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

By Peter G. Tsouras

As soon as too usually within the struggle among the States, nice Britain’s help 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. while the U.S. army seizes it in British waters, the resultant conflict spirals into all-out battle. Napoleon III eagerly joins the British and announces battle at the usa. in the meantime, treason uncoils within the North because the anti-war Democrats, referred to as Copperheads, plot to overthrow the U.S. govt and take the Midwest into the Confederacy.

Britannia’s fist moves speedy and difficult. besides the Canadians, the British invade manhattan and Maine, and the Royal army moves on the South Atlantic blocking 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 push in rebel 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 conflict of stroke and counterstroke yet one within which new technologies—repeating guns, statement 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 neglected tales of the Civil battle was once now not the development of army expertise yet its obstacle by way of incompetence, disorganization, and in a few severe situations outright refusal to think about something cutting edge. this can be additionally a warfare during which the Union unearths a “combat multiplier” while it organizes history’s first national-level intelligence attempt. Britannia’s Fist is the compelling tale of robust ancient personalities who come jointly because the Union is going into overall warfare mobilization within the struggle for its existence.

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Inside Fox’s lament, Lamson may perhaps scent chance for anything grand. It was once with a scrumptious experience of anticipation that he Fox into the White condo. Charles Dana, the assistant secretary of warfare and Fox’s counterpart, was once already within the anteroom speaking to a military colonel. He observed Fox and stated, “Gus, allow me introduce Col. George Sharpe. Colonel, this can be Gus Fox whom I’m certain you’ve heard of. ” Fox sized up Sharpe and was once no longer inspired as they shook fingers. “Dana right here speaks hugely of you, Colonel, don’t you, Charlie? ” Sharpe’s handshake was resolute, no longer what Fox anticipated from this kind of nondescript-looking guy. Then Fox was once as bowled over because the lieutenant on the railroad station have been via the transformation of Sharpe’s face. there has been energy there. He remembered to introduce Lamson, who chanced on a few convenience within the presence of one other officer during this in a different way intimidating atmosphere of the administrative Mansion, whether it used to be a military officer 3 grades his senior. Fox and Dana drifted off to a nook to speak, leaving the colonel and the lieutenant to their options. Upstairs the cupboard used to be assembly with the President. The room within which they frequently met used to be austere, the one being a wide sequence of maps on one wall and at the different an outdated engraving of Andrew Jackson and a small framed photographic portrait of John brilliant, a guy Lincoln well known immensely. shiny used to be a member of the British Parliament whose impassioned aid of the us in its fight had earned him the derisive identify of “Member from the us. ” every now and then he the one member of the British institution who took up the reason for the Union. His robust antislavery message resonated extra with operating- and middle-class Britons than with the ruling and company sessions whose palpable disdain for the Union was once again with a sour resentment via the americans. institution Britain expected a Southern victory with undisguised glee. That was once now not misplaced at the males sitting on the desk. a contemporary centerpiece for the desk, a jagged piece of shell, were offered by way of Meade after Gettysburg. It have been fired by way of a Whitworth breech-loading rifled cannon awarded as a present to the Confederacy through the London Chamber of trade. 1 Lincoln’s Secretary of kingdom, William H. Seward, held the ground. He was once the guy who trained opinion stated must have been president and was once essentially the most extraordinary guy within the kingdom sooner than the warfare. He were governor of recent York and a senator thereafter. The 1860 nomination of the recent Republican social gathering appeared his for the taking, until eventually the Log Splitter from Illinois carried off the prize from lower than Seward’s huge, immense Roman nostril. That was once now not the 1st time he had underestimated Lincoln. while the recent president sought the easiest males for his cupboard, he became to Seward to be his senior cupboard officer. Seward idea at the start that that place gave him license to figure out coverage for the unsophisticated attorney from the West. while he bought over his surprise that Lincoln will be his personal guy and used to be particularly able to it, their courting settled into one among mutual recognize or even friendship.

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