The Sturtevant Bridge was an impressive architectural masterpiece, spanning over a mile across the Mississippi River, connecting Missouri to Illinois.
Robards was going to make it go boom. He and the other soldiers attached bundles of dynamite to support beams as Major Culpepper supervised.
“Speed and precision, men,” the Major advised. “We must move quickly but we don’t want to blow ourselves up either. Bartlett!”
As always, the Corporal was standing at the Major’s side. “Sir?”
“Ah, there you are,” the Major said as he handed the Corporal an official document. “Be a good man and tack this to a tree on the Western side, will you?”
The Corporal perused the document:
An Executive Order of President Rutherford B. Hayes
In recognition of the following facts:
- That dangerous creatures, identified by experts in the occult arts as “zombies” have cut a wide swath of destruction from Colorado to Missouri.
- That eyewitness reports describe the aforementioned zombies as dead men capable not only of movement, but also in possession of the ability to turn the living into moving dead men by biting them.
- That further reports claim large wolf like men are working in consort with these zombies.
- That Secretary of War George McCrary has advised that direct military action against the zombies is ill-advised at this time.
It is so ordered…
- That the United States Army shall oversee the construction of a wall along the entire length (2,320 miles) of the Eastern side of the Mississippi River, from its start in Minnesota to its end in Louisiana. The start of this wall will be connected to a wall currently being constructed by the Canadians across border with our nation.
- All bridges across the Mississippi River are to be destroyed immediately.
- All peoples West of the Mississippi River shall be considered to be carriers of the dreaded zombie contagion and will be shot on site should they attempt to cross over to the East side of the river.
- To that end, sentries shall be posted across the Eastern banks of the river and will be under orders to shoot all trespassers without reservation or delay.
- For purposes of the wall construction efforts, all citizens East of the Mississippi River shall be required to forfeit any and all property as deemed necessary.
- All able bodied men, regardless of age, shall be required to aid in the wall construction effort.
- All foreign nations are hereby put on notice that all lands West of the Mississippi River, from the river itself to the Pacific Coast, are still considered the property of the United States. The U.S. government reserves the right to repopulate these lands in the event that the zombie menace should subside. Therefore, any attempts to invade, conquer or colonize these lands shall be considered an act of war.
- All living humans West of the Mississippi River are advised to fight the zombies in any method they deem practical.
- All living humans West of said river continue to remain citizens of the United States and are expected to obey the laws of the same. Attempts to form an alternative Federal government in the West shall be deemed treason.
- All duly appointed Federal officers in the West shall retain their positions, are expected to continue in their duties and make arrangements for their replacements should they become incapable of continuing in office. However, no compensation can be offered in exchange for these duties at this time.
- All living humans in the West who engage in activities that would normally result in the payment of Federal taxes and/or fees shall continue to pay said sums to their nearest Federal tax collector, who shall hold such sums indefinitely in the event that the zombie menace subsides.
Signed this 4th day of June, 1880.
Rutherford B. Hayes, President of the United States of America
The Corporal looked up from the document. “All due respect sir, if I were a Westerner, I’d wipe my ass with this.”
“I don’t give a shit what they do with it, Corporal,” the Major said. “Just get over there, tack that paper to a tree to put them all on notice then get your ass back here.”