History Literature / HowFewRemain

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* CavalryOfficer: Custer, Roosevelt, and Suart all ''love'' being one.

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* CavalryOfficer: Custer, Roosevelt, and Suart Stuart all ''love'' being one.
11th Jan '18 9:59:36 AM dustyham
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* TheCavalry:
** Custer ''loves'' being the Cavalry.
** The Unauthorized Regiment does this too.

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* TheCavalry:
** Custer ''loves''
CavalryOfficer: Custer, Roosevelt, and Suart all ''love'' being the Cavalry.
** The Unauthorized Regiment does this too.
one.
8th Jan '18 7:58:11 AM dustyham
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** Abe Lincoln basically walks around doing this all the time. Oh, and being a ChummyCommunist.

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** Abe Lincoln basically walks around doing this all the time. Oh, and being a ChummyCommunist.[[ChummyCommies Chummy Commie]].
8th Jan '18 7:27:47 AM dustyham
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* AnyoneCanDie: As the end draws near, [[spoiler:Jeb Stuart and Tom Custer]] both die. [[spoiler:Tom]]'s at least is in battle, so it's sad but not surprising, but killing off one of the main characters, out of ''nowhere,'' is a real shock.

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* AnyoneCanDie: As the end draws near, [[spoiler:Jeb Stuart and Tom Custer]] both die. [[spoiler:Tom]]'s at least is in battle, so it's sad but not surprising, but killing off one of the main characters, out of ''nowhere,'' is a real shock.



* AlternateHistory

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* AlternateHistoryAlternateHistory: And not a very pleasant one either since the on-going rivalry between the two countries just results in being more militaristic, jingoistic, and less self-sufficient.
* AlternateUniverseReedRichardsIsAwesome: Played with by George Custer who rather than being massacred at Little Bighorn rises to prominence by providing the USA with its only conclusive victory of the Second Mexican War ''despite'' having the same GloryHound and LeeroyJenkins tendencies as RealLife.
* AnalogyBackfire: Schlieffen quotes the Latin phrase "Vae Victus" (meaning "Woe to the Conquered", first attributed to Brennus the Gaul after defeating the Romans in battle) when telling President Blaine that he has no choice but to accept defeat. Blaine quickly retorts that it was the ''Romans'', not the Gauls, who ultimately won that conflict.
* AnyoneCanDie: As the end draws near, [[spoiler:Jeb Stuart and Tom Custer]] both die. [[spoiler:Tom]]'s at least is in battle, so it's sad but not surprising, but killing off one of the main characters, out of ''nowhere,'' is a real shock.



* UsefulNotes/AntebellumAmerica: Unlike [[Film/CSATheConfederateStatesOfAmerica some attempts]] to show what the world would be like if the Confederates won, ''How Few Remain'' actually explores socio-economic and cultural issues that ''don't'' have to do with slavery.

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* UsefulNotes/AntebellumAmerica: Unlike [[Film/CSATheConfederateStatesOfAmerica some attempts]] to show what the world would be like if the Confederates won, ''How Few Remain'' actually explores socio-economic and cultural issues that ''don't'' have ''beyond'' those to do with slavery.



** The rather melodramatic RichardNixonTheUsedCarSalesman portrayal of UsefulNotes/UlyssesSGrant as an alcoholic wreck is largely based on DatedHistory founded on hostile rumours with virtually no solid evidence and now considered a myth by most serious historians. At most, Grant may have ''occasionally'' drank too much, which would've been easy for a man who CantHoldHisLiquor in a profession where drinking was common for coping with boredom and stress.
** By the time of the novel, William S. Rosecrans has risen to General-in-Chief of U.S. forces basically because he [[DamnedByFaintPraise didn't get a chance to fail]] in the last war, yet Ulysses S. Grant's ''victories'' at Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Iuka, and Corinth, which had already made him a national hero for capturing an entire Confederate army and forcing them out of southern Kentucky and western Tennessee including Nashville, all receive next-to-no mention as far as 'Remembrance' ideology is concerned even though Rosecrans was merely Grant's ''subordinate'' and remained so until more than a month after the series' divergence point. This is even more interesting since ''three'' of Turtledove's protagonists--Teddy Roosevelt, Frederick Douglass, and Mark Twain--all idolized Grant in RealLife for his character even more than his generalship.

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** The rather melodramatic RichardNixonTheUsedCarSalesman portrayal of UsefulNotes/UlyssesSGrant as an alcoholic wreck is largely based on DatedHistory founded on hostile rumours with virtually no solid evidence and now considered a myth by most serious historians. At most, Grant may have ''occasionally'' drank too much, which would've been easy for a man who CantHoldHisLiquor in a profession where drinking was common for coping with boredom and stress.
stress. This is even more interesting since ''three'' of Turtledove's protagonists--Teddy Roosevelt, Frederick Douglass, and Mark Twain--all idolized Grant in RealLife for his character even more than his generalship.
** By the time of the novel, William S. Rosecrans has risen to General-in-Chief of U.S. forces basically because he [[DamnedByFaintPraise didn't get a chance to fail]] in the last war, yet Ulysses S. Grant's ''victories'' at Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Iuka, and Corinth, which Corinth (which had already made him a national hero for capturing an entire Confederate army and forcing them out of southern Kentucky and western Tennessee including Nashville, Nashville) all receive next-to-no mention as far as 'Remembrance' ideology is concerned even though Rosecrans was merely Grant's ''subordinate'' and remained so until more than a month after the series' divergence point. This is gets even more interesting since ''three'' of Turtledove's protagonists--Teddy Roosevelt, Frederick Douglass, weirder given how Custer and Mark Twain--all idolized Grant in RealLife Roosevelt are lauded in-universe for his character even more than his generalship.''their'' singular success in an otherwise embarrassing war.



** Abe Lincoln basically walks around doing this all the time. Oh, and being a DirtyCommunist.

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** Abe Lincoln basically walks around doing this all the time. Oh, and being a DirtyCommunist.ChummyCommunist.



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: ''How Few Remain'' is the only standalone novel in the entire series, the only one told entirely through the viewpoint of {{Historical Domain Character}}s, and is separated from the rest of the series by a 33-year TimeSkip.



* GatlingGood: Custer dislikes Gatling guns, but gets assigned a whole bunch of them anyway and they play a vital role in gaining him the only US victory of the war.
* GeneralFailure:
** General-in-Chief Rosecrans admits to Schlieffen that he has no coherent plan to defeat the Confederates.
** Custer and Roosevelt triumph in the end not so much through their own genius as because their opponent attempted to used mounted lancers against their Gatling gun emplacement.



* HistoricalBadassUpgrade: Turtledove is rather generous to Stonewall Jackson. He was certainly an excellent semi-independent corps commander but also overbearing, uncommunicative, and argumentative with his own subordinates and the kind of guy who wanted to court-marshal Richard B. Garnett for retreating without permission even though Garnett had already attacked bravely and was low on ammo and surrounded on three sides, leading many historians to consider any theoretical promotion for Jackson a prime recipe for ThePeterPrinciple.



* InThePastEveryoneWillBeFamous: Given, we're following eight historical figures to begin with, but they do seem to bump into an inordinate number of familiar faces (see HistoricalDomainCharacter, above).
** Not as much so in the rest of the Literature/Timeline191 series, where the famous people rub elbows with an extensive cast of Turtledove originals.
* InvadedStatesOfAmerica: San Francisco is shelled and raided by the British. A British invasion of Montana is defeated in what turns out to be the highlight of the war for the USA. Northern Maine is ceded to Canada as part of the peace settlement.
* LargeHam: TruthInTelevision, for Custer and Roosevelt.

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* InThePastEveryoneWillBeFamous: Given, we're following eight historical figures to begin with, but they do seem to bump into an inordinate number of familiar faces (see HistoricalDomainCharacter, above).
** Not as much
above) even more so than in the rest of the Literature/Timeline191 series, where the famous people rub elbows with an extensive cast of Turtledove originals.
* InvadedStatesOfAmerica: San Francisco is shelled and raided by the British. A British, a British invasion of Montana is defeated in what turns out to be the highlight of the war for the USA. USA, and Northern Maine is ceded to Canada as part of the peace settlement.
* LaResistance: The Mormons in Utah.
*
LargeHam: TruthInTelevision, TruthInTelevision for Custer and Roosevelt.Roosevelt.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Oh yeah.



* NonindicativeName: The Second Mexican War doesn't actually involve Mexico at all.
* NotSoDifferent: After coming face to face, [[spoiler:both Jackson and Douglass are surprised at how human they find each other--things aren't quite as [[IncrediblyLamePun black and white]] as they thought.]]

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* NonindicativeName: The Second Mexican War doesn't actually involve Mexico at all.
all; the name refers to the fact that the war was sparked by the Confederates acquiring Mexican territory, which the US attempted to stop to prevent them from forming a transcontinental empire.
* NotSoDifferent: NotSoDifferent:
**
After coming face to face, [[spoiler:both Jackson and Douglass Douglass]] are surprised at how human they find each other--things aren't quite as [[IncrediblyLamePun black and white]] as they thought.]]thought.
** Custer's constant mockery of the Mormons' polygamy looks much more hypocritical when his affair with a local woman is nipped in the bud by the unexpected arrival of his wife.



* OddCouple: Lincoln and Douglass.
** Douglass gets a bonus for, in the middle of a heated argument, saying that they're having a "[[JustForPun Lincoln-Douglass]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln%E2%80%93Douglas_debates debate]]"

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* OddCouple: Lincoln and Douglass.
** Douglass gets a bonus for, in
Douglass. In the middle of a heated argument, saying Douglass even declares that they're having a "[[JustForPun Lincoln-Douglass]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln%E2%80%93Douglas_debates debate]]"



* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Turtledove plays with this in the first section following "Thomas Jackson", knowing that most of the readers won't catch on until someone says "Hey, Stonewall!"

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* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Turtledove plays with this in the first section following "Thomas Jackson", knowing that most of the readers won't catch on until someone says says, "Hey, Stonewall!"



** Mark Twain's newspaper editorials, providing running commentary on the events leading up to the war, fill the role nicely.

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** Mark Twain's newspaper editorials, editorials providing running commentary on the events leading up to the war, war fill the role nicely.



* RubberBandHistory

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* RubberBandHistoryRichardNixonTheUsedCarSalesman:
** Sam Clemens the San Francisco new editor.
** Stonewall Jackson and William Rosecrans, the USA and CSA Generals-in-Chief, respectively.
** James G. Blaine and James Longstreet, the USA and CSA Presidents, respectively.
** Abraham Lincoln the disgraced ex-president and prominent socialist.
** Ulysses S. Grant the poor alcoholic.
* RubberBandHistory:



* ShownTheirWork: Turtledove ''does''. All the time. So much so that it's easy to forget you're reading a work of fiction.

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** Custer making a LastStand on the Great Plains...
** [[spoiler: Jeb Stuart]] being mortally wounded...
* RuleOfCool: It debatable, but the CSA's success should be taken with a grain of salt considering it's a deeply nepotistic and socially and ethnically divided country still tied to a localized rural economy while the rest of the world is embracing nationalism and the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Industrial_Revolution Second Industrial Revolution]], but hey, Turtledove wanted an American version of the UsefulNotes/FrancoPrussianWar and wrote a pretty damned good one.
* ShownTheirWork: Turtledove ''does''. All ''does'' all the time. So time, so much so that it's easy to forget you're reading a work of fiction.



* StartMyOwn: When his local recruiting-station won't take volunteers, Roosevelt takes it on himself to pull together his own Unauthorized Regiment.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: To Turtledove's own [[AlienSpaceBats more outlandish]] ''Literature/TheGunsOfTheSouth''.
* StartMyOwn: When his local recruiting-station recruiting station won't take volunteers, Roosevelt takes it on himself to pull together his own Unauthorized Regiment.



* WhatMightHaveBeen

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* WhatMightHaveBeenWhatIf: What if the Confederacy won the Civil War?
5th Jan '18 1:05:16 PM dustyham
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''How Few Remain'' is Creator/HarryTurtledove's excellent beginning to his Southern Victory (AKA "Literature/Timeline191") series. It takes place in a universe where General Robert E. Lee's Special Order 191 was never discovered by Union troops, thus dramatically changing the course of history.

Order 191 was a [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar US Civil War]] directive which contained extensive information about the rebel General Lee's proposed troop movements during his famous offensive campaign to take the US's capital. Because George [=McClellan=] had this information, he was able to position his troops in areas to ambush them. The Battle of Antietam was the bloodiest battle of the Civil War, and--both morally and mortally--diminished the Confederates. It was perhaps the most vital turning point in the entire war.

And [[MindScrew in this universe]], [[ForWantOfANail it never happened]].

Lee marched into Washington and the Confederacy was recognized as a nation-state by Britain and France, who mediated a peace settlement. UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln was never assassinated. Both Stonewall Jackson and Jeb Stuart survive the war. [[Creator/MarkTwain Samuel Clemens]] stays in San Francisco, instead of writing fiction.

In short: HilarityEnsues.

The story picks up in 1881, when the Confederates' purchase of the Mexican territories of Chiuhuahua and Sonora [[InsaneTrollLogic prompts U.S. President James G. Blaine to declare war on the Confederacy]].

The story follows, in turn, eight [[HistoricalDomainCharacter historical figures]]:

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''How Few Remain'' is the first instalment of Creator/HarryTurtledove's excellent beginning to his Southern Victory ambitious ''Southern Victory'' (AKA "Literature/Timeline191") series. It ''Literature/Timeline191'') series of AlternateHistory novels, which takes place in a universe where General Robert E. Lee's Special Order 191 was never discovered by Union troops, the Confederate States won UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar, thus dramatically changing the course of history.

In RealLife, Special Order 191 was a [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar US Civil War]] directive which contained extensive information about the rebel General Confederate general Robert E. Lee's proposed blueprint for troop movements during his famous offensive campaign to take the US's capital. Because 1862 invasion of Maryland, which by happenstance fell into Union hands, encouraging Union commander George [=McClellan=] had this information, he was able to position his troops in areas press on and fight Lee to ambush them. The a stalemate at the Battle of Antietam was Antietam, the bloodiest battle single day of the Civil War, and--both morally war, which blunted Lee's momentum and mortally--diminished enabled UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln to issue the Confederates. It was perhaps Emancipation Proclamation, thereby ensuring the most vital turning point in European Powers would stay out of the entire war.

And [[MindScrew But in this universe]], universe, [[ForWantOfANail it the orders were never happened]].

intercepted]]... Instead, Lee defeated [=McClellan=], marched on into Washington Philadelphia, and Britain and France officially recognized the Confederacy was recognized as a nation-state by Britain and France, who mediated a peace settlement. UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln was never assassinated. Both As a result, Lincoln is disgraced rather than assassinated, both Stonewall Jackson and Jeb Stuart survive the war. war, [[Creator/MarkTwain Samuel Clemens]] stays in San Francisco, Francisco instead of writing fiction.

fiction, etc. In short: HilarityEnsues.

short, ButterflyOfDoom ensues.

The story proper picks up in 1881, 1881 when resentment of their defeat and geopolitical concerns over the Confederates' Confederate purchase of the Mexican territories of Chiuhuahua and Sonora [[InsaneTrollLogic territory prompts U.S. President James G. Blaine to declare a new war on the Confederacy]].

The story follows, in turn, eight
Confederacy, and follows--in turn--eight [[HistoricalDomainCharacter historical figures]]:



* General [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J.E.B._Stuart J.E.B. Stuart]] defends the new Confederate territories from the Yankees, the Apaches under Geronimo being first his allies and then his foes.
* Colonel [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_A._Custer George A. Custer]], a frustrated Yankee cavalryman, serves on the Great Plains and helps put down the Mormon rebellion in Utah.
* UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt is a wealthy, patriotic young Montana rancher who raises his own [[TheCavalry cavalry force]], known as the "Unauthorized Regiment".
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Douglass Frederick Douglass]], a former slave and a fiery orator, observes the Union forces at war.
* Colonel [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_von_Schlieffen Alfred]] [[TheVonTropeFamily von]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_von_Schlieffen Schlieffen]] serves as the German military attaché to the United States.
* [[Creator/MarkTwain Samuel Clemens]] is a [[DeadpanSnarker sharp-witted]] [[DaEditor newspaper editor]] in San Francisco.
* Former President UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln, influenced by the writings of [[DirtyCommunist Karl Marx]], is an orator struggling to keep the Republican Party united in the cause of the working man.

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* General [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J.E.B._Stuart J.E.B. Stuart]] defends the new Confederate territories from the Yankees, with the Apaches under Geronimo being [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geronimo Geronimo]] as first his allies and then his foes.
* Colonel [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_A._Custer George A. Custer]], a frustrated Yankee cavalryman, serves on the Great Plains and helps put down the a Mormon rebellion uprising in Utah.
* UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt is UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt, a wealthy, wealthy and patriotic young Montana rancher rancher, who raises his own [[TheCavalry cavalry force]], force known as the "Unauthorized Regiment".
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Douglass Frederick Douglass]], a former slave and a fiery orator, observes the Union forces at war.
* Colonel [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_von_Schlieffen Alfred]] [[TheVonTropeFamily von]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_von_Schlieffen Alfred von Schlieffen]] serves as the German military attaché to the United States.
* [[Creator/MarkTwain Samuel Clemens]] is a [[DeadpanSnarker sharp-witted]] San Francisco [[DaEditor newspaper editor]] in San Francisco.
editor]].
* Former President UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln, influenced by the writings of [[DirtyCommunist Karl Marx]], is an orator struggling to keep the Republican Party united in the [[WorkingClassHero cause of the working man.
man]].

Over the next decade, the novel was followed by [[{{Sequelitis}} ten sequels]] that carry the story forward through the UsefulNotes/FirstWorldWar (the ''Great War'' trilogy), the [[GenteelInterbellumSetting interbellum years]] (the ''American Empire'' trilogy), and the UsefulNotes/SecondWorldWar (the ''Settling Accounts'' quadrilogy).



* AnyoneCanDie: As the end draws near, [[spoiler:Jeb Stuart and Tom Custer both die. Tom is in battle, so it's sad but not surprising--but killing off one of the main characters, out of ''nowhere,'' is a real shock.]]

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* AnyoneCanDie: As the end draws near, [[spoiler:Jeb Stuart and Tom Custer Custer]] both die. Tom [[spoiler:Tom]]'s at least is in battle, so it's sad but not surprising--but surprising, but killing off one of the main characters, out of ''nowhere,'' is a real shock.]]



* ArtisticLicenseHistory:
** Setting the interception of Special Order 191 as the point of divergence is thought-provoking but actually rather unlikely since in RealLife the main benefit of intercepting it was the chance to hit Lee's isolated forces, which [=McClellan=] immediately squandered by giving Lee an extra 18 hours to reassemble most of his army. Moreover, Lee's forces were already utterly exhausted by months of hard campaigning and outnumbered more than 2:1 in the whole campaign, so whatever their odds of winning another battle, their odds of ''destroying'' the Army of the Potomac and marching on Philadelphia were still insignificant.
** The rather melodramatic RichardNixonTheUsedCarSalesman portrayal of UsefulNotes/UlyssesSGrant as an alcoholic wreck is largely based on DatedHistory founded on hostile rumours with virtually no solid evidence and now considered a myth by most serious historians. At most, Grant may have ''occasionally'' drank too much, which would've been easy for a man who CantHoldHisLiquor in a profession where drinking was common for coping with boredom and stress.
** By the time of the novel, William S. Rosecrans has risen to General-in-Chief of U.S. forces basically because he [[DamnedByFaintPraise didn't get a chance to fail]] in the last war, yet Ulysses S. Grant's ''victories'' at Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Iuka, and Corinth, which had already made him a national hero for capturing an entire Confederate army and forcing them out of southern Kentucky and western Tennessee including Nashville, all receive next-to-no mention as far as 'Remembrance' ideology is concerned even though Rosecrans was merely Grant's ''subordinate'' and remained so until more than a month after the series' divergence point. This is even more interesting since ''three'' of Turtledove's protagonists--Teddy Roosevelt, Frederick Douglass, and Mark Twain--all idolized Grant in RealLife for his character even more than his generalship.



* TheCavalry: Custer ''loves'' being the Cavalry.

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* TheCavalry: TheCavalry:
**
Custer ''loves'' being the Cavalry.



* DaEditor: Sam Clemens has become one--complete with [[CigarChomper chomping cigars]].
** Unlike most instances of this trope, where we mostly see DaEditor shouting at people, we actually get to see a lot of his editorials. And they're awesome.
* DeadpanSnarker: Abe Lincoln basically walks around doing this all the time. Oh, and being a DirtyCommunist.
** And Sam Clemens, of course. Who seems to speak pure Snark.

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* DaEditor: Sam Clemens has become one--complete with [[CigarChomper chomping cigars]].
**
cigars]]. Unlike most instances of this trope, where we mostly see DaEditor instead of just shouting at people, people we actually get to see a lot of his editorials. And they're awesome.
* DeadpanSnarker: DeadpanSnarker:
**
Abe Lincoln basically walks around doing this all the time. Oh, and being a DirtyCommunist.
** And Sam Clemens, of course. Who course, who seems to speak pure Snark.



* ExpandedStatesOfAmerica: Expanded ''Confederate'' states that is. The CSA acquires Kentucky and Indian Territory (later Sequoia) from the United States, purchases Cuba from Spain, and later buys Sonora and Chihuahua from Mexico. This latter actions prompts the U.S. president to declare another war.
* ForWantOfANail: The novel--and [[Literature/Timeline191 the ten-novel series that follows it]]--is all happening because ''one'' tiny detail, the finding of Order 191. Which could ''so'' very easily have happened in this universe. And if it did, it would have (if not necessarily guaranteed a Confederate victory) given Lee an incredible strategic advantage which might well have changed the course of the war.
** It's even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the prologue, where the messenger who dropped the Order is effusively telling the two soldiers who noticed it how grateful he is, and how "this could have cost us the war!"

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* ExpandedStatesOfAmerica: Expanded ''Confederate'' states that is. The CSA acquires Kentucky and Indian Territory (later Sequoia) from the United States, purchases Cuba from Spain, and later buys Sonora and Chihuahua from Mexico. This latter actions last action prompts the U.S. president to declare another war.
* ForWantOfANail: The novel--and [[Literature/Timeline191 the ten-novel series that follows it]]--is all happening because ''one'' tiny detail, the finding of Special Order 191. Which could ''so'' very easily have happened in this universe. And if it did, it would have (if not necessarily guaranteed a Confederate victory) given Lee an incredible strategic advantage which might well have changed the course of the war.
**
It's even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the prologue, where the messenger who dropped the Order order is effusively telling the two soldiers who noticed it how grateful he is, and how "this could have cost us the war!"



* HeroicBSOD: Custer is an ass, but when [[spoiler: Tom is killed while fighting the Brits in Canada]], it's hard not to feel bad for him.

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* HeroicBSOD: HeroicBSOD:
**
Custer is an ass, but when [[spoiler: Tom is killed while fighting the Brits in Canada]], it's hard not to feel bad for him.



** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_G._Blaine James G. Blaine]] (now President of the United States)
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Longstreet James Longstreet]] (now President of the Confederate States)
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Rosecrans William Rosencrans]]
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Pope_%28military_officer%29 John Pope]]
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orlando_B._Willcox Orlando B. Wilcox]]
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._Porter_Alexander E. Porter Alexander]]
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_George_Gordon Charles George Gordon]]
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geronimo Geronimo]]
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satanta_%28White_Bear%29 Satanata]]
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulysses_S._Grant ex-General Grant]]
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brigham_young Brigham Young]]
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Tecumseh_Sherman William Tecumseh Sherman]]
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Wilkes_Booth The Booth brothers]]
* HeroicWillpower: It has been confirmed that Teddy Roosevelt is made of solid Willpower.

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** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_G._Blaine James G. Blaine]] (now President of the United States)
States).
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Longstreet James Longstreet]] (now President of the Confederate States)
States).
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Rosecrans William Rosencrans]]
Rosecrans]].
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Pope_%28military_officer%29 John Pope]]
Pope]].
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orlando_B._Willcox Orlando B. Wilcox]]
Willcox]].
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._Porter_Alexander E. Porter Alexander]]
Alexander]].
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_George_Gordon Charles George Gordon]]
Gordon]].
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geronimo Geronimo]]
Geronimo]].
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satanta_%28White_Bear%29 Satanata]]
Satanata]].
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulysses_S._Grant ex-General Grant]]
Ulysses S. Grant]].
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brigham_young Brigham Young]]
Young]].
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Tecumseh_Sherman William Tecumseh Sherman]]
Sherman]].
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Wilkes_Booth The Booth brothers]]
brothers]].
* HeroicWillpower: It has been confirmed that Teddy Roosevelt is made of solid Willpower.willpower.



** Custer standing at the top of a ridge as the Indians ride toward him, thinking "This could be our last stand" [[spoiler:'''This''' time, [[MoreDakka Custer has Gatling guns]]. It goes considerably better for him.]]

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** Custer standing at the top of a ridge as the Indians ride toward him, thinking "This could be our last stand" [[spoiler:'''This''' [[spoiler:''This'' time, [[MoreDakka Custer has Gatling guns]]. It goes considerably better for him.]]



** Someone telling Roosevelt that he should think about going into politics.
*** Fulfilled in the next book of the series (the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI Great War]] trilogy), where TR has become president (though a good ten years after he did in RealLife).

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** Someone telling Roosevelt that he should think about going into politics.
*** Fulfilled
politics, which is fulfilled in the next book of the series (the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI subsequent ''[[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI Great War]] trilogy), War]]'' trilogy where TR has become president (though a good ten years after he did in RealLife).RealLife.



* NonindicativeName: The Second Mexican War does not actually involve Mexico at all.

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* NonindicativeName: The Second Mexican War does not doesn't actually involve Mexico at all.



* OnlySaneMan: At times, Lincoln expresses the feeling that he might be one of these. [[CassandraTruth Not that anyone cares.]]

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* OnlySaneMan: OnlySaneMan:
**
At times, Lincoln expresses the feeling that he might be one of these. [[CassandraTruth Not that anyone cares.]]



* PromotedToScapegoat: After losing the War of Secession, Lincoln gets this treatment from basically everyone.

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* PromotedToScapegoat: After losing the War of Secession, Lincoln gets this treatment from basically everyone.everyone for losing the War of Secession.



* SlidingScaleOfAlternateHistoryPlausibility: Type I. It's actually scary how very plausible it is. Even given that [[RubberBandHistory all the main characters would done pretty much the same thing as they did in this universe]], it's remarkably well thought out on every level.

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* SlidingScaleOfAlternateHistoryPlausibility: Type I. It's actually scary how very plausible it is. Even given that many historical characters end up doing [[RubberBandHistory all the main characters would done pretty much the same thing as things they did in this our universe]], it's remarkably well thought out on every level.out.



* TookALevelInBadass: Teddy Roosevelt ''vaults'' from level to level.

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* TookALevelInBadass: Teddy Roosevelt positively ''vaults'' from level to level.
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* ExpandedStatesOfAmerica: Expanded ''Confederate'' states that is. The CSA acquires Kentucky and Indian Territory (later Sequoia) from the United States, purchases Cuba from Spain, and later buys Sonora and Chihuahua from Mexico. This latter actions prompts the U.S. president to declare another war.


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* NonindicativeName: The Second Mexican War does not actually involve Mexico at all.
4th Nov '16 7:37:24 AM dlchen145
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* BadAss: Custer and Roosevelt live their lives doing this. The rest of the main cast have their own, in their own ways.
** Lincoln and Douglass are both [[RetiredBadAss retired badasses]], who are really getting too old for this, but that doesn't stop either of them for a minute.
3rd Jun '16 11:31:28 PM Doug86
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*** Fulfilled in the next book of the series (the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne Great War]] trilogy), where TR has become president (though a good ten years after he did in RealLife).

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*** Fulfilled in the next book of the series (the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI Great War]] trilogy), where TR has become president (though a good ten years after he did in RealLife).
14th May '16 3:10:40 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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** Not as much so in the rest of the {{Timeline-191}} series, where the famous people rub elbows with an extensive cast of Turtledove originals.

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** Not as much so in the rest of the {{Timeline-191}} Literature/Timeline191 series, where the famous people rub elbows with an extensive cast of Turtledove originals.
14th May '16 2:38:49 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ForWantOfANail: The novel--and [[{{Timeline-191}} the ten-novel series that follows it]]--is all happening because ''one'' tiny detail, the finding of Order 191. Which could ''so'' very easily have happened in this universe. And if it did, it would have (if not necessarily guaranteed a Confederate victory) given Lee an incredible strategic advantage which might well have changed the course of the war.

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* ForWantOfANail: The novel--and [[{{Timeline-191}} [[Literature/Timeline191 the ten-novel series that follows it]]--is all happening because ''one'' tiny detail, the finding of Order 191. Which could ''so'' very easily have happened in this universe. And if it did, it would have (if not necessarily guaranteed a Confederate victory) given Lee an incredible strategic advantage which might well have changed the course of the war.
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