Federal Union Capital if Maryland Seceded

Discussion in 'Alternate History Discussion: Before 1900' started by DMA, Nov 16, 2007.

  1. DMA I am not the Final Cylon!

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    Considering the current trend of relocating the Confederate Capital should this, that, or something happen, how about a Union thread for a change of pace?

    So what if the slave owning state of Maryland, which was supposed to be "neutral" in the OTL, actually seceded from the Union & forced the removal, even if temporary, of the Federal capital from Washington DC to somewhere else?

    So where is this somewhere else & why?

    Discuss.
     
  2. GBW International Man of Mystery

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    Perhaps Philadelphia? Lincoln's policies weren't the most popular in NYC, and some might consider Boston too far north. Anything further west probably wouldn't work at that point.
     
  3. JEDCJT Jedcjtian

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    Philadelphia, probably.
     
  4. Canis Lupus Well-Known Member

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    Philly is most likely, but I could see boston as a "The Revolution was born here so lets put the capital of the nation that came out of that here" kind of thing
    I've allways liked the idea of Chicago, Minneapolis, or Denver; they are all too far north(except for maybe chi-town) for the CSA to ever got to them with a army, even in the most virulent CSA-wank.
    Maybe even San Fran?
     
  5. DMA I am not the Final Cylon!

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    Philly may sound nice, but would all the Northern states actually agree with this? Like NY may demand it's, well, NYC...

    Likewise Boston may well be a front runner...

    How about Chicago?

    Or somewhere out of the way of possible Reb raids or even major offensives?
     
  6. Jaded_Railman Banned

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    Well, Philly was the capital before DC got built, so it makes plenty of sense.
     
  7. Analytical Engine Make America British Again!

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    But so was New York... and several other places... :p
     
  8. GBW International Man of Mystery

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    NYC would be too hostile to Lincoln for it to become the capital, I'd think. And Boston would make the Union effort look too abolitionist. Chicago isn't much of anything at that point, really.

    How about Binghamton, New York? It was an industrial town, lies on the Susquehanna River, and is far enough north to avoid any attacks by the South.
     
  9. GBW International Man of Mystery

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    D'you mean to tell me I killed this? :eek: :rolleyes:
     
  10. DMA I am not the Final Cylon!

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    Those springfield rifles are pretty good ;)
     
  11. GBW International Man of Mystery

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    But I was aiming for the Pagan Spain one... :( ;) :D
     
  12. DMA I am not the Final Cylon!

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    You're not into sacrificed goats & dancing naked around the fire? :confused:
     
  13. GBW International Man of Mystery

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    Depends how the goat's cooked afterward and who else is dancing. ;)
     
  14. M79 Well-Known Member

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    I think Chicago would be the best bet. There is rail access back East, the major cities would not have to worry about rivalry for the capital, and it's closer to the developing West. It is also about as far from the Atlantic as they could comfortably get in those days, and the risk of Confederate attacks would be minimal.
     
  15. DMA I am not the Final Cylon!

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    So true... especially the dancing part :D
     
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    I think Philadelphia's the most likely, but I don't see Maryland remaining in the CSA for long...:cool:

    No. Just no. Denver was founded two years before the ACW, they're not suddenly going to make it the US capital.
     
  17. Wendell Wendell

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    Trenton, New Jersey, or, depending on when Maryland goes, Wheeling, West Virginia.
     
  18. Hannibal.Caesar Well-Known Member

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    Why in the heck would the capital be moved to Wheeling or Trenton? I could maybe see Trenton as a far, far off bet, but Wheeling is miles out in left field. As far as I can see it, the only practical choices would be Boston, Philadelphia, NYC, and maybe Chicago. However, Philadelphia would be the best choice, I think, for the reasons already explained on the thread.
     
  19. Dave Howery laughs at your pain

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    Philadelphia, briefly. I'm guessing the Union would occupy MD pretty quick...
     
  20. M79 Well-Known Member

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    Maryland leaving would put Rebel soil withing striking distance of the capital, and if any notable fraction of the Marylanders follow the state government then there will be partisan activity. How long will Baltimore hold out? How many troops are used up holding the state?