Britannia's Fist: From Civil War to World War: An Alternate History

By Peter G. Tsouras

As soon as too frequently within the struggle among the States, nice Britain’s aid for the Confederacy takes it to the threshold of struggle with the Union. The get away of a British-built accomplice ironclad eventually ignites the heap of flamable animosities and nationwide pursuits. whilst the U.S. army seizes it in British waters, the consequent conflict spirals into all-out conflict. Napoleon III eagerly joins the British and publicizes struggle at the usa. in the meantime, treason uncoils within the North because the anti-war Democrats, often called Copperheads, plot to overthrow the U.S. executive and take the Midwest into the Confederacy.

Britannia’s fist moves fast and tough. in addition to the Canadians, the British invade manhattan and Maine, and the Royal military moves on the South Atlantic blocking off Squadron. The conflict at Charleston is history’s first nice naval conflict among ironclads. in the meantime, a French military marches into Texas from Mexico, and the French military assaults the Gulf coast. within the Midwest, the Copperheads upward thrust in riot to free up accomplice POWs and arm them with stockpiled guns. by no means has the Republic been in such peril.

Britannia’s Fist brilliantly describes not only a warfare of stroke and counterstroke yet one during which new technologies—repeating guns, commentary balloons, advances in naval ordnance and armament—become very important elements within the fight of the younger state opposed to the previous World’s empires. For one of many nice ignored tales of the Civil battle used to be now not the development of army expertise yet its obstacle by means of incompetence, disorganization, and in a few severe instances outright refusal to consider something cutting edge. this is often additionally a battle during which the Union reveals a “combat multiplier” while it organizes history’s first national-level intelligence attempt. Britannia’s Fist is the compelling tale of strong old personalities who come jointly because the Union is going into overall struggle mobilization within the struggle for its existence.

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7. J. B. McClure, ed. , Anecdotes & tales of Abraham Lincoln (Chicago: Rhodes & McClure Publishing Co. , 1888), 162. eight. Charles M. Evans, The warfare of the Aeronauts: A background of Ballooning in the course of the Civil battle (Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2002), 285–87. nine. Mary Hoeling, Thaddeus Lowe: America’s One-Man Air Corps (New York: Julian Messner, Inc. , 1958), 23–24. 10. Encyclopædia Britannica, eleventh ed. (1910–11). The Dreyse needle gun (German Zündnadelgewehr or figuratively “needle-firing-rifle”) used to be an army breech-loading rifle.

The individuals of the board virtually beat it to items; it nonetheless fired besides on the finish because the starting. five back McClellan steered it enthusiastically. yet Ripley whined that it was once too heavy and too dear and wanted certain ammunition, and insisted that the Army’s guns needs to be standardized. He additionally, and that i needs to say slyly, acknowledged that seventy-three thousand breechloaders had already been ordered, yet those have been just for the cavalry. i suppose even he didn't have the face to insist that fixed males hold muzzle-loaders.

Chamberlain threw the weapons of his batteries into the size by way of directing them to be aware of the British with canister. The weapons wheeled into line. The British made for a the best option objective, relocating in dependent precision around the box. The Maine males took time to respect their excessive sort sooner than twelve weapons poured tin cans full of lead balls into them. the 2 regiments fired subsequent. The 62nd Foot staggered from the blow. Windham’s aide flew from the saddle, and he himself felt a hammer strike him within the chest and throw him from his horse.

And this,” he acknowledged, taking the white-haired guy through the arm, “is Andy Carnegie or, as he's affectionately identified, ‘that little white-haired Scotch satan. ’” Dana affectionately clapped a hand on Carnegie’s shoulder. “Andy right here single-handedly opened the rail line among Baltimore and Washington in early ’61 because it seemed like Maryland could secede besides the remainder of the South. He equipped the teach that introduced Ben Butler and his troops to Washington in time to avoid wasting the town. Rode at the cow catcher, he did, to work out that the tracks and telegraph weren't damaged up.

The draft of the Warrior type (the Warrior and Black Prince) ships was once twenty-six toes and that of the Defence category (the Defence and Resistance) twenty-five ft. APPENDIX A 1. team of workers of the trains weren't Maine troops yet drawn from the logistics institution of the military of the Potomac. 2. John W. Busey and David G. Martin, Regimental Strengths and Losses at Gettysburg (Hightstown, NJ: Longstreet apartment, 1982), 241, 243, 246, 248, 251, 255, 259, 261, 262, 263. The power of the Maine department on arrival at Portland is calculated by means of subtracting Gettysburg losses after which taking into consideration 50 percentage of losses to be back to responsibility both via restoration of wounds or lacking returning to the ranks.

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