I looked at the map and got the roads to follow fixed in my mind. Then I nodded and said, “Please go on.”
Kann Mer Ray continued, “At Point of Rocks, be sure to get on the C & O Canal towpath. Both the C & O canal and the towpath are on the north side of the Potomac River. This point of your journey could be the first check point by Union cavalry. They are present at this ford periodically, but never on a consistent basis.”
Kann Mer Ray took a deep breath, and tracing the track of the C & O canal and towpath until it came to the aqueduct over the Monocacy River, he stated, “You will definitely have a check point here.”
I again raised my hand and said, “By the way, how are we gonna get through these check points?”
Kann Mer Ray looked at me and said, “Sorry Jim, I forgot to give you these.”
Again, he brought a set of three papers from the folds of his robe and handed them to me.
I took a quick look at them and looked up with a surprised expression on my face.
San Cirr Ray smiled, but Kann Mer Ray just gave me a blank stare.
I stammered, “How did ya get these?”
San Cirr Ray chuckled and answered, “We have access to the signatures of all famous historical Earth personages.
I looked down at the top paper and read:
General Winfield Scott hereby orders safe passage to Special Agent Lieutenant James Hager. He is to be given immediate transit through all check points.
General Winfield Scott
General of the Armies
I shuffled through the other papers. There were orders for Lieutenant Kirkland and Al Madigan.
I looked up and grinned from ear-to-ear. I had to take a gulp of air to get my voice and stammer, “Mo…most impressive.”
Kann Mer Ray smiled obligingly and again looked at the map.
I directed my gaze to the map and Kann Mer Ray continued, “Once over the Monocacy aqueduct, you need to continue traveling the C & O canal and towpath. It might be the long way to travel, but it is probably the safest.”
Again, he traced the C & O canal and towpath until he came to Lock 22 on the map. Looking at me, he declared, “Here you will depart the towpath and take the Pennyfield Lock Road to the north until it intersects the River Road.”
Glancing down at the map again, he began to trace the River Road and said, “You will travel this road all the way until it ultimately dead-ends into High Street.”
I held up my hand again and uttered, “Let me think about all this.”
Kann Mer Ray said, “Please do. We are almost at the end of the briefing.”
I nodded, stretched and looked back at the map.
After a few moments of reacquainting myself with the directions we would be taking, I said, “Okay, let’s continue.”
Kann Mer Ray took up his position over the map again, and starting with the dead-end of the River Road into High Street, he began tracing our trail and said, “Follow High Street until it comes to a small trolley line on your left. Make a left and follow the trolley line. It will take you right to the President’s House. The Treasury Building is to the east of the President’s House.”
Kann Mer Ray took a deep breath, turned to face me and said in a solemn voice, “Jim, this is a very dangerous mission. Unfortunately, we can’t help in anyway other than provide the weapon, which we will be able to explain if our bluff works on President Lincoln and he moves for a peace conference.”
He took another deep breath and gazed at me with a soul searching stare. Then he said, “I want to tell you that your mission can be categorized as ‘Doing God’s Will’.”