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1860s

1862

  • In April, Albert Sydney Johnston is victorious in the Battle of Shiloh. His forces destroy the Armies of Tennessee and Ohio.
  • The Confederacy, heartened by this victory, continues to push back the Union, with Johnston leading the Confederate War machine.
  • The Democrats retake both houses of congress in the midterm elections due to broad dissatisfaction with the war.

1863

  • On March 31, Abraham Lincoln is assassinated. Vice President Hannibal Hamlin assumes the presidency.
  • Britain and France, seeing that the Confederacy might be able to win the war if they help, begin to supply aid to the South, including new, better warships. However, they force the Confederacy to allow freedom for the families of black men who fought in the war.
  • Hamlin makes a series of military errors that Lincoln did not make, resulting in the war turning even more for the Confederacy.
  • With the new aid from Britain and France, Confederate forces invade West Virginia.

1864

  • President Hamlin orders an expansion of the draft to continue the war. Anti-draft riots break out across the north.
  • Anti-War feelings rise even higher in the north.
  • Rebel forces take Missouri, and secure the western territories.
  • The unpopular Hamlin is defeated in a landslide election by Thomas Seymour.
  • The Republican Party is crushed in the Congressional elections.

1865

  • The Republican Party dissolves. Members either become independent, or join the new Liberal Party.
  • Seymour negotiates a peace with the Confederacy, giving them all the seceded states and territories, as well as West Virginia, Kentucky, and Missouri.
  • The economies of both regions suffer from the war.

1866

  • The Democratic Party, unpopular after losing the war and connected to the rebellious South, receives massive defeats in the congressional election by the new Liberal Party.
  • Albert Sydney Johnston, the hero of the Confederacy, wins the presidential election as an independent. He begins a process of industrialization.

1870s

1876

  • Democrat Samuel Tilden wins the US presidential election.
  • After a legal battle that went to the Supreme Court of the Confederacy, it is ruled that Confederate states may ban slavery within them. Missouri, Kentucky, and West Virginia ban slavery immediately.
  • Industrialization in the Confederacy continues, although they remain far behind the United States.

1879

  • The Democrats return to the Confederate presidency. There is no clear opposition to them, so the CSA in effect becomes a one-party state on the national scale, although smaller state opposition parties exist.
  • Reports surface that the two Democratic Parties are trading across the border. Tilden's support plummets.

1880s

1880

  • Tilden is crushed in reelection. The Liberals gain huge majorities everywhere in the North.
  • The Democrats remain in control in the South, and more tensions begin to form.

1881

  • As tensions rise between the two Americas, the reports of the dealings between the Democratic parties are confirmed.
  • A revolt in western Virginia occurs by supporters of the Union. The CSA sends troops into the region to prevent it from joining the Union. United States soldiers begin occupying the area. The American War has begun.

1882

  • Initially, the more war-like Confederacy manages to push the North back, due especially to the strong feelings of black slaves (who were forced to fight as shock troops) because of the promise of their families being freed. Unfortunately, many of the slave families are not freed despite the promises
  • The Russo-British conflict occurs. Alaska joins Canada as part of the British Empire.
  • The European allies of the Confederacy reduce their aid to that nation.
  • The Democrats are called traitors and crushed in almost every single election

1883

  • The Confederacy is driven back with many grim defeats this year. With less aid from Europe, they begin to feel that they cannot win the war. Eventually, they are defeated in the battle of Richmond, and are forced to move the capital south.

1884

  • The American War ends. Missouri, Kentucky, West Virginia, the Oklahoma Territory, and the Northern half of the Arizona territory all join the United States of America. The Confederacy's new official capital is Augusta, Georgia because it was near the border of two states
  • The Confederacy is pressured into freeing the black slaves that fought, although some slave owners manage to avoid freeing the slaves, or trap them in sharecropping deals.
  • Disatisfaction with the Democrats in the Confederacy is high, yet they still have no real opposition. Their northern counterpart is unable to win even a single electoral vote.

1890s

1890

  • The Populist Party runs its first presidential candidate in the Confederacy. They lose, but establish themselves as the main challenge to the Democratic Party

1892

  • The United States of America and the Confederate states of America, still enemies, take sides in the European conflict: the USA with Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy, and the CSA with Britain and France.

1896

  • The Populist Party wins their first presidential election in the CSA

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