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The timeline is basicly the same until July 25th.

April-July 1861

  • April 12: Beginning of the Southern Revolution (OTL: American Civil War) when Southern Forces fire on Fort Sumter.
  • April 13: Fort Sumter surrenders.
  • April 15: President Abraham Lincoln issues a Proclamation calling for 75,000 men to confront in the South, "combinations too powerful to be suppressed in the ordinary way".
  • April 17: Virginia secedes from the Union.
  • April 27: Western Virginia attemts to declare secession from Virginia.
  • May 6: Arkansas secedes from the Union
  • May 7: Tennessee secedes from the Union
Sessession plot of Western virginia crushed.
  • May 8: Richmond Virginia is declared the capital of the Confederacy.
  • May 20: Kentucky Declares itself neutral.
North Carolina secedes from the Union.
  • June 9: Lebanon is separated from Syria inside the Ottoman Empire.
  • June 15: Benito Juárez is formally elected President of Mexico
  • July 13: The Battle of Corrick's Ford takes place in western Virginia.

July 21: Battle of Bull Run: At Manassas Junction, Virginia, the first major battle of the war ends in a Confederate victory.

Point of Divergence

July 25th OTL: The Crittenden-Johnson Resolution is passed by the U.S. Congress, stating that the war is being fought to preserve the Union and not to end slavery. July 25th: The US congress, following the Battle of Bull Run, with Presidential Approval, passes the Alexandria Plan for ending the southern rebellion.

July-December 1861

July 27th: Confederate Congress agrees to the terms of the Alexandria plan, with a ceasefire being declared.

August 1: Confederate and Union Diplomats meet in Toronto Canada with British Officals Mediating.

August 8: Drafts of the Peace treaty signed; sent to confederate Congress and US congress.

August 12: US congress agrees to the Peace terms, with the confederates signing it on august 14th.

August 20: State of war ended, Britain, France, Spain and Russia recognize the Confederate states.

August 25: The Kentucky State Congress and Governor take down the Union Flag and replace it with the Stars and Bars of the Confederacy.

  • US Congress, in Emergency Cession ratifies the 13th amendment, declaring that Cession is henceforth Illegal.

August 26: Union Forces called to end the rebellion are discharged and sent back home. The same is done for the confederacy except for in Western Virginia.

  • Western Virginia Skirmishes between Anti-Cession and Confederate Forces continue.

August 28th: Arthur Boreman is elected by West Virginian Separatists as Governor of Virginia. This claim remains unrecognized by either American Governments.

August 30: Robert. E. Lee is made commander of the forces of Virginia and declares that the rebellion in the west will be crushed with all due haste.

September 2: Battle of Harpers Ferry results in a Confederate Virginian Victory against Rebel forces.

  • Habeus Corpus is restored in the United States.

September 3: West Virginian Rebels in Wheeling Virginia declare Independence from Confederate Virginia. Boreman is declared the President of the Republic of Virginia.

  • Confederate Forces in Harpers Ferry are ordered to prepare for a longer than expected campaign.

September 5: President Boreman asks for a army suitable to defend the new republic, while the Virginia Congress asks for troops from other Confederate States for support. North Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee answer.

September 6: General Lee is ordered to take Wheeling as soon as possible. Manassas Veteran Johnson arrives to support Lee with Kentucky Troops.

September 10: Battle of Charleston Virginia, resulting in a Stalemate.

September 11: Confederate Forces briefly hold Charlestown before being forced to its outskirts.

September 12: After a failed Rebel assault to dislodge Confederate forces, Charlestown falls to forces led by Johnson.

September 15: Boreman, acting against the advice of his cabinet, refuses to surrender to the confederate forces, and continues to appeal to the United States. Confederate President Davis orders Lee to accept no surrender after this point.

September 18: Rebel Forces continue to retreat towards Wheeling as Lee's Army pushes North.

  • Several members of the Wheeling Congress and 3/4 of Boremans Cabinet abandon their positions and escape into Ohio.

September 25: General Johnson is killed by a sharpshooter in a battle in north central West Virginia.

  • North Carolinian Troops under the command of Joseph Sackel Rout the Rebel Army along the border of Ohio.

September 27: Confederate Forces reach the outskirts of Wheeling, but are forced to hold back from an attack due to strong fortified positions.

  • President Boreman assumes personal command of the forces as overall commander of the Republic Army.

September 29: Boreman is shot in the leg and is captured by confederates forces.

  • Sackel's forces Arrive at wheeling.

October 1: Wheeling falls to Confederate forces; the remaining forces/government collapses although Sparse fighting continues into 1862.

October 5: General Lee returns to Richmond in a victory parade and is treated by President Davis for his victory against the rebels.

  • The Democratic Party in the US reorganizes as the Democracy Party.

October 6: Sackel Arrives in Richmond and is commended and elevated due to his abilities shown during the Virginia Campaign.

  • The Kentucky and North Carolinian Regiments are allowed to return home as Confederate Virginian forces occupy the remainder of western Virginia.
  • Several former Rebel congressmen are captured in Pittsburgh Ohio and are sent to Washington and then Richmond for trial.

October 10: Munitions Storehouse in Harpers Ferry explode during the night, followed by isolated fighting around the town, blame is placed on separatists in the region.

  • Ohio National Guard is placed along the Virginian border to watch for escaping rebels.
  • The US congress proposes a meeting in Washington by 1862 between Presidents Lincoln and Davis.

October 17: Wheeling Virginia is attacked by rebels and half the town is burned down.

October 19: General Sackel arrives in charlestown to take command of Confederate Virginian troops in the region.

  • Confederacy establishes Diplomatic Relations with the Ottoman Empire, Imperial China, and Mexico.

October 24: The HMS Warrior, the world's first ocean-going (all) iron-hulled armored battleship, is completed and commissioned.

  • US congress announces that all national and state political office holders who support secession no longer hold their posts.

October 26: The Pony Express announces its closure.

October 27: After a series of trials, the captured rebel leaders are hung in Richmond.

  • Skirmish in Wheeling results in 22 dead.

November 1: Battle of Wheeling between Rebels and Confederate Forces results in a decisive confederate victory.

  • Confederacy Establishes Relations with Shogunate Japan and Brazil.

November 5: Death of Main Rebel Leader Henry Jackson, collapse of organized rebel actions in Virginia

November 6: Jefferson Davis is elected as President of the Confederate States of America, his first act is to set the Washington summit on January 23rd 1862.

  • General Lee is appointed to position of military adviser.

November 8: Citing pressure by free States, Delaware abolishes slavery within its borders.

  • Pro-Slavery Riots in St. Louise Missouri and Annapolis Maryland.

November 15: General Sackel again arrives in Richmond to a victory parade, and during his medal ceremony he requests to simply be allowed to return home to farm until his state needs him again.

  • Lee writes later that this decision is one he would have liked to do as well.

November 16: Discussion begins amongst politicians and abolitionists of a constitutional amendment to end slavery itself, some radical members even say they want to grant black Americans full rights.

  • Further Pro-Slavery riots in Missouri and Maryland, some of which are suppressed.
  • The Democracy party fractures between pro-and anti slavery members.

November 18: Most Virginian troops are allowed to end their service.

November 25: Mark Lucason is appointed the first confederate envoy to Washington, Washington will not send a similar response until the summit.

  • Missouri Governor Claiborne Jackson disappears; William Willard Preble Hall assumes the role.

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