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Photos from Featherston's Confederacy/ TL-191

(you say this even as the reference photo shows Waltz in an SS uniform as Hans Landa, one of the best movie Villains of the last 10 years XD)

Honestly, i can't really see Leo as Featherston: he's decribed as thin and a bit gaunt in the books, and even as an adult Leo is pretty round-faced. I could see Nicholson pulling off Clarence Potter, though.
Haha don't worry I could never forget Inglourious Basterds.

I just thought of featherston as guy who looks like he's always on edge, ready to snap.

But I haven't read any of the 191 books since I finished the last nearly thirteen years ago.
Falling Thunder - Photos from the Midway Campaign - 1941-1943


^^^ --- December 7th 1941. USS Remembrance in flames, shortly before the order to abandon ship is given. Photo taken from the starboard deck of destroyer USS Hollat. With Midway coming under sudden attack by a Japanese naval task force since December 5th, Remembrance and her task force set sail in support of the beleaguered defenders. The loss of Remembrance, along with several other ships, would ensure Midway's fall by December 10th.


^^^ --- December 7th, 1941. Photo taken by US fighter from USS Remembrance. Light-cruiser Ikuta sinking after torpedo planes from Remembrance strike her starboard side. Despite achieving a decisive victory at Midway, the Japanese Imperial Navy would loose one of its carriers, with damage to another. Though initiative had swung in favor of the Japanese, it would be sometime before it could recuperate its losses.


^^^ --- Contemporary painting of the Japanese night-time landing on Midway, December 9-10, 1941. Japanese forces met stiff resistance from the US garrison despite several days of constant bombardment. With the loss of one carrier and damage to another, fire support for the Japanese troops was provided in greater force from the accompanying ships of the fleet. Over 5,000 Japanese troops were amassed for the invasion, pitted against a significantly smaller and battered US garrison.


^^^ --- April, 1942. Photo taken of the IJN cargo ship Fujikawa Maru from the periscope of the submarine USS Sculpin shortly before its sinking, northwest of Midway. Between the period of Midway's capture in 1941 and its recapture by US forces in 1943, the Midway Campaign is popularly remembered by many Americans as a "quiet front" where little in the way of action occurred. Scholars and veterans, however, routinely debunk this assumption. Between 1941 and and 1943, the waters from Midway to the Sandwich Islands played host prowling submarines and patrolling destroyers, with forces from the Imperial Japanese Navy, the United States Navy, and even the Kaiserliche Marine engaging in submarine warfare.


^^^ --- June, 1942. Photo from a Japanese fighter based out of Midway flying over German submarine U-884 after making a strafing run. A forgotten aspect of the Midway Campaign was the presence of "Taifun Gruppe", a small detachment of Kaiserliche Marine U-Boats that supported US naval operations around the Sandwich Islands and Midway. With Kaiser-Wilhelmsland and the Bismarck Archipelago in German New Guinea overrun by a combined Australian-British-Japanese offensive, remnants of the East Asia Squadron escaped east across the vast pacific, to German Samoa and even South America. The U-Boats that found refuge in the Sandwich Islands lent their support to US efforts at Midway for the duration of the campaign. They undertook war patrols intended to scout for enemy vessels and prey on Japanese shipping.


^^^ --- July, 1942. Photo of the Turbot-class submarine USS Garrupa at anchor in Pearl Harbor. Attached to a task group of submarines, she would play a major role in sinking Japanese supply vessels and warships bound for Midway as part of the US strategy to take back the island. The US "Silent Service", along with the German "Taifun Gruppe", would exact a steep toll on Japanese ships in the campaign, helping to whittle away their strength. However, casualties among the US and German submarine service in this campaign were comparatively high as well. Garrupa was sunk by Japanese destroyer Nishikaze in January 1943.
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"LAYMAN STONE" - W.S. Stone, Secretary of Labor, March 10 1924

Warren Stanford Stone (b.1860) came from a poor farming background in Iowa. After an academic education, he became a locomotive engineer. When the Second Mexican War broke out in 1881, he volunteered with the 15th Iowa Infantry Regiment but hostilities ended before he was deployed. Previously a Republican, "Blaine's Folly" turned Stone against the party. He became a union leader, eventually rising to head of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. Though a moderate when it came to relations with management, Stone drifted left politically and eventually joined the Socialist Party in 1910.

Despite his leanings, Stone worked closely with the Roosevelt government during the First Great War. He proved himself a capable administrator, helping to oversee the wartime rail system and ensure the cooperation of the workers. He was a chief member of the National Railroad Commission for the duration of the war. Stone resigned shortly after, being elected head of the American Federation of Labor in 1918, cementing the organisation's ties with the Socialists. He campaigned across the Midwest for Upton Sinclair during the 1920 presidential election. He was rewarded with the position of Secretary of Labor in the first Socialist Administration in 1921.

Stone would hold the position for four years. He oversaw increases to pensions and unemployment benefits, instituted workplace safety legislation and created federal standards to combat oppressive labour laws still present in many states. An experienced negotiator, he also relied on an intimidating physical presence to get his way. Fear of being cornered by the Secretary and his deathly stare was widespread in the halls of power. Stone had been known to leave men shaking, on the verge of tears, without even raising his voice. This dreaded experience was lampooned in The Philadelphia Inquirer as the "Stone Cold Stunner".

Despite some notable achievements, Stone found his plans frustrated by Powel House on multiple occasions. A proponent of Glenn Plumb's theories of "labor capitalism", the Secretary advocated tripartite control of industries, first and foremost rail. He also pushed for the creation of cooperative banks, a national credit union and federal minimum wage. On these matters he was rebuffed again and again, with Sinclair frustratingly sympathetic in private, only to demure to a conservative Cabinet. Despite being far from a Marxist himself, he developed an antagonistic relationship with colleagues like Hiram Johnson, who he felt spouted socialist rhetoric but balked at implementing it. Meanwhile Johnson and others felt Stone was overreaching his brief and trying to dictate policy.

After achieving a second term, Sinclair gave more time to Stone's proposals and began organising a possible reform of the railways along tripartite lines. The plans proved highly controversial to those on both the right and traditional left. Moderates ensured the legislation was delayed and watered down. It would lead, ironically, to the reestablishment of the National Railroad Commission in 1926 as a federal administration to oversee private rail companies, with little direct control; no element of worker control was implemented. By this point Stone had already gone. In June 1925 the United Mine Workers, one of the most powerful unions in the country, balloted overwhelmingly for nationalisation of the industry and institution of the "Plumb Plan". Johnson and his allies attacked Stone, believing he was inciting the unions for his own advancement. In the atmosphere Sinclair felt he could not entertain the UMW demands and the Secretary resigned in disgust.

He penned the "Stone Memorandum", outlining his disappointment with the Administration and proposing a major 'socialisation' of the economy, while retaining the free market. He died in 1928 a controversial figure. His ideas ultimately proved too mild for the growing left-wing of the Socialist Party and too radical for the government. He is remembered for his welfare reforms and establishing the Secretary of Labor as a powerful position in Cabinet. The Stone Memorandum has become a popular topic for allohistorians as a possible solution to the woes of the Blackford Administration during the Great Depression.
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The White King of Haiti (1926-1943)


During the First Great War, the Confederacy invaded Haiti and occupied it in order to prevent the United States from gaining a foothold in the Caribbean. Eventually, the U.S. Marines would kick the Confederates out of Haiti and restore order in the Black republic at the end of the war. Some U.S. soldiers and marines stayed in Haiti under orders of the military to help strengthen and train Haiti's military. One marine, named Faustin E. Wirkus, would become entangled into the history of Haiti and the Second Great War.

Born in 1896 in Pittston, Pennsylvannia, Wirkus was a U.S. soldier who fought against the Confederates in the Caribbean Sea when he was stationed in Haiti. After the First Great War, he met a local woman who claimed she was a member of Haiti's former Imperial family. Named Timemenne of La Gonâve, she was able to convince him to become the next ruler of Haiti and was formally coronated as King Faustin II in a Voodoo ritual and became Queen Timemenne as his consort. The "Imperial couple" moved to Gonâve Island and ruled the entire island and its few inhabitants.


The situation was initially considered an embarrassment to the U.S. military and Wirkus was almost ordered to return back home by the Sinclair Administration, but he was allowed to stay when the President of Haiti told U.S. authorities that he had no problem with him being "King" acting as a minor celebrity and wanted to have some American military presence in Haiti. When the Second Great War began in North America, Haiti was invaded by the Confederacy and began to indiscriminately decimate the entire population. By that time, Wirkus had already trained a private army of Haitian soldiers to retaliate against the Confederates and tried to transport as many civilians and political members of Haiti as he could to the small island. Initially, the Confederates paid no attention to the island and primarily focused on the capital and the rest of the western part of Hispaniola. When word reached that Gonâve Island contained an increasing population of Blacks, orders were given to invade the island and wipe out all the inhabitants. Wirkus and his army were able to fight back against the Confederates using guerilla warfare. At the end of the Second Great War, the inhabitants of the island were able to avoid having the Confederates control the island, but at a great cost of many individuals dying to save their own lives and their own people. When the U.S. Navy, Army, and Marines took control of Haiti and landed on Gonâve Island, they discovered a battle-hardened and hungry group of Haitians and their Confederate Prisoners of War (at least those that were still barely alive). The U.S. military were told that their leader, "King" Faustian II, was killed during battle. He had hoped that the U.S. would eventually help them kick the Confederates out of Haiti and rescue them. The people of Gonâve Island were eventually saved by the United States, but Wirkus would not live to see the people he has grown to admire survive the war.


Once considered a light-hearted joke in the United States and a bizarre event in the relationship between the U.S. and Haiti, Wirkus became a hero in the United States and Haiti for his actions to save the Haitian people from annihilation. Gonâve Island was renamed Faustin Island in memory of Wirkus and the story of a White-U.S.-soldier-becoming-Haiti's-unofficial-King would eventually become an interesting footnote in the History of the Second Great War.

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Freedom Party Guards troops retreating into Mississippi, 1944, (Colorized)

One of the last holdouts of the former CSA came to be known as the "Mississippi Redoubt" wherein several divisions of Freedom party Guardsmen, retaining a small element of Barrels and even a few aircraft, holed up in the backwoods of the state, a bastion of Freedomite sentiments post-war. Many of these men had been "Population Reduction" Camp guards and had no illusions as to what the Yankees would do to them if caught. Knowing open battle was a suicide mission, the FPG's served as guerillas, sabotaging Union occupation efforts and terrorizing collaborators and the returning black population.

It took the US military, with support from Black militias who knew the area well, Almost two years to root out the holdouts, with the campaign culminating in the Battle at Ellicot's Hill. The FPG's, with their backs against the Mississippi river, fought to the last man, with not a single prisoner from the 9000-strong force that opposed the Union occupation forces.
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South of the Border - Photos from the Baja Campaign - 1943


^^^ --- United States Army soldiers pose for a picture on the outskirts of Cabo San Lucas, 1943. Two are armed with captured Confederate sub-machine guns of an unidentified model. Given in small quantities to Mexican troops in an attempt to boost squad firepower, they were still prized weapons even among Yankee soldiers.


^^^ --- Imperial Mexican soldiers man an artillery piece as they prepare to defend Cabo San Lucas, 1943. With some of the best divisions in Mexico annihilated in the Battle of Pittsburgh, most men tasked with defending the homeland were considered of inferior quality. Despite this, Mexican soldiers stubbornly held their own in the deserts of Baja, motivated to fight for their own homeland and with terrain that greatly favored the defense.


^^^ --- US artillery and mountain guns in action in the Baja Desert, 1943. If taken, Cabo San Lucas would be the first step in closing off the Confederate port city of Guaymas, thus boxing in the remnants Confederate Pacific Fleet. Fighting was unexpectedly bitter in the deserts of the dry peninsula and Mexican troops, backed by small contingents of the Confederate Army and Freedom Party, made the United States' progress in the campaign that much more difficult.
My mental Featherston is Christoff Waltz, personally.

I actually have Christoph Waltz in my headcanon as a Sauerkraut Western film director turned into TL-191's version of Quentin Tarantino... sort of.

Except for a few scenes, I can't see Christoff Waltz pulling off being that evil. I could actually see Leonardo DiCaprio pulling it off though, or maybe a young Jack Nicholson.

I can see a younger Leo playing the role of Reggie Bartlett.

A painting of Imperial Russian soldiers loading a Katyusha Rocket Launcher during the Second Battle of Kiev, circa 1943. During the Second Great War, the Katyusha artillery system was one of the more formidable weapons in Russia's arsenal, which Russians troops nicknamed the weapon as the "Tsar's Organ."

John C Wood practices his craft before he hangs Confederate war criminals in Texas. While some, like Pinkard, died quickly under Wood's watch, some, such as Saul Goldman, were strangled to death because the gallows were insufficient in their height to break the condemned's necks.

Of his deeds, he would later say

“Those Rebs were bad, bad men. So what if it took longer for them to die? Maybe they should have thought of that as they were sending niggers to concentration camps."


I hanged those Rebs ... and I am proud of it ... I wasn't nervous. ... A fellow can't afford to have nerves in this business. ... I want to put in a good word for those G.I.s who helped me ... they all did swell. ... I am trying to get [them] a promotion. ... The way I look at this hanging job, somebody has to do it. I got into it kind of by accident, years ago in the States ...
Canadian Troops in Exile

Three Canadian soldiers from the 2nd Free Canadian Corps aka the Canadian Liberation Army on the bank of the Nass River. Note the man in the center is wearing the earlier P37 Battledress Uniform that was supplied from Britain whereas the others flanking him are wearing the later Gymnastroika that was provided by the Russians. The 2nd Free Canadian Corps was first formed in late November of 1941 in Alaska, which the unit was originally made up largely of Canadian Expats living in Alaska, but later during the American Columbia campaign would have locals join up, making it the largest of the major Canadian forces during the SGW.

A Canadian soldier from the 1st Free Canadian Corps during the Battle of Liege, circa 1943. The 1st Canadian Corps was formed up in Britain in July of 1941 and was commanded by General Guy Simonds. The Corps would fight on the Western Front against the Germans, notably being involved with the Battles of Emden, Oldenburg, Onsabruck, Aachen, Liege, Namur, Dinant, Sedan and finally the Reims Pockets in 1944 where they fought together with the battered remnants of the French 4th Mechanized "Charlemagne" Division and the British Black Watch until finally surrendering the day after the Superbombing of Paris.

Canadians with the 45th Free Canadian Rifle Regiment in Eastern Texas, circa 1944. The unit was originally the 56th Free Canadian Division, which was first formed sometime in 1941 from the substantial Canadian Expatriates living in the Confederacy. The Unit had fought in the Missouri Front against the Union forces, notably taking part in the Battle of Joplin. By the start of 1944, the division was reduced to the size of a regiment, which has by now been designated as the 45th Free Canadian Rifle Regiment and was also transferred to the Freedom Party Guards at this time. The Regiment first took part in the Battle of Muskogee in Sequoya in February of 1944. The unit would then be redeployed to fight against the Texan Forces when they revolted. The unit's last action was the Battle of Waco in June of 1944 where they fought against the Union 17th Airborne Division and a local Texan Militia. The Regiment would be wiped out with a small of number of the men being taken prisoner.​
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The Forgotten Campaign: The True Story of the Alaskan Front during the SGW Part 8

Union Soldiers of the 14th Infantry Division advancing over the bombed out remains of the wilderness north of Kispiox, circa October of 1942.

During the desperate fighting in what would later become known as the Kitwanga Pocket, the Union would struggle to keep themselves from getting surrounded and cut off from the combined Russo-Canadian forces. By the end of September, it seemed like the Radius Forces in American Columbia have the upper hand as the Union forces, who were already tied up with other fronts against the Mormons, Canadians, and the Confederates, were going to collapse in the region. But little did either side knows, the the tides of the Alaskan Front was about to shift. On October 6th, 1942, the Union Forces would receive new reinforcements in form of four infantry, five mountain, two new light infantry, and a mechanized division with had contained the new M2A2 Custer and M5 Pulaski barrels.

Soldiers from the Union 102nd Light Infantry Division engaging the Canadian Liberation Army during the Battle of Kispiox.

The first move of these new Union forces was to launch a counter-attack against the enemy positions north of Kispiox. On October 15th, 1942, the Union forces with the elements of the 14th and 67th Infantry, 102nd Light Infantry, and 54th Mountain Divisions would launch a large scale attack on the CLA's 2nd Light Division's positions north of Kispiox with artillery and air support. After a few hours, the Union forces would simultaneously launch counter attacks near Kitimat, Gitanyow, and Kuldo. Those attacks would prove to be successful as the Union forces would rout the Radius Forces, forcing them on the defensive. Within a few days, they would lift the pressure from the Kitsult Pocket as they retaken a large area of the Nass River Valley and had also lifted the siege of the Union positions at Kitimat. The Union forces in the Skeena River Valley had managed to drive the Russians back to a position in between Cedarville and Usk.

Union Army soldiers examining knocked out Russian T-46 tanks in the Kitwanacool Valley, circa October 17th, 1942.

Three Russian Shock Troopers with Fedorov Avtomat rifles at a defensive position outside of Terrace.

Two Russian soldiers as POWs with their Yankee Guards near Cedarville. The Russian and Japanese POWs that were taken in the war were treated well by their Yankee Captors, in contrast to captured Canadian Partisans and Soldiers who were often mistreated, or as in many documented cases, were outright executed after either being captured or surrendering by Union soldiers.

Canadian Liberation Army soldiers defending their positions from the Union 9th Mountain Division near Mount Ritchie, circa November 3rd, 1942.

Canadian Liberation Army sniper Anne Shackleton with her scoped SVT-40 during a firefight in the Skeena River Valley. Born to Canadian Expat parents in Alaska in 1920, Shackleton would join the CLA in 1941 as a nurse, but would become a sniper. During the course of the Alaskan Campaign, she would have 97 confirmed kills, making her the top sniper of that front and the 7th highest sniper ace of the SGW.

In the north, the Russian led Radius forces did not fare better, in the Hoodoo and Sitkine River Valleys, the Union forces had managed to drive the Russians out that region after hard fighting. Thus cutting off their forces that were fighting at Telegraph Creek, which that Russian force fought ferociously against numerically superior Union forces until eventually surrendering on January 3rd, 1943. Their commander, General Lev Dovator, who famously defended the Mitkof Islands a little a year previously, was killed on December 30th, 1942. In the Taku River Valley, the Japanese forces would be forced out of that valley following a disastrous battle with the Union 10th Mountain Division. Between that battle and the lifting of the siege of Kitimat, they would spell the end of the Japanese Land Expeditionary Forces in the Alaskan Front.​
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This one's a classic:

Freedomite Anti-Northern propaganda poster, depicting the sinister image of a Yankee Soldier watching ominously.
The Early life of Jacob Featherston, Pre-1921
*A lot of head-canon ideas. Feel free to agree or disagree with this fan-version of Featherston's early years.

For many decades after the death of Jacob Featherston on July 7th, 1944, not much was accurately known about him before his rise to power. Interviews done with major and minor members of the Confederate Freedom Party revealed contradictory narratives based on what they were told from either Featherston or other people. Few knew the exact date and location of his birth, rumors swirled about the identity of his family and, for a time, the only undisputed documentation that existed was Featherston’s service in the Confederate Army during the First Great War. In his autobiography/manifesto, Over Open Sights, Featherston gave some details about his life before the First Great War, but could not be corroborated by independent review. Beginning in the 1950’s and 1960’s, research into the documentation made by former Confederate States government officials was collected and evaluated. At the end of the 20th Century and the beginning of the 21st Century, de-classified information from the U.S. government was released to the public, giving SGW historians and ordinary people a more accurate, but not complete, report on the life, rise & fall, and death of the most evil man who has ever lived.


The earliest known ancestor of Jacob Featherston was a man named Henry Featherstone, who married Elizabeth Marshall. They had one son named Charles Featherston, born on December 6th, 1771 in the British colony of Virginia and died on November 25th, 1852 in Union Georgia. Charles Featherston married Lucy Pitts and had nine children, the youngest was a veteran of the War of Secession and a Confederate Mississippi senator named Winfield Scott “Old Swet” Featherston, who was born on August 8th, 1820 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and died on May 28th, 1891 in Holly Springs, Mississippi. “Old Swet” Featherston had three siblings; all of which died before 1890. He also had a total of six children, four of which survived beyond their childhood years. The survivors were Winfield J. Featherston (1864-1899), Elise Featherston (1869-1934?), and Eloise Featherston (1878-1945).


Image of Confederate Senator Winfield Scott Featherston

Initially involved in the slavery business, Winfield J. Featherston’s time in it was short when the Confederacy began to manumit their slaves in 1882. Contrary to Jacob Featherston’s assertion that his father was just an overseer, records indicate that his immediate family was involved in the selling and buying of slaves. The loss of the slavery business forced the family, among many other political families at the time, to lose a grand fortune and fell into variable levels of poverty. It is not known why Jacob Featherston lied about his father’s occupation, until a letter written by one his aunts, Elise, revealed that she did not like the idea of him lying to the public to elicit sympathy for the loss of his father’s business. Elise Featherston was never seen again since her disappearance in the 1930’s and the letter was discovered among the ruins of Featherston’s presidential office.


Postcard from Richmond, Virginia, capital of the Confederacy, late 1800's-early 1900's

After manumission had occurred, 18-year-old Winfield J. Featherston moved to Virginia permanently and settled in Richmond for job opportunities. During his time in Richmond, he began a physical relationship with Clare Pole (1866-1898), the daughter of a shopkeeper for whom he worked for. The couple did not marry out of love, but it was done to please their families after Clare Pole became pregnant at a young age. Despite having an influential family member in the Confederate Congress, Winfield J. never sought financial assistance from his family. A few months before her death, Featherston’s second aunt, Eloise Featherston, was interviewed by U.S. officials and said there existed a familial dysfunctionality fueled by financial hardship, alcoholism, and criminality. Due to this, Winfield J. did not want to depend on his family in order to get by, eventually becoming disconnected from the rest of them.


Childhood and education


Earliest Known Image of Jacob Featherston as an infant, ca. 1886

The man who would be known as “Jake the Snake” was born with the full name of Jacob Winfield Scott Featherston. Featherston was the only child of Clare Pole and Winfield J. Featherston. His two middle names were given to him in honor of his grandfather. Winfield J. did have some admiration and respect for his father and believed that his name might help him find success in the Confederacy.

The date of Featherston’s birth was believed to be some time during the 1870’s based on personal entries written by Captain J.E.B. Stuart III, a direct descendant of General J.E.B. Stuart from the War of Secession. The captain described a conversation with then-Sergeant Featherston when he mentioned himself to be a young boy during the early 1880’s. However, a birth certificate was discovered that showed his date of birth to be Wednesday, March 3rd, 1886 in Richmond, Virginia. It is not exactly known why Featherston lied about his age, but Amos Mizell, a member of the Tin Hats until it was engulfed by the Confederate Freedom Party, claimed Featherston told him in a private conversation that he wanted to be perceived as an older gentleman for the 1921 Confederate Presidential Election. Historians found it unusual that he told Captain Stuart III a completely different story well before his interest in politics.

According to Featherston in Over Open Sights, his relationship with his parents was poor. His father’s lack of finding a stable job caused him to become bitter and angry. While he sometimes physically abused his son when drunk, Featherston noted that he didn’t care much about raising him. His mother, however, was no better. Jacob Featherston’s mother was unsympathetic and would emotionally and physically abuse his son from perceived and real disobedience from him. There was no apparent love between them. After his mother’s suicide in 1898, he would later remark that while he respected his father, he hated his mother. Featherston’s father would eventually die in a drunken fight near a bar sometime in 1899. These negative experiences with his parents deeply affected his inability to form permanent relationships with other people. He was sent to live with his Aunt Elise, who also lived near Richmond. In one of the few instances of his father giving him advice when he was alive, Featherston was told that in order to escape a perpetual life of poverty, he should join the Confederate Army and live off the government. At the time, Featherston said in his book that he rejected the idea and wanted to become a writer once he completed his required conscripted service.


Photograph of a young Gus Kubrick, the only friend Featherston ever had

Featherston attended school run by a Baptist community and was noted by his teachers to be a difficult child who was often disciplined for his angry outbursts and occasional disobedience. Even though he was a loner for most of his life, he was able to obtain at least one childhood friend by the name of Gus Kubrick. Kubrick was a Confederate-born citizen of Polish-Austrian-Romanian descent. In a book written by Kubrick after the Second Great War, Kubrick claimed that he and Featherston had common literary interests and would often hang out together during and after school. He described Featherston as being, in many ways, polar opposites. While he loved and did well in school and practiced his religious faith, Featherston hated being in school, did poorly and would often avoid praying. Kubrick hated history, while Featherston was enamored by it, especially Confederate history.


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Photograph of a younger Featherston, ca. 1900

As Featherston and Kubrick grew older, Kubrick would mention that Featherston had a peculiar eccentricity that was uncommon. Featherston showed no romantic feelings anyone or anything. When the topic of girls came up during their young adolescent years, Featherston showed indifference toward them. Kubrick mentioned that young Featherston’s peers in school and outside of it would often bully him by accusing him of being a homosexual. However, he noted that Featherston never fought back or denied it. Regardless if it was true or not, Kubrick thought it was very unusual for Featherston to ignore his bullies’ words at such a young age. It is generally believed that Featherston did not have any type of sexual orientation; he was an asexual.

During the last years of high school, Featherston’s talent for writing stories was shown to his teachers. While most of the early stories he wrote have been lost to history, Featherston wrote mostly fantasy involving medieval settings in Britain and France. Kubrick often tried to help him by convincing him to submit his work to publishing companies.

Early adulthood in Mississippi and Tennessee

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Rare Photograph of Jacob Featherston during a family reunion in Mississippi, 1911

During his required military service in 1904, Featherston continued to write many short stories and poetry. He was assigned in the Army of Northern Virginia and was trained to become an artilleryman in the 1st Richmond Howitzers, Battery C. His superiors noted that he was a good soldier who steadily improved in discipline. After his service ended in 1906, Featherston kept in contact with Kubrick and began submitting his manuscripts to magazines and other literary agencies, but his work was judged to be poorly written. Featherston’s lack of success as a writer and not being able to afford to go to university compelled him to find work in other parts of the Confederacy.


Cumberland Mountains, close to where Featherston worked as a miner

From 1907-1913, Featherston travelled between Tennessee and Mississippi. Unlike his father, he wanted to know his family and tried to maintain a close relationship. His aunt Eloise lived in Holly Springs, while most of his distant cousins lived in Eastern Tennessee. These six years of Featherston’s life are not well-documented to historians. What is known is that he first lived with his cousins and worked with them as coal miners in the Cumberland Mountains region; a job he hated because he regarded it as “nigger work”. Sometime on or after 1910, he visited his extended family in Mississippi. Based on Eloise Featherston’s interview with the U.S. government, she heard that Featherston stayed in Mississippi for less than three years when he discovered that his grandfather wrote his father (Winfield J.) and his family out of the family will. Despite being told that the Featherston family had little money, he realized that his grandfather had enough to support several of his grandchildren, including himself. Furious at being denied funding for his dreams of becoming a writer, Featherston returned to Richmond with his Aunt Elise, where he found work as a border guard between the states of Confederate Virginia and Maryland. U.S. government authorities after the war have not been able to find the alleged will. A lack of verification on the will is caused in part by the liquidation of the majority of Featherston’s family during his presidency.



Photograph of the First Richmond Howitzers with a French 75mm field gun (right). Sergeant Featherston is on the left

When the First Great War began in 1914, Featherston was assigned to his old artillery unit near the Potomac river. During this time, he met Major Clarence Potter and Captain J.E.B. Stuart III. He also began to know Black servants, such as Perseus, Nero, and Pompey, the latter of which grew up into servitude with Captain Stuart III. Featherston admitted that he had no murderous rage at the time against Blacks and even asked for their help to reload an artillery cannon. He mentioned a scene in Over Open Sights where he played card games with the servants attached to his military unit. Nevertheless, Featherston was a typical Confederate citizen of his time: Minimally racist, but willing to work alongside Blacks as long as boundaries were acknowledged.


Photograph of Communist Black Confederates rebelling in Richmond, 1915

Before the Red Rebellion of 1915, an investigation headed by Clarence Potter was done to weed out Black Communists from the Confederacy. When questioned by Potter as to the conduct of their Black workers, Featherston noted nothing out of the ordinary. Sometime later before the beginning of 1915, Featherston overheard a conversation between Pompey and Perseus, when the former approached the latter. In this conversation, Featherston heard words and phrases from Pompey that were related to Socialist ideas. Words such as “revolution”, “Black republic”, and “dialectical” made Featherston suspicious. He reported Pompey to Clarence Potter but Captain Stuart III refused to believe that his servant would be a Red. When Pompey was initially taken away for questioning, Stuart III asked his father to interfere and return him back. After the Red Rebellion began, Featherston was proven right about Pompey. Captain Stuart III would have been court-martialed, but he led a suicidal charge in Pennsylvania, an event that Featherston himself witnessed. During that same battle, he claimed to have shot retreating Black soldiers that were allowed to serve by President Semmes in a fit of rage due to his trench being overrun by Union soldiers.


General J.E.B. Stuart, Jr. in civilian clothing, late 19th Century

After the war, he was informed by Major Clarence Potter that both would not be promoted and that their career in the military was over. While Potter accepted his fate, Featherston knew that it was a type of payback by Stuart III’s father, General Stuart, Jr., for his indirect role in his son’s death. The combined incidents of the Red Rebellion, the Confederate loss of the First Great War, and his prevention of being promoted in the Confederate army instilled in Featherston an uncontrollable rage and firm determination to recreate the Confederacy in his own image and destroy his enemies: The Whig-led Confederate Government, the United States, and the Black Confederates. At least one (if not two) of these enemies would survive Featherston thirty years later.

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Featherston during the 1921 Confederate Presidential Election

2) https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/49359815/james-ewell_brown-stuart
3) https://www.militaer-wissen.de/canon-de-75-modele-1897/?lang=fr
4) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Richmond,_Virginia
5) Gus Kubrick is a Confederate version of August Kubizek
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The Forgotten Campaign: The True Story of the Alaskan Front during the SGW Part 9

Union Soldiers from the 14th Infantry Division engaged in a firefight with CLA forces near the banks of the Cranberry River, circa 1943.

The first half of 1943 on the Alaskan Front could easily be described as a stalemate, which much of the Nass River Valley as well as the Hoodoo and Sitkine Valleys were constantly changing hands between the Russian led forces and the Union Army. Meanwhile to the south, ferocious fighting had broken at the outskirts of the settlement of Terrace. At sea, the Union Naval Forces under Admiral Spruance were conduction an ever stepped up anti-shipping campaign in the Gulf of Alaska in order to cut off Russian Supply Lines to their forces in American Columbia. Union Submarines would also begin to lay sea mines outside of the ports of New Archangel, Novorossiysk, and Nikolayevskaya. In the air, the Union and the Russians would clash for dominance over the skies of Alaska and American Columbia along with the USAF coordinating with US Navy warplanes in a stepped up air campaign against the major ports, military installations, supply lines, railroad network, and communication centers in Russian America.

Men of the Canadian 3rd Light Infantry Brigade engaging Union forces in the Nass River Valley.

A Russian trenchline south of the town of Terrace, circa January of 1943. During the course of 1943, Terrace would become known to soldiers of both sides as a "Tiny Pittsburgh" for the vicious fighting in and near the settlement.

CLA soldiers operating an USV Divisional Field Gun against Union forces during the Battle of the Bell Irving River on February 10th, 1943. That battle would be fought on the banks of the Bell Irving between the elements of the 10th Canadian Rifle Division and the Union 112th Light Infantry Division. The Canadians would win that battle, inflicting heavy losses on the Union troops.

Union Army soldiers of the 21st Infantry Division in a trenchline near Kitselas.

In the spring of 1943, the situation would change dramatically for both sides. On April 4th, 1943, the Japanese would officially change sides in the conflict and would begin attacking the various British, Australian, and Russian territories and colonies throughout Asia and the Pacific. The Russian High Command as a response to this would order 12 of the 16 Divisions that were going to reinforce their forces in Alaska were instead rerouted to Manchuria and the Russian Far East to bolster their weak forces there against a possible Japanese Invasion from the Korean Peninsula. In addition, the High Command would also order the Russian Far East fleet who were in Vladivostok to set sail for Russian America. A force of a heavy cruiser and light cruiser and 6 destroyers would immediately depart from their home through the Sea of Japan to their destination of Unalyaska in the Aleutians. When they arrived in Unalyaska, the heavy cruiser Kerch was damaged from Japanese bombers, the light cruiser Admiral Grieg was sunk by Japanese bombs near the Kuril Islands, 2 destroyers sunk by Japanese airplanes, another one sunk by the USS Spearfish near Adak Island, and the remainder damaged.

A photo from a Russian destroyer during the infamous "Dash of the Far East Fleet" near the Kuril Islands, circa April 1943.


On April 30th, 1943, the USAF 9th Air Force would conduct the largest air raid on New Archangel yet in the conflict, 350 bombers would participate in the raid from bases near Whitehorse in the Yukon, and Vancouver in American Columbia. The targets were the port facilities, fuel farms, the naval base, and other strategic targets at New Archangel.


One of the many Russian AA guns defending New Archangel, circa 1942. During the raid, the Union forces would lose a total 61 B-17s, 5 P-38s, and 45 aircrew dead with many more planes damaged. Many to Russian fighters while the rest were shot down by the numerous AA guns in the area. In return, the Russians would suffer the loss of 18 fighters alongside many structures destroyed and damaged including many of the fuel drums at the fuel farm, which would result in New Archangel being rendered useless to the Russian Navy for 3 months.

By the start of July in 1943, the tables have begun to turn on the Russian led forces on the Alaskan Front. By that time, the Mormon Rebellion was defeated by the US Army, and so, several divisions would who were veterans of fighting the Mormon Insurrection would be redeployed to the Alaskan Front. Notable units would include the 10th Mountain Division, the 97th Infantry Division, and the 364th Independent Light Infantry Regiment. On July 15th, 1943, the Union Army would launch a new offensive in America Columbia which was aimed at driving the Radius Forces from American Columbia.

US Army troops firing an 81mm mortar at Russian positions near Dragon Lake.

A Russian Sniper team during the fighting at Aiyansh.

Union Soldiers in the bombed out ruins of the town of Terrace shortly after the surrender of the Radius forces there, circa September of 1943. After being cut off in August of 1943, the Russo-Canadian forces would fight against their numerically superior Union opponents until September 19th, 1943 when General Kuzma Galitsky surrendered the battered garrison to the Union troops under General Walter Krueger.

Canadian Liberation Army soldiers being evacuated from Metlakatla.

Union troops advancing down the Strohn River Valley, circa early October of 1943.

Behind the Frontlines however, the Canadian Rebels would continue to be a major problem for the Union Army in the region. In fact, these Rebels would continue to infest the region years after the end of the Second Great War, with the final cell being surrendering in 1959.

By November of 1943, the Union forces had managed to regain all of their pre-war territory from the Russians in American Columbia. They had even launched some amphibious landings on the Chirikov and Rivillagigedo Islands, thus securing a base for another planned offensive against the Russians. At this point, the Russians were still determined to defend their possessions for every last inch alongside the Canadian Liberation Army. They would also receive some new weapons such as the Tupolev Tu-2 bomber, the new Yak-9 fighters, and the latest models of the T-46 kegs and SU-76 Barrel Hunters.​
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African-Americans in the US Navy

While the whites of the US Navy were trusted with responsibilities that involved putting their lives on the line, many African-American veterans of the US Navy only remember being trusted just enough to cook and serve meals to those same white officers, with the prevailing view being that African-Americans, by their nature, were cowardly and incapable of acts of bravery or valour. This policy would last until President Folette's Executive Order of December 15th 1943, which ended the traditional racism which forbade African-Americans from service in the regular US military.


An African-American barber trims a officer's hair, 1898


A valet to the commanding officer of the USS St Louis, 1900s,


Mess attendants on the USS Bushnell


A Navy Steward on a unknown US ship


African-Americans prepare meals in the ward room of a US Navy ship


Three African-Americans and a white officer in a officers' pantry, 1917

a US serviceman giving a tour of a former Confederate 240mm Howitzer position outside Washington DC, 2008. While the CSA had never managed to match the USA in terms of heavy firepower, they were not entirely without such heavy pieces, and guns such as these had pounded US positions in the early part of the Second Great War as part of the opening stages of Operation Blackbeard, several more showing up during operation Coalscuttle and hitting the US during the battle of Pittsburgh.

After that, however, the CSA's constant status of retreat meant the cumbersome guns often had to be abandoned, and the piece outside DC was one of the few not blown up by its crew.
Internment Camps in the U.S.A. and C.S.A.


An Internment Camp filled with Mexican Nationals and Mexican Americans in Manzanar, near Independence, California, ca. 1941

Now considered an embarrassment in American history during the Second Great War, Mexico and the United States were technically enemies, but neither side sent troops to fight against each other, with the exception of Confederate-sponsored regiments that Featherston demanded from the Mexican government to fight against Union troops, under pain of economic threat to its stability. President Smith authorized an executive order to round up as many Mexican-descent individuals living in the United States out of fear of espionage activities. The camps were mostly located in the American Southwest, where there was a sizable Mexican-American community. After the death of Smith, La Follette reversed the executive order under the condition that those who joined the United States Army or worked for the war effort could be freed. President La Follette also announced to Mexican Nationals living in the C.S.A. to join up against the Freedomites, in exchange for citizenship.

Despite the fact that other enemy aliens were also interred, such as British, French, and Russian nationals and first-generation Americans with the same heritage throughout the country, the internment camps quickly gained a sour reputation after the war when it was compared to that of the camps that the Freedomites used against Blacks. To some extent, the federal and state governments have acknowledged the unconstitutionality of the executive order and the realization that no evidence existed of alleged espionage by Mexican Americans or Mexican Nationals. However, there exists circumstantial evidence for Canadians and British espionage.

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Anti-German Propaganda poster made by the Confederacy, used during the First and Second Great War

Although never fighting directly against each other, the Confederacy was responsible for developing Anti-German hysteria in North America. The poster in question is that of a Confederate Hand grabbing a German Dachshund and expressing displeasure at the breed. It was noted by historians that Confederates would often destroy anything that was German-related, including the euthanizing of German dogs, such as Dachshunds, German Shepherds, Dobermanns, and Schnauzers.


Photograph of German-Confederates at an internment camp somewhere in Sonora, ca. 1942

Besides Blacks and non-Freedomite supporters, the Confederacy did force most of the German-Confederate community to move out toward camps in order to prevent them from becoming allies with the Union. Similar to the concentration camps that contained Blacks, Union soldiers would sometimes find several camps that contained imprisoned German nationals or German-Confederates and liberated them.


Photograph of Canadian rebels and British P.O.W.'s somewhere in New Brunswick at an internment camp, ca. 1943

Most of the British population were from the Battle of Greenland or British nationals living in the United States. Those who belonged in the Canadian Liberation Army were often sent to these camps if they were not automatically executed.

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Anti-British Propaganda poster featuring a German soldier (right) and a Union soldier (left) fighting against John Bull, the personification of Britain

3) https://www.warhistoryonline.com/instant-articles/internment-of-germans.html
4) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilag
5) https://franzoesischer-kriegsgefang...rate-à-la-ferme/stalags-und-arbeitskommandos/
6) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internment_of_German_Americans
7) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bracero_program

Bonus: https://allthatsinteresting.com/german-americans-internment
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A few medals from the CSA

The Medal of Freedom, which was the highest medal for civilians in Featherston's Confederacy. These were usually awarded to civilians who had distinguished themselves within the CSA (mostly Members of the Freedom Party.)
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Order of Lee - First awarded during the Second Mexican War and until the SGW, was always awarded during times of war. The Order of Lee was the second highest medal for the Confederate Armed Forces after the Medal of Honor. At times, the medal was awarded multiple times to a single, such as this example here which is shown to have awarded twice to one man with the single star. Originally, the medal was only awarded to Generals and Officers, but in 1941 under Featherston's orders, it was also awarded to enlisted men for bravery in the field of battle. This medal was also awarded to foreign soldiers (usually Generals and Admirals) for propaganda purposes, notably to Generals Huntziger (France), Foch (France), Wavell (Britain), Montgomery (Britain), Dovator (Russia), and Admiral Beatty (Britain).
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Service Star - First Created in 1863 in recognition of soldiers who had fought on the battlefield during the War of Secession, the Service Star was one of the more common awards for the Confederate Army. This award is broken down to three different variants, which includes:
Bronze Star - 15 Engagements
Silver Star - 45 Engagements
Gold Star - 100 Engagements