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Tango0119 Oct 2021 9:09 p.m. PST

… Tackle the Conflict's Most Intriguing Possibilities

""What If . . . ?" Every Civil War armchair general asks the question. Possibilities unfold. Disappointments vanish. Imaginations soar. More questions arise. "What if . . ." can be more than an exercise in wistful fantasy. A serious inquiry sparks rigorous exploration, demands critical thinking, and unlocks important insights.

The Great "What Ifs" of the American Civil War: Historians Tackle the Conflict's Most Intriguing Possibilities is a collection of fourteen essays by the historians at Emerging Civil War, and includes a Foreword by acclaimed alternate history writer Peter G. Tsouras…"
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John the OFM19 Oct 2021 10:34 p.m. PST

Mine is "What if Davis called Lincoln's bluff and didn't fire on Fort Sumter."

Wackmole920 Oct 2021 7:15 a.m. PST

I would go with MacCellen attack with all 3 wings of his army at Antietam and crushes lee's army in detail. The war is over, Unfortuernly it would lead to big mac being president.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP20 Oct 2021 7:53 a.m. PST

He also edited "Dixie Victorious" which is great (if you like that kind of thing. I do, very much, but many think it waste of time and a fantasy exercise).

Legionarius20 Oct 2021 3:42 p.m. PST

Historical events have multiple causes and multiple consequences. Reasoning from one change in a linear fashion would not yield a necessarily different effect. This is the " for want of a nail" fallacy. Yes you can dream of different outcomes but no amount of reasoning makes them more likely.

John the OFM20 Oct 2021 5:35 p.m. PST

The only likely events are those that actually happened.

forrester21 Oct 2021 1:44 p.m. PST

All this sort of thing hasn't done Harry Turtledove any harm.

Tango0121 Oct 2021 2:33 p.m. PST



John Simmons23 Oct 2021 6:14 p.m. PST

At Antietam, MAC did attack with all three wings.

Brechtel19824 Oct 2021 3:20 a.m. PST

Regarding Dixie Victorious, I have found that it is difficult to write 'alternate history' in that you have to research the subject being written about thoroughly and then fit in the 'alternate' material in order to make it at least believable.

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