The US Mogdonazian colonization plan
The Second Mexican War (1881-1882)

What if the South had won the American Civil War? Never mind quite so much when it happened, since there were in fact many oppurtunities given, be it during, say, the Antietam campaign of 1862 or the Gettysburg campaign of 1863. Of course, there are many other places of divergeance, but these two spring out because of the attention given to them. Both campaigns were under the command of Robert E. Lee on the Confederate side, with the probable objective of reaching Washington D.C. Winston Churchill was prehaps the first to theorise an alternate ending to the war, with Meade's defeat at Gettysburg and the subsequent march onto Washington D.C. Harry Turtledove put out another alternate vision, based on the Special Order 191 that Lee gave out in late 1862. Turtledove makes it so that one perticular copy never gets lost and therefore prevents the conferontation at Antietam (instead, Lee whips an unprepared McClelland at Camp Hill, Pennsylvania). During a wargame of the second day at Gettysburg, I had managed to screw up Newton's division, thereby creating yet another what if possibility.

Whatever the cause of the disruption, some things are consistent in this campaign. Since the Confederacy won, the Union would have some difficulty in supporting the Republican overthrow of Maximillian Mexico. Twenty years later, Maximillian is deep in debt towards his european investors, so decides to sell the Mexican provinces of Chihuahua and Sonora to the Confederate States to settle some part of his debt. The United States becomes furious at this, since it would mean that the Confederacy would extend from the Atlantice to the Pacific, just like the United States. The war begins in July 1881, when Colonel George Armstrong Custer launches a raid into Indian Territory from his post in Kansas.

Yes, this largely follows Harry Turtledove's How Few Remain, but fear not, since we might diverge.

Political boundaries at the beginning of the war.

Just click on the links below to view the battles.

The Raid on Yosserburg Creek July 1881
A battle in the Shenendoah Valley in the opening weeks of the war. Here the true nature of the changes in warfare becomes apparent.

The Attack on Fort Broderick August 1881
The Union push to open up Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River.

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