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Gettysburg

The Battle of Gettysburg

The Battle of Gettysburg has been seen by many as the turning point of the American Civil War as it was the point when General Lee was sent back down south and the Confederacy began to fall apart. Many causes for Lee's defeat go back to poor coordination, incompetent officers, and Lee's failure to firmly order his subordinates. But what if Lee had been firmer and his officers were better at following his orders? What if there was a Victory at Gettysburg?

Point of Divergence

On July 1st, General Lee is much more direct in ordering Lieutenant General Ewell to take Cemetery Hill. Ewell was still somewhat hesitant, however followed through. The fighting was difficult as both sides were suffering from fatigue from the day. However, the battle turned in favor of the Confederates when Major General Johnson's men arrived on the scene and finished off the Union Armies.

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A drawing of the Draft Riots of 1863

After a victory at Gettysburg, the Union began to suffer from the defeat at the battle. The draft riots were far more destructive, the peace-making Democrats began to gain popularity, while the Republicans were victims of the political fallout left by the battle and the events afterward. The Army of Northern Virginia was able to take Baltimore with the help of it's pro-Confederate populace.

Around the Union, many civilians began rioting against being drafted into the American military, and many state governments began to consider secession. The brutal suppression of these riots and President Lincoln's interference with the state governments were seen as tyrannical, especially in Europe. With the revelations of the Union's atrocities, the British government extended support and relations with the Confederacy, followed by the French. The Royal Navy was sent along the east coast to break the Union blockade, while several French volunteer brigades were deployed in Texas. Fighting stopped in March during the peace-talks, and on December 15, 1864, the Union and Confederacy reached a peace agreement. The states of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, and the Indian and Arizona territories, would be independent from the United States and part of the Confederacy.

The issue of slavery in the Confederate States bothered many European nations as it was one of the last nations to allow slavery. As part of Reconstruction, the United Kingdom helped build several factories in many Confederate cities, slowly reducing the need for slaves and moving the C.S. towards industrialization.

Differences

  • The Confederacy becomes independent from the Union (United States) after diplomatic recognition from the United Kingdom and France.
  • The Democrats win the 1864 election, with President McClellan making peace with the south.

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(as of 2015)

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