Wednesday, April 19, 2017

1SG Kenny Nguyen - 1862 Blogset

President Abraham Lincoln's Address to Congress as transcribed by Senator Kenny Nguyen of the State of Massachusetts.
SEPTEMBER EIGHTEEN, EIGHTEEN SIXTY-TWO
6:45 PM


Yesterday, on September 17, 1862, our Union armies clashed with the forces of the rebelling states in an attempt to drive them away from our capital. They succeeded in that goal but failed to press their advantage after Lee's retreat. Early morning on that day, the general setup a defensive position in the city of Sharpsburg.

Our initial strategy had our forces deployed by former General McClellan, in hopes of forming an envelopment, before finishing off the rebel forces with the main attack.  After a few hours of fighting on both flanks of the southern armies, our soldiers had managed to take the Dunker Church. By midday, many casualties littered both sides and the fighting eventually moved to the Sunken Road, also known as the Bloody Lane. Eventually, the fighting moved towards the bridge over Antietam Creek, General Burnside having taken two hours to cross the measly bridge. 

Despite having an ever constant advantage over the forces of the rebelling states, our General McClellan refuses to attack. Many hours before I had planned to give this address, I came down to the battlefield, face to face with our General. I asked the general for a simple explanation and ordered him to attack. He refused and so, I had to let him go. In the end, nearly 22,000 casualties, many American lives gone, from both the Union and the Southern States.

In other pressing matters, the ironclads fought to a steady draw and at the advice of the Cabinet, I will have men work on finding new ways to take down enemy ships. Our General Grant had defeated the rebels at Shiloh. Doctors report an "angel's glow" in the aftermath. I will have our leading expert from the regiment, God's Legionnaires, working on figuring it out. Jackson's army has managed to defeat our forces at Shenandoah campaign, and once again, McClellan has been proven ineffective, I should say, during the Seven Days Battle. For the second time, the rebels have managed to best our troops at Bull Run.

Do not despair, using our victory at Antietam, I will issue a proclamation of emancipation, freeing slaves in the rebelling states, in the hopes that they join our cause in fighting the rebels. The border states do not apply and thus are allowed to keep their slaves. I will also, along with the advice of my fellow Cabinet, will appoint a newer and more effective general to lead our army. Thank you for your time and the 140th meeting of the Houses of Congress is now adjourned.

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