A Rainbow of Blood: The Union in Peril An Alternate History

By Peter G. Tsouras

“Do you recognize what army glory is? it really is ‘that appealing rainbow, that rises in showers of blood—that serpent’s eye, that charms to destroy.’” —Abraham Lincoln

The Union in dire peril! The warfare that started in Peter G. Tsouras’s prior exchange historical past, Britannia’s Fist, speeds up in the course of a couple of determined weeks in October 1863. From the bayous of Louisiana to the golf green hills of the Hudson Valley, from Chicago in flames to the gates of Washington itself, the good struggle uncoils in ropes of fireplace. French and British armies are at the march, and heavy reinforcements have positioned to sea. Copperheads have risen in rebel to tug the Midwest into the Confederacy as an essential Union military stands ravenous and lower than siege in Tennessee. in the meantime, Robert E. Lee and the Royal army set in movement a stroke that's boldness itself.

The Union staggers below those blows. whereas the Grenadier Guards march into glory in upstate New York’s apple orchards, from the second one tale of a shot-up Washington inn Abraham Lincoln watches a wooded area of the crimson flags of uprising waving over a accomplice column dashing around the lengthy Bridge. to forestall them is a war-worn regiment of latest York infantrymen. To their backs Washington burns. yet new applied sciences and the paintings of intelligence are thrown onto the scales, whereas Russia plans to go into the conflict to avenge its humiliation within the Crimean War.

A Rainbow of Blood brings ahead the good struggle from its outbreak to the 1st nice obstacle of the embattled republic. Peopled with extraordinary personalities of the age, the booklet rattles with the tramp of armies marching down the most fascinating roads now not taken—or even imagined—until now.

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They became to work out a wave of guys in butternut and brown coming at them with the bayonet. Scarcely a shot used to be fired as they threw down their guns. Colonel Cooke strode one of the weapons as his Tar Heels tore away the barrier thrown around the bridge's finish. "Hurry, boys, hurry! common Lee is awaiting us. " In mins, he used to be best 3 of his 4 regiments around the bridge. He left the fourth in the back of to carry the techniques. The conflict for castle Runyon at the Virginia aspect used to be achieving its climax as Cooke's thousand males have been double-timing around the lengthy Bridge during the shadows of the overhead trestle beams. The catch of castle Berry early that morning had allowed Lee, the grasp army engineer, to choose aside the difficult and layered forts and connecting para pets with a pace the defenders by no means notion attainable. He were helped by means of the move of such a lot of of the garrison's infantry to enhance Hooker and Sedgwick and repel the British in long island and Maine. Now just one citadel barred his entry to the lengthy Bridge and his method into Washington. fortress Runyon was once positioned astride the real junction of the Washington-Alexandria and Columbia turnpikes, a part mile south of the lengthy Bridge. It was once the most important fortress within the defenses of the capital, coated 12 acres and had a fringe of 1,484 yards manned through a garrison of 2,100 and 21 weapons. It used to be Washington's ultimate security, and it was once placing up a tricky struggle. each attack were repelled, regardless of a continual pounding through Lee's artillery. Even the heavier weapons dragged from fallen forts weren't in a position to silence the garrison. The explosion of the Arsenal had despatched everyone's spirits hovering past, and the following attack had long past in with renewed enthusiasm. regrettably, the garrison's spirit had now not been reduced via the cataclysmic exhibit. And putting hatefully within the air at the back of the castle was once a kind of balloons that telegraphed the meeting for each attack. A mile south of Runyon, Lee used to be pacing from side to side at the parapet of castle Scott as he watched the survivors of the final attack fall again. His employees spotted he was once displaying whatever greater than his style for a great fight-nervousness that had by no means been there earlier than. He chanced on his nearest aide and acknowledged, "Go to basic Stuart and ask him the place basic Meade and his military are. i have to comprehend. " Scarcely had the fellow galloped off while a voice from the fort's commentary tower yelled down. "General Lee! basic Lee! " all people regarded up, and Lee took off his hat to teach the place he used to be. The accomplice signalman within the tower was once pointing northeast. "General Lee, there is a column discovering the bridge correct speedy. it truly is ours! "11 CLAVERACK CREEK, manhattan, 10:15 AM, OCTOBER 28, 1863 Hooker threw his first department, commanded through Brig. Gen. John W. Geary, opposed to Paulet's correct within the part mile of open flooring among the Becraft Hills south of Hudson and the orchards that straddled the creek. Paulet had published his Niagara Brigade the following with one Canadian battalion within the orchard.

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