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Introduction

This timeline explores the fate of the South, focusing on the defiant Southern spirit after the end of the American Civil War. The assassination of President Abraham Lincoln on August 1864 and the ascension of his Vice President, Hannibal Hamlin, a fervent supporter of the Radical Republicans to the Presidency, who resurrects and signs the Wade-Davis Bill as one of his first acts, that Pres. Abraham Lincoln had pocket vetoed a little time before his assassination. Hannibal Hamlin then runs in the 1864 United States presidential election as the Republican presidental nominee for President with Thaddeus Stevens as his VP pick and he is elected President with a comfortable majority on both chambers of the congress. This infuriated the Southerners and divided the nation irrevocably. A lot of Southern generals such as Nathan Bedford Forrest, Edmund Kirby Smith, Stand Watie as a result refused to surrender and choose to fight on, what would essentially be a bloody guerilla campaign, with many more joining them as time progressed.

Point of Divergence

This TL is mostly focused on the aftermath of the American Civil War and will explore the possibility of the rise of the KKK as a liberational Southern force that conducts guerrilla war and essentially turns into a bloody equivalent of Vietnam War in terms of casualties and sheer destruction, an ATL Vietnam you might say, at a time that the congress was dominated by Radical Republicans, after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln on August 1864 that will make the division between the North and the South permanent and divide the US forever, such as the introduction of the Wade-Davis Bill and many other measures passed after the Radical Republicans took control of the Republican party and the government. August 1864: A lone rifle shot fired by an unknown sniper missed Lincoln's head by inches (passing through his hat) as he rode in the late evening, unguarded, north from the White House three miles (5 km) to the Soldiers' Home (his regular retreat where he would work and sleep before returning to the White House the following morning). Near 11:00 pm, Private John W. Nichols of the Pennsylvania 150th Volunteers, the sentry on duty at the gated entrance to the Soldiers' Home grounds, heard the rifle shot and moments later saw the president riding toward him "bareheaded". Lincoln described the matter to Ward Lamon, his old friend and loyal bodyguard.

Points of Divergence

  • Lieutenant General Nathan Bedford Forrest is elected as the Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, which takes an entirely different form from OTL, as they trust upon him to lead the great movement to liberate the Dixieland.
  • Millions of Dixies, Copperheads, pro-Slavery Yankees and Native Americans whether they were former slave owners or not join the Ku Klux Klan and combine their efforts to assist the renewed Southern struggle.
  • The rise of the KKK as a liberational force that conducts simultaneously a guerrilla war in the South and a terror campaign in the North, eventually forcing the Union to withdraw from the South by making the costs of this protracted war in lives and resources unbearable.
  • After the Union troops withdraw from the South, the Union government doesn't recognize the Confederate States of America nor its Ku Klux Klan government, but the rest of the world eventually does.
  • The Ku Klux Klan white supremacist rhetoric leads the Confederate States of America to confront the British Empire in the 1900s, in order to assist the Boer Republics to retain their independence.
  • And many other possibilities.

Timeline

Timeline

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