By Harry Turtledove
"It is de facto unique--without query the main interesting Civil warfare novel i've got ever read."
Professor James M. McPherson
Pultizer Prize-winning conflict CRY OF FREEDOM
January 1864--General Robert E. Lee faces defeat. the military of Northern Virginia is ragged and ill-equpped. Gettysburg has damaged the again of the Confederacy and decimated its manpower.
Then, Andries Rhoodie, an odd guy with an unplaceable accessory, techniques Lee with a rare supply. Rhoodie demonstrates an awesome rifle: Its price of fireplace is marvelous, its deadly potency breathtaking--and Rhoodie promises limitless quantitites to the Confederates.
The identify of the weapon is the AK-47....
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Because the aide rode off, A. P. Hill rode up. continuously gaunt and hollow-eyed, he now not appeared at the fringe of breaking down, as he had ahead of the crusade begun. Victory, Lee suggestion, has the same opinion with him. As he had with Ewell, he informed Hill of the recent scenario. Hill's jaws labored as he listened. eventually he acknowledged, "I do not deal with the chance of battling with the river shut in our rear. We virtually paid for that at Sharpsburg. " "I remember," Lee stated. "Grant isn't really this type of slowcoach as McClellan used to be, either," Hill endured. "He wasn't what you would name gentle within the barren region, yet he acquired extra of the military of the Potomac into the struggle than we have seen sooner than. " "I wish him to place his males into the struggle, if that implies they're advancing directly into the hearth of our new rifles," Lee acknowledged. "Not even the assets of the North will stand such bloodlettings indefinitely repeated... which jogs my memory, have we sufficient ammunition for one more huge struggle? " "Two trains choked with cartridges got here into Orange courtroom apartment from Rivington this morning," Walter Taylor acknowledged. "That can be o.k., then," Lee stated, relieved. due to the Rivington males, his infantrymen had received a web page ninety eight smashing victory within the desert. because of them, the military of Northern Virginia may have the wherewithal to pursue one other one. yet with no persisted stream of munitions from the Rivington males, his military may quickly be, if it used to be now not already, not able to struggle in any respect. Lee reminded himself to put in writing once again to Colonel Rains in Augusta to work out if he had succeeded in generating so much compatible for the AK-47. "How could you might have us set up? " Ewell requested. Lee have been engaged on that with such a lot of his brain ever because the message got here again from the cavalry. He observed battlefields as a chess participant appeared over his board, store that for rum no suits have been performed at the similar squares and either gamers moved while. "Post your males within the ideal line south from Bealeton towards the Rappahannock, basic, utilizing basic Johnson's department as your reserve," he replied. "General Hill, you'll shape the left. circulate in the back of the road basic Ewell will determine and into place. Be ready to assault or protect, as shall look most popular. " The corps commanders nodded. Walter Taylor drew out a map from a saddlebag, opened up it. Lee traced together with his finger the inclinations he had hello brain. The generals appeared, nodded back, and rode off, Hill all company within the saddle, Ewell immediately recognizable due to his outthrust wood leg. "Send additionally to common Longstreet, Major," Lee stated as Taylor positioned away the map. "Tell him he needs to be able to movement at a moment's detect, both to pitch into common Grant's rear or to return to the aid of the remainder of this military. ship the order through telegraph; he should have it once attainable. " "Yes, sir. " Taylor famous down Lee's directions, summoned a courier to take them to the army's box telegraphy wagon. "I '11 additionally ship a duplicate via messenger," he stated. "Very good," Lee acknowledged. just like the Confederacy's railroads, Southern wires have been imperfectly effective.