Hardeeville in Southern Victory
In early 1944, Hardeeville was taken by the United States Army, lead by Lt. Boris Lavochkin. Shortly after, Lavochkin met with Mayor Darius Douglas on the outskirts of the town. Douglas was indifferent to the town's decision to deport its Negro population to death camps, and disgusted at Lavochkin for being so concerned about the deaths of "coons". Lavochkin shot Douglas in the face, and returned to town, announcing that Douglas had been defying U.S. authority. Immediately, a local boy started shooting at U.S. troops from a window. The boy and his mother were instantly killed. Another sniper began firing. In response, Lavochkin ordered the indiscriminate shooting of the civilian population and the use of grenades. By the time the shooting was over, most of the population of Hardeeville was dead, and the town was a burning ruin.
The attack became a small propaganda tool for the Confederacy, and was reported on by Confederate Connie. However, due to the recent revelations that the C.S. government had murdered and was continuing to murder millions of Negroes within its borders, Hardeeville failed to arouse the reaction which such a massacre might have otherwise caused. Expressions of outrage were mainly limited to staunch supporters of the Freedom Party, which was rapidly nearing its demise. The United States Army could, with impunity, avoid investigating or punishing any of the soldiers and officers involved.