Her Majesty's Yankee
The youngest son of the Duke of Bransworth finds himself drummed out of the Army in disgrace and, still a fighting man, travels to the United States where a Civil War is raging. Not only does he soon find himself in the gunsmoke and cannon fire, but attracts the attention of President Lincoln and General Grant. And an epic battle is on the horizon...Gettysburg. More
Lieutenant John Whyte, the youngest son of the Duke of Bransworth, has just returned in disgrace to England from his assignment in far off India with Her Majesty, Queen Victoria’s Army. He had commanded a special unit of horse cavalry in the Northwest Territories Army. During a siege of a rebel maharaja’s fortified castle, a general recently arrived at the frontier uselessly wastes John’s command in a suicidal frontal attack. John and his men finally succeed, but at a horrific, bloody cost. Nearly all of John’s native Sikh warriors are killed. Afterwards, the insensitive remark of the new general about needing to break eggs in order to make an omelet, causes John to snap and he rashly insults the general in front of the offended general’s staff officers.
John is relieved of his command and sent home in disgrace, with the very real possibility that he will be discharged from the Army, his only refuge from the unhappiness he experienced in his home, mostly at the hands of his older and jealous half-brothers. In desperation he appeals to his oldest brother, the current Duke by right of progeny, for help in regaining his position in the army. John is cruelly rebuffed and sent packing, offered only a minor administrative job in Canada, far from his home. In despair, he unpacks his trunk from India, where he discovers a small chest inserted, unknown to him, by his loyal Sikh soldiers in gratitude of his defense for their rights. Inside is a fortune in jewels, taken during the storming of the castle belonging to the defeated maharajah.
John decides to dispose of the jewels and use the money to fight his dismissal. He hires a noted barrister but is informed to his disappointment that he will not be able to rejoin the British Army, no matter how much effort he expends. He has insulted a close relative of the Queen. At the suggestion of his lawyer, John decides to immigrate to the United States, to perhaps join the American military currently fighting in the great Civil War. In route, he meets a Southern spy who eagerly recruits John to spy for the Confederacy. John appears to agree, but has no intention of joining a cause for which he has no empathy. He hopes the offer can be turned against the obnoxious Southern spy.
In America, John audaciously meets with the American President, Abraham Lincoln and explains his desire to join the army, as well as the attempt to recruit him to spy for the Confederate States. Lincoln introduces John to Alan Pinkerton, a famous detective, who is head of Lincoln’s secret spy organization for the North. Pinkerton uses John to set a trap that exposes the notorious Rose Greenhow and her band of young, idealistic women who use their charms to obtain information from lonely Union officers, which they turn over to the South. President Lincoln personally rewards John for his effort with a commission in the Union Army.
John sends money for some of the surviving Sikhs from India to join him in America if they so desire. Several come and join the Union Army. They are assigned to John’s command. John is tasked by Lincoln to travel to the western front to meet General U.S. Grant. The ex-soldier and failed clerk keeps winning his battles against the Confederate Army but is portrayed by the press as a drunkard and incompetent butcher of men. John meets and comes to respect General Grant. His positive reports cement Grant as a potential commander-in-chief of the Union Army by Lincoln. As a reward for his help, Lincoln gives John a command in the Union Cavalry, just as the epic battle of Gettysburg looms on the horizon.
John has over come the disaster of his assignment in India. He has joined the Union Army and obtained a command of his own. Now, he must prove his worthiness as a soldier and leader. He is determined to succeed, just has he has succeeded in throwing off the yoke of failure in Her Majesty’s Army.