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#1 Pete LeBrun

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 05:10 PM

Jed Bureaugard’s Soul

*I added the bit about Robert E Lee, and the slaves that were part of the John Brown Renegade, to make this less of a stereotype of the Confederates,  and less racist

I bet you don’t know why these graves are unmarked, or set apart from the rest of these graves. Show of hands, anyone? I    t’s because to the United States these were dishonored Confederates, who were disowned because of crimes against slaves, even after 1863, when slavery was abolished. No one really knows this, except a few people. Like my Union Soldier uniform, pretty realistic. Well it has to do with of General Jedediah Bureaugard, and his Confederate Army. Get ready to listen closely, because this will never be taught in your history classroom, this story is to scary, too brutal, for any history book.

General Jedediah Bureaugard was a man who loves bloodshed and torture. He had a scar on one eye, a hook for an arm, and a wooden peg where his leg once was, and that wouldn’t even come close to stopping him. He and his troops were slave smugglers, they would impersonate Union soldiers and pretend to take them on the Underground Railroad to safety, but really just took them to be chained up in Jedediah Bureaugard’s house, specifically his basement. Like I said before this went on after 1863, even though sllavery was abolished. Ulysees S Grant had Union spies that found out about this, and brought it to  the attention of the John Brown Renegade, Union soldiers who had been a part of John Brown’s assault on Harper’s Ferry, and had formed their own fleet in his memory. Instead of fighting on the battlefield, they were tasked were catching slave smugglers, or anyone who supported slavery in generall, and freeing slaves from their control. They had even conduted a successful raid on Harper’s Ferry in honor of John Brown, and most slaves had joined their ranks to free fellow slaves, making their job much easier. Jedediah Bureaugard had been put in charge of slaves by Robert E. Lee and did unspeakable acts to them. He and his soldiers would use various torture devices to harm the slaves for thier amusement. The body count of slaves was difficult to say for sure, because so many slaves were found buried under the floorboards.

One warm April night Jed Bureaugard was sittiing on his porch, enjoying his whiskey when heard music in the distance, It was unmistakenably the tune of “John Brown’s Body”, and the slaves hear it as well and knew it was the Renegade. One of them, who had a rather deep voice, began  singing John Brown’s Body“ , and the rest joined him at once, and something was stopping Bureaugard and his troops from silencing them. They all broke into a chorus of

John Brown's body lies a-mouldering in the grave, /|
John Brown's body lies a-mouldering in the grave,
But his soul goes marching on.

Glory, glory, hallelujah, /|
Glory, glory, hallelujah,
His soul goes marching on.

He's gone to be a soldier in the Army of the Lord, /|
He's gone to be a soldier in the Army of the Lord,
His soul goes marching on.

John Brown's knapsack is strapped upon his back, /
John Brown's knapsack is strapped upon his back,
His soul goes marching on

John Brown died so that the slaves might be free, /
John Brown died so that the slaves might be free,
His soul goes marching on.

The stars above in Heaven now are looking kindly down, /
The stars above in Heaven now are looking kindly down,
On the grave of Old John Brown
His soul goes marching on.

Old John Brown’s body lies moldering in the grave,
While weep the sons of bondage whom he ventured all to save;
But tho he lost his life while struggling for the slaves,
His soul is marching on.

John Brown was a hero, undaunted, true and brave,
And Kansas knows his valor when he fought her rights to save;
Now, tho the grass grows green above his grave,
His soul is marching on.

He captured Harper’s Ferry, with his nineteen men so few,
And frightened "Old Virginny" till she trembled thru and thru;
They hung him for a traitor, themselves the traitor crew,
But his soul is marching on.

John Brown was John the Baptist of the Christ we are to see,
Christ who of the bondmen shall the Liberator be,
And soon thruout the Sunny South the slaves shall all be free,
For his soul is marching on.

The conflict that he heralded he looks from heaven to view,
On the army of the Union with its flag red, white and blue.
And heaven shall ring with anthems o’er the deed they mean to do,
For his soul is marching on.

Ye soldiers of Freedom, then strike, while strike ye may,
The death blow of oppression in a better time and way,
For the dawn of old John Brown has brightened into day,
And his soul is marching on.

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored,
He has loosed the fateful lightening of His terrible swift sword
His truth is marching on.

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.

I have seen Him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps
They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps
I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps
His day is marching on.

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.

I have read a fiery gospel writ in burnish`d rows of steel,
"As ye deal with my contemners, So with you my grace shall deal;"
Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel
Since God is marching on.

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.

He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat
He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment-seat
Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! be jubilant, my feet!
Our God is marching on.

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.

In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me:
As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free,
While God is marching on.

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.

The slaves kept singing and singing, and Jed Bureaugard and his troops kept being pushed by unseen hands, a mist formd around the slaves, revealing the spirits of the slaves who has sucumbed to the the torture, Jed and his men began to flee, but were blocked in by the arriving John Brown Renegade. Most of Jed’s men were killed or injured, and Silas Harrington, leader of the Renegade, apprehended Jedediah Bureaugard,then oreder his troops to search his house. When they found the basement, they were shocked at the horrifying scene of slaves moaning, some barely alive, boidies were chopped up, abd limbs were scatttered everywhere. They informed Ulysees S. Grant, who informed President Lincoln, who instructed that Jed Bureaugard and his men get the death penalty for these attrocities. Shortly after the Civil War ended and Robert E. Lee sent letters formerly apologizing to Grant and LIncoln for the actions of Bureaugard and his unit, it is said that during the presidency of Grant, he visted Lee a few times, and all he did was repeat phrases like “May God Have Mercy On Me. However, as you read in your history books, the Confederacy refused to quit, and battles kept waging, even though most of the troops were defeated. On April  13th 1865, a mysterious man  infiltrated the prison where Jed was kept, and attempted to brake him out, but failed.  Bureaugard was excuted, with his final words being “Dixie will strike down the Yankee responsible”. The next night, Abraham Lincoln was shot, leading many to believe the intruder who tried to free Bureaugard was John  Wilkes Booth. It is also believed Bureaugard was one of the conspirator, and the the surviving members of his unit framed people to cover up his involvement, and save their own lives. Most of them were released by Andrew Johnson due to lack of evidence due to lack of evidence, however during Grant’s presidency, most were recaptured by the still active John Brown Renegade, and he had evidence the conspirators, abd probaby John Wilkes Booth had tried to dispose of, and had them all executed so Grant could avenge Abe Lincoln. The Confereacy adapted it’s own tune for Jedediah Bureaugard, mocking “John Brown’s Body”.

Jed Bureaugard’s Soul cries vengeance from Hell

he will rob all Yankees of like

like they robbed him of his

He will down every Yankee

in honor of the Confederacy

for all eternity

his soul cannot be stopped

Jed Bureaugard’s soul truly does indeed cry vengeance from Hell, as his ghost has killed and scared Yankees for decades. Once a group of teenagers decided to explore Jed’s house, the girls were too scared so they waited for their boyfriends. They saw a flash of light, heard bloodcurling screams, then unearthly laughter. They called the police when the boys didn’t come back, and the police found them dead and locked up to various torture devices in the basement. Then there have been encounters right here at Gettysburg Nation al Cemetery. Once a group of eigth graders like yourself, decided that Confederates were “Dixie scum”, as Union soldiers put it, and that it would be a good idea to spit on this grave, which belongs to Jed Bureaugard himself, and then a reenactor in a Confederate costume, who had what appeared to a make up scar and fake hook and fake peg on his leg, told them that “You Yankees need to learn some BAD_WORD respect”, and pointed his hook at them. The group told a teacher about the incident, but the park said no reenactor looked like that. It was in fact Jed Bureaugard himself. In another incident, a group of ghost hunters saw the ghost of a Confederate soldier floating towards them, he waved his sword at their heads and laughed, but they kept ducking and running and eventually made it to safety. THe scariet incident Jed Bureaugard’s ghost pulled was when he appeared as an orb, lanother group of ghost hunters was taking pictures of the battlefield, and trying to talk to the ghosts and stuff, when they saw an orb coming toward them. When they tried to take a picture, it shot forward and sliced all their cameras and electronic equipment in two, then moved towards the cannons. They heard the sound of fuses being lit, and then cannonballs began shooting at them in all directions, fortunately no one was hurt but they recall hearing the evilest laugh you could ever hear. Gettysburg authorties thought ithey were making up a story, as no evidence of it was present, especially the shooting cannons.

Someone has to protect the innocent  from his evil, especially in death, that is why I Silas Harrington, leader of the John Brown Renegade, and the one who brought this monster to justice, protect anyone who visits this park from him, much like I did, till that monster decided to go to hell where he belongs.


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