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Jenburdoo (Jenburdoo)
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At the beginning of the American Civil War, many officers of the United States Army were from southern states. As their home states left to join the Confederacy, these officers almost all resigned from the army and went home.

One southern officer, Lieutenant Edward Alexander of Georgia, did not leave the US Army at once when his state left the Union. Instead, he planned to stay in the army for another two months and then resign. One month into this two-month wait, he changed his mind and resigned immediately. Explain his actions -- both the wait and changing his mind.
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Anything to do with his pay? Pension rights? A bet? Something his wife had made him promise to do? His political leanings? Did he ancestors from northern states?
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Anything to do with his pay? A little. Pension rights? No. A bet? No. Something his wife had made him promise to do? No. His political leanings? No. Did he ancestors from northern states? No.
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Did he need to be where he was for a certain length of time before some pay rise would come into force?
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Did he need to be where he was for a certain length of time before some pay rise would come into force? No.
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Did his money go further where he was? Would he have a lot of payments to make if he moved back home?
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Did his money go further where he was? Would he have a lot of payments to make if he moved back home? No to both.
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Was the length of his service relevant?
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Was the length of his service relevant? No.
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Anything to do with his senior officers? Men who were lower in rank than him?
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No to both.
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Did something happen in the two-month period which made him change his mind?
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Did it have anything to do with public perception of him in his home town? Lines of communication between the north and south? Lines of travel?

Was he waiting for something that he thought would take two months? But it took one? Was there something that would only be happening/effective for a short time, and it occured/went into effect after one month? Was there a particular reason he had to leave immediately after one month, and couldn't wait two? Or was he just eager to go home?

Did he fear he wouldn't be paid at all if he left?
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Is is family (if he has one) relevant? Is the birth of a child relevant?
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Did something happen in the two-month period which made him change his mind? Yes.

Did it have anything to do with public perception of him in his home town? No. Lines of communication between the north and south? No. Lines of travel? Yesish.

Is is family (if he has one) relevant? Is the birth of a child relevant? No to both.

Was he waiting for something that he thought would take two months? Yes. But it took one? No. Was there something that would only be happening/effective for a short time, and it occured/went into effect after one month? No. Was there a particular reason he had to leave immediately after one month, and couldn't wait two? Yes. Or was he just eager to go home? Yes.

Did he fear he wouldn't be paid at all if he left? No.
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Did the something which caused him to change his mind happen - in his home? In the political environment? In his body? (eg was he injured or something along this line?)
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Did the something which caused him to change his mind happen - in his home? In the political environment? In his body? (eg was he injured or something along this line?) No to all.
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Would something (possibly) prevent him from returning home in 2 months? Did he realize that he was waiting for something that had already happened? Or for something that would never happen? Is American citizenship relevant?
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Would something (possibly) prevent him from returning home in 2 months? Yes. Did he realize that he was waiting for something that had already happened? No. Or for something that would never happen? Yes. Is American citizenship relevant? No.
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Did he think the southern states would return to the Union within two months? Or that the war would be over? Was he staying because he anticipated some advantage? Some reward? Because he feared for his safety if he left?

Did he think that if he stayed, he somehow wouldn't have to fight for the south? Or conversely, did he think he'd be guaranteed high rank in the Confederate army? Was he trying to become a spy? Was he a spy?
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Did he think the southern states would return to the Union within two months? No. Or that the war would be over? No. Was he staying because he anticipated some advantage? Yes. Some reward? No. Because he feared for his safety if he left? No.

Did he think that if he stayed, he somehow wouldn't have to fight for the south? No. Or conversely, did he think he'd be guaranteed high rank in the Confederate army? No. Was he trying to become a spy? No. Was he a spy? No.
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Did his initial decision to stay have anything to do directly with Georgia' secession? With iminent war? Did his later decision to go home early have anything to do directly with secesion? With the war?

Was he waiting for a person to do something? For an organization to do something? For the US army to do something? For the Confederacy to do something? Is his service before Georgia's secession relevant?
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Did his initial decision to stay have anything to do directly with Georgia' secession? No. With iminent war? Yes. Did his later decision to go home early have anything to do directly with secesion? No. With the war? Yesish.

Was he waiting for a person to do something? No. For an organization to do something? Yes, see next question. For the US army to do something? Yes. For the Confederacy to do something? No. Is his service before Georgia's secession relevant? Yes.
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Was he waiting for an award? Waiting for retirement?

Was the factor that caused him to leave after one month the beginning of the war?
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Was he waiting for an award? No. Waiting for retirement? No, but you're vaguely OTRT.

Was the factor that caused him to leave after one month the beginning of the war? No.
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Is slavery relevant? Was he a slave? A freed man?
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Is slavery relevant? Was he a slave? A freed man? None of the above.
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Was he waiting to be formally released from his current position? Is there anything about him specifically that made him wait when other officers left? Or could other officers have waited for this: they just didn't?
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Was he waiting to be formally released from his current position? Yope. Is there anything about him specifically that made him wait when other officers left? Yesish. Or could other officers have waited for this: they just didn't? Yes.
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Did he expect his unit to be redeployed? To some place from where it would be easier or cheaper for him to get home?
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Did he expect his unit to be redeployed? Yes. To some place from where it would be easier or cheaper for him to get home? Yes. You're halfway to the solution.
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"Halfway" means I found out why he didn't resign at once and we still have to find out why he resigned after one month?

Did he get information during this month from which he could conclude the unit wouldn't be redeployed at all? Or redeployed to a place unsuitable for his plans? That the unit might be redeployed but he wouldn't be able/allowed to go with his unit?

Oh, and one more question to the first part: Did he originally expect to get home easier by waiting? Cheaper? Both?
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"Halfway" means I found out why he didn't resign at once and we still have to find out why he resigned after one month? Correct.

Did he get information during this month from which he could conclude the unit wouldn't be redeployed at all? No. Or redeployed to a place unsuitable for his plans? No. That the unit might be redeployed but he wouldn't be able/allowed to go with his unit? Yes.

Oh, and one more question to the first part: Did he originally expect to get home easier by waiting? Cheaper? This. Both?

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When Georgia seceded, Alexander was assigned to Washington Territory on the Pacific Coast. To get home, he would have to sail to Panama and from there to the Confederacy -- an expensive journey for a mere lieutenant with a family. However, he knew his unit would be deployed back East with the start of war. If he remained in the Army, he could return home at government expense.

His unit was indeed redeployed. But when it arrived in California, Alexander was suddenly detached and assigned to Alcatraz Island. In the knowledge that the government would not now pay for his trip home, Alexander was forced to resign and pay for the trip himself.
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Ah, great puzzle, and a good plan on his part. Too bad it didn't work out.

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