The March on Atlanta

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The March on Atlanta

Yankee General William Tecumseh Sherman marched from Atlanta to the sea, now the Confederates march on Atlanta from the sea!

"Victory is for those with the persistence and fortitude to resist the temptation to withdraw or whose resolve has been tempered, when conditions worsen and the cost rises; it is not for the weak hearted, nor those who are softened by the ease and comfort of a gilded cage, provided by the enemy at the cost of liberty. It is for those who continue to fight the good fight, even after others who have gone before, having faced overwhelming numbers and firepower found themselves unable to complete the mission." --- Jay Buckner. In any case Confederate Fiction allows us to dream and envision victory; otherwise "where there is no vision, the people parish." {Proverbs 29:18}

It was September 1865 and General William Tecumseh Sherman’s 65,000 man Union Army had attacked and burned Atlanta Georgia, pillaging, raping and terrorizing the population. The Confederate Armies having been overwhelmed by superior numbers and firepower roamed northern Georgia, making hit and run raids against the invaders. It was Sherman’s hoped to coax the Confederate into an all out confrontation on the battlefield. Having failed in this attempt he decided upon another tactic, thus on 15 November 1864 Sherman began his infamous march to the sea, which would take him to the docks of Savannah, then onward toward South Carolina. Sherman became a war hero in the minds of his own countrymen, but from the perspective of Confederates he is guilty of crimes against humanity and war crimes.

General Sherman’s exploits in war go far beyond the bounds of invasion, conquest and occupation and into the realms atrocities committed merely for cruelty’s sake, by a man taking pleasure in laying waste the lives and property of a nation foreign to his own. The Confederate people and nation was in effect driven into the sea, not literally, but the effects were the same. It is our objective to trace the return of the Confederate Armies, thereby in effect rolling back as it were Sherman’s march to the sea. You will read of how our Confederate Armies marched from Savannah to Richmond in number unlike anything this continent has ever witnessed. Join with us now as we travel through time to the year 2012 and mark the 148th year since General Sherman announced to President Abraham Lincoln that he had conquered Atlanta, as a prelude to his march to the sea. Now the Confederate Armies will return from the sea from whence they were driven!

War Council at Shiloh

Thursday 10 May 2012

It was a mild sunny day when the Confederate Legion General Staff arrived at the agreed to meeting place in Savannah Tennessee, just across the river from Crump where not far down the road was the site of the Battle of Shiloh were on 6-7 April 1862 - Generals Albert Sidney Johnston and P.G.T. Beauregard faced off with General Ulysses S. Grant’s Federal Army. The Confederate casualties were listed as 10,694 while there were 13,047 on the Confederate side of the battle! The General Staff choose to stay at a local motel on the west end of State Highway near the edge of town; a restaurant is located near by, which when considered to together made an excellent place for a discussion on the issues. The groups would cross the river and hold the final portion of their meeting at the Shiloh Battle Field Park; this was being billed as a Council of War, howbeit a political cultural war.

The Confederate Legion has grown enormously from those early days during April and May 2006 when the organization was launched with a little more then four hundred members. Now it had reached an astonishing 3,000,000 regular active and 4,000,000 auxiliary members making it possible to easily field a million troops at any given time. Additionally the size of the legion brought with it financial and material support large enough to where it had been possible to create a Professional Confederate Legion, which make President Jefferson proud, were he alive today. The organization was no longer a loose conglomeration of ‘good ole boys’ or ‘ good ole girls’ who would make a showing whenever the spirit moved and may or may not adhere to the chain of command. These were professional legionnaires in ever respect; their discipline, appearance and performance ranked them among the best on earth.

The Confederate Legion had marched in parades and participated in ceremonies and conventions in a variety of places, but they had never truly demonstrated their power of numbers and spectacle. The General Staff now consisted of a Chief of Staff holding the rank of General of the Army {Four Stars} with a General {four Stars} in Command of the Confederate Legion Army, Marine Corps and Air Corps; a real Admiral {four stars} commanded the Confederate Legion Navy. A General {four stars} having his own General Staff commanded each of the individual States! The Confederate Legion was far more then numbers and organization; these legionnaires were loyal Confederate Patriots, prepared to go the last mile of the way for the Cause. However, as loyal as they were, they were restless and eager to make their presence known; the time had come for the General Staff to exercise their power.

A series of meetings were held on 10 and 11 May, with the final phase of the discussion-taking place as they walked across the Shiloh Battle Field; ideas, strategies and proposals were passed back and forth, in an atmosphere of persistent determination. The 7,000,000 men Confederate Legion, not counting women and children had four branches of the military represented and these were not empty titles; each of these men of Star Rank commanded much larger numbers then their U.S. Armed Forces Counter-parts. It was the middle of the afternoon of Friday 11 May that the decision was made; the Confederate Legion would stage a march from Savannah to Atlanta Georgia, retracing in reverse the approximately course of General William Tecumseh Sherman’s infamous March to the Sea. The Legion would schedule its march so as to arrive on the 148th anniversary of the Fall of Atlanta, estimated to be a fifteen-day march.

The General Staff returned to the motel and make the final plans over the evening meal at the nearby restaurant; upon their return home the details would be worked out through their lawyers as well as State Operations in Atlanta. The meeting cover more the arrangements for a march inland from the sea, also on the table was the thirteen ship fleet being constructed in England for the Confederate Legion Navy. These ships would be the large of their class, built of an alloy material as hard as steel, in many ways imitated real wood but never weakening when subject to extremes of heat and cold. These ships would be named after the original 13 member States of the Confederacy with the flagship being the CSS Virginia. While these are sailing ships, they also had modern turbine engine, the finest navigation and communications equipment and these ships were computerized, howbeit much of it camouflaged.

Already nearly a dozen nations had invited the Confederate Legion Fleet to make a port of call and contributions were coming in for to finance such a voyage. The Confederate Legion had already been in receipt of 7 of the 13 ships, of what the press was calling the New Confederate Fleet; they were being used as training vessels for the new Navy. However the issue of possible piracy on the high seas was being considered out of which came rumors that these ships were carrying special high tech weapons, rumors which were thrown off as just that, rumors. Some held these unsubstantiated weapons to be very special high tech anti-terrorist munitions to be used for purposes of striking at the heart of terrorism before the Confederacy ever truly gained its independence. The Confederate Legion did not attempt to either deny or confirm these stories, but tended to let them stand or fall on their own merit.

Nonetheless much more is likely taking place behind the scenes then was commonly known, since there are those people seeking to destroy the Confederate Cause long before Confederate liberation can be achieved. In any case the Confederate Legion was already to large, widely known, having to many friends and allies to allow itself to roam around the world’s oceans undefended; how that was achieved was not open to public discussion. Any necessary defensive arrangements were made through proper legal channels, therefore serious trouble was not anticipated. The Confederate Legion Navy in any case is a type of Confederate States good will fleet, making ports of call at locations where the U.S. Navy would find itself unwelcome. It should not be considered strange if the federals found it to their advantage if they were to strike a deal, if it suited their needs.

Plans Confirmed

Saturday 7 July 2012

The May conference in Savannah Tennessee began to bear fruit when the final legal arrangements were made and the necessary paperwork filed with the State of Georgia, the Cities of Atlanta and Savannah as well as several municipalities along the scheduled parade route. Permits were granted for the march to begin on 19 August with an anticipated arrival date of 2 September in Atlanta. There was a great reluctance on the part of the officials concerned in authorizing a march of the size of which the legion was proposing; such a march had never taken place on such a grand scale. However, the size and influence of the Confederate Legion, plus the detailed plans it provided when making application, swayed those in authority into grant the permit for the march. A combined meeting of the national Confederate Legion General Staff as well as the General Staff of Georgia along with the State Chiefs of Staff of those States sending legionnaires to participate. The top brass met in a quiet humble motel in southeastern Atlanta, having suitable conference space located nearby, holding a series of meetings over a two-day period on 7 and 8 July, as well achieving the purpose of inspect the entry route and ultimate destination for the grand entry into Atlanta.

One of a few remaining mom and pop restaurants still open in the area having heard of heard talk, that a million Confederate troops would pass by added to having recognizing the Chief of Staff of the Confederate Legion from television interviews, decided to invite them to hold their meeting at the restaurant. It was on the second day of the meetings, the afternoon of Sunday 8 July that a surprise visitor dropped in on the conference. They were plainly dressed gentlemen but the Confederate Lawyer, who was present, recognized them as being from the State Department in Washington. The Lawyer and Chief Staff excused themselves from the table upon the approach of the two men; “Is there a more private locate where we might discuss a few items?” The owner of the restaurant overhearing them stepped forward, apologizing for the interrupting, and then offering a back room, which should prove to be suitable for the purpose. The four men followed the owner into the back room, and then departed, closing the door behind him!

The door being closed the Confederate Lawyer known here simply as Bob, called the lead State Department Representative by name; “Why have you come here George and don’t tell me it’s the outstanding Southern Cuisine found here in the suburbs of Atlanta? Have these people violated some federal law or regulation or have they merely hurt someone’s feelings?” George replied very strongly and said; “No Bob, they have not violated any laws or regulations that I am aware of, and I am here only to express the governments deep concern.” Concern for what; “If this march takes place, many foreign nations will believe the United States is no longer the dominant power within its own borders. After all the Confederate Legion has more members in uniform then the entire United States Military establishment, and their influence is growing, even as we speak.” The Chief of Staff, referred to here as General Jeffery Towers, broke into the conversation.

“Mr., may I also call you George; it is very interesting indeed that the United States Government finds itself facing the possibility of becoming a pharaoh among nations. However, the Confederate Legion has thus far conducted its business in a completely lawful and peaceful manner; we depend upon the support of ‘we the people’ for the fulfillment our objectives. In planning this march, it has cost us substantially, as I am sure you must be aware, for the parade permits, security deposits as well as the extra law enforcement needed for a project of this magnitude. Nonetheless, the United States didn’t seem so concerned when it invaded, conqueror and lay waste the Confederate States of America. Perhaps the scriptures were abandoned to quickly; particularly where it says, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” You people have lived by the sword, is it possible you are about to stumble and fall upon your own?”

After having sought to drive everything Confederate and Southern into extinction, in the process you just might have written your own epitaph.” Bob looked directly at his old acquaintance; “I couldn’t have said it better myself; have a good day George.” The four men departed the back room and the gentlemen from the State Department continued through the restaurant toward the front door and disappeared. The General Towers and the Lawyer returned to their table and rejoined the others, finishing last minute details for the march. The group visited the Cyclorama Historical Park not far away, before returning to the motel where they would communicate with the other members of the State Chiefs of Staff. The legal details having been worked out both in Savannah and in Atlanta, as well as all along the approximately 256 mile route which would likely be seen by a billion or more people around the world.

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