American Civil War
Here are some of my favourite American Civil War books.
Bernard Cornwell's American Civil War Books
|The Bloody Ground
Stars & Stripes Forever
First in a trilogy which tells the story of a mid-19th century war that never happened. Prince Albert dies of typhoid before he can rewrite an intemperately-worded dispatch by Britain's Prime Minister, Lord John Russell, to Abraham Lincoln. Emotions in Washington and London escalate. Buy it from amazon.co.uk
Stars & Stripes in Peril
Now it's 1863 and perfidious Albion is making a comeback via the Pacific, establishing a Mexican beachhead and planning attacks on united America's "soft underbelly" in the Gulf of Mexico. Gurkha and Sepoy troops build roads while sweaty white officers express nostalgia for England: "I despair of ever seeing her blissfully cold and fog-shrouded shores again." Buy it from amazon.co.uk
One of my favourite of Harry Turtledove's books, Guns of the South, is set during the American Civil War, though this time the Confederates are armed with AK-47 Assault Rifles... As might be imagined the impact of such a deadly weapon on troops armed with Springfield Rifles is pretty clear cut.
The Confederates, finding the AK-47 a more than decent replacement for their rifles and smoothbore muskets, easily win any firefight... Buy it now from amazon.co.uk
Read an article on gaming Guns of the South using the Flintloque rules.
This novel makes the assumption that following the Civil War, America remained divided.
In 1881, a generation after the South won the Civil War, the peace is shattered. Furious over the annexation of American territory, the United States declares total war against the Confederacy. In this second American Civil War the times, stake and battle lines have changed - and so has history. Buy it now from amazon.co.uk
Harry has followed this up with a whole series of books, based on this alternate history, covering The Great War, the interwar period, and an alternative Second World War.