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Most of what we know regarding the Civil War even today pertains to either famous battles - Antietam, Gettysburg, or Averasboro - or famous people - Stuart, Mosby, Grant, or Lee. However, many stories remain untold; shrouded in mystery. This book is an attempt to shed light on the enormous contribution of one such mysterious entity which in innovative ways fought to preserve the constitutional rights of its fellow Southern citizens. This was the Confederate Secret Service Bureau and Signal Corps. Though special operation units and clandestine operations have become the rage the world over, they are nothing new to American history. Long before there were any special operations units such as the Underwater Demolition Teams (UDT), Ranger Battalions, Jedburgh Detachments, or Office of Strategic Services (OSS), there existed a special operations branch which encapsulated the Confederate Secret Service, Secret Navy, and Special and Detached Services and Signal Corps. These three comprised the covert fighting ability of the Confederacy. Of all the other special operations entities that were created to establish 'a better state of the peace' that had previously existed, none other made such a massive contribution to the war effort. This is what this book hopes to acknowledge and elaborate on.
William A. Tidwell establishes the existence of a Confederate Secret Service and clarifies the Confederate decision-making process to show the role played by Jefferson Davis in clandestine operations. While the book focuses on the Confederate Secret Service's involvement with the Lincoln assassination, the information presented has implications for various other aspects of the Civil War. The most thorough description of the Confederate Secret Service to date, April '65 provides previously unknown records and traces the development of Confederate doctrine for the conduct of irregular warfare. In addition it describes Confederate motives and activities associated with the development of a major covert effort to promote the creation of a peace party in the North. It shows in detail how the Confederates planned to attack the military command and control in Washington and how they responded to the situation when the wartime attack evolved into a peacetime assassination. One of the most significant pieces of new information is how the Confederates were successful in influencing the history of the assassination.
This book is for warrior leaders. Those who have been given the great privilege of leading our nation's Armed Forces. This book is an attempt to not only define the essence of leadership, especially the kind that is required at the tactical level, but to enable us as leaders to become decisive and make a positive impact. Learning is being able to profit from experience. The best way to learn about leadership is to study the examples provided by history. We can learn from weak leaders as much as we can from great leaders. To that end, this book draws from numerous battles and engagements in an effort to gain 'theoretical experience, ' a sort of imaginative practical application. Whereas 'theoretical' concerns itself with the theory of a subject rather than its 'experiential' and practical application, we, by means of our conceptual and imaginative abilities, may gain theoretical experience as though having 'been there and done that' ourselves. As Liddell Hart once aptly put it, "With two thousand years of examples behind us, we have no excuse for not fighting well." With this in mind, using various examples drawn from history, this volume is designed to apportion practical tools of leadership to the leaders of America's Armed Forces. One might ask: What benefit does a study of historical figures afford to the study of leadership? In a word, much in every way, as John Jessup observes, "Despite vast changes in technology since World War II, the combat leader may still learn much from the study of past battles and campaigns. Weather, terrain, and intelligence of friendly and enemy dispositions, for instance, are as important today as in the days of Alexander, Frederick the Great, and Napoleon; human reactions in combat remain relatively constant." Thus, as Napoleon once said, "Read and reread the deeds of the great commanders, it is the only way to learn the art of war." This book consists of seven parts. My agenda will be to gain a thorough understanding of leadership in all its facets. Beginning with definitions, my method will be to explore the various attributes and skills associated with leadership, making certain distinctions between it and management with an emphasis on tactics. This will be the focus of chapters one to three. Chapters four through fifteen flesh out these ideas through the lens of military history. Then in chapters sixteen through twenty-two, my intent will be to focus on leadership through instruction and counseling, finishing the discussion with a method on how to use history so as to avoid its catastrophes and failings of others. Finally, several appendices provide the leader with creeds and principles for which to guide action. In preparing this book I have been overwhelmed by the generous scale of assistance and inspiration I have received. My friends have graced me with sound advice and technical expertise. Thanks to all.
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Was the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln a Confederate Operation? Conspiracy, terrorism, and obstruction of justice are not unique to recent events, and maneuvering and scheming behind the scenes has a long history. On an April evening, John Wilkes Booth crept into the presidential box at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C., and shot President Abraham Lincoln. Many have wondered ever since if there was not a wider conspiracy associated with the assassination. Lincoln and Booth: More Light on the Conspiracy takes up these questions, examining the people, issues, and strange happenings related to the assassination and its aftermath. Using the tools of investigative journalism and the latest in scholarly research, H. Donald Winkler describes the events that led to the shooting of the president, including Booth's activities from July 1864 through April 1865, raising questions never before raised and suggesting answers never before considered. Winkler has pulled together relevant, reliable information about the terrorism, intrigue, mysteries, covert actions, betrayals, deceptions, jury tampering, obstruction of justice, subterfuge, execution by trickery, dirty politics, and other shameful acts associated with the assassination. All the controversial issues are considered, including the likely guilt of Samuel Mudd and Mary Surratt, official Confederate involvement, John Surratt's gratuitous reprieve, the veracity of Louis Weichmann, and John S. Mosby's possible involvement. Also discussed are Edwin M. Stanton's motives and decisions related to denying protection to Lincoln on April 14; hurriedly naming and pursuing conspirators; concealing Booth's diary; hanging Mary Surratt while failing topursue John Surratt; hiring Sandford Conover to find witnesses; and collaborating with the Radical Republicans in their efforts to impeach Andrew Johnson. Lincoln and Booth: More Light on the Conspiracy discusses the various possibilities and options on controversial issues and challenges readers to draw their own conclusions.
The real truth behind the assassination of our 16th president
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