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The Aftermath of Gettysburg

1863

  • · Morale drops low for Union troops while the Confederate Army marches its way toward Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington DC.

· In Europe the British recognize the CSA after their victory at Gettysburg, declare war on the United States, and have ships and troops heading toward America. France remains neutral while secretly recognizing the Confederacy.

· The Union struggles to win as the Confederacy begin to surround Philadelphia and comes even closer to Baltimore and DC. Meanwhile the British begin to blockade the US ports and launch troops into Michigan and New England.

· As the Battle of Philadelphia is well under way, the Battle of Baltimore is just beginning and the British bombard the city from the Chesapeake. The US government is hoping for a miracle, and if one does not present itself soon they will surrender.

· In Detroit, Michigan the British meet no opposition but when they reach Lansing they meet a fierce resistance campaign. In New England the British are stopped quickly; however, they quickly gain ground with an attack on Buffalo. Concurrently Philadelphia falls on October 20th. Baltimore soon follows on November 3rd

· In December peace negotiations begin in Brussels, a neutral city in the war, the negotiations will last into the new year, only minor remote fighting reported.

==The Rise of a New Nation ==

As the Confederacy emerges victorious it must build and rebuild itself into a new nation. Meanwhile the United States must try to sustain and rebuild itself.

1864

· The peace conference between the Confederacy and US is very heated and Belgium tries to keep it a peace conference. The Confederacy and the UK are demanding excessively, the U.S is reluctant to admit the union is no longer united.

· The Confederacy wish for control over West Virginia, Kentucky, the Indian Territory, New Mexico Territory and Arizona Territory. They also want control of the Mississippi and demand reparations for the damages done by the Union Army.

· The UK wants Michigan and Maine as a reward for defeating the Union.

· The US agrees to give up the territories and Mississippi to the CSA but reparations and the territory the UK demands is undecided.

· Six Weeks go by as the US debates with the CS and UK and eventually reaches an agreement where the UK and CS would receive minor reparations over twenty-five years. The US is weakened but not destroyed.

· Along with the treaty the US agrees to stricter fugitive slave laws but still bans slavery in the Union. Meanwhile the Federal government concentrates much more power as fears grow that another civil war could occur soon.

· Radical Republicans are working on impeaching Lincoln and replacing him with a more strong-willed candidate. The want for a stronger federal government leads to an increase in the support of Socialism. Running against Lincoln is Fremont from California, who is expected to be the clear winner over Lincoln.

· As the US has an election campaign the CS is holding a Constitutional Convention to form a new government but for now all executive branch officials will hold office until 1868 in both the states and the federal government.

· Surprisingly, there are notions in the Confederacy for a stronger federal government to maintain order, without undoing the confederated nature of the nation.

· In the US Presidential Election, the Fremont/Cochrane Ticket wins in a landslide.

1865

· The CS Constitutional Convention ends as amendments are made and the Supreme Law of the Land is decided. The Federal Government are surprisingly given much more power than anticipated but the states still control what goes on in the inside of the state (for example: the Federal government cannot interfere with how the states deal with minorities and slavery) but basically the Federal Government controls everything from tax income to the military. In the US, Fremont is inaugurated as president and a new government takes hold in the United States.

See Also

CS Constitution

List of Nations (The Two Americas)

Outline of Timeline

US Amendments (1864-Present)

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