Tuesday, April 12, 2011

American Civil War Sesquicentennial -- With Added Steampunk

Today is the 150th anniversary (sesquicentennial) of the official start of the American Civil War with the bombardment of Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, at 4:30 a.m. and lasted for 34 straight hours.  This date is the generally agreed upon date for the start of the American Civil War (War Between the States, War of Northern Aggression take what title you will), although there were earlier shots fired.  I’ll leave any political bickering and nitpicking for the plethora of other sites and create my own revisionist history, with added steampunk!
Steampunk Civil War -- Harper’s weekly Jan 26, 1861
View of Ft. Sumter in Charleston harbor, looking east to west.  The siege is lifted with arrival of aerial and undersurface relief fleet.  South Carolina is in tense negotiations with the Union about the status of the Charleston harbor forts and other Union facilities by Governor Pickens, who has offered a monetary settlement for assets and debts of ex-Union possessions.  Negotiations are further clouded by other states leaving the Union.  The Republic of Texas has pledged to support secessionists.  Cotton prices are soaring on the stock exchange.

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