1862 (novel)

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Cover of first edition
Author Robert Conroy
Country United States
Language English
Genre Alternate history
Publisher Presidio Press
Publication date
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 410 pp.
ISBN 0345482379
OCLC 64279922

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 in December 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 the real history, cooler heads prevailed after the seizure of the RMS Trent by Union forces, with the British only retaliating diplomatically (recognizing the Confederacy as a belligerent instead of merely being a rebellion).

Plot summary[edit]

In the year 1862, the United Kingdom gets involved in the Southern rebellion on the side of the Confederacy in the wake of the Trent Affair. After numerous defeats for the alliance, losing Robert E. Lee and most of Canada, Great Britain accepts an offer of peace from the Union on the Union's terms. As a result, Britain frames the Confederacy for supposedly causing the Trent Affair, and switches sides in the war.

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 Hummelstown, Pennsylvania and Hershey, Pennsylvania. The climactic battle takes place at Washington, D.C..