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Three cigars, with Lee’s battle plans wrapped around them, were found by Union soldiers… via American Minute

By Bill Federer

Three cigars, with Lee’s battle plans wrapped around them, had been inadvertently lost by a Confederate officer.

With this information in Union hands, the South’s anticipated victory was cut short.
The Confederate Army had been unstoppable – within weeks of winning the Civil War.

General Robert E. Lee had won the Second Battle ofBull Run and was marching 55,000 Confederate troops into Maryland on September 3, 1862.The Confederate Army was welcomed, as anti-Union protests had filled Baltimore’s streets.

On September 13, 1862, President Lincoln met with Rev. William Patterson, Rev. John Dempster, and Methodist, Baptist, and Congregational leaders who presented him with a petition to emancipate the slaves.

Lincoln told them:

“I am approached with the most opposite opinions and advice…

I hope it will not be irreverent for me to say that if it is probable that God would reveal His will to others, on a point so connected with my duty, it might be supposed He will reveal it directly to me;

for, unless I am more deceived in myself than I often am, it is my earnest desire to know the will of Providence in this matter…

These are not, however, the days of miracles, and I suppose it will be granted that I am not to expect a direct revelation.”

The same day, September 13, 1862, Union PrivateBarton W. Mitchell was drinking coffee and noticed three cigars on the ground wrapped with a piece of paper.

It was Lee’s Special Orders No. 191addressed to Confederate General D.H. Hill revealing his plan to divide the Confederate Army.

Union General George McClellan was now able to intercept and ambush several Confederate brigades just 70 miles from Washington, DC.

This erupted into the Battle of Antietam, September 17, 1862, where 38,000 Confederate troops were attacked by over 75,000 Union troops.

It was the single bloodiest day o

f the Civil War.

Though outnumbered nearly 2 to 1, the South rallied and inflicted more than 12,400 casualties on the North, while sustaining 10,316 of their own.

Since McClellan failed to make better use of his intelligence advantage, President Lincoln removed him not long afterwards.

The Battle of Antietam was tactically inconclusive, but it proved costlier to the South, as they did not have immigrates from which to draft new recruits.

With the urging of religious leaders, Lincoln then seized the moral high ground by announcing that he would issue an Emancipation

Proclamation.On September 22, 1862, as reported by Secretary of the Treasury, Salmon Portland Chase, President Lincoln told his Cabinet after the Battle at Antietam:

  “The time for the annunciation of the emancipation policy can no longer be delayed.

Public sentiment will sustain it, many of my warmest friends and supporters demand it, and I have promised God that I will do it.”

Britain and France were now persuaded not to recognize the Confederacy.

Three weeks after the Battle of Antietam, President Lincoln met on OCTOBER 6, 1862, with Eliza Gurney and three other Quaker leaders, saying:

“We are indeed going through a great trial…

In the very responsible position in which I happen to be placed, being a humble instrument

in the hands of our Heavenly Father…as we all are, to work out His great purposes…”

Lincoln continued:

“But if, after endeavoring to do my best in the light which He affords me, I find my efforts fail, I must believe that for some purpose unknown to me, He wills it…

If I had been allowed my way, this war would have ended…But we find it still continues…

We must believe that He permits it for some wise purpose of His own…”

Lincoln concluded:

“We cannot but believe that He who made the world still governs it.”

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Battle of Gettysburg via American Minute

    Bill Federer

Washington, D.C., was in a panic!72,000 Confederate troops were just sixty miles away near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

After the Confederate victory at the Battle of Chancellorsville, Robert E. Lee was under a time deadline.

Mounting casualties of the war were causing Lincoln’s popularity to fall, so if Lee could get a quick victory at Gettysburg, he could pressure Lincoln to a truce.

But this window of opportunity was fast closing, as Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant was about to capture Vicksburg on the Mississippi, which would divide the Confederacy and free up thousands of Union troops to fight Lee in the east.

Unfortunately for Lee, his successful General, “Stonewall” Jackson had died two months earlier, having been mistakenly shot by his own men.

On the Union side, Lincoln replaced Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker with Maj. Gen. George Meade to command the 94,000 men of the Union Army of the Potomac.

The Battle of Gettysburg began July 1, 1863.

After two days of intense combat, with ammunition running low, General Robert E. Lee ordered “Pickett’s Charge.”

12,500 Confederate soldiers made a direct attack on the Union position at Cemetery Ridge.

After an hour of murderous fire and bloody hand-to-hand combat, the Confederates were pushed back and the Battle of Gettysburg ended JULY 3, 1863, with over 50,000 casualties.

The next day, Vicksburg surrendered to General Grant, giving the Union Army control of the Mississippi River.

When news reached London, all hopes of Europe recognizing the Confederacy were ended.

On July 5, 1863, President Lincoln and his son visited General Daniel E. Sickles, who had his leg blown off at Gettysburg.

General James F. Rusling recorded that when General Sickles asked Lincoln if was anxious before the Battle, Lincoln answered:

“No, I was not; some of my Cabinet and many others in Washington were, but I had no fears…

In the pinch of your campaign up there, when everybody seemed panic-stricken, and nobody could tell what was going to happen,

oppressed by the gravity of our affairs, I went to my room one day, and I locked the door, and got down on my knees before Almighty God, and prayed to Him mightily for victory at Gettysburg.

I told Him that this was His war, and our cause His cause, but we couldn’t stand another Fredericksburg or Chancellorsville.

And I then and there made a solemn vow to Almighty God, that if He would stand by our boys at Gettysburg, I would stand by Him…”

Lincoln continued:

“And He did stand by you boys, and I will stand by Him.

And after that (I don’t know how it was, and I can’t explain it), soon a sweet comfort crept into my soul that God Almighty had taken the whole business into his own hands and that things would go all right at Gettysburg.”

Twelve days after the Battle of Gettysburg, July 15, 1863, Lincoln proclaimed a Day of Prayer:

“It is meet and right to recognize and confess the presence of the Almighty Father and the power of His hand equally in these triumphs and in these sorrows…

I invite the people of the United States to…render the homage due to the Divine Majesty for the wonderful things He has done in the nation’s behalf and invoke the influence of His Holy Spirit to subdue the anger which has produced and so long sustained a needless and cruel rebellion.”

In his Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863, Abraham Lincoln ended:

“We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom –

and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

At the Gettysburg Battlefield, May 30, 1934, President Franklin Roosevelt said:

“On these hills of Gettysburg two brave armies of Americans once met in contest…

Since those days, two subsequent wars, both with foreign Nations, have measurably…softened the ancient passions.

It has been left to us of this generation to see the healing made permanent.”

In his 3rd Inaugural Address, President Franklin Roosevelt said, January 20, 1941:

“The spirit of America…is the product of centuries….born in the multitudes of those who came from many lands…

The democratic aspiration is no mere recent phase in human history. It is human history…

Its vitality was written into our own Mayflower Compact, into the Declaration of Independence, into the Constitution of the United States, into the Gettysburg Address… 

If the spirit of America were killed, even though the Nation’s body…lived on, the America we know would have perished.”

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Billy Sunday: Baseball Star Preacher

American Minute with Bill Federer

FEB. 17 – Billy Sunday: Baseball Star Preacher

A baseball star, Billy Sunday played for the Chicago White Stockings (Sox) in the 1880’s and later the Philadelphia Phillies.

He was born during the Civil War in a log cabin in Iowa.

His father, a Union Army soldier, died of pneumonia when Billy was a month old.

At age 15, he struck out on his own, working several jobs before playing baseball.

His career took off when he was recruited by A.G. Spalding, owner of the White Stockings and founder of Spalding Sporting Goods Company.

Sunday became one of the most popular athletes in the nation.

While leaving a Chicago saloon with some other players in 1886, he heard a group of gospel singers on the street from the Pacific Garden Mission.

Attracted by the hymns he had heard his mother sing, Sunday began attending services at the mission, where he experienced a conversion.

He began attending YMCA meetings, quit drinking and got married.

A national sensation occurred FEBRUARY 17, 1889, when Billy Sunday preached his first sermon as a Christian evangelist in Chicago.

He went on to pioneer preaching over broadcast radio so enthusiastically that the FCC was formed in response.

During the next 46 years, till his death November 6, 1935, over 100 million people would hear him.

In his animated style, Billy Sunday said:

“The devil says I’m out, but the Lord says I’m safe.”

“Temptation is the devil looking through the keyhole. Yielding is opening the door and inviting him in.”

“Live so that when the final summons comes you will leave something more behind you than an epitaph on a tombstone.”

“I never see a man or a woman or boy or girl but I do not think that God has a plan for them…He will use each of us to His glory if we will only let Him.”

Rivers of America will run with blood filled to their banks before we will submit to them taking the Bible out of our schools.”

“Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you an automobile.”

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