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Point of Divergence

Antietam

In 1862, Robert E. Lee's Confederate army was chased into Maryland, where he was attacked at the battle of Antietam. After it appearing inconclusive at first, the Union soldiers run out of ammunition. Many flee, but some resort to their bayonets. These soldiers are almost completely killed, resulting in a major victory for the Union, as well as a major wound to George McClellan, a wound that would get infected and lead to his death.

Immediate Effects

  • George McClellan gets wounded and infected and eventually dies.
  • Lincoln does not have the ground to announce the Emancipation Proclamation.
  • Britain and Spain recognize the Confederacy as a country (France does too later)
  • The Confederate army continues to march North.
  • Stonewall Jackson does not die or get injured.

Rest of the War

War after Gettysburg

After the Confederacy wins Antietam, the Confederate armies continue to march North. The Union has lost George McClellan, a key general, and has low spirits from the massacre at Antietam. Britain and Spain both recognize the Confederacy as a country in anticipation of their independence, as the Confederacy is the main supplier of cotton to Europe.

Meanwhile, a trade ship containing only cotton leaves from Charleston headed to Manchester. Immediately, a Union frigate fires at the trade ship, sinking it. The Confederacy manages to get a letter up to Canada, telling Britain of what the Union had done. This crisis, later known as the "Charleston Cotton Party ", results in Britain siding with the Confederacy and declaring war on the United States. France recognizes the Confederacy at this time.

Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson both advance into the North, while British armies advance towards Albany. The Confederates decide that if they can win in Southern Pennsylvania, then they'll be able to advance South toward Washington to surround the North's capital. The Confederates march into Pennsylvania, and end up defeating the depleted Northern armies at Gettysburg. Then the Confederates take a very long time to march towards Washington, DC. Before they get there, The British attack Albany and effectively win, though they do not capture Albany.

Treaty of Trenton

After the Battle of Albany, the United States asks John McDonald for a peace treaty. The British Canadians state that they will only grant this if the Confederacy is recognized as an independent country. The USA and Canada agree to a cease fire, and Jefferson Davis agrees to meet in Trenton, New Jersey with Lincoln and McDonald. They meet in March 1864. On March 23rd, 1864, the United States signs the Treaty of Trenton .

The Treaty first says that the United States must recognize the Confederacy as an independent nation. Next, the United States is not allowed to invade British Canada or the Confederacy. The USA is not allowed to aid slaves from protecting the CSA. Lincoln also agrees not to push Native Americans from Union land into Confederate land. The main debate becomes which states belong to which side. The states of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Texas are agreed upon as Confederate, as well as the Oklahoma and Arizona territories. However, Davis and Lincoln argued over Missouri, Kentucky, and Maryland in addition to the Nebraska Territory. Lincoln gave up Missouri, the Kansas Territory, and even his home state of Kentucky just to keep Maryland in the Union so that Washington, DC wasn't surrounded. In exchange for this unfair agreement, Davis agrees not to expand westward to the Pacific Ocean or higher than the 40th parallel. They agree and the Civil War ends.

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