Letter from a well-meaning Captain

Dear Christine, I have devised a strategy for you.
When the South shouted "enough" and tried to leave
the union, we slaughtered them with rails and rifles.

So please drink more water and get some sleep.
Your trains should run on time and your snipers
must shoot sharp. Your doctor says secession
is best for all concerned this time around.

So give up the hill, but sell it dearly; fight
like cornered Texans. When your daughter asks,
tell her: now I have more room to hold you.