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By Harry Turtledove

January 1864—General Robert E. Lee faces defeat. the military of Northern Virginia is ragged and ill-equipped. Gettysburg has damaged the again of the Confederacy and decimated its manpower.

Then, Andries Rhoodie, an odd guy with an unplaceable accessory, ways Lee with a rare provide. Rhoodie demonstrates an awesome rifle: Its fee of fireplace is fabulous, 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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Warren rode with the advance guard of the infantry for his ¤rst taste of combat, one-sided as it was. m. the recall was sounded, and Warren with others went in search of the wounded. This meant primarily Indian women and children, many of whom had been shot during the infantry advance and few of whom had been able to ¶ee with their warriors. Warren was appalled at what he found: “the sight . . ” Warren offered succor to numerous wounded noncombatants, carrying several down to the creek to bathe their wounds and erecting a shelter to keep off the sun.

Warren, at this time and throughout his life, was a careful, painstaking, and energetic engineer and scientist, with a breadth of vision and understanding which impressed his peers. This same breadth of vision later proved to be a trait which, in a subordinate of¤cer, was quite irritating to men like Meade and Grant. While living and working in Washington, Warren made the acquaintance of Spencer F. Baird, a young man from Reading, Pennsylvania, already famous as a zoologist. Baird was serving as assistant to the secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, the eminent Joseph Henry, and he would succeed Henry as secretary at the latter’s death in 1878.

When these tasks were completed, the young second lieutenant debated with himself how best to reach Harney and his troops at Fort Kearney. He also had some unpleasantness with the post commander, a Colonel Montgomery: I was excessively annoyed by Col. Montgomery, for no cause, but some foolish idea of want of respect when I had been so occupied that had scarce a moment to myself. I took no offense at his conduct, but I must say he has in many respects treated me badly and made no provision for the necessities of my party.

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