1. Crazymachines

    AHC: have the civil war be caused by two rival president elects

    With a PoD no more than 4 years before the election of 1860, have the civil war be caused by two competing claims to the president elect. it's up to you whether this dispute is caused by unclear wins in several states, tampered ballots, a tie in the electoral college, or something else...
  2. Gideon's Folly: What happens when the USS Monitor never shows up for the Battle of Hampton Roads?

    "Infernal Machine to starboard, Captain!" The sinking of USS Cumberland by the ironclad CSS Virginia, March 8, 1862 This week being the 159th anniversary of the Battle of Hampton Roads... Here's a Civil War what-if I'm a bit surprised I don't see discussed much at all. In fact, I'm having...
  3. Civil War's End

    Fort Grant Gathersburg, Maryland Thursday, December 1, 1864 Fort Grant was a new camp built to hold the prisoners taken after the Battle of Washington and subsequent siege. It had been built quickly by people who were not inclined to wish the best for those imprisoned inside it...
  4. AHC: Make the U.S. Civil War as close to WWII as possible

    Inspired by @Admiral Bloonbeard's thread in "After 1900" about making The Troubles similar to the Syrian Civil War. I know people like to joke about how the TL-191 series turns out to just be "20th Century Europe in North America," but Admiral's AHC inspired me to suddenly come up with this...
  5. GameBawesome

    What happens to Abraham Lincoln after a Victorious CSA?

    Assuming that the war ends around 1862 to 1863, and with the aid of Great Britain and France, the Confederate States of America. So what happens to Lincoln after this lost? Assuming that his assassination is defiantly butterflied away (unless he gets killed someone else then Booth), what...
  6. TheNixonator

    AHC/WI: President Robert Todd Lincoln

    So how would the presidency happen and how would it go?
  7. TheNixonator

    Alternate names for the Republican Party

    Title is pretty clear
  8. New Civil War Alternative History

    I am a new member of the group, and I wanted to note that my new alternative history, "Lincoln, Antietam and a Northern Lost Cause: What If a Union Victory Did not End Slavery?" is now available in ebook and paperback on Here is my author's site, which provides a link to this book...
  9. WI: Lincoln and Johnson both die?

    Title, what if during Lincoln's murder and attempted killings of Seward and Johnson, Johnson also dies? What happens next? Does Seward become president?
  10. GauchoBadger

    WI: US Civil War delayed/averted: effects on US foreign relations and the world?

    So, assume that Abraham Lincoln does not get elected in 1860, and Stephen Douglas becomes president instead. He throws some bones to WASP conservatives, maybe even negotiates a provision that would allow for gradual abolishment of slavery in the southern states with compensation for the...
  11. The_Russian

    Could there be more states named after presidents.

    So could there be any more states named after presidents? I think the proposals for Lincoln and Jefferson could happen, but are there any other presidents that could get a state named after them? I’ve seen a couple alt maps with a state of Adams and even one with a state of Reagan.
  12. WI/What if: reconstruction included a equal gun rights amendment?

    A highly implausible but interesting scenario, what would have happened if the radical republicans sucessfully pushed for expanding the second amendment on the civil war/post civil war crises,something like along this lines: The right of citizens of the United States to keep,bear and carry arms...
  13. Automotive AHC - successfully establish Cadillac and Lincoln in UK/Europe

    As the title says, the challenge is to successfully establish both Cadillac and Lincoln in the UK/Europe as legitimate luxury marques yet the models have to be specifically tailored to the demands of such markets as a result of UK/European divisions being formed.
  14. A more radical canidate than Lincoln?

    Don't know very much about this period of US history beyond the basics, but were there any political figures during the late 1850s, 1860s, and even 1870s who had a decent shot at winning the Presidency and would have been far more radical on abolishing slavery and dismantling the South's racial...
  15. DBWI: What would have happened if Lincoln had been killed in 1865

    As many know, on April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth tried to kill President Abraham Lincoln at the Ford Theater but failed and killed Henry Rathbone. Booth tried to escape but was captured and shot, the country was shocked and weakened by the news of the assassination attempt and the Confederate...
  16. Consequences of a quick US civil war.

    Say Virginia didn’t secede, resulting in the second wa e of successions not happening. And also the confederacy get really unlucky in the first few battles resulting in the war only lasting a year or two. What long term consequences does this have?
  17. Lincoln's Arrangement

    Hi! I'm new to, but not new to alternate history. I recently heard that shortly before he wrote the Emancipation Proclamation, Lincoln invited African American leaders to the White House and urged them to encourage the soon-to-be freed slaves to relocate away from the...
  18. Old1812

    WI: Edward D. Baker not killed at Ball's Bluff

    On 21 October 1861, Senator and Brigadier General Edward Dickinson Baker was killed in action at the Battle of Ball's Bluff. Baker was one of Lincoln's closest friends (Lincoln would name one of his sons after Baker, unfortunately 'Eddie' Lincoln would die at age 3). Baker's death gave Congress...
  19. American Civil War: After Lincoln Inaguration Speech CSA goes to negotiation table.

    Okay apparently in First Inaguration Speech Lincoln hinted at allowing the Slavery to continue in attempt to avoid the secession. What would happen If CSA reacts to this and there is last attempt to avoid war. Obviously aside from slavery CSA would propably demand bigger autonomy. so what...
  20. Earliest possible Emancipation Proclamation?

    With a POD no earlier than Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, how early could Lincoln have issued the Emancipation Proclamation?