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~Free ☭ Dixie Victorious: An Alternate History of the Civil War ☸ Based on a series of fascinating What ifs posed by leading military historians, this intriguing new alternate history reconstructs moments during the American Civil War which could conceivably 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 was stalled outside Atlanta, and Lincoln lost the crucialelection Or if Stuart s Cavalry at Gettysburg arrived in time to give Lee the freedom of operation he lacked in reality These and many convincing scenarios are played out against the dramatic and colorful backdrop of this critical and bloody era of American history Interesting collection of essays several show how easily the Civil War could have turned out different such as the effect of an aggressive Confederate commander like Albert S Johnston in the Vicksburg Campaign, or the absence of Prince Albert during the Trent affair On the other hand, some of the alternate history scenarios seem rather implausible For example, with the two essays on the 1862 Maryland Campaign, I m not sure the Army of Northern Virginia could have accomplished so much, sinc Interesting collection of essays several show how easily the Civil War could have turned out different such as the effect of an aggressive Confederate commander like Albert S Johnston in the Vicksburg Campaign, or the absence of Prince Albert during the Trent affair On the other hand, some of the alternate history scenarios seem rather implausible For example, with the two essays on the 1862 Maryland Campaign, I m not sure the Army of Northern Virginia could have accomplished so much, since so many of its units were at extremely low strength, due to casualties and straggling over the previous two months.As a minor point, I don t understand the purpose of the fictional footnotes these could have been used to explain why the author chose a particular sequence of events Peter Tsouras has assembled a formidable group of contributors for Dixie Victorious, his anthology of counter factual scenarios describing how the South could have won the Civil War Each individual chapter scenario is well researched and well written, and often the ideas are imaginative The book also manages to explore how the Confederacy could have won the war without lionizing the South, an important distinction for works of this kind.Even so, the book is a mixed bag in terms of the qualit Peter Tsouras has assembled a formidable group of contributors for Dixie Victorious, his anthology of counter factual scenarios describing how the South could have won the Civil War Each individual chapter scenario is well researched and well written, and often the ideas are imaginative The book also manages to explore how the Confederacy could have won the war without lionizing the South, an important distinction for works of this kind.Even so, the book is a mixed bag in terms of the quality of its alternate histories Chapters 1 and 2 are an excellent contrast and example SPOILER ALERT In the first chapter, Andrew Uffindell describes just how the British and French might have become involved in the Civil War by making two small, plausible changes 1 Prince Albert, who played an important role in moderating the British response to the Trent Affair, is killed in a carriage accident prior to that international incident and the accident in question actually happened 2 The Trent Affair itself turned violent and ugly, and some British sailors were killed as a result Most of the story that follows is plausible, accurately detailed, imaginative I especially like the ultimate fate of George Armstrong Custer , and logical You can argue with some of the details, but not the thesis.On the other hand, Wade G Dudley s second chapter on how the South could have won the war if it banked everything on building a Navy is bad alternate history, violating most of the important rules for constructing a counter factual scenario None of the changes involved are small or plausible his chapter requires CSA Secretary of the Navy to advocate major changes of policy that he did not imagine in real history, and to persuade President Davis, the Confederate Congress and the Confederate governors the latter he forgot about completely that he was right and get their full support That is a major, implausible change to start with, on the scale of Lyndon Johnson deciding to withdraw from Vietnam.His description of the development of a major naval industrial center in New Orleans in less than a year is implausible, even with the help imported machine goods, because we know how long it took the Confederacy to undertake projects of equal or lesser size elsewhere His scenario of building the Virginia plus two fictional ironclads in Norfolk would require the diversion of most or all of the output of the Tredegar Ironworks, with potentially devastating consequences elsewhere, but Dudley ignores this very obvious and salient fact although he does gloss over that Tredegar was not initially tooled to make the necessary plate armor Finally, it assumes that Lincoln would still allow McClellan to go forward with the Peninsular Campaign, or that the cautious to a fault McClellan himself would even want to in the face of well established Confederate efforts to build a powerful Navy Dudley s scenario is therefore plagued by not one major, implausible change to make it work It has four of them About 1 3 of the scenarios in Dixie Victorious are of the Dudley model they fall into the realm of entertaining, but ultimately uninstructive fantasy While fun to read, they are not at all useful in showing how the Confederacy could have won the war, and are therefore not good examples of alternate history If you read Dixie Victorious, I recommend buying Roger Ransom s The Confederate States of America What Might Have Been alongside it That book isin the vein of Uffindell s work than Dudley s, and will serve as a useful counterpoise to some of the flights of fancy found in Tsouras s anthology.It is those flights of fancy that earned this book a three star rating It is above average, and it is certainly entertaining However, some of the arguments made in the book are deeply flawed This is not a novel, but rather a collection of ten counter factual examinations of how the South might have won the American Civil War Each tale has its own point where the alternative diverged from our timeline You have the death of Prince Alfred of Great Britian combined with the Trent affair leading to Anglo French Intervention Then there is the one where the Confederates managed to out fight the Monitor and destroy the blockade Another has Cleburne s proposal to free the blacks to fight This is not a novel, but rather a collection of ten counter factual examinations of how the South might have won the American Civil War Each tale has its own point where the alternative diverged from our timeline You have the death of Prince Alfred of Great Britian combined with the Trent affair leading to Anglo French Intervention Then there is the one where the Confederates managed to out fight the Monitor and destroy the blockade Another has Cleburne s proposal to free the blacks to fight in the Confederate Army accepted in 1864 But my favorites were Kirby Smith and General Taylor winning the Red River Valley campaign and freeing the West in time to upset the 1864 election and Early s augmented campaign in the Valley in 1864 beating Sheridan If you are interested in AH and the ACW, read this volume and decide which you like best Tourist and his authors provide an interesting set of scenarios for southern victory ranging from Unbelievable to very plausible It can be pedantic as it reads like history rather than a novel. Very interesting book with well written, well researched and believable scenarios A must read for anyone interested in the American Civil War. As usual with these Tsouras anthologies, Dixie Victorious focuses on individual strategic scenarios This is one of the less realistic Tsouras alt history books, as it requires some major luck for the csa to overcome its huge disadvantages in production, manpower, and tech My favorite one had Britain and France ally with the CSA leading to a 21st century Virginia where cricket is the most popular sport and French culture is everywhere. A collection of scenarios that were thought provoking Yet, Professional soldiers can be difficult to read Can at times get bogged down in details Expectations were higher It s the kind of book you can pick up every once in awhile when in the mood and one story then set it down till the next time. Much better stories than others in the series with most seemingly plausible, from Prince Albert dieing in a riding accident so that he isn t alive to mollify cabinet during the Trent affair or McCllenan winning the election of 1864 and the Peace Democrats ending the war Quick light diversionary reading. This is a series of 10 counter factual essays by military historians which show various scenarios that might have occurred at times during the Civil War that might have led to Confederate victory The examples range from the plausible McClellan doesn t find General Order 191 during the Antietam campaign, resulting in decisive Confederate victory at Antietam, lack of issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation, and British intervention to the unlikely Longstreet taking command of the Army of Te This is a series of 10 counter factual essays by military historians which show various scenarios that might have occurred at times during the Civil War that might have led to Confederate victory The examples range from the plausible McClellan doesn t find General Order 191 during the Antietam campaign, resulting in decisive Confederate victory at Antietam, lack of issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation, and British intervention to the unlikely Longstreet taking command of the Army of Tennessee following Chickamauga and routing Union forces in the West to the ridiculous the Confederacy never had the will or desire, let alone the materiel to build an ironclad navy capable of being a difference maker in the war The cause and effect results of some of the events is somewhat questionable as well For example, even if Jubal Early had routed Sheridan in the Shenandoah Valley, it is unreasonable to think the war would have ended differently It is arbitrary to rely on Lincoln s death in the middle of it as author Kevin Kiley does to change the result and unreasonable to think that Republicans could not have found a legitimate candidate to put up against McClellan in the 1864 election at that late date in the war Although the articles are well researched and thought provoking, there are problems The false footnotes of fictional sources is distracting, and it would be helpful to the reader to have some indication of when the narratives change from non fiction to speculation The brief Reality explanations at the end of each essay help but are insufficient Overall, a good effort, and probablythan a little bit of SCV wishful thinking Worth reading for the Civil War buff