History Literature / TrailOfGlory

5th Apr '17 11:21:36 PM PaulA
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An AlternateHistory novel by EricFlint, the ''Trail of Glory'' series covers a [[UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates United States]] that diverges from its original history at the start of the UsefulNotes/WarOf1812, covering an area from the Canadian border in the north, New Orleans in the south, where the war's final battle was fought in 1815, and in the sequel from the US east coast to west of the Mississippi River.

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An AlternateHistory novel by EricFlint, Creator/EricFlint, the ''Trail of Glory'' series covers a [[UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates United States]] that diverges from its original history at the start of the UsefulNotes/WarOf1812, covering an area from the Canadian border in the north, New Orleans in the south, where the war's final battle was fought in 1815, and in the sequel from the US east coast to west of the Mississippi River.



* TheAlcoholic: A part of the reason EricFlint choose Sam Houston as the protagonist was that he wanted to show a realistic high-functioning alcoholic. This also qualifies as WriteWhatYouKnow: Flint has commented on the Baen forum, while discussing this aspect of Houston's character, that he himself has struggled with alcoholism.

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* TheAlcoholic: A part of the reason EricFlint Eric Flint choose Sam Houston as the protagonist was that he wanted to show a realistic high-functioning alcoholic. This also qualifies as WriteWhatYouKnow: Flint has commented on the Baen forum, while discussing this aspect of Houston's character, that he himself has struggled with alcoholism.
9th Mar '17 4:52:54 PM Bissek
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* HomeByChristmas: President Clay decides that he needs a short victorious war against Arkansas in order to prop up his support after gaining the presidency through deal-making in the House despite 5/6ths of the country voting against him. Practically every senior officer with an understanding of the defenses Arkansas has comes to the conclusion that while victory is possible, 'short' is out of the question.
9th Mar '17 1:37:13 PM penguinist
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* InsultToRocks: In Chapter 28 of ''1824: The Arkansas War'', Andrew Jackson publicly denounces the deal-making that put Henry Clay into office as President after getting only about 1/6th of the popular vote, and initially lambasts John Calhoun as [[Literature/TheBible Judas]]. Later, Jackson corrects himself, saying that the comparison was an insult to Judas.

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* InsultToRocks: In Chapter 28 of ''1824: The Arkansas War'', Andrew Jackson publicly denounces the deal-making that put Henry Clay into office as President after getting only about 1/6th of the popular vote, and initially lambasts lambastes John Calhoun as [[Literature/TheBible Judas]]. Later, Jackson corrects himself, saying that the comparison was an insult to Judas.



* NobleBigot: Andrew Jackson is portrayed as this. He is highly bigoted, even by the standards of the time, and does not hesitate to call friendly Cherokees "savages", ask how Houston can be so sure that his coloured teamsters won't steal his gear, and sum up state militias as drunken and cowardly to a man. However, he hesitates to shoot Red Eagle (a rebel Cherokee responsible for a major massacre) because he surrendered voluntarily, promotes a coloured sergeant to commissioned rank, against regulations, and threatens to kill a man who protests against arming free coloured men, but who won't join the militia himself. Essentially, the Andrew Jackson in the book is bigoted against groups but is capable of respecting an individual who is especially heroic and or a fierce fighter. While he is a bigot, he hates fools and cowards even more.

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* NobleBigot: Andrew Jackson is portrayed as this. He is highly bigoted, even by the standards of the time, and does not hesitate to call friendly Cherokees "savages", ask how Houston can be so sure that his coloured teamsters won't steal his gear, and sum up state militias as drunken and cowardly to a man.man (though [[JerkassHasaPoint not exactly wrong with that last one]]). However, he hesitates to shoot Red Eagle (a rebel Cherokee responsible for a major massacre) because he surrendered voluntarily, promotes a coloured sergeant to commissioned rank, against regulations, and threatens to kill a man who protests against arming free coloured men, but who won't join the militia himself. Essentially, the Andrew Jackson in the book is bigoted against groups but is capable of respecting an individual who is especially heroic and or a fierce fighter. While he is a bigot, he hates fools and cowards even more.
4th Dec '16 7:48:45 AM H.TorranceGriffin
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* AndThenWhat: Could General Andrew Jackson destroy the Chiefdom of Arkansas? Sure! Can he do so without, in his own words, gutting and skinning his own Republic? Erm. Does he think slavery in the U. S. remain a concern in the long term with Arkansas sitting on the border? Nope.
27th Nov '15 12:10:36 AM Nohbody
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An AlternateHistory novel by EricFlint, the ''Trail of Glory'' series covers a [[UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates United States]] that diverges from its original history at the start of the the UsefulNotes/WarOf1812, covering an area from the Canadian border in the north, New Orleans in the south, where the war's final battle was fought in 1815, and in the sequel from the US east coast to west of the Mississippi River.

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An AlternateHistory novel by EricFlint, the ''Trail of Glory'' series covers a [[UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates United States]] that diverges from its original history at the start of the the UsefulNotes/WarOf1812, covering an area from the Canadian border in the north, New Orleans in the south, where the war's final battle was fought in 1815, and in the sequel from the US east coast to west of the Mississippi River.
27th Nov '15 12:10:23 AM Nohbody
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An AlternateHistory novel by EricFlint, the ''Trail of Glory'' series covers a [[UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates United States]] that diverges from its original history at the start of the TheWarOf1812, covering an area from the Canadian border in the north, New Orleans in the south, where the war's final battle was fought in 1815, and in the sequel from the US east coast to west of the Mississippi River.

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An AlternateHistory novel by EricFlint, the ''Trail of Glory'' series covers a [[UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates United States]] that diverges from its original history at the start of the TheWarOf1812, the UsefulNotes/WarOf1812, covering an area from the Canadian border in the north, New Orleans in the south, where the war's final battle was fought in 1815, and in the sequel from the US east coast to west of the Mississippi River.
27th Nov '15 12:08:55 AM Nohbody
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An AlternateHistory novel by EricFlint, the ''Trail of Glory'' series covers a [[UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates United States]] that diverges from its original history at the start of the UsefulNotes/WarOf1812, covering an area from the Canadian border in the north, New Orleans in the south, where the war's final battle was fought in 1815, and in the sequel from the US east coast to west of the Mississippi River.

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An AlternateHistory novel by EricFlint, the ''Trail of Glory'' series covers a [[UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates United States]] that diverges from its original history at the start of the UsefulNotes/WarOf1812, TheWarOf1812, covering an area from the Canadian border in the north, New Orleans in the south, where the war's final battle was fought in 1815, and in the sequel from the US east coast to west of the Mississippi River.



* AnArmAndALeg: In ''The Rivers of War'', Sergeant Driscol has a lower arm mangled by a British volley at [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Chippawa the Battle of Chippawa,]] during the War of 1812. The later amputation of the limb and recovery period is what puts him in a position to help in the defense of Washington, DC along with Sam Houston, changing the course of history.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[CorruptPolitician Henry Clay]] is disgusted when his staff's only reaction to [[spoiler:the murder of Maria Hester Monroe Houston]] is to be glad it won't hurt them politically. He also takes a SuddenPrincipledStand when politicans from Georgia ask him [[spoiler:to pardon her killer.]]

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[CorruptPolitician Henry Clay]] is disgusted when his staff's only reaction to [[spoiler:the murder of Maria Hester Monroe Houston]] is to be glad it won't hurt them politically. He also takes a SuddenPrincipledStand when politicans politicians from Georgia ask him [[spoiler:to pardon her killer.]]



* GoshDarnItToHeck: The Anglo-Protestant tendency gets mercilessly mocked by Catholic Creole Pierre Toussaint.

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* GoshDarnItToHeck: The Anglo-Protestant tendency gets mercilessly mocked by Catholic Creole Pierre Toussaint.



* MonumentalDamage: In "The Rivers of War", Washington is sacked by the British, as in the original War of 1812, but a hastily rallied group of defenders manage to defend the Capitol. Almost every other public building save the Patent Office (Which was also left alone in real life), however, gets put to the torch.

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* MonumentalDamage: In "The ''The Rivers of War", War'', Washington is sacked by the British, as in the original War of 1812, but a hastily rallied group of defenders manage to defend the Capitol. Almost every other public building save the Patent Office (Which was also left alone in real life), however, gets put to the torch.



* UpThroughTheRanks: Sergent Patrick Driscoll had served more than a decade in Napoleon's army when he enlisted in the US army and participated in the UsefulNotes/WarOf1812. When he lost his left arm in the battle at the Chippewa, Winfield Scott promoted him to first lieutenant. He ended up as a founder of the Arkansas Chiefdom and the general of its army, but never lost the way of thinking like a sergeant.
* WashingtonDCInvasion: As in the RealLife UsefulNotes/WarOf1812, the British forces in ''The Rivers of War'' attack Washington, DC in a punitive raid. However, unlike in the original war Sam Houston helps rally the troops to defend the Capitol Building, effectively turning the British attack from a major propaganda victory to petty arson when they settle for torching other buildings, after being bloodied badly and driven away in their attempt to assault the Capitol Building.

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* UpThroughTheRanks: Sergent Patrick Driscoll had served more than a decade in Napoleon's army when he enlisted in the US army and participated in the UsefulNotes/WarOf1812.War of 1812. When he lost his left arm in the battle at the Chippewa, Winfield Scott promoted him to first lieutenant. He ended up as a founder of the Arkansas Chiefdom and the general of its army, but never lost the way of thinking like a sergeant.
* WashingtonDCInvasion: As in the RealLife UsefulNotes/WarOf1812, War of 1812, the British forces in ''The Rivers of War'' attack Washington, DC in a punitive raid. However, unlike in the original war Sam Houston helps rally the troops to defend the Capitol Building, effectively turning the British attack from a major propaganda victory to petty arson when they settle for torching other buildings, after being bloodied badly and driven away in their attempt to assault the Capitol Building.
10th Jun '15 9:43:04 PM Bissek
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* FieldPromotion: In modern[=/=]NATO terms, Sam Houston went from O-1 to O-6 in a matter of months. Meanwhile Driscoll bounced from senior NCO to Major in the same timeframe. TruthInTelevision, as the handling of promotions in armies of the period was somewhat more loose than in later decades.

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* FieldPromotion: In modern[=/=]NATO terms, Sam Houston went from O-1 to O-6 in a matter of months. Meanwhile Driscoll bounced from senior NCO to Major (O-4) in the same timeframe. TruthInTelevision, as the handling of promotions in armies of the period was somewhat more loose than in later decades.
11th Dec '14 5:11:42 PM Bissek
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* CaptainSmoothAndSergeantRough: Captain Houston and Lieutenant (formerly Sergeant) Driscol take up these roles during the defense of Washington.
16th Jun '14 7:53:34 PM Divra
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* GoshDarnItToHeck: The Anglo-Protestant tendency gets mercilessly mocked by Catholic Creole Pierre Toussaint.
--> Did they really think they were fooling anyone by asking "Gol" to "dern" their enemies?
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