What if the battle of Fort Stevens never happened?The battle of Fort Stevens was the closet that the CSA got to capturing Washington DC during the American Civil War, Jubal Early's corps of 10,000 veterans faced a heavy fortified but lightly defended Union capital. The timely arrival of the sixth corps prevent Early from being able to force the defenses and convinced him to withdraw back to the Shenandoah Valley. But what would it have taken for Early to capture DC? First, a little background.
In early May 1864, Ulysses S. Grant sent the Army of West Virginia under the command of Major General Franz Sigel who shortly after was replaced with Major General David Hunter to destroy the railroad center at Lynchburg Virginia. Robert E. Lee sent out Jubal Early corps to sweep Union forces from the Valley and, if possible, to menace Washington DC or swing around the North of DC and capture Point Lookout, releasing thousands of Confederate prisoners. Early managed to push Hunter's forces out of the war for nearly five weeks after a skirm
War-Plan Red Alt History ScenarioThe color coded war-plans were military operations created by the United States after World War 1 for possible conflicts against threats around the world. The greatest viewed threat to the United States was Great Britain and her Empire, and two war-plans were created that included Great Britain, Plan Red, and Plan Red-Orange. Red Orange envisioned the Anglo-Japanese alliance being in effect, but after the expiration of the alliance in 1924, and the failures of keeping Japan in the League of Nations, Only Plan Red seemed feasible. The plan called for pushing the British out of Canada, the Caribbean, and the whole western Hemisphere, causing the empire to fall apart at the seems. But with WW2 looming, and the un-desire by the national leaders for an Anglo-American war, the plan was shelved. But for the sake of Alternate history, let us look at how Operation Red could have played out if it actually occurred. However unlikely it would be.
The war starts in 1937 and one of