|14th President of the Confederate States|
January 30, 1927 – April 13, 1945
|Vice President||William Simmons|
|Preceded by||Sidney Johnston Catts|
|Succeeded by||William Simmons|
|Born|| 10 June 1887|
Winchester, Virginia, Confederate States
|Died|| 13 April 1945 (aged 55)|
North Carolina, Confederate States
|Political party||Restoration Party|
|Service/branch||Confederate States Army|
|Years of service||1914-1919|
|Commands||Army of Northern Virginia|
|Battles/wars|| World War I
Workers' Rebellion (1916-1917)
Harry Byrd was the 14th President of the Confederate States, serving from 1927 to 1945. With help from the Restorationists, he managed to declare himself president-for-life in 1930, forming the Confederacy into an authoritarian state and marking the beginning of the Extermination.
Byrd was a newspaper publisher from 1903 to 1914, when he got drafted into the Confederate States Army and became an infantryman in the Army of Northern Virginia. The war stopped him from entering politics until he was discharged in 1919 as a very decorated lieutenant. Byrd soon wanted enter politics and joined the Restoration Party, which suited many of his beliefs including white-supremacy and revanchism. He worked along the party's leader, William Simmons, who ran as president in 1920 and lost. Simmons and Byrd soon were well respected as political partners and eventually, many in the party wanted Byrd to be the 1926 presidential nominee. With the election in 1926, Byrd grew very popular among the Confederate public and won by a landslide, promising having revenge on the Yankees and rebuilding the Confederacy.
Byrd's inauguration was greeted with thousands of nationalists and white-supremacists crowding the streets of Richmond, which was a frightening sight to U.S. President Benson and the rest of the United States. Byrd's first three years were served as a moderate Restorationist, however with the Great Depression setting in, along with the Restoration Party gaining a majority in Congress, he soon changed the Confederate government to run according to Restorationist beliefs.
With the signing in of the Declaration of Restoration, declaring the Confederate States to be a Restorationist dictatorship and the party to have extensive powers over the country, Byrd and his government began to rebuild the military and make territorial demands to the United States. By 1932, Byrd was able to demand from President Seymour Stedman to return Kentucky, West Texas, and portions of Northern Virginia back to the Confederate States under the Roanoke Agreement.
With the election of Al Smith in 1932 after the destruction done by the Socialist Party, Smith took a more hardline approach towards Byrd and the Restorationists. Smith began to fortify their borders with the Confederate States in response to Byrd building dozens of military fortifications in Kentucky shortly after it's cession.
On April 3, 1941, after working with Generals George S. Patton and Nathan Bedford Forrest III, Byrd authorized Operation Lakewoods and the Washington Offensive, a massive invasion of the US states of West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, bringing World War II to North America. Byrd then demanded that the United States repay the Confederate States and to end the occupation of Canada. Al Smith refused Byrd's demands and declared war on the Confederacy. In August, Byrd authorized the internment of blacks who were unfit for working in munition factories, beginning the Extermination, which would lead to the deaths of millions of civilians.
As the war began to turn against the Confederacy and it's allies, Byrd began to turn against his associates, with actions such as the execution of General George Marshall after he accused him of a failed assassination attempt. By late 1944, the U.S. Army began to close onto Richmond after defenses along the James River fell and northern Richmond, beginning Byrd's plan to escape the Confederacy and live under cover in the United States. On April 11, 1945, Byrd, his wife, and a few close cabinet members, boarded an aircraft under the cover of night en route to Charlotte. The plane was shot down by accident another Confederate fighter plane while along the Catawba River in South Carolina. Between April 12 and 13, the group wandered through the Carolinas until encountering a U.S. Army checkpoint along a highway near Charlotte. Byrd was almost immediately recognized by one of the soldiers who opened fire on him and killed him. He was buried with an unmarked grave near the location he was killed.
World War IEdit
Entry into PoliticsEdit
Rise to PowerEdit
Once the Great Depression almost destroyed the Confederate economy, President Byrd and his cabinet used this as a perfect opportunity to change the C.S. into a Restorationist state.
World War IIEdit