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Dixie Victorious: An Alternate history of the Civil War [Kindle Edition]

Peter Tsouras , Peter G. Tsouras
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Based on a series of fascinating ‘what ifs’ posed by leading military historians, this intriguing alternate history reconstructs moments during the American Civil War which could have altered the entire course of the war and led to a Confederate victory. Commencing with real battles, actions and characters, each scenario has been carefully constructed to reveal how at points of decision a different choice or minor incident could have set in motion an entirely new train of events altering history forever.

What if Sherman had been stalled outside Atlanta, and Lincoln had lost the crucial 1864 election? Or if Stuart’s Cavalry at Gettysburg had arrived in time to give Lee the freedom of operation he lacked in reality? These and many more convincing scenarios are played out against the dramatic and colourful backdrop of this critical and bloody era of American history.

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This will appeal to historians, re-enactors and wargamers, and will undoubtedly stir up debate amongst expert and amateur Civil War enthusiasts alike. Anyone with even a vague interest in the American Civil War will find this an interesting, entertaining and thought-provoking read, and would not be disappointed in seeking out a copy. --British Army Review

Dixie Victorious is both fascinating and an entertaining read. The latest entry in the Greenhill Alternate History series is highly recommended for the reconstruction of actual historic events to produce speculative alternative results. --Michael Russert in Civil War News

Solid and provocative... This latest entry in a series that s a byword among alternate-history fans succeeds in avoiding white supremacist fantasies and is well up to the very high standard set by earlier entries. --Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Peter Tsouras is a respected military historian whose books include Disaster at D-Day, The Dictionary of Military Quotations and (as editor and contributor) Rising Sun Victorious and Hitler Triumphant.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 13784 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Frontline Books (2 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KTM7HA0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #497,042 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
"Dixie Victorious: An Alternative History of the Civil War" is a collection of ten essays imagining how the South could have won the Civil War edited by Peter G. Tsouras, author of several alternative histories including "Gettysburg: An Alternative History." The title, of course, spoils the outcome off all of the essays, but then the appeal here is more argumentative than narrative and the question is whether each author can make a compelling case that tips the delicate balance between military success and failure the other way:
Andrew Uffindell, "'Hell on Earth': Anglo-French Intervention in the Civil War," has the "Trent" incident resulting in Great Britain declaring war against the Union and France following suit. Uffindell comes up with additional reasons for the two nations to fight the war that neither wanted in 1861 to force the North into fighting a war on all fronts.
Wade G. Dudley, "Ships of Iron and Wills of Steel: The Confederate Navy Triumphant," has Confederate Secretary of the Navy Stephen R. Mallory creating an ironclad navy. Consequently, when the "Monitor" shows up at Hampton Roads it faces not one Confederate ironclad but three and the historical stalemate becomes a decisive Rebel victory.
David M. Keithly, "'What Will the Country Say?': Maryland Destiny," turns Special Order No. 191, which fell into McClellan's hands before the Battle of Antietam, into a "ruse de guerre" as Lee baits a trap to destroy the Army of the Potomac. This one is an interesting twist on history and yet another opportunity to show Lee as being clever and McClellan incompetent, which is almost always fun.
Michael R.
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This is a collection of ten essays by historians, mostly military historians, each of which assesses a different means by which the Southern states could have won the U.S. Civil War or, as we would probably be calling it if any of them had come true, the war between the states.

The ten essays do not form a continuous narrative, each of them is an independent counterfactual study of one particular course of events which could have led to the CSA gaining their independence.

These range from the diplomatic - the first essay by British historian Andrew Uffindell points out how easily the "Trent" incident could have led to British and French military intervention on the side of the south - through the political - e.g. if McLennan's Democrats had won the 1864 U.S. election - to the options for Southern military victory on land or at sea.

Perhaps the most interesting is the essay which the editor, Colonel Tsouras, contributed himself, on what might have happened if the confederacy had offered freedom to black slaves who enlisted in the Rebel Army in January 1864 when the outcome of the war was still in doubt, instead of 1865 when it was obvious that the South was going to lose and the slaves would get their freedom anyway.

Thes essays will be of most interest to the reader who already has a fair degree of familiarity with the real history of the US civil war, but it is not absolutely essential to have an encyclopaedic knowledge of actual events to appreciate the book. Each essay concludes with a section called "The reality" which explains how the counterfactual story presented diverges from actual history.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well written counterfactuals 29 Jun. 2012
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There were, according to the introduction, several points in the American Civil war where, with different decisions or circumstances, the South might have won a battle that in reality it lost that could have changed the whole outcome of the war. Each of these is explored by a military historian in well described and plausible detail. At the end of each chapter a note is made of what really happened, allowing us to see that indeed the outcomes of the encounter could quite easily be different. Whether one of the battles being won by the South could alone have changed the course of the whole war is more doubtful I feel. Of more interest to me would have been a consideration of the nature and development of an independent Confederate States of America and how the subsequent history of America and the world might have worked out, but this is not the subject of the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A different Civil War. 13 May 2015
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I enjoyed the book very much. It gave some interesting insights as to how things could have worked out differently for the CSA.
It was also interested to see that not only the main areas of conflict were covered but the trans mississippi conflict was included.
Plus it was also fascinating to see how some matters covered in the classic American Civil War books by Bruce Caton and Shelby Foote could have been different as well.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
as a total novice to anglo-american history i was slightly at a loss as to what really happened and the short precis at the end didnt really help. Ive later read other books on what actually happened- and this book makes a lot more sense since. There are a lot of what ifs and if onlys, but personally i'd prefer to dwell on reality. Good read though, very entertaining.
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