History Literature / TheGunsOfTheSouth

8th Jul '17 1:53:08 AM Divra
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* OhCrap: Lee when he realizes that the main ingredient in the explosives used in the AK-47 ammunition is nitroglycerine- the medicine the AWB men have been giving him for his heart condition. He briefly thinks they have been trying to kill him. After a moment he calms down and realizes that it is a very clumsy and roundabout way to get rid of him, and if the pills have not exploded after so much jostling in combat then they probably will not explode at all.

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* OhCrap: Lee when he realizes that the main ingredient in the explosives used in the AK-47 ammunition is nitroglycerine- the medicine the AWB men have been giving him for his heart condition. He briefly thinks they have been trying to kill him. After a moment he calms down and realizes that it is a very clumsy and roundabout way to get rid of him, and if the pills have not exploded after so much jostling in combat then they probably will not explode at all.all, and the pills, after all, ''do'' work as advertised.
15th Jun '17 1:13:56 PM redandready45
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* CassandraTruth: Subverted. When Rhoodie comes clean about being a time traveler, Lee quickly accepts it as truth, since the weapons of the Confederacy are more advanced than anything that can be produced in the 1860s.
9th May '17 12:51:49 PM Divra
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** Richard Dabney, ''the'' caterer in Richmond. No-one who's anyone in Richmond dares throw a party of any size without having him on the payroll.
22nd Apr '17 4:29:49 AM Divra
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* KnownOnlyByTheirNickname: The only person to ever call Nate Caudell "Nathaniel" is an official at the balloting station. Everyone else calls him Mr. Caudell or Nate.
22nd Apr '17 4:18:09 AM Divra
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* CallARabbitASmeerp: The Confederates do not know the names for much of the future technology they encounter, and come up with their own names. They refer to a belt-fed machine gun as an 'endless repeater' and a computer as a 'qwerty', after the letters on the keyboard. Cup-of-soup is known as "desiccated meals", based on similarities to their own desiccated vegetables.

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* CallARabbitASmeerp: The Confederates do not know the names for much of the future technology they encounter, and come up with their own names. They refer to a belt-fed machine gun as an 'endless repeater' and a computer as a 'qwerty', after the letters on the keyboard. Cup-of-soup is [=MREs=] are known as "desiccated meals", based on similarities to their own desiccated vegetables.
17th Jan '17 8:37:55 AM Rubber_Lotus
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* CoincidentalDodge: How [[spoiler:Lee]] escapes the initial bullet from [[spoiler:the Rivington men]] at his inauguration. Earlier, he also escapes an assassination by an escaped slave, though he later remarks this assassin had picked a bad spot that would've thrown off his aim no matter what.
17th Jan '17 8:34:24 AM Rubber_Lotus
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* MustHaveCaffeine: Even when some of Lee's officers remain suspicious about the AK-47's, the AWB men win them over by presenting - among other rations - instant coffee. The South is so pinched by the Union blockade that even the officers haven't drank anything but chicory substitutes for years.
16th Jan '17 10:22:12 PM Rubber_Lotus
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*** Relatedly, while [[spoiler: Gen. Forrest]] is almost certainly [[TokenEvilTeammate the most anti-black "hero"]] in the book, even he admits to freeing slaves on several occasions. Even ''this'' gets him dirty looks from the Rivington men.
16th Jan '17 10:13:23 PM Rubber_Lotus
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* SlobsVersusSnobs: A running theme of the book is how slavery interacts with the socioeconomic status of Southern whites. As Lee - quite possibly the Confederacy's richest (non-time-traveling) man - begins leaning more toward abolitionism, both the Rivington Men and Forrest accuse him of highhandedly dictating how poorer whites should treat blacks. On the other side of the coin, Caudell's old squadmate Dempsey Eure mocks the town mayor for touting Forrest's pro-slavery stance, when most of the town is too poor to even think about owning a slave.
5th Jan '17 2:48:15 PM Rubber_Lotus
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* WarIsHell: Even though the South wins in this timeline, none of the main characters are particularly nostalgic for the actual fighting. When Nate's local shopkeeper asks him to recall the experience. Nate's first thoughts are:
--> ''Filthy, boring, hungry. Terrifying past any nightmare.''
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