On the morrow, then gentlemen''
He left the fireside of the tavern, and stepped into the cool May night. The cold, and the stench greeted his exit.
Tomorrow, `` Those people'' would attack. The enemy will try and force a crossing, and then advance to Richmond.
He would stop them
Across the river, he could see their campfires. Even hear an occasional song. Damn them. Damn them all. Who were these, Northerners, these mechanicks, and millhands to disturb the peace, and Constitution? Irish, Germans, Jews and every malcontent from Europe among them
A damn rabble
The fruits of democracy were a bitter vintage. Thank the good God, that fair Virginia had not supped such madness
Well to Bed
He dreamed of Mary Anne, of the children, of cotton and tobacco fields.
At first light Cicero woke him,
``Yo Coffey Sur''
``Where did you get Coffee, Cicero..wait I don't want to know.. The Major winked
Cicero smiled and bowed
A full bladder demanded the Majors attention(as the watch officer ascertained the hour, again and again)
His duty done, he told the Bugler to call assembly
The squadron fell into line, their uniforms, filthy, their beards worse. Their horses brushed and fed
Mounting his hunter Scholar ,the Major rode along the line
``Gentlemen, You are not handsome at all, but your horses do you credit. As every Gentleman knows with rights come duties. Today we shall do ours
For Virginia, For the constitution, and for our gracious Queen Victoria
With that the Major Lee, of the first King Georges own, led his men out. Out to face the Charter-men, advancing across the bridge at Dukes Meadow on the London side of the Thames