- 1862 (novel)
infobox Book |
name = 1862
image_caption = Cover of the book "1862" by
language = English
pub_date = 2006 February 28
media_type = Print (
pages = 416 pp
isbn = ISBN 0345482379
1862 is an alternative history novel by
Robert Conroy. It depicts an American Civil Warin which Great Britainallies itself with the Confederacy after the Trent Affair. In the real history, cooler heads prevailed after the seizure of the Trent by Union forces, but according to the author's research, Great Britain had considered declaring war on the United States over the matter. [http://www.scifi.com/scifiwire/index.php?category=0&id=41701] The British opted instead to retaliate diplomatically by recognizing the Confederacy as a belligerent instead of merely being rebellion.
It has been heavily criticized on various alt-history groups for sloppy research. [ [http://www.geocities.com/littlegreenmen.geo/RC1862.htm Robert Conroy’s “1862: A Novel”: a Critical Analysis ] ] Despite this, the novel was a finalist for the
Sidewise Award(Long Form) for 2006. [ [http://www.uchronia.net/sidewise/complete.html#2002 The Sidewise Awards for Alternate History ] ]
Most of the battles take place in
Canadaor in the oceans, like Hampton Road. A cavalry battle near the end of the novel takes place on the outskirts of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, presumably Hummelstown, Pennsylvaniaand Hershey, Pennsylvania. The climatic battle takes place at Washington, D.C.
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