| Southern Victory |
POD: September 10, 1862
|Appearance(s):|| American Front|
In at the Death
|Date of Birth:||1891|
|Occupation:||Lawyer, Pilot, Soldier|
|Spouse:||Laura Secord Moss (d. 1941)|
|Children:||Dorothy Moss (daughter, d. 1941)|
|Affiliations:||United States Army Aviation Section|
Moss grew up in a well-to-do Chicago family, and enlisted as a United States fighter pilot out of college. When the Great War began, Moss flew on the southern Ontario front. As the U.S. gained a strong foothold in the province, Moss came into contact with a Canadian farmer named Laura Secord (a proud descendant of the Canadian patriot of the same name). The two established an antagonistic but oddly strong relationship. Despite her fierce independence and vitriol for the United States, Moss became rather smitten with her.
After the Great War ended, and Canada became occupied territory, Moss studied law at Northwestern University near Chicago, pining after Secord all the while. He decided to take a gamble and moved to Berlin, Ontario to practice occupation law. He earned some fame as a defender of Canadians' rights, though Moss readily admitted this only meant he lost less often than most of his peers, as the legal system created by the occupiers was heavily weighted against the "Canucks".
By patient wooing Moss eventually won the love of Laura Secord and married her; they had a daughter and had a happy married life. However, marrying an American, even a liberal one, made her a traitor in the eyes of Canadian nationalists, and she was suspected of having betrayed the rebellion of 1924. For that matter, Moss was still a target, despite his work for Canadians. He narrowly escaped a bomb planted in his car.
Fascinated by the new fighter planes which he sees, Moss persuaded the U.S. government to let him take up flying part-time. This act, widely publicized in the press, caught the attention of Mary McGregor Pomeroy, daughter of one of Canada's most notorious terrorists, Arthur McGregor, and a quietly successful bomber herself. Fiercely patriotic, Pomeroy sent a bomb in a package to the Mosses. Moss was at work when the bomb went off, killing his wife and daughter.
Embittered, Moss turned his back upon Canada and rejoined the U.S. Army as a full-time fighter pilot, despite his age. When the Confederate States invaded in 1941, sparking the Second Great War, Moss fought for approximately a year on the Ohio and Virginia fronts, before he was shot down over Virginia, and sent to a prison camp in Andersonville, Georgia. While he was there, Mary Pomeroy was arrested by U.S. authorities and executed. A Confederate guard named Conley shared the news with Moss in an effort to mock the USA's callousness. Instead, Moss grimly informed Conley of what Pomeroy had done to him, and coldly announced he would have gladly been in the firing squad.
Moss escaped during a tornado along with Nick Cantarella. The two joined a band of black guerrillas, led by Spartacus, fighting a guerrilla war in the Georgia countryside against the Confederacy throughout 1942 and 1943. However, an attempt to steal a plane led to band into an ambush in which it was badly mauled. The group kept moving, and Moss' hopes of escaping back to the U.S. in a plane were put on hold.
When American forces began smashing through the Confederate positions in Georgia, Moss and Cantarella were returned to the American military, where he had been promoted to lieutenant colonel. He was trained on the Screaming Eagle, and took part in a few more flying missions before the end of the war, and found himself without direction after the war's end in 1944.
That changed when Moss was offered the job of defending Jefferson Pinkard as he faced charges of Crimes against Humanity. Moss believed Pinkard was guilty, but was dilligent in defending his client. However, despite his best efforts, Pinkard was executed. Following the trial, Moss began to work as a military lawyer during the new phase of American occupation--this time in the former Confederacy, acting as an advocate for the rights of the surviving Negroes of the C.S. He brought a case of a black man who was lynched by a mob for supposedly raping a white woman to General Irving Morrell. This inspired Morrell to oversee the preperation of a pamphlet entitled Equality.