Ulysses S. Grant is made commander of the Armies of the Potomac and is having an immediate effect, but at a very high cost in terms of casualties. George Hazard, now a Brigadier General, has received his long sought after field assignment but is taken prisoner and transported to Libby Prison in Richmond. There he meets the prison warden, Capt. Thomas Turner who will go to any length to be obeyed. Having been admonished by Mrs. Neal, her superior at the field hospital, to treat all soldiers will equal care regardless of what side they are fighting on Virgilia finds herself in trouble after one of them dies and she is charged with murder. She again turns to her protector, Congressman Sam Greene, for help and is now ready to pay the price he demands of her. Now living under a false name, Madeline makes the acquaintance of a handsome rogue. Orry meanwhile has hired a Pinkerton's detective to try and track her down. With States-rights advocates continuing their battle with President Davis over his ever-growing authority, Elkanah Bent sees himself as the future President of the Confederacy and recruits James Hontoon to be his Vice President.- Written by garykmcd
Charles and Orry set out to rescue George Hazard, who is being held at Libby Prison in Richmond. They make sure he gets back to Union Lines and he makes it home for Christmas. As he recovers however, he learns that a warrant has been issued for his arrest for selling faulty cannons to the Army. He goes after Morgan the black marketeer and his brother Stanley does the right thing. At Mont Royal, Brett has an unfortunate encounter with Salem Jones. Madeline has been continuing her good works in Charleston helping those living in the shanty town and gets Rafe Baudeen's help when a group of young boys are take to dig rifle pits for the army. Elkanah Bent continues to dream of taking control of the Confederacy and gets Ashton to sleep with a contributor. Bent has a large stash of ammo and powder but Orry is soon onto him. An exhausted Charles visits Augusta Barclay.- Written by garykmcd
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