1862 (novel)

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Cover of first edition
AuthorRobert Conroy
CountryUnited States
GenreAlternate history
PublisherPresidio Press
Publication date
June 2006
Media typePrint (Paperback)
Pages410 pp.

1862 is an alternate history novel by Robert Conroy. It was first published in paperback by Presidio Press/Ballantine in June 2006, and as an ebook by Presidio on December 18, 2007.[1]

The novel depicts an alternative version of the American Civil War in which the United Kingdom allies itself with the Confederacy after the Trent Affair. In our timeline, cooler heads prevailed after the seizure of the RMS Trent by Union forces, with the British retaliating only diplomatically, by recognizing the Confederacy as a belligerent, instead of merely being a rebellion.


In late 1861, the United Kingdom gets involved in the Southern rebellion on the side of the Confederacy in the wake of the Trent Affair. At the start of 1862, the Union attempts to win a decisive victory against the Confederacy before British reinforcements arrive in the Americas at the Battle of Culpeper, but fail miserably due to the awful leadership of George B. McClellan. But after numerous defeats for the Anglo-Confederate Alliance, losing Robert E. Lee and most of Canada, the United Kingdom accepts an offer of peace from the Union on the Union's terms. Britain frames the Confederacy for supposedly causing the Trent Affair and switches sides in the war. As a result, in early 1863 the Confederacy admits defeat, ending the conflict two years sooner. John Wilkes Booth is arrested and sentenced to death for trying to help Confederate snipers kill President Abraham Lincoln, therefore Lincoln is never assassinated.

Most of the battles take place in Canada or in the oceans, like Hampton Roads. A cavalry battle near the end of the novel takes place on the outskirts of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, presumably in Hummelstown and Hershey. The climactic battle takes place at Washington, DC.