The Guns of the South: A Novel of the Civil War - Chapter 16 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 16 Summary

The inauguration of the Confederate President is on March 4. First Brown is sworn in and then Lee. When he is giving his speech, his hat is blown off. When he reaches down to pick it up, a bullet whizzes by his head. A second bullet hits his jacket. The judge knocks Lee of the platform to pull him out of range.

As the shooting continues, Lee first thinks it is the Rivington group but then recognizes that the guns are not AK-47s. Since many of the men had been soldiers, they begin to shoot back at the assassins. By the time the shooting subsides, many people have been killed including Vice-President Brown and Mary Lee.

Lee orders a search of the AWB offices. One of the assassins is caught and it is Konrad de Buys, one of the Rivington men.

Lee returns...

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