The Lincoln Conspiracy: Mission Accomplished
On April 2, 1865, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his cabinet were in the final stage of abandoning the Capitol in Richmond, Virginia. The plan was to establish a new capitol further South with Davis proclaiming victory for the confederacy now that it was not burdened with defending Richmond from the invading Union forces. The spin didn’t fly, and historians portrayed the confederate government which operated for two weeks from a freight train, as a government on wheels. No plan or purpose, aimlessly roaming further south. The circumstances show that Davis had a plan.
In the early part of 1864 Davis established the “Confederate Secret Service,” with the original purpose being to undermine the Unions currency, and promote General George McClellan’s Presidential race against Lincoln’s re-election. When that failed Davis had only one option left. The assassination of President Lincoln and his cabinet.
The true activities of this shadow arm of the confederate government will never be known. Davis delayed the trains departure from Richmond for hours while the official records of the secret service were burned, keeping them out of Federal hands forever. Destroying those records took priority on that frenetic day as evidence pieced together indicate the confederate secret service was more than a collection of spies tracking Union army movements. The secret services budget was established with Davis’s government depositing one million dollars in a Canadian bank.
Davis kept his government intact even as his General, Robert E. Lee, surrendered one week later on April 9th at the Appomattox Courthouse.
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