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The Disunited States of America

January

1861

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The first year of dissolution has dawned on the American continent. The United States was no more. However it’s successor states were by no means organized. A scramble to assume previously federal assets had ensued, though largely successful, the individual states were far from organized; And no state govern had a true understanding of their actual military assets. Bands of regional militias were all they had at their disposal for now.

 

In the states, all sorts of tensions brew. A southern trade war over the cotton industry seems imminent. Garrisons and forts still loyal to the federals remain scattered across the country, determined to hold their ground. Local economies are in upheaval, raw resources, food, or manufactured goods that easily traversed the Union never arrive.

 

The stage is set

 

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Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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Governor: Nathaniel P. Banks

Population:1,231,057

Military: NA

Navy:NA

Trade: NA

Allies: NA

Enemies: NA


Nathaniel P. Banks looks out from his office window, the fate of an entire nation rests on his shoulders. Admittedly he was scared, he only left the union out of fear of threat from other New England States. Now Massachusetts was on its own, surrounded by possible allies or enemies.

Within the first week, Nathaniel called a meeting of the state’s congress to discuss future plans, and establish their first policies as independent nation.

 

Military Reform Act of 1860

General Joseph Hooker, is appointed Commander and Chief of the newly formed Massachusetts Military. All bands of Militia are reformed into the first regiments of the army.  A census is conducted to find out the number of militiamen currently in service and manpower within the states borders. Joseph Hooker orders 30,000 troops to be raised for the newly formed military, and asks any former union officers to join and train the new recruits. Any federal arsenals within the state are seized for supplies and weapons.  Another census of warships within the ports of Massachusetts shall be taken to gage the naval power.
 

Government Reform Act of 1860

The State of Massachusetts is hereby declared the Commonwealth of Massachusetts acting Nathaniel P. Banks elected the first president. Election for president shall take place every six years, and The Massachusetts House of Representatives shall be up for election every three years.

Internal Improvement plan of 1860

Protective tariffs are placed on any goods entering the commonwealth in order to generate revenue. The first Commonwealth bank is created, to create a common currency and hold the nation's debt. The rail roads are maintained within the borders of Massachusetts, in order for easy transportation

Actions

  • Creation of the Commonwealth Army and Navy, appointment of Joseph Hooker as Commander and Chief.
  • Census of all militias within the Commonwealth, and all able body men.
  • 30,000 volunteers are called on, including any former union officers for the new army.
  • Census of any warships within Massachusetts ports.
  • Seizing of any federal arsenals for supplies and weapons.
  • Government reforms
  • Diplomats sent to, New York, Maine, Pennsylvania, Ohio,  and Connecticut. Asking for trade and other matters. (will pm them)
  • Protective tariffs, and new taxation passed
  • Maintenance of railways and roads within the Commonwealth.

 


Alexander Wellington, received the letter this morning. Orders from the newly formed Commonwealth Military, his regiment is to report Boston at once. He quickly rallied his militiamen making sure they wore their best uniforms, and set off for headquarters.

Once they arrived, Alexander saw militias from all over the Commonwealth setting camp outside of Boston.  Most of it was disorderly, hardly the sight of a well trained military, However, Alexander his regiment set up camp in rows of tents, assigning each soldier a duty and posted sentries something the other militias rarely did. ‘This will be the start of something great,’ he thought to himself as he observed the camp. Just like the heroes of the revolution, they started as simple militiamen.

 

Edited by Imperium

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Governorship of Wisconsin

 

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Population: 775,881

 

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The snow was relentless, falling in a fine mist that could soak a person to the bone in a matter of moments. It was enough to make his usual position within his office obsolete. Though regardless of the nip of the wind that came with life in Wisconsin Alexander Randall remained hunched over the numerous sheets of paper littering his desk. His hand worked tirelessly to apply his thoughts and decisions to written form and cementing them with his signature. Providing him with their company for the morning were several men that he had chosen to bear witness to and provide commentary n the numerous reforms he had in plan for the new sovereign state of Wisconsin. His election into governorship had been eventful and rather than feeling as though he had earned the support of the citizenship he was more or less chosen out of desperation to fill in a role that no one seemed to be keen on filling themselves. The groundwork for progress had been prepared by his predecessors and now it was up to him to capitalize on their ambitions.

 

He sat in silence for some time; although precisely how long it took he had no idea. It was only when yet another offer to reposition himself closer to the fire that he took his attention away from his writing which just so happened to be the exact moment he concluded his scribbling. What he possessed now was a basic outline of tasks that would officially begin his governorship of an independent Wisconsin.

 

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Agriculture

 

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With great effort from those that came before us Wisconsin has and will always have a reliable source of crops and livestock to feed our population with no foreseeable shortages of resources. Presently over fifteen million acres of farmland is currently in use with our combined 72 counties. Today marks the establishment of our Ministry of Agriculture. We will form 9 districts consisting of 8 counties that will cooperate with one another to better organize and streamline crop yield. A minister will be appointed for each district with lower judges operating within each county. The ministers are to survey the farms within their districts to the best of their abilities an provide an annual report on expenditure and income. 

 

Military

 

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During our short history, we have never had a need for a standing military within our territory. With no federal government, Wisconsin will need to remedy this immediately. TThe various militias and volunteer regiments within our counties untrain and underequipped as they are will be contacted and directed to Fort Howard in Green Bay. Should the incentive and privilege of forming Wisconsin’s first established branch of our armed forces be insufficient then let it be known that all those who refuse to answer this call to arms will be branded as renegades and outlaws and hunted down as such. There is one individual in particular who’s military career has been watched with great interest. Major Lucius Fairchild of the 2nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment will be offered the prestigious role as acting general of this newly established army. 

 

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Diplomacy

 

At such a dire time in American history, it will be of the utmost importance to establish contact and negotiations with the territories neighboring our State. A total of 8 diplomats will be sent to Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, and Minnesota in hopes of offering any and all aid that Wisconsin may be able to provide.  

 

Forward

 

 

Actions

 

  • Forming The Governorship of Wisconsin with Alexander Randall as head of state.
  • Census of all farmland within Wisconsin and overhaul of crop production.
  • Orders sent to all volunteer militias within Wisconsin to report to Fort Howard in Green Bay.
  • Lucius Fairchild promoted to general of Wisconsin’s newly formed army. 
  • Diplomats have been dispatched to neighboring states. 

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Commonwealth of Virginia

 

Rain was pouring overhead, incessantly drumming on roofs. Some darkly joked the U.S would drown in rain before it does blood. Across Virginia families huddled in their houses. Slaves bedded where they could, in a stable or pen if lucky, out under the stars if not. Various politicians and generals of Virginia also uneasily waited in the rain. Up in the mountains, the West Virginian’s were demoralized. The U.S had been their only chance at secession. Now they knew Governor Letcher and his “lap dog lee” would come a-knockin. In Richmond rich industrialist and politicians meet, scared.

 

As the rain pours, the hour of midnight is reached. A small deer is grazing on the side of the road, eating grass. Suddenly a clamorous THUM-THUMP-THUMP can be heard. It curiously lifts it’s head up, still chewing. Robert E. Lee and his staff were trying to make good time in the night. They had been riding for days, to get to Mount Vernon. There the power of Virginia was assembling, to discuss matters abroad and at home. The column of cavalry flashes past the deer, the sounds of laughter, whips, and speech coming and fading just as quickly. Mud flies into the air, but the column eventually fades back into the dark, and no more noise is heard. The Deer simply goes back to grazing.

 

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A din of laughter, clinking glass, and cutlery on china can be heard. Outside Mount Vernon a ring of Virginian regulars wait to check all. Lee runs through the motions, before riding up the house itself. Dismounting, he hands his horse off to a slave. Walking up to the door, he can hear the clamor of a party. Lee was soaked to the bone, and tired. He idly reflected on his days as an Engineer in the Mexican-American war. When times were simpler, eh? Hee pushes the great doors open, and strides into the house where George Washington used to reside.

 

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“Ah Mr. Lee! I didn’t think you’d make it. Get in here before you catch a cold from all that rain! My do you have a heavy enough jacket? Here let me take it, I’ll put it by the fire. Come, come! They are in the saloon, just finished dining. I’m afraid I’ll have to have the slave’s fix you up something proper, they ate all the supper!”

 

Lee allows Letcher’s wife to chatter amiably and lead him to the Saloon. The faint noise of a harmonica and banjo can be heard. Lee shares a smile with himself, even now Virginian troops must play music. He knew Jackson and Baxtonne were out there now, him not needing his staff for the meeting. The Frenchmen Baxtonne was his newest addition. The lad was young, but had served in the French dragoons in their colonies. Finally Lee reaches the Saloon, where his life will change forever.

 

Arranged in the room were the most powerful men of Virginia, and perhaps even the Union. Governor John Letcher raised his glass to Lee as he walked in. Admiral David Farragut nodded, as other men like Joseph E.Johnston, or A.P Hill smiled and welcomed him. Lee and Thomas Jackson were the last to arrive, having been busy seeing to the Virginian militia. Now the men sat in a circle, smoking, and drinking. A Slaved popped in every so often to refresh drinks, and clear trays.

 

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“Gentlemen you have all been called here under the most dire of assemblies.” Letcher begins, sipping whisky, and clearing his throat audibly. “As you all know the Union is in a desperate state. As far as we can tell from recent news, it may be dead.” At this muttering and curses can be heard. Virginia supported the Union, provided she never harmed her. But now all U.S legitimacy was lost. These giants of a potentially new Nation weep like women, at the loss of liberty. It was up to them to pursue their own happiness now, whatever it may be.

 

Over the night several important topics were discussed. It was agreed the Commonwealth of Virginia will be officially formed. She will have her own independent Governance, military, foreign, and trade plans. Her constitution is similar to the U.S. It was ironic, only 13 miles north north lay D.C. Lee himself champions the armies cause, having just seen it’s state. Overall several matters are decided, and men pour out of Mount Vernon to get back to work.

 

 

“ATTENTION” Thomas Jackson screams. Row upon row of shoddily dressed Virginians snapped into battle formation, somewhat sloppily. They were a motley crew, these men. Besides the veterans of the Mexican-American war, the average troop was a poor conscripted farmer in Virginia. Most of them wore blue uniforms, their old ones. Or blue armbands. Others have begun a recent trend however. They wear Grey, to show their true split from the U.S. Most men were young, sickly, or just stupid. 

 

Robert E. Lee saw this all as he inspected his men. This would be Virginia’s 1st Commonwealth Regiment. Maybe one day under Lee they will all become true soilders, and win glory. But for now they are simply what Lee knows to be true. Gorsh Darn Militia. The lowest of the low, and not reliable. Together Lee and Admiral Farragut had begged the new Commonwealth for funds. Virginia would need to defend herself, and her territories. 

 

Lee would start with these men, and turn them into a proper army. Him and his staff, Thomas Jackson, Joe Johnston, and J.E.B Stuart would all dedicate themselves to training the army. They would work tirelessly, near Richmond. They plan to establish a twenty five thousand strong Regular army. Half again that number will serve as militia and reserves. They begin acquiring funds, arms, and proper uniforms. Lee chose the uniform himself, and seamstresses begin to churn them out.

 

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Farragut for his part was more financially busy then physically. In Richmond he begins to coddle Industrialist for money. He also would take loans from New York and NYC itself. His goal was to begin raising 2.5 million [old] U.S dollars, for an ambitious naval project. They also begin to amass European engineers and equipment.

 

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The set up of the Commonwealth itself is hotly debated. The issue of Slavery is of course still a large issue. West Virginia is asked to send their own delegation to Richmond, to represent and rule for their counties. When they arrive they bring word of a U.S remnant holding out in Harper’s Ferry. But as more men arrive, the heated debates continue. It was clear many were just straight up afraid of the U.S collapse.

 

There was no time for fear however, and the Commonwealth enacts several new policies. She would allow West Virginia to govern itself, provided it’s body of government remained within the Commonwealth. She would also offer the U.S faction in D.C money, protection, and official support. In return Virginia merely ask D.C to recall the Harper’s Ferry garrison, who could travel through Virginia peacefully.

 

Trade is also established with Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York. Raw goods, foods, and minerals from Virginia will go up. Manufactured goods and armaments will come down.

 

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Actions

 

Forming Commonwealth of Virginia

 

Formation of the Army of Virginia. Staffing it with officers, and beginning training. 

 

Admiral Farragut begins acquiring money with an eventual goal of $2.5 million.

 

Offering West Virginia more autonomy, provided they follow new Commonwealth law and prerogative.

 

Offering Washington D.C a deal.

 

Forming trade pact with Ohio and New York. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edited by GrimBeard

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Pennsylvania Commonwealth

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Governor: Andrew Curtin

Population: 2,906,215

Internal reforms

With the Secession of Pennsylvania from the union came many challenges. Though government wise things went on per usual. Though now state government was THEE government. Giving much more power to all in office.  Andrew Curtin, the Governor of Pennsylvania has a lot more responsibilities and duties thrown onto his plate. Only time will tell what kind of leader he will be. Now the governor has the power of a President.

Curtins first order of business is securing trade partners to prevent the out right collapse of the country. Diplomats are sent to New York, Maine,Virginia,Ohio,and Connecticut. Massachusetts diplomat arrives and his offer of trade is accepted.

The government also decides to try and use a similar currency of the union, the Pennsylvanian dollar.

The Government sets an income tax on all citizens to 3.07% of their yearly income, as well as a very small general tax on goods. The goods that the state produces that are the main source of income for the country are tariffed so if a neighboring country wants to sell them that same good they would have to pay more to do so, favoring Pennsylvanian workers.

Next on the list is the building of factories within the countries cities with the goal of industrializing and being able to produce goods such as weapons, clothing, furniture, and canned goods.

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Military actions

The newly independent country of Pennsylvania takes country wide militias, and the town wide, and rural militias are combined into a main army funded by the government. There are to start with 13 regiments of Militia gathered. Recruiting is done by county with a goal to raise around 45 thousand more people within the year. Each of which would receive training with firearms, hand to hand combat, swords and each man must be able to proficiently maintain their equipment. The last two parts of training are learning how to work in teams and maintain order and discipline within the ranks. And lastly each man must be at a certain level of fitness, if they are not at it when they arrive for training they will be at the end of it. This will be the basic training program in the military. There will also be a military academy set up in Pittsburg. Notable military command is as follows,

Maj. Gen. George G. Meade.

  • Maj. Gen. Winfield S. Hancock.

  • Maj. Gen. John F. Reynolds.

  • Maj. Gen. Darius N. Couch.

  • Maj. Gen. Samuel W. Crawford.

  • Maj. Gen. William B. Franklin.

  • Maj. Gen. John W. Geary.

 

Lastly 150 men each are sent to Allegheny Arsenal,Frankford Arsenal

an important supply and manufacturing center, and an ammunition plant with labs for small arms development. There would be no resistance, as the site was mainly filled with civilian workers and not guarded by Federalists except for Frankford Arsenal, which had 10 federalists manning it. The Arsenals would be put under Pennsylvania jurisdiction and use immediately. Schuylkill Arsenal another armory was also taken by PA armed forces, the armory’s main use is a textile manufacturer which could employ up to 10,000 people the site could provide uniforms, tents, bedding and other textile goods to the military, there was also a vault in the lower levels filled with LOTS of guns. These three critical arsenals were to begin hiring max capacity of workers and churning out guns, ammo, and uniforms and other cloth goods.

 

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Foreign policy

Trade will continue on as it had before but  Ohio, Virginia, New York, Massachusetts, Maine, and Connecticut all get diplomats sent to them to open up more trade opportunities and to hopefully have friendship and updated trade deals between the new countries.




 

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Actions

  • Trade goes on per usual

  • Diplomats are sent to NY, OH, MA,ME, CT, VA [mod]

  • Started building a series of factories around Pennsylvania for an upcoming project. [mod]

  • PA’s 3 Arsenals are seized.  Civilians are immediately employed to fill these facilities at max capacity [mod]

  • The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania establishes a military and all militia are incorporated into it as its first soldiers

  • Recruitment efforts into effect to recruit 45k men. [mod]

  • Maintenance and construction of all trade rails and roads begins, worked on my mass amounts of citizens, after maintenance is done on existing rails and roads new ones are to be built all across the country. [mod]

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  • Private companies of illegal people smugglers are hired to take back large amounts of black folks to Virginia in secret to be sold to Virginia[mod]

Edited by Otto Hohenzollern

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The Republic of Louisiana


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In the Baton Rouge capitol March 19th, 1859

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In the  capitol, there was a meeting of the aristocratic elite of the nation's capital. The hall was dimly light by the crackling fireplace, and several black men dressed in fine European fashion were running to and fro, carrying elegant silver trays filled with engraved silver and gold goblets, southern culinary masterpieces, and small appetizers. In the background, a small symphony was playing a jolly tune over a small drone of southerners conversing over topics such as the seasonal yield, slave stories, and the delivering the latest Bayou gossip. President Semmes, was clearly demarcated from the group, sporting a red-white-and blue sash with a fleur de lis in the center, showcasing his authority in a manner that illustrates the new nations past history.

 

The governor had convened this meeting for reasons which the guests were not aware of. The group assembled at this gathering was very homogeneous in terms of occupation and social status. The majority of the attendees were landowning, slave owning, agricultural giants of the nation. A small minority of this group were industrialists, hailing from bustling New Orleans. For a while, these men, whom often times rarely ever came into direct contact with each other, were conversing and acting in common interests, as fellow countrymen. This was something that Semmes noticed since the first guests had ever arrived at the meaning, and it was something that made Semmes ecstatic.

 

After roughly an hour of placid conversation and ice breaking, Semmes ordered the Black symphony to put down their instruments, and the President of the Republic took his place on their stage. He spoke with a long, elongated drawl, and was a slow but impactful speaker. He held a quarter filled glass of orange poison in his right hand, and he commenced his discourse while pacing across the stage. All of the eyes of the room, from black slave to white slave owner, were glued onto him, listening intently to his words.

 

“Gentlemen, first and foremost I’d like to thank all of yall for making the journey here on this night. I know travelling for many of you in this time of year can be bad for the harvest however it was very much  necessary. You men who I have convened at this gathering, are no doubt the core of this great nation. You men gathered here today own the key to the most important element to our nation success or failure in the future, and that gentlemen is our cotton. You men are the Kings of Cotton, and he who has the Cotton has the power. However, cotton is only good when there's gentlemen up north to buy cotton. This used to not be a problem when the South was united, but now that it is divided, we face ourselves with threats of daily price undercuts and and economic horse race among the cotton giants of our southern bretheren. To combat this, there is only one way. Through unity in commerce, our dreams can be accomplished through a cotton monopoly, the Standard Cotton Company. I have entrusted the reigns of the Standard Cotton Company to the Esteemed Robin Robichaud, an educated man who has studied in the esteemed universities of the North, however is a Southern man through and through. He will establish a system of distribution and manufacturing, however he cannot do such a thing without any merchandise, which is where yall men come in to play. The Esteemed Robichaud will be meeting with each of you personally to evaluate your decisions regarding your support of our decisions. I hope that when you men make your decisions, you keep in mind the prosperity of your home, Louisiana. Thank you, and Long Live Louisiana. And Long live the South” The crowd would repeat the popular final three words, and the gathering resumed with the descending President ordering the symphony to return to playing an upbeat jig.

 

Meanwhile, the Standard Cotton Company was emerging from the womb.

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SUMMARY ON SPRING ACTIONS OF THE LOUISIANA SENATE

ACT I

The rights of Blacks are revoked nationwide, and are declared property in the constitution of the State of Louisiana. The Negro population shall have no representation in government, and the Louisiana Code of Law does not apply to the Negro population no more. The Negro population of Louisiana will fall under the jurisdiction of the Louisiana Black Codes. Any free black sold into enslavement will become property of the government, where they will be then be sold into the slave market whether it be domestically or up the Mississippi or Atlantic

 

ACT II

The Louisiana government begins to establish itself throughout the state. Local government offices, police departments, taxation, municipalities are demarcated, and a code of law are all implemented throughout the state with the goal to create a efficient, smooth running nation.

 

ACT III

The Mississippi state government is approached about a possible governmental union between the two nations. Semmes, in a letter to the Mississippi President, expresses both countries long standing history spanning centuries, and common culture prevalent in the two brother nations. The government also promises the Mississippi nation that should they enter in a union, Mississippi cotton will have free passage through New Orleans to be exported to other destinations, and Mississippi planters will grow rich as a result. Semmes, in the letter, preaches Southern unity and nationalism.

 

ACT IV

The Republic of Louisiana orders a census on the available warships stationed in the port of New Orleans and throughout ports on the Mississippi.

 

ACT V

The port of New Orleans is closed to governments without an explicit government contract.  Governments along the Mississippi are encouraged to sign deals with the new nation. Deals are more restricted on Northern nations then they are on friendly southern nations.

 

ACT VI

The Louisiana government enacts plans to revive the Slave trade once more. Slave traders scour for slaves throughout the caribbean, especially in Hispaniola and Cuba, where sizeable Negro populations are found. These slaves are shipped back into New Orleans in chains, and are kept separated from the native slave populations. Slaves who arrive at the port city commonly follow 3 routes: Up the Mississippi, where they are sold to slave states reaping the fertile soil, along the gulf to slave powerhouses such as Mississippi or Alabama, or through Florida straits to Atlantic nations such as Georgia, the Carolinas, or Virginia.

 

ACT VII

The Thugs of Baton Rouge are are transformed into proper militiamen after several weeks of basic training, and many of the men who were not outfitted with a rifle or musket will be provided one by the government, in exchange for their service. The Government orders the Thugs of Baton Rouge, lead by the Louisiana Tigers division and General Beauregard, to seize the Federalist forts blockading the Mississippi. The government expresses to punish the Federalists by death.



 

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THE STATE OF

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THE EASTERN TRADE PACT

In an attempt to foster free trade and continued prosperity, New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio have announced a policy of free trade with each other, allowing goods in vast quantities to flow between the States.

 

Connected either by rail it by water, the Pact is a key step in interstate relations in the North.

 

THE OHIOAN ARMY

With the shattering of the United States and of the Federal Army, the fractured shreds of the Union Army and the various Ohioan militia bands were the only forces available to the State of Ohio.

 

William Dennison Jr, Governor of Ohio, quickly realised that these forces were totally inadequate for the defense of his state, swiftly gave the executive order to organise, equip and train the Army of Ohio.

 

With an abundance of effective officers, the call is swiftly put out to call men to arms to provide a line of defence for their fair state. Factories are ordered to produce arms and cannon, and the beginnings of units are organised and trained.  

 

Appointed as Secretary of War is Major-General William T Sherman.

 

THE INFANTRY

The 1860 Ohioan Army Bill, passed in the Ohio Congressional House, decreed that a total of 32 regiments of infantry, each numbering a thousand men - for a total of 32’000 infantry - was to be raised in the name of providing an army with which to protect the recently independent State of Ohio. Organised into 8 brigades, each containing four regiments, a standard uniform was set, for both regular Ohioan infantry and the Scottish volunteer brigade. The Springfield Model 1842 Musket is the designated service arm.

 

In addition, a single brigade of skirmishers are raised - 4’000 men organised into four regiments. These men are armed primarily with rifles, the service rifle being designated as the Sharps Rifle.

 

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“The Ohioan Infantry”

 

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“Ohioan Scots Volunteers.”

 

1st Infantry Brigade - Brigadier-General Benjamin Harrison

1st Ohio Infantry - Colonel Ulysses S Grant

2nd Ohio Infantry - Colonel Phillip Sheridan

3rd Ohio Infantry - Colonel Daniel McCook Jr

4th Ohio Infantry - Colonel Edwin Stanton McCook

 

2nd Infantry Brigade - Brigadier-General James B. McPherson

5th Ohio Infantry - Colonel Jacob D. Cox

6th Ohio Infantry - Colonel James A. Garfield

7th Ohio Infantry - Colonel Anson G. McCook

8th Ohio Infantry - Colonel Robert H. Hatton

 

3rd Infantry Brigade - Brigadier-General William Rosecrans

9th Ohio Infantry - Colonel Bushrod R. Johnson

10th Ohio Infantry - Colonel William McCinnley

11th Ohio Infantry - Colonel Robert Latimer McCook

12th Ohio Infantry - Colonel Charles Clark

 

4th Infantry Brigade - Brigadier-General George Crook

13th Ohio Infantry - Colonel Russell Alger

14th Ohio Infantry - Colonel Phillip N. Luckett

15th Ohio Infantry - Colonel Robert Allen

16th Ohio Infantry - Colonel Quincy A. Gillmore

 

5th Infantry Brigade - Brigadier-General Alexander McDowell McCook

17th Ohio Infantry - Colonel Jacob Ammen

18th Ohio Infantry - Colonel Joseph Bailey

19th Ohio Infantry - Colonel Henry B. Banning

20th Ohio Infantry - Colonel Kenner Garrad

 

6th Infantry Brigade - Brigadier General Rutherford B. Hayes

21st Ohio Infantry - Colonel John W. Fuller

22nd Ohio Infantry - Colonel John Beatty

23rd Ohio Infantry - Colonel Samuel Beatty

24th Ohio Infantry - Colonel Robert S. Granger

 

7th Infantry Brigade - Brigadier-General John S. Mason

25th Ohio Infantry - Colonel Edwin S. McCook

26th Ohio Infantry - Colonel Charles C. Harker

27th Ohio Infantry - Colonel Nathan C. McClean

28th Ohio Infantry - Colonel Charles Griffin

 

8th Infantry Brigade - The Scots-Ohioan Volunteers - Brigadier-General William Robertson

29th Ohio Highland Infantry - Colonel James W. Forsyth

30th Ohio Highland Infantry - Colonel Andrew Hickenlooper

31st Ohio Highland Infantry - Colonel William W. Burns

32nd Ohio Highland Infantry - Colonel Ormsby M. Mitchell

 

9th Infantry Brigade - Brigadier-General Robert P. Kennedy

1st Ohio Sharpshooters - Colonel Joel A. Dewey

2nd Ohio Sharpshooters - Colonel James Sidney Robinson

3rd Ohio Sharpshooters - Colonel Orlando Poe

4th Ohio Sharpshooters - Colonel Augustus V. Kautz

 

THE CAVALRY

In addition to the formation of the Ohioan State Infantry, the Ohioan State Cavalry is formed as a part of the 1860 Army Bill. 6 regiments of cavalry, organised into three Brigades - for a total of 6’000 men - begins to equipped and trained. The M1840 Cavalry Sabre, the Colt Dragoon Revolver and the Sharps Carbine are the service equipment of the cavalry.

 

1st Cavalry Brigade - Brigadier-General Edward M. McCook

1st Ohio Cavalry Regiment - Colonel George A. Custer

2nd Ohio Cavalry - Colonel Otto F. Strahl

 

2nd Cavalry Brigade - Brigadier-General William Quantrill

3rd Ohio Cavalry - Colonel Roswell S. Ripley

4th Ohio Cavalry - Colonel Eli Long

 

3rd Cavalry Brigade - Brigadier-General Joseph W. Keifer

5th Ohio Cavalry - Colonel Edward N. Kirk

6th Ohio Cavalry - Colonel John Pope

 

THE ARTILLERY

The final division of the Ohioan Army is that of the Artillery. The 1860 Army Bill organizes artillery by grouping them into batteries of ten guns, and then organises regiments by grouping together four batteries. The Army Bill calls for the establishment of a brigade of artillery, comprised of three regiments. The standard field gun is declared to be the 12 Pounder Napoleon, and the lighter 3 and 6 pounder cannons are ordered melted down to cast more Napoleons.

 

1st Artillery Brigade - Major-General Hugh Ewing

1st Ohio Artillery - Colonel Charles Ewing

2nd Ohio Artillery - Colonel Thomas Ewing Jr

3rd Ohio Artillery - Colonel Charles C. Doolittle

 

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In addition, the Ohioan Army forms the Ohio Logistics Department, under the command of Major-General Don Carlos Buell. The task of this department is to secure supplies, supply routes, to produce arms and equipment and to organise the outfitting of the new Ohio State Army.

 

THE OHIO DOLLAR

The State of Ohio, now independent, is now without the the backing of the Federal Gold reserve and the National Treasury Department. Thus, Ohio establishes her own Treasury Department, along with a National Gold and Silver reserve - while Ohio continues to use the Greenback, it attempts to back it with a reserve to prevent a currency collapse.

 

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-Free trade pact established. [MOD]

 

-Ohio Army established. [MOD]

 

-Former Federal arsenals are instructed to continue ordinance construction. [MOD]

 

-National Ohio Gold Reserve and Treasury Department established, to preserve the value of the 'Ohio’ Dollar. [MOD]

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FEDERATION OF CONNECTICUT

 

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New Haven, Connecticut, 1861 A.D.

 

It was perhaps a normal day in Connecticut, were the country not falling apart at it’s seams. The people on the streets had much on their minds to talk about -- they seemed anxious. They were unsure what would become of them in the wake of the death of the United States. A large host of the more involved, and curious of New Haven’s residents gathered around the Charter House. Their commotion heard from blocks away, stirring more individuals to leave their homes and investigate.

 

Much of the ships remained at anchor in the harbor and outside trade had nearly stopped completely. Sailors stood at the docks and on the decks of their ships uneasily. Yet, some continued to load shipments and crates aboard their vessels should the situation blow over. Should they head out into open waters or into the porters of the now independent American states, there was almost no guarantee of their safety. Many of the sailors had heard of the British mistreatment during the War of 1812, and did not want the fate of those American sailors to befall them. Would they too find themselves impressed, or would their ships be stormed and assets stolen. Regardless, it wasn’t a risk they would dare take.

 

Inside the Charter House, many of Connecticut’s politicians, learned, and affluent gathered, squabbling among each other. People circled off in their own groups, discussing what would the best path be to take Connecticut forward. Political party aside, they each had their own ideas regarding Connecticut’s future. It would continue for some time, with some of the members getting somewhat confrontational. After some time, the crowd had became restless. Yet, in a timely appearance by the Governor, William Alfred Buckingham, they were quelled. As he took to the podium, all eyes rested upon him. The cacophony of arguing and bickering among each other died at that moment.

 

“Ladies and Gentlemen of the Assembly. We stand at the end of an era. The death of the United States of America. All around us, our countrymen secede from the Union. In order to prevent our fall, we too must break ties with the Federal Government of this now defunct America. Trying times lay ahead of us. It is now that the snakes in the garden will reveal their presence and strike, for there is no greater opportunity now. We must be vigilant, for the states to any of our borders may decide to stake their claim against us. Yet, we shall not despair, no! Free from the shackles of a distant national government, we now have the freedom to govern ourselves, for a prosperous Connecticut, for our sons and their’s.” the Governor paused, taking a moment to drink.

 

A light applause followed, and then further proceeded by another outbreak of squabbling. With a simple bang of the gavel, ringing about the open chamber, they were silenced once more.

 

“I remind all of you that the future of Connecticut rests upon our shoulders. It is time we put aside our differences and become one. If we continue to argue amongst ourselves then we are already defeated. There is hope yet. Despite whatever enemies may lurk in the shadows, there may yet be allies to be found among them. We have always shared close bonds with our New English brethren, to which I must say we should further push these bonds, an alliance of sorts. Whether they are receptive is another matter entirely. Of course, I’ll be requiring some of you to act as trusted delegates.  In regards to all of you, I believe I’ll now abdicate the podium. Let all who wish air their concerns or grievances do so today, and let us hope we shall reach an accord.”

 

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The meeting of the Assembly continues on for some days. Much is discussed, and orders are pushed outwards from the doors of the Charter House. After some time, several acts are pushed forwards in order to prepare Connecticut for whatever challenges lay ahead of them.

 

NAVAL ORDINANCE ACT OF 1860

The Act calls for the construction of a fleet of warships. Connecticut is vulnerable on the seas. Unfortunately, they were unable to seize any of the Federal naval assets. The doctrine emphasizes fast moving warships instead of slow ships of the line. A large focus is the protection of trade routes and merchant ships.

 

ARMAMENT ACT OF 1860

The Act calls for all state militias to join as a Grand Army of Connecticut. Many of the leaders of these militias are allowed command in a newfound Officer Corps and are to undergo extensive training. As it stands, the Army is a volunteer force. However, a clause calls for further expansion of the ranks via conscription in the time of desperate war.

 

CURRENCY ACT OF 1860

The Act calls for the adoption of the currency of their neighbor, Massachusetts. The Connecticut National Bank is also created.

 

EXPANSION OF POWERS ACT OF 1860

The Act names the Governor as the sole executive head of the State. He is given a wider array of powers akin to that may have been held by the President.

 

COLORED ADMISSION ACT OF 1860

The Act permits those of African descent to enlist within the Army of Connecticut. However, at the time, they are segregated into their own regiments, and often led by a white officer.

 

FARMER SUBSIDIZATION ACT OF 1860

The Act recognizes potential famine that may strike the country. In response, the government will subsidize many farmers and allow for large tracts of land to be allocated to families that choose to do so.

 

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ACTIONS

  • Delegates are sent to each of the New England states as well as Pennsylvania and Ohio. (Players/Mod)

  • Governor Buckingham requests the aid of the Mystic Seaport, commissioning two new frigates. (Mod)

  • Buckingham begins the process of transforming the state militias into a unified, regimented army. Many of Connecticut’s brightest minds are called upon to serve in the new Officer Corps, should they choose. The goal is to have at least 25,000 men ready for service. (Mod)

  • The Federation of Connecticut is declared, ending the State of Connecticut that was once subservient to D.C. (Mod)

  • Connecticut adopts the currency of their neighbor, Massachusetts. (Players)

  • The Connecticut National Bank is created. (Mod)

  • The manufacturing plants are commissioned to produce firearms and heavy artillery in mass. (Mod)

  • African Americans are permitted to enlist within Connecticut’s Army (Mod)

  • Farmers are subsidized and encouraged to expand operations in Connecticut, despite the known infertility of the soil. (Mod)

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The State of Illinois

 

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Governor Wood stood atop the steps leading into the Capitol Building. His hands clasped behind his back as he looked to the large crowd before him. Though most were residents of Springfield, many Illinoisans had come from even the furthest reaches of the state to hear their governor.

 

“It is with the deepest of sorrow that I bear the news of the end of the United States of America. The hopes and dreams of our forefathers have been disregarded in the face of sectionalism and division. However with the end of the Union comes the beginning of a new era, one in which we must not rely on the very people we once considered fellow Americans. United we stood strong, but even alone we will not fall. To overcome this, hopefully short, period of a fractured country we must have hope in our hearts and minds that the sun will rise over America once more.”

 

And without a beat Governor Wood went back inside, returning to his office. The Union was dead, and there was work to be done.

 

Military

Without the protection of the U.S army, the establishment of an Illinoisan military has become a high priority in the fledgling nation. Maj. General John Schofield, the newly-appointed Secretary of War, is undergoing an ambitious project to create an army of forty-thousand men. Any local militias are required to either join the army or register themselves as a militia. As decreed by the Congress of Illinois, Maj. General Schofield is tasked with raising an army of thirty infantry regiments containing a thousand men each. Four of these regiments comprise a brigade.

 

1st Illinois Infantry Brigade - Brigadier-General John A. Logan

2nd Illinois Infantry Brigade - Brigadier-General John A. McClernand

3rd Illinois Infantry Brigade - Brigadier-General W.H.L Wallace

4th Illinois Infantry Brigade - Brigadier-General Richard J. Oglesby

 

Along with the formation of infantry brigades, Maj. General Schofield has also been ordered to raise two cavalry brigades comprised of two regiments each.

 

1st Illinois Cavalry Brigade - Brigadier-General Benjamin Grierson

2nd Illinois Cavalry Brigade - Brigadier-General Elon J. Farnsworth

 

Finally, Maj. General Schofield has called for the collection and organization of all artillery in the state. Though a brigade of two four-battery, thirty-two-gun, regiments are created, they can not be filled to even half-capacity until more guns are manufactured.

 

1st Illinois Artillery Brigade - John A. Rawlins

 

Foreign Relations

Wary of the many newly-independent states, Governor Wood has opted to remain quiet for the most part. A free trade agreement has been reached with New York, and a similar deal may be struck with the incoming diplomat from Iowa. Diplomats from Springfield have been sent to the various U.S forts, camps, and garrisons within the boundaries of Illinois. Negotiations begin to allow them to either return to Washington D.C or join the newly-established Army of Illinois. A diplomat has also been sent to Washington D.C.

 

Economy

The economic downturn after the dissolution of the Union surprised no one, but no prior warning could save Illinois from the inevitable. However, given its strong economy prior to the mass-secession, Governor Wood remains hopeful that Illinois will regain its footing. The U.S dollar was quickly abandoned for the new Illinois Dollar, backed by the state’s gold and silver.

 

Factory production has also been geared towards supply the new state military. Guns, firearms, ammunition, textiles, railroads, and more are being produced. Talks to create an Illinoisan Navy have begun as well, but nothing has materialized yet. Governor Wood has subsidized both the industrial and agricultural sectors in order to attract desired labor to both fields.

 

Summary

  • The Army of Illinois is created, aiming to recruit forty-thousand men from local militias, any U.S soldiers who wish to remain, and the general citizen population. [Mod]

  • A free trade agreement is made with New York. [Mod]

  • The diplomat from Iowa is received. Talks await. (Will update when Horton and I speak). [Mod]

  • Diplomats are sent to the various U.S camps and garrisons around Illinois, set to negotiate terms to allow them to return to Washington D.C or join the Army of Illinois. [Mod]

  • A diplomat is sent to Washington D.C. [Mod]

  • The U.S dollar is replaced by the Illinois dollar, which is backed by the state’s gold and silver.

  • Both the agricultural and industrial fields are subsidized, and factory production gears to supply the state’s military.

 

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1861

January-June

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Arkansas

 

As the dust from the previous years action, and the collapse of the U.S.A settles the institution of a new Arkansas national government is successful. Public support for the government is very high

The decrees including the Segregation, Relations, and Army bill pass without issue.

The institution of the National Army of Arkansas or N.A.A is passed as well as the mandatory conscription laws

 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

The creation of and different matters of government pass through easily. Tariffs, taxation, an Army, and a Navy are all established.

A census of seized federal ships in Massachusetts ports is executed. Every previously harboured ship has been seized.

 

All federal arsenals/supply depots in the new nation are seized, federal troops still active desert or surrender realizing the futility of their cause.

 

30,000 volunteers are gathered, mainly from existing state militias

 

Wisconsin

 

The establishment of Wisconsin’s government is successful

 

An overhaul of Wisconsin’s crop production is ordered, estimates project a beneficial increase in production in the following years.

 

Wisconsin’s Army is successfully established with Lucius Fairchild at its head, new recruits begin arriving at Fort Howard. Training begins and the men are slowly molded into regulars.

 

Maine

 

The deal with the British Crown is finalized, Maine formally becomes the Dominion of Maine. Public reaction to such an event is mixed, many realize the necessity of an action. Others are enraged the government would be willing to rejoin the British Empire!

 

The University of Maine is successfully announced, though the suggestion to allow women into the school is brushed aside.

 

Major Vourne’s attempts to improve the state militias begin. However it will be long before his reforms become prevalent, the status of Maine’s various militias are not good. They are disorganized, incompetent, or just plain stupid.

 

Virginia

 

The Army of Virginia is formed, various officers are assigned to their positions building the chain of command. Training begins but it will be long before the men become a proficient fighting force.

 

Admiral Farragut begins his campaign to raise $2.5 million. It begins with a rocky start as they project is deemed ‘unnecessary’ at the moment. The Government has other priorities regarding establishment.

 

Decision to grant West Virginia increased autonomy is passed.

 

Washington accepts the deal

 

The trade pact is formed

 

Pennsylvania

 

Construction on a series of state-owned factories across Pennsylvania begin, by the turn of the year they will be capable of churning out war material

 

Previously Union held arsenals are seized without so much as a shot fired

 

The establishment of a military incorporating local militias is successful

 

The drive to recruit 45k men is largely successful, with the aid of the local militias the military receives all requested recruits.

 

Minnesota

 

Tariffs targeting agricultural and lumber products are passed, much to the approval of many local farmers and lumberers.

 

The Canadian government refers the Minnesotan delegation to London, there they explain their willingness to allow Minnesota to adopt the British Pound but they will not allow them to peg the Minnesotan dollar on it

 

The ‘Manhunters’ are dispatched to the old world, though it will be many months before they return with any notable of men.

 

Native lands are seized, and tribes are forced into reservations. There is widespread anger among the natives.

 

The volunteer army is raised successfully. The bill requiring the eldest of every household to keep a firearm is passed, now the legislature can only hope it is obeyed.

 

Republic of Louisiana

 

Act I, V, are VI, are passed successfully

 

The establishment of an official government across Louisiana is successful

 

The proposal of a government between Mississippi and Louisiana is sent. After a close vote in the Mississippi legislature, it is accepted. The two nations now become one under a central government situated in Louisiana's capital. Though much to the dismay of upper Mississippi

 

Training for the Thugs of Baton Rouge begin. Beauregard recognizes the men’s dedication and ferocity in battle. However they are unruly and disorganized it will be long before they are organized into a proper fighting force.

 

The census of warships seized by Louisiana is more than impressive. Under a stroke of luck, two frigates, the U.S.S Santee and U.S.S Sabine are both seized in addition to the the U.S.S John Adams, Vandalia, and Constellation.

 

Iowa

 

Chicago & Northwest Railroad continues its work with Kirkwood’s urging, however a vast amount of originally dedicated resources are pulled out and work grinds to a halt.

 

Kirkwood’s assumes control of Federal assets in Iowa, save for the garrison at Arsenal Island where a Federal garrison still holds firm.

 

A recruitment campaign for the newly established Iowan Military is launched, roughly 7,000 men sign up as the early months conclude.  


 

Ohio

 

The free trade pact is established

 

The Ohio Army is successfully established. Defecting remnants of the Union army help to train the men, slowly molding them into an effective fighting force. The army is initially strained on several items such as uniforms and cannons; however sufficient reserves of Manpower, Springfield M1842s, and Sharps rifles exist.

 

National Ohio Gold Reserve & Treasury Department is successfully established.

 

Seized Federal arsenals continue their construction of ordinance to supply Ohio’s new army

 

Connecticut

 

Funds to commission two new frigates are nowhere to be found, with many initial government expenses.

 

The establishment of  a national army is successful, as the early months conclude 20,000 men are collected and basic training begins.

 

The Connecticut National Bank is successfully established

 

Several State-owned manufacturing plants are commissioned successfully, however estimates suggest they won’t be fully operational till next year.

 

Subsidizes are directed towards farmers and production is projected to improve. however Connecticut is small, and it's unlikely to become self sufficient in regards to food products.

 

Illinois

 

The Army of Illinois is successfully established, as the early months conclude the projected goal of 40,000 volunteers is reached and the men begin training. Uniforms are notably in short supply

 

The various federal camps and garrisons across the state have either been abandoned, killed by militiamen, or have defected to the state government. No trace of federal military presence remains in Illinois

 

The diplomat arrives in Washington D.C

 

The Illinois dollar is successfully put into circulation

 

Subsidizes to the agricultural and industrial fields are promised, though many don't get paid due to the lack of funds. However several factories successfully switch production to begin outfitting Illinois’s army

 

Texas

 

Efforts encouraging workers and companies are largely unsuccessful. Texas was a far western state, and many investors believed such a venture would be risky.

 

The Newly established Texan Military begins gathering volunteers. As the early months conclude 2,500 men have signed up and begun training.

 

A census of Naval and military assets are run. Sufficient amounts of military equipment such as cannons and firearms are acquired; However no federal vessels have been seized.

 

The federal armory in San Antonio is successfully seized.

 

 

New York

 

The State government, now national government assumes control over the state

 

The seizure of naval assets across NY is a success. Militias storm the various yards and all docked federal warships are commandeered. In the confusion, the order to ignore the ships of various states are ignored. Vessels from Virginia, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Louisiana are all taken

 

Tariffs on non-american nations are placed

 

Federal forts and arsenals across NY are seized by the militia except for Fort Jay which remains ever defiant. 75,000 volunteers are successfully raised, they depart for West Point where they begin training.

 

New Jersey rejects the offer

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Events

1860

 

Devastation in Virginia!

 

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Trouble had been brewing in the former U.S. state of Virginia since the collapse of the Union in 1860. Federal garrisons and loyalists across the newly independent state had amassed in the town of Harper’s Ferry, well over 10,000 federal troops now held the city, being unable to reach the capital in Washington D.C. This was a constant cause of tension between the federal remnants and the newly established Virginian government. In February of 1861, an offer from the Virginians arrived which would provide safe passage of the garrison back to D.C. It was hastily accepted. The tension between the Federals and Virginia seemed at an end.

 

May 20th, 1861, early in the morning the Federal garrison prepares its exodus. The town had been completely sapped of resources but that didn't stop the federals. Everything that wasn't nailed to the ground was uprooted and hauled east, at least that was the plan. As mid morning arrived, an explosion sounded across Harper’s ferry, the explosion was soon accompanied by a fire and another explosion sure enough followed. A panic set into the garrison, many believed it to be a Virginian attack, but the enemy was nowhere in sight! Federal units fled from the site as fast as possible, abandoning much of their equipment. This was not to be the end of the incident, confused and disoriented junior federal officers, now placed into a position of command and under the assumption they were under attack ordered the complete destruction of any Virginian asset on their march back to Washington. Over the course of the next 3 days, fields, villages and homes were put to the torch as fragmented and confused federals marched back to the capital.

The Virginian Government has yet to release an official response to the incident.



 

The Battle of Fort St. Philip

 

Following Louisiana's capture of New Orleans, Federal forces and sympathizers left in the state were forced to withdraw further south into Fort St. Philip and Fort Jackson. To the Louisiana government two federal held forts at the mouth of the Mississippi was unacceptable. In mid April, P.G.T Beauregard was ordered to seize the smaller of the two, Fort St. Philip. Louisiana’s newly established army after undergoing several weeks of endless training and drilling as well as the acquisition of additional supplies marched south.

 

The 12,000 man strong army under General P.G.T Beauregard approached the fort definitely with an array of cannons in tow. The federals, outnumbered and demoralized opted to hold their ground inside the fort. Several cannons were re-positioned, to confront the attackers but they were still outgunned nonetheless. At 1:00 am on the 17th of May, the battle commenced. “The fort and the federal scum behind its walls will be consumed in a ring of fire!” remarked Beauregard as the first cannons fired. Gunboats from the Mississippi took full advantage of the absent river side cannons. Fort St. Philip was beset from all side. Outer defenses crumbled under the intensity of Beauregard’s bombardment, as did the fort itself. As the bombardment on the fort raged, the targeting of the outer defenses ceased. From the sea wall, the famous Louisiana Tigers emerged. Under federal fire they charged the outer defenses, intense and bloody bayonet fighting ensued. The fight, though intense was over as soon as it had begun. The battered and starving defenders  were forced from their positions after suffering heavy casualties.

 

The federals were now completely trapped. For hours now the artillery barrage had pounded the walls of the fort, causing moderate to heavy damage. Suddenly it ceased as the final assault on the fort began. From across the entirety of the sea wall, the men who had previously stormed New Orleans emerged. Under federal fire they charged the fort, the Louisiana tigers emerged from their recently taken positions and assaulted St. Philip from the rear. For a moment it almost seemed as if the federal defenses would repel the attackers, but it would not come to fruition. For  half an hour Beauregard’s army assaulted the fortress until every last federal soldier had either been killed or surrendered. The sun rose on a now Louisianan held fort.

 

Rebellion in Northern Mississippi!

 

After the vote agreeing to join under the Louisianan government, upper Mississippi was in outrage! The secessionist movement still held a tight grip on individuals across the state. Many believed the state would fare far better on its own or simply refused to be ruled from another capital, miles from their homestead. Only days after the new union was solidified, upper Mississippi declared independence! Though no major militant action has been taken by either side, the rebel army has systematically seized arsenals and supply depots across rebel territory as well as begun rallying men from across the state to their cause. Jefferson Davis is rumored to be at the head of the rebellion

 

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The Federal Empire of California - El Imperio Federal de California

Early and Late 1861

The newly formed Federal Empire of California with Emperor Joshua Norton I has consolidated power within the borders of California, now looking outward to the rest of the United States. “What a damn mess, glad we’re far away from all that.” The Emperor is quoted to have stated according to the Humboldt Times from San Francisco.

Reformation:
California of course went through some reformation, seeing how it went from a State with a governor under the USA, to being a Federal Empire with an Emperor. This is mostly due to Joshua Norton, the self-proclaimed Emperor of the United States, being such a popular figure in the media. When he proposed for the newly independent California to become an empire under him, the small circle of Californian politicians immediately invited him to do exactly such. With Norton as their figurehead, they would have backing from the public. Thus the Federal Empire was formed, a Federation of Provinces, lead by a Senate, similar to the US’ system, but with an Emperor at it’s head. San Francisco became the new capital, being by far the largest city within the Empire. A City Hall/Palace began construction in the center of San Francisco, to function as both the place where the Senate is held as well as the place where Emperor Norton would live.

Trade:
California had strong trading connections with the Latin American west coast as well as Asia. The new Empire would seek to uphold these relations, making public that free trade would remain in the new nation like nothing had changed. Delegates were also sent to meet King Kamehameha IV of the Kingdom of Hawaii to make sure Californian traders could continue to use Hawaii as a port to dock on their way to Asia.

International Relations:
The second part of the diplomatic mission to the Kingdom of Hawaii was to offer them an alliance between the two monarchies.
A delegate is also sent to Mexico, which had just finished a civil war with the Liberal party winning. The delegate offered for the two new governments to recognize each other and establish friendly relations.
Later in the year, the first forces of the new Californian Imperial army (which were mostly just outdoorsmen who could handle a gun and had had some basic military training), were positioned along the border with Oregon while the Imperial government sent it’s weaker northern neighbour an ‘offer’ to join the Imperial Federation.

Expansion:
The Empire of California would lay claim to all former US territories west of the rockies, starting the so called “Eastward Expansion” where represents of the Imperial Federation were sent into the unorganized former Utah Territory and New Mexico territory to get local towns and villages to offer them to get their own province within the new Imperial Federation, it was not pushed too hard though, as it was assumed the Imperial Federation’s claims over the sparsely populated territories would be clear enough to say that land was going to be theirs.


 

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