Britannia's Fist - From Civil War to World War : An Alternate History

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  • Copyright: 2008-10-30
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc
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Once too often in the War Between the States, Great Britain's support for the Confederacy takes it to the brink of war with the Union. The escape of a British-built Confederate ironclad finally ignites the heap of combustible animosities and national interests. When the U.S. Navy seizes it in British waters, the ensuing battle spirals into all-out war. Napoleon III eagerly joins the British and declares war on the United States. Meanwhile, treason uncoils in the North as the anti-war Democrats, known as Copperheads, plot to overthrow the U.S. government and take the Midwest into the Confederacy. Britannia's fist strikes quickly and hard. Along with the Canadians, the British invade New York and Maine, and the Royal Navy strikes at the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron. The clash at Charleston is history's first great naval battle between ironclads. Meanwhile, a French army marches into Texas from Mexico, and the French Navy attacks the Gulf coast. In the Midwest, the Copperheads rise in revolt to liberate Confederate POWs and arm them with stockpiled weapons. Never has the Republic been in such peril. Britannia's Fistbrilliantly describes not just a war of stroke and counterstroke but one in which new technologies'”repeating weapons, observation balloons, advances in naval ordnance and armament'”become vital factors in the struggle of the young country against the Old World's empires. For one of the great missed stories of the Civil War was not the advance of military technology but its impediment by incompetence, disorganization, and in some serious cases outright refusal to contemplate anything innovative. This is also a war in which the Union finds a 'ścombat multiplier'ť when it organizes history's first national-level intelligence effort. Britannia's Fistis the compelling story of powerful historical personalities who come together as the Union goes into total war mobilization in the fight for its life.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
Mapsp. xix
Dramatis Personaep. xxi
Cossacks, Copperheads, and Corsairsp. 1
Russell and the Ramsp. 18
George the Contraband and One-Eyed Garnetp. 32
Gallantry on Crutchesp. 48
Sergeant Cline Gets a New Jobp. 66
"Roll, Alabama, Roll!"p. 85
French Lick to Halifaxp. 100
Battle at Moelfre Bayp. 119
Pursuit Into the Upper Bayp. 134
A Rain of Blowsp. 158
Treason, Frogs, and Ironcladsp. 182
Cold Spring and Crossing the Barp. 198
Order of Battle of the Armies at the First Battle of Portlandp. 227
Order of Battle of the Fleets at the Third Battle of Charlestonp. 231
Notesp. 233
About the Authorp. 255
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