11 June 2013

New Alternative WBTS History

One of the authors of Stars & Bars over Philadelphia, Mr. David Walter, just contacted me about an alternative WBTS history book he has co-authored - and this one looks quite interesting. Here's the press release:


The 150th Anniversary of the Union Army’s victory over Gen. Lee’s Confederates at Gettysburg is, justifiably, the historical focus of this summer.  The event has, of course, spurred discussion of various “what ifs?”
A new alternative history novel, “Stars and Bars Over Philadelphia,”  advances a case for the Confederate States of America winning “The War for Southern Independence” in the summer of 1863!

A musket mis-fire spares Gen. Stonewall Jackson at Chancellorsville, and he and Robert E. Lee go on to carry out the invasion campaign they had carefully  planned.  Based on historical documents, we now know that Stonewall Jackson had advocated…as early as Oct. 1861…an invasion of Pennsylvania that included destruction of the coal mines and the capture of Philadelphia, then the fourth largest city in the world and a huge cog in the North’s industrial capacity to wage war.  This novel is a realistic look at how Jackson’s plans could have succeeded.

Readers will enjoy such scenes as:

The surrender of the 20th Maine.

The heroism of Hancock’s Charge against Pickett’s Division.

Armistead seals off the breakthrough and gains Division command.

Gen. Lee debates slavery with a prominent Quaker abolitionist.

Jackson’s corps destroys the coal mines with the help of the Molly Maguires.

John Mosby, the “Gray Ghost,” runs wild behind enemy lines.

Battle of the Brandywine Creek on the ground where Gen. Washington fought Gen. Howe.

Custer and Hampton clash at Valley Forge.

An unhinged Lincoln has Meade decimate his Army of the Potomac attacking Longstreet’s defenses.

Louisiana Tigers chew up Buford’s flank.

Jeb Stuart runs the Stars and Bars up on Independence Hall on July 4th.

Lincoln’s cabinet turns on him and demands an armistice and peace talks.

Lee’s farewell message to his victorious Army of Northern Virginia.

And much, much more as the ANV’s three corps steal a march on Hooker and Meade, cross the Susquehanna River, and then inflict defeat after defeat on the Army of the Potomac while laying waste the industrial capacity of eastern Pennsylvania.

Researched and written by historians David Walter and Don Ernsberger.   A donation will be made to battlefield preservation for every copy sold.  Autographed copies are available for $20, plus $3.50 shipping, from Stars and Bars, 937 Thorne Drive, West Chester, Pa. 19382.

You may also purchase the book from Amazon here


ropelight said...

What about the CSS Virginia's defeat of the USS Monitor in Hampton Roads?

Is that mentioned?

Or how about the Pungo Ranger's rout of the 2nd Regiment of the North Carolina Colored Troops at Knott's Island, followed by their stunning victory over the 98th New York Infantry at Pungo Point complete with the rescue of little Nancy White?

The Ranger's march on Norfolk combined with the Confederate Ironclad's victory in Hampton Roads allowed Rebel forces to humiliate Beast Butler preventing him from attacking New Orleans, and providing for the recapture of Fort Monroe, the retaking of Norfolk and Portsmouth, and the turning of the Chesapeake Bay into a Confederate Lake.

These are significient events and belong in a book such the one described here.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Hey Rope - good suggestions! Don't know though, don't have a copy yet. How about this one:

Little Phil Sheridan dies when a moonshine still explodes as he watches a Shenandoah Valley barn burn.

Or . . .

General Sherman dies of buckshot wounds inflicted by 80 year old Georgian protecting his home from the torch. Sherman's last words - "Oh, Jesus, save me, I see fire!"


ropelight said...

Interesting you mention General Wm. T Sherman, after the Pungo Rangers saved Norfolk, they joined the North Carolina 68th at Currituck Court House and succeeded in preventing the Union pole cat from reaching the sea.

Sherman's defeated army of burned- out pyromaniacs which was forced to withdraw from subsequent conflagration and was isolated on Roanoke Island, mysteriously vanished from history like the Lost Colony.

Josepf Parker said...

Sorry, but this is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard of. So they basically rewrite history to be the opposite of what actually transpired? How creative. Does the final chapter present the preservation of slavery as the resulting victory? I mean if you're going to give the Confederacy the win you gotta give them the prize they were seeking. Right?

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Hey Joseph - thanks for the comment, though it's obvious you didn't read the whole post.

"So they basically rewrite history to be the opposite of what actually transpired?"

Uh . . . well, yeah, that's kinda why they call it "alternative history." New to the field, are ya?