“Seek the truth, come whence it may, cost what it will.” Author William A. Tidwell begins his book, Come Retribution, with this quote from an inscription at the door of the Bishop Payne Library of the Virginia Theological Seminary.
Tidwell’s book is subtitled, The Confederate Secret Service and the Assassination of Lincoln. “Come Retribution” was a new cipher key adopted by the Confederates reflecting a tightening of security as a plot to kidnap President Abraham Lincoln went into motion.
What is noteworthy here is that Tidwell argues the importance of the Confederate secret service in the South’s war effort against the North. Although the Confederate government destroyed almost all of its sensitive documents at the end of the Civil War, Tidwell managed to find a loophole in its secrecy: the Virginia government records from before it had merged with the Confederacy in June 1861. This was in the time frame of Rose Greenhow and her espionage organization. The Greenhow spy ring had been “recruited by Thomas Jordan, an army officer who resigned from federal service to be commissioned in the Virginia forces. The initiative for the organization of Greenhow’s activity appears to have come from the state of Virginia rather than from the Confederate government.” 
[W]hen the Confederacy took command of the Virginia forces in June 1861 and pulled together a Confederate army on Virginia soil, Colonel Jordan was assigned to the headquarters of General P. G. T. Beauregard, the Confederate commander. He and other officers of the staff of what was to become the Army of Northern Virginia continued to direct the activities of Rose Greenhow and her associates. After her arrest by Union authorities, other members of the Greenhow organization continued in contact with Jordan and his successors. This contact appears to have evolved eventually into a previously undiscovered system operated for the remainder of the war by Major Cornelius Boyle, the post commander at Gordonsville, Virginia. Other clandestine elements reporting through Maryland were taken over by the Confederate Signal Corps. 
Rose Greenhow tangentially connects to “Cunning Calhoun”, i.e., John C. Calhoun, a man who President Andrew Jackson had wanted to be arrested and hung in chains for treason. The Knights of the Golden Circle (KGC) had been “instituted by John C. Calhoun, William L. Porcher, and others as far back as 1835, [and] had for its sole object the dissolution of the Union, and the establishment of a Southern Empire…” (Background: Reb Spy Admits Link to “Cunning Calhoun”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of June 10, 2014.)
John Wilkes Booth was a member of the Knights of the Golden Circle. Samuel K. Chester, who acted with Booth in Richmond, told federal investigators on April 28, 1865 that he thought Booth joined a “society” in Richmond in 1858 or 1859. “George Wren, another actor who had been with Booth in Richmond, told investigators on 19 April 1865: ‘There is no question in my mind that he was a Knight of the Golden Circle and a very prominent man in it.'” 
For now, the larger point in the above is that the waters beneath the surface contain things not visible from above. Many of the Civil War buffs become so absorbed in the overt minutiae of various battles that they fail to see the role played by the covert side. And this applies elsewhere, for example in a report from the Russia Today network. In “Dusk of the Empire: 10 facts about Russia in World War I” (August 2, 2014), RT encapsulates the overt side of the First World War from the Russian perspective. It is not disputed that “Russia’s involvement also became a major distraction for the German Empire, preventing it from achieving a blitzkrieg on the Western front and occupying France.” Russia was a thorn in the side of the German Kaiser and his plans. But Russia Today does not delve into a covert operation run by Germany (and some Wall Streeters, oddly enough) which sought to weaken Russia from within.
In February 1917 occurred the real Russian Revolution. This came on the heels of the assassination of Grigori Rasputin on December 29, 1916. After Rasputin had been assassinated and the February 1917 Revolution had come, Vladimir Lenin found himself on a train in April 1917. Lenin was on his way to join up with Leon Trotsky, who was also scurrying to Russia. Vladimir Lenin’s special train had to cross through Germany. His trans-Germany transit was approved, facilitated, and financed by the German General Staff. There was a war going on (First World War) and Germany was only too happy to help screw up the situation of her enemy, Russia. “God speed to you, Lenin!” cried the Germans as the train of the sinister Bolshevik sped through the night. 
The German political officer who approved Lenin’s journey to Russia was Chancellor Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg. The transit instructions from Bethmann-Hollweg went through the state secretary Arthur Zimmermann. Germany wanted to direct and control revolutionaries such as Vladimir Lenin for its own purposes. It sought the dissolution of the existing power structure in Russia. 
And what is Germany up to now? A sort of Molotov-Ribbentrop pact is rumored to be under negotiation between Germany and Russia. Allegedly Germany and Russia have been working on a secret plan to broker a peaceful solution to end international tensions over the Ukraine, one which would negotiate to trade Crimea’s sovereignty for guarantees on energy security and trade.  According to The Independent (UK), this secret peace plan is being negotiated by Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin. Part of the deal is that the Ukrainian President would agree not to apply to join NATO. 
But the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact was another of these special deals between Germany and Russia, and we all know how that ended: this Nazi–Soviet Non-aggression Pact, signed in Moscow on August 23, 1939, was later betrayed when Germany invaded the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941. Russia might need to be wary of promises that NATO will not encroach. During the negotiations concerning German unification in 1990, similar promises against NATO encroachment were heard.
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 Come Retribution, by William A. Tidwell. University Press of Mississippi, 1988. Also available as a Kindle e-book.
 “Trotsky Was Mr. Moneybags”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of April 26, 2014. https://ersjdamoo.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/trotsky-was-mr-moneybags/
 “Russia And Germany Allegedly Working On Secret ‘Gas For Land’ Deal”, Zero Hedge, Aug 1, 2014. Posted at Prison Planet: http://www.prisonplanet.com/russia-and-germany-allegedly-working-on-secret-gas-for-land-deal.html
 “Land for gas: Merkel and Putin discussed secret deal could end Ukraine crisis”, by Margareta Pagano. The Independent (UK), July 31, 2014. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/land-for-gas-secret-german-deal-could-end-ukraine-crisis-9638764.html