After several weeks of training, the Army of Northern Virginia engaged the Federal military first in the Wilderness then at Bealeton, Virginia. The Federals were completely surprised by the new "repeaters", and quickly collapsed. The ANV pressed on to Washington City where PresidentAbraham Lincoln had remained despite the encroaching enemy. When Lee and his army stormed the city, Lincoln invited the rebel commander into the Executive Mansion to negotiate an armistice, ending major combat of the Second American Revolution.
Only select members of the Confederate high command knew of the AWB's time traveling origins, and received a version of the original timeline's history which turned out to be far from the truth. An illustrated book, pilfered from an AWB office, was brought to General Lee by a foot soldier named Melvin Bean. From this, Confederate officials learned what the averted history of the American Civil War would have been.