A Rainbow of Blood: The Union in Peril An Alternate History

By Peter G. Tsouras

“Do you recognize what army glory is? it really is ‘that appealing rainbow, that rises in showers of blood—that serpent’s eye, that charms to destroy.’” —Abraham Lincoln

The Union in dire peril! The warfare that begun in Peter G. Tsouras’s earlier trade historical past, Britannia’s Fist, hurries up in the course of a number of determined weeks in October 1863. From the bayous of Louisiana to the fairway hills of the Hudson Valley, from Chicago in flames to the gates of Washington itself, the good conflict uncoils in ropes of fireplace. French and British armies are at the march, and heavy reinforcements have positioned to sea. Copperheads have risen in rebel to pull the Midwest into the Confederacy as a necessary Union military stands ravenous and less than siege in Tennessee. in the meantime, Robert E. Lee and the Royal army set in movement a stroke that's boldness itself.

The Union staggers below those blows. whereas the Grenadier Guards march into glory in upstate New York’s apple orchards, from the second one tale of a shot-up Washington resort Abraham Lincoln watches a wooded area of the purple flags of uprising waving over a accomplice column speeding around the lengthy Bridge. to prevent them is a war-worn regiment of latest York squaddies. To their backs Washington burns. yet new applied sciences and the artwork of intelligence are thrown onto the scales, whereas Russia plans to go into the struggle to avenge its humiliation within the Crimean War.

A Rainbow of Blood brings ahead the nice battle from its outbreak to the 1st nice drawback of the embattled republic. Peopled with striking personalities of the age, the ebook rattles with the tramp of armies marching down probably the most fascinating roads no longer taken—or even imagined—until now.

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For Maj. Gen. Nathaniel Banks's military of the Gulf, used to the drabness of darkish blue or butternut and grey, the sight of the advancing French used to be greater than memorable; it was once the final word martial model assertion. The accomplice department on their left went not often spotted. On they got here in a fast, ordered enhance around the open floor that stretched out prior to the Union positions. The quickening sound in their drums ran ahead of them as their tricolor criteria crowned with their imperial eagles waved overhead. Squadrons of cavalry swarmed prior to the infantry to force within the Union cavalry pickets. those have been the Chasseurs d'Afrique, bitterly named through the Mexicans, and the Los Carcinceros Azul (The Blue Butchers) for his or her ferocity and their gentle blue jackets above trendy saggy pink trousers. Raised in North Africa from French colonists to subdue the Muslim populations, that they had come by means of their ferocity truthfully. considered one of their regimental colours bore the Legion d'Honneur for the catch of Mexican colours previous that 12 months. In reserve have been squadrons of the Chasseurs a Cheval in brown tunics and Hussars in eco-friendly with their lambskin hushys. such a lot extraordinary of all have been the lancers in sky blue jackets and pink trousers with Polish helmets and white and purple pennants whipping from their lances. ' at the back of them got here the infantry, with the lignards, or usual infantry, of the seventh, 51st, 62nd, 81st, and ninety fifth Regiments de Ligne of their new yellow-piped, darkish blue tunics finishing slightly below the belt and derisively defined by way of critics as a masterpiece of les stupidites du mode. Fashionably dressed or now not, the boys donning them have been hard-bitten, long-service veterans, lots of whom had fought in North Africa, the Crimea, Italy, and Mexico. Their darkish blue tunics flared on the shoulders with red-fringed epaulets; blue kepis have been lined with white covers and solar guards. Their dishevelled purple trousers - les pantaloons rouge - and white gaiters had turn into the mark of the French infantry on the grounds that 1829. With them have been the unique 1st, 2d, and third regiments of Zouaves, one of many various French devices of l'Armee d'Afrique constructed within the colonializaton of North Africa and clothed on unique, local versions. rather than the kepi, they wore a blue-tasseled, purple fez, a brief and open blue jacket with crimson piping, and a very dishevelled model of the pantaloons rouge, a l. a. Zouave. They have been the one regiments within the French military allowed to develop complete beards, of which they took sumptuous virtue. The Zouave regiments had noticeable huge motion in Napoleon III's a number of wars and had bought an elite acceptance. The second Regiment, "The Jackals of Oran," have been the 1st to enhance its colours with the Legion d'Honneur for taking pictures an Austrian colour at Magenta in Italy. within the related conflict, the third Regiment have been famously known as the furia francese via their Piedmontese allies. 2 A fourth Zouave regiment used to be shaped for the recreated Imperial safeguard of the emperor. To fill the recent safeguard regiment, the opposite Zouave regiments were cherry-picked through the Crimean struggle for his or her top males.

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