. Lee in Virginia, who himself had been having a slew of new problems
 
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I had to edit one of my screenshots to create the northern invasion im talking about because it didn't come out right, so I had to take a pic of The Army of Northern Viriginia from another screen shot and combin it with another, so the date on the screenshot is wrong by several months. Oh, and a note on Confed. Presidency, since the constitution called for a new president every six years with no hope of re-election I will update that when the time comes :)

~Lee’s Victories in Virginia and Forign politics~

By end of 1861 things where looking rather well for the Confederacy. Although still dwarfed by her big sisters military might Dixie was fighting for her survival and winning. Jacksons victories in Kentucky brought a new hope to the Confederacy and Lee’s valiant deffence of Virginia added a sense of superiority over there Yankiee adveraries. Starting since the beginning of the war Lee and his fifty thousand man Army of Nothern Virginia have been streached rather thin, running all over Virginia in order to protect it from furthur Union invasion.

The most frequent attacks where coming out of Manassas and Western Virginia, which had been occupied early on in the war. Staunton, Fredricksburg, Lychburg and Norfolk where frequent targets, Staunton, being in the Shenandoah Valley, was target of the largest invasions because of the industrial worth and there Lee’s greatest victories were.

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[The Army of Northern Virginia at the thrid Battle of Staunton]

On January 14th, just fourteen days into the new year the Kentucky legislator met and decided once and for all that the great state of Kentucky could no longer stay in the Union and must, to protect its states rights and to follow the beliefs of there forefathers. That day another star would have to be added to the Confederate flag as the people of Kentukcy joined their brothers in their fight for freedom. That day Jefferson Davis, feeling more confident now petishoned the Confederate Congress to invest in a risky, uncertain venture to take advantage of the problems in Mexico.

~ Negotiations with Chihuahua and Sonora ~

“With the Mexican government in its constant state of turmoil it has come to my attention that the people of Mexico are in danger of falling under the same oppresive tyrany that has befell us in last few years. It is our duity as free white Southoners to aid the people of Mexico in any way we can short of war, thus I would like to petition you to send the 4th Mounted Texas Rangers into the provience’s of Chihualhua and Sonora to negotiate their enterence into the Confederacy. Both govoners have expressed interest in succeding from their oppresive leaders and joining us in our rightous bid for freedom, it would be wrong for us not to investigate this matter, agenst our principles that we are fighting and dieing for today!” – Jefferson Davis to the Confederate Congress

Congress took only a few hours to convene on the issue before giving the go ahead for the 4th Texas Mounted Rangers to cross the border into Mexico to negotiate with the near fedual govonoers of the proviences. Despite Jefferson’s speech for aiding fellow brothers in their bid for freeedom, part of the reason was already very obvious. Jefferson was thinking about how to expand and make his country prosper in advance, by admiting the proviences of Sonora into the Confederacy it would open up a new market to the Confederacy, the Pacific.

[ Refering to the last Picture ] On March 29th the Union launched what would be known as the Late March offensive into Virginia, starting with an attack into Norfolk. General Lee, being stationed in Fredricksburg immediately began to move in to assist the garrison at Norfolk, ten thosand men agenst an army of fourty thousand. For the first time Lee was too late and the army quickly over ran Confederate positions in Norkolk and pushed the garrison out, capturing that part of Virginia. New of the success, and the baiting of Lee trigured the rest of the invasion, which fifty thousand men would invade Staunton, Twenty thousand men would invade Fredricksburg and thrity thousand men would invasde Lynchburg. The sudden invasion was by far the most co-ordinated and succesful invasion since before Kentucky joined the Confederacy.

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The Invasions success wasn’t that it took a considerable amount of land or because it devistated the armies of the Confederacy, but because it showed just how streched the Confederate military was. Despite the fact that the invasion was fended off, Lee pushing the Union army out of Norfolk and making it just in time to save Staunton from certain deffeat and Stonewall Jacksons intervention in Lynchburg, the Confederate Congress and Jefferson Davis began to worry that it was only a matter of time before the shear number of Union soldiers would break Confederate lines.

Casualties where high on the Confederate side of the battle, the divisons at Lynchburg, Staunton and Norfolk suffered the most, almost destroying them in the process of the attack. Union casualties were just as high when Jackson and Lee arrived and cut them off at their rear, while escaping they suffered nearly twice as many casualites as they inflicted.

April 5th soon rolled around and became another pivitol day in the history of the Confederacy. The Late March Offensive made it clear to the Confederate Congress that they could not win the war on tactics alone, their small population and lack of industry would ultimatly be their downfall if they did not do something quick. Relations with France and England had been steadily improivng over the past two years, both showing sympathy for the C.S.A. but not quite ready to commite soldiers to the cause, so a final step would have to be taken to insure that the C.S. would have a future after the war, a future that would be paid for in the blood of thousands of Dixie’s finest young men.

~ April 5th, Congress passes the Conscription Act ~

on April 5th Congress passed the Conscription act, drafting all elegible white males for active duity for three years. 100,000 men were raised almost immediately, dividing them into two new armies, the Army of Missouri lead by P.T. Beauragaurd and the Army of Mississippi lead by A.S. Johnson. Reports in the west where that the Union armies have been running rampant acorssed the desserts, terriorizing the citizens of the territories, being the mission of the new Army of Mississippi Johnson soon set out to reclaim the parts of Oklahoma that have been taken and fight off the Yankee invaders.

- NEXT: THE MISSOURI CAMPAIN
 
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Wait I thought you rejected that event in the last update? Then how will you get the Mexican provinces? :confused:
 

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Oh, my appologies, there two diffrent events at two diffrent times. The last one was for the Proviences of Nueva and Leon, which I did reject. The second one is a negotiation with the govoners of Sonora and Chihualhua, see, two diffrent proviences. The event doesnt allow for immediate succesion, its has a random outcome, they may join, then again they may not. Make more since now? I should have put in there an event title like a did Nueva Leon.

edit: I added an event title in there, for some reason it wont let me take screen shots as these events happen, so I can't show you them as they come up :(
 

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You can use PrntScrn to copy an image of the screen onto a clipboard then paste it onto Paint or whatever. You can also take pictures of the Ledger pages this way.
 

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Ah, thanks, I'll do that from now on so I can show whats been going on, thanks.
 

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So, no decisive action in Virginia…yet…
 

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~ The Missouri Campain ~

Missouri was one of the most contraversal of the much sought after border states. Unlike Kentucky, there was a larger of loyalty to the Union, dispite the govoners attempt to succede to the Confederacy. The campain was ment to be quick, the idea being to capture as much of the state as possible before large Union forces could arrive, but unlike the past campain’s this one was to be tied into Lee’s final plan to win the war.

One soldier recorded – “The coutnry side was all quite like, nothing but rolling plains and green fields on the horizen and not a single blue belly in sight! The General was all confident about the campain and said by the time the Union knew what hit them we would have the whole state on our side and Washington in Lee’s gun sightes.”

Missouri was in fact almost completely free of military occupation, save for Kansas City which was occupied by thirty thousand Unionists (on and off), already a violation of the agreement between the border states and the Union, the same agreement the Confederacy viotated in Kentucky that there would be no military action taken within the states border.

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On April 16th 1862 General Baeuragaurd and the Army of Missouri arrived in Springfield, MI and occupied that part of the state. Once under firm Confederate control the army moved out to Rollo where they were welcomed in with open arms on 18th of May. By June 5th St. Louis fell without a shot fired, supprisingly scouts reported that there where no soldiers in Kansas City like it was believed so the campain went on without hesitation. Next to fall would be Jefferson City on July 10th, the entire state was under Confederatate hand now save for Kansas City in the North , and all had been done without a single shot being fired.

On July 22nd fighting finaly broke out as the Army of Missouri was returning to St. Louis to prepare for the push into northern Missouri. Apon crossing the border a divison of nine thousand Union soldiers engaged the Army of Missouri, containing around 48,000 men. The battle lasted for the better part of two days, both days filled with fierce fighting. The worst of fighting came on the final night which would become known as “Bloody Missouri” as the Union army was slowly being surounded and forced to retreat. One report of the battle said –

“The battle lasted through a whole two days and nights. The day was filled with blood and dirt, the smoke so thick you could hardly see in front of you. The nights were about the same, fire from the cannons was the only light we could go by and the urges of our company commanders yelling Forward! Forward! The last night was the hardest, I swear there more blue belly’s than we where told, why, every time we thought we had em’ whooped they just came back out of the night. The moon even turned red [Harvest Moon] by the end of the night, a bad omen of things to come I think.”

The Union divison was eventualy pushed back but at a great cost to Baeuragaurds army, the Union Divison was obviously a more experienced and well trained one, to cause as much damage as it did. After a short rest news was sent to Lee’s army in Virginia of the impending final assault on Kansas City, soon a final stab at the heart of the Union would be in order. A few weeks later the Army of Missouri at full strength (50, 000 men) attacked Kansas City where the reported Thirty thousand Union soldiers awaited the attack and where pushed out.

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[Battle outside of St. Louis - Union Perspective- ]​

-NEXT - LEE's MARCH ON WASHINGTON-
 
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Well, since things are a bit slow I though I would add some diagolgue and battle discription, I don't want to bore you all to death. :eek: From now on I'll try to add more of that in. Anywho, the first bit of Operation Ark will follow Jacksons invasion of southern West Virginia, well the battle at least before I move on to Lee's.

~ A Gander South, Europe come’s to collect its debts ~

The next month the Army of Missouri spent gaining total control over the State while the Union tried time after time again to break through southern lines in Virginia and in the West, which came as a complete disaster, thanks to the brave men under A.S. Johnson and the Army of Mississippi. South of the Confederate border was Mexico who was in a constant state of turmoil from within and from the outside. A coalition of European powers (France, Spain and Italy) had invaded Mexican soil and began taking a apart the country for themselves as payment from the loans Mexico received from them but never returned.

On September 29th negotiations with the feudal provinces of Chihuahua and Sonora had proved fruitful as they agreed to leave Mexico for the Confederate States of America. The deal could not have come at a better time for the Confederacy as Mexico fought for its survival and had no time to use force to stop them from leaving. The two provinces joined the Confederacy as full-fledged states on September 29th, 1862, adding much needed manpower and an ever so important link to the Pacific.

~ Operation ARK ~​

Victory in Missouri was the first step in Lee’s Operation ARK, the final push to into Union held territory. With the Union lines spread thin trying to cover and recover lost territory there was not a finer time to strike, the attack date was set for the mourning of Augustus 29th.

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[The following are accounts from soldiers on the first day in Lee's army and in Jacksons as well as discriptions of the combat]

- The Army of Central Kentucky Crossing over into West Virginia -

The Mourning dawned bright and sunny as the sun peeked over the hills of the Virginia-Kentucky border. The warmth of the sun seemed to wash over hills and valleys, brining in a new day to the American east. In the valley bellow the hills lay the union camp, the stars and strips waving proudly in the wind as the twenty thousand man garrison awoke to begin the day, unaware of the hell that was about to befall them. High on the hills lay in wait the Army of Central Kentucky, hiding in the sun.

"General Jackson, our batteries are in place and are set to the camps position." a young brown-headed artillery sergeants said, dressed in the usual gray outfit that had come to represent the army. Sitting high on his horse Jackson looked down at the man and nodded to him.

"When the people of Sodom and Gomorra had sinned to the point that there was no chance of redemption, god let down a reign of fire unlike any seen before sergeant. Lets let these blue bellies know that by forcing their way onto our lands that they will have instilled the wrath of God onto them, for god favor's the righteous." he said solemnly, looking down on the camp. Jackson was what many would call eccentric, but religiously devout nonetheless, taking everything that happened, good or bad, as a work of gods will on earth.

Saluting the Sergeant turned and walked back to the batteries that sat just behind the hills, hidden from Union eyes by the hills and the sun itself. The order was given down the line as the mourning peace was soon shattered by the thunder of gun batteries...one, two, three, four, the guns fired one by one, the shells souring over hills, cutting through the air like a knife through butter before landing on the camp.

Jackson's eyes lit up like candles on a Christmas tree as the bombardment commenced, the explosions gleaming in his eyes just like they did at every battle, after all that is where he got his second nickname, Old Blue Light. The cannons stopped for a brief moment to reload before firing again, one, two, three, four...they repeated again and again. The faint sound of a bugle horn could be heard over the deafening thunder of the cannons as the Union army in the valley scrambled to mobilize to retaliate, soon the ground about twenty feet of Jackson exploded in a ball of dirt and rock, a union battery firing in retaliation.

"Get the men in two firing lines along the hills several feet in front of the cannons to avoid them getting hit by friendly fire. Change targets from the camp to those Union batteries!" he shouted, pointing with his saber in the direction of the batteries. The young Sergeant, Huck, nodded and saluted the General, turning back to give the orders. Moments later the Confederate flag could be seen on every hill over looking the camp, sixty thousand men in total marched up screaming and hollering, Dixie playing in the background.

A drum's played in the background, signaling the men to take positions in the firing line. Another cannon ball wized up the hill, exploding in the front rank of the Confederate center. The mangled bodies of the men lay thrown across the area, some dead, some wounded and dieing.

"Hold position lad's! Lets give these blue belly’s something to really cry about!" shouted a short, scruffy looking Irish commander. The drums rolled again, "Take aim! Fire!" could be heard in the background before a massive volley erupted from the hills, flying into the front ranks of the union line. What would appear to be a red cloud burst from the ranks of the union line appeared amongst the smoke, bodies falling to the ground as they attempted to take aim at the Confederate lines, only to be met with a haze of smoke from the rifles and the sun bearing down on them from behind the rebels.

Jackson continued to watch the onslaught, a smile coming to his face to see the destruction his well trained and drilled army was reeking on the Union soldiers. "May god forgive us for what we do hear today, but what must be done must be done." he said to himself out loud, though muffled by the continued barrage of the cannons.

"General, do you have any further orders?" Jackson’s aid, a middle aged man and veteran of the Mexican War named Johanna’s asked, watching his commanders eye's light up and the smile on his face grow larger and larger.

"Yes, send a rider to the company commanders, I want the center, left and right flanks to move together down the hill in a slow, steady unified manner. I want the first line to fire and then the second, continuing that pattern down the mountain, for every inch we take I want at least ten Yankees to fall!" Jackson ordered, turning his horse and riding with his aid to the rear of the line.

deit: To explain the sun the army actualy manuvered around the camp at night to the hill on the opposite side so the sun is at their back. Also edited for spelling and such.
 
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It definitely looks like the Union line is weak at the moment. Only one division in Washington and none in Fredrick!
 

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Heh, I believe they had fourteen or so divison out west roaming somewhere but they don't ever stay together or put for long.

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[Union dead at Charleston, Virginia]​

A thick layer of smoke covered the field as the cannon’s on the hill fell silent, and for a brief moment the peace of that mourning four day ago was restored, a dead silence. Shout began to interupt the peace as the Confederate army faned out over the battle field to check for survivors. One could only call it a grizzly sight, hunreds upon hundred lay thrown acrossed the field, some whole, some not. The moans of pain and crys for help soon followed, “

Help me! Oh god please help me!” shouted one man who’s leg had been blown off by a cannon shell. His blue uniform was covered in blood and dirt. Besides his obvious leg wound his face was scratched up from the dirt, rock and shrapnel that was thrown in his face when the cannon hit.

“Please help me!” he cried in agony as a soldier approached and looked down on him. “I need a medic and a stecher over here!” he shouted, but none came. He wouldn’t be the first to go un-answered, only thouse in the most critical condition would get help, the other where to bandaged up and taken to a POW camp in Charelston, Operation ARK called for a swift attack on West Virginia to make way for Lee’s attack on Washington and Jackson couldn’ t afford the excess baggage.

~ Battle of Manassas ~

The crackle of gun fire ripped though the air, the thunderous thump of cannon’s after it as the Army of Northern Virginia pushed forward. Every so many feet the army would stop to fire another volly followed by more cannon fire, devistating anything that stood in its way. The Union line was on a continious retreat, likewise stoping to fire every now and then before turning and running, showing there back’s to the Confederate guns. General Robert E. Lee and his onteroge rode in the rear of the army.

“General Lee I do believe this is your greatest plan ever sir.” One of the aids said, riding beside him.

“Don’t congraduatle me yet commander, Victory is not assured until we take Washington and force the U.S. to the peace table. I trust President Davis to take care of the diplomacy.”

General Lee was a short man in stature, but by far the most respected and reveared commander of the Confederate army, credited with being the only reason the Union hasn’t over run Virginia yet. That was in fact ture of Lee, his deffence of Virginia had seen many battle’s and many times battles that could have decided the fate of the Confederacy, Lee was the inbodyment of what a Southern man should be.

“Keep the advance up, once Manassas is secure we have to push on to Washington, if Jackson’s campain, god willing, is moving along as well as ours then the Union should be hard streched to pull men for the captials deffence.” He commented patting his horse Traveler on the side of his neck.
 

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All looks well...