The CSA is waging a war based on what the average person thinks war is like (win a couple of big battles early on and then you win!) and the USA is waging a war based on what war is actually like (the side that has best organized its army and supply chains for the long-term will win).

Basically, the CSA thinks warfare is a "Total War" game - battlefield tactics matter above all else, win a couple of pitched battles, seige a city or two, and call it a day. Strategy? Operations? Logistics? What are those? Meanwhile, the USA thinks warfare veers closer to "Hearts of Iron" - the economy matters, logistics matter, leadership matters. Not a perfect analogy since HoI has its own set of problems of course but you get the idea.

I think that may be a bit unfair though certainly not completely lacking in truth. It seems that the Confederate military has been planning this for years and that they really are a very professional force (at least for now), with a good understanding of logistics and the like - but they're operating under a view of warfare that has more in common with the 19th century than the 20th; where losing one's capitol and a few big battles, is a sure sign that you have lost - and the right thing to do is to give up and just accept the ramifications. I'm sure they were absolutely shocked that actual civilians were attacking them in DC; that sort of thing just wasn't supposed to happen at the time (and it going to lead to some really bad reprisals, just as it did in occupied Belgium in OTL). They seem to have had a similar idea to the Japanese in WW2 in OTL; they fully understood the strength of the Union, it's population and industrial advantages and so forth. But they also thought that the Union military wasn't up to the fight and that the people were decadent and wouldn't have the stomach for the conflict. So a few strong jabs during the opening rounds should be enough to stagger the giant and bring it around to negotiate. Instead, to use one of my Da's favorite phrases, they're about to wake the sleeping giant. Which they SHOULD have known would happen; but the fact that it doesn't is perplexingly understandable when you look at their culture, history and experiences dealing with the US over the past half century.
 
I think that may be a bit unfair though certainly not completely lacking in truth. It seems that the Confederate military has been planning this for years and that they really are a very professional force (at least for now), with a good understanding of logistics and the like - but they're operating under a view of warfare that has more in common with the 19th century than the 20th; where losing one's capitol and a few big battles, is a sure sign that you have lost - and the right thing to do is to give up and just accept the ramifications. I'm sure they were absolutely shocked that actual civilians were attacking them in DC; that sort of thing just wasn't supposed to happen at the time (and it going to lead to some really bad reprisals, just as it did in occupied Belgium in OTL). They seem to have had a similar idea to the Japanese in WW2 in OTL; they fully understood the strength of the Union, it's population and industrial advantages and so forth. But they also thought that the Union military wasn't up to the fight and that the people were decadent and wouldn't have the stomach for the conflict. So a few strong jabs during the opening rounds should be enough to stagger the giant and bring it around to negotiate. Instead, to use one of my Da's favorite phrases, they're about to wake the sleeping giant. Which they SHOULD have known would happen; but the fact that it doesn't is perplexingly understandable when you look at their culture, history and experiences dealing with the US over the past half century.
Great post.

Id add to this that Confederate culture doesn’t really grasp why the US has been slow to anger and tried to negotiate for close to a decade; they see diligence in avoiding war as a sign of lacking a stomach for combat, rather than just a coolheaded analysis that hashing out a compromise deal is better for all parties involved and, after 1908, a Yankee desire to stall for time to buff up their army once Hearst realized exactly how dangerously stubborn Richmond was. They managed to erode the patience of the US across three very different administrations, which is quite a feat.
 
Mason Mathews Patrick

General Scott in Richmond

The two-day battle for Washington had cost the Confederates three hundred and nineteen dead and four times that wounded, but the capital was, save some pockets of resistance beyond the Anacostia, mostly theirs, and it was yet only the third day of the war..."

General Hugh L Scott and General Mason Patrick....soon to be contenders for the 1915 Presidential Confederate Elections. Clearly they have won the war within three days because the US Capital is captured/sacked.

The United States is now unable to do anything! They will soon surrender! Toast to their victory. Hurrah!!!

....

*SIX MONTHS DOWN THE LINE*

Why Aren't the Yankees surrendering.
I mean, we won,...
We took their capital,
We took Maryland.
We defeated their Army.
That means we won, didn't we?...
...but they are not surrendering...
I mean, we won,... didn't we?
Why Aren't the Yankees surrendering.
They should have surrendered.
WHY AREN'T YOU SURRENDERING?!??!?!
 
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Unfortunately, yes. This’ll be covered in the next update incidentally
Ouch!
Just ouch! That's going to cause so many problems....
It will. Spoiler, the Mexicans will then race across the plains, then along the lakes and take Harrisburg, Pennsylvania *from behind*.

I....actually want to see this. :p😁😁😁

Is he in Politics?

Hah, Woodrow Wilson, Historian and Scholar of the Confederacy....
 
Seventeen members of Congress had been unable to flee the city by the afternoon of the 11th, including two Senators, and Patrick quickly found accommodations for his valuable prisoners; late in the evening of the 11th, with most of the garrison defeated, the men of his corps lowered the American flag from the Old Capitol and raised their own. The two-day battle for Washington had cost the Confederates three hundred and nineteen dead and four times that wounded, but the capital was, save some pockets of resistance beyond the Anacostia, mostly theirs, and it was yet only the third day of the war..."
And now, for the United States to sue for peace.
 
What are the status of Negroes in the Union? Can they serve in the military and privately own firearms?
Yes and yes. From a governmental standpoint, Black Americans have the same rights as anyone else. That being said, in practice, this is very often not the case. Not all states have anti-discrimination ordinances, particularly not around employment, housing, etc, and even many private interactions are unprotected. Literacy tests in a number of states are also applied, though that's more with immigrants in mind, since ITTL Black Americans tend to be better educated on net.
 
I think that may be a bit unfair though certainly not completely lacking in truth. It seems that the Confederate military has been planning this for years and that they really are a very professional force (at least for now), with a good understanding of logistics and the like - but they're operating under a view of warfare that has more in common with the 19th century than the 20th; where losing one's capitol and a few big battles, is a sure sign that you have lost - and the right thing to do is to give up and just accept the ramifications. I'm sure they were absolutely shocked that actual civilians were attacking them in DC; that sort of thing just wasn't supposed to happen at the time (and it going to lead to some really bad reprisals, just as it did in occupied Belgium in OTL). They seem to have had a similar idea to the Japanese in WW2 in OTL; they fully understood the strength of the Union, it's population and industrial advantages and so forth. But they also thought that the Union military wasn't up to the fight and that the people were decadent and wouldn't have the stomach for the conflict. So a few strong jabs during the opening rounds should be enough to stagger the giant and bring it around to negotiate. Instead, to use one of my Da's favorite phrases, they're about to wake the sleeping giant. Which they SHOULD have known would happen; but the fact that it doesn't is perplexingly understandable when you look at their culture, history and experiences dealing with the US over the past half century.
I will give them credit if they have a Plan B. If it is Mid-October or thereabouts and the USA hasn't surrendered and Scott/Cotton Ed/Tillman are just sitting around going "uhhh, now what?" and the CSA loses all the strategic initative then they deserve all that happens to them and more. The job of an ASO is to have plans on top of plans on tops of plans and if the CSA ASO doesn't have a "great, we took DC and Baltimore...now what??" plan then they are that terrifying combination of arrogant and foolish that gets people killed.
 
I will give them credit if they have a Plan B. If it is Mid-October or thereabouts and the USA hasn't surrendered and Scott/Cotton Ed/Tillman are just sitting around going "uhhh, now what?" and the CSA loses all the strategic initative then they deserve all that happens to them and more. The job of an ASO is to have plans on top of plans on tops of plans and if the CSA ASO doesn't have a "great, we took DC and Baltimore...now what??" plan then they are that terrifying combination of arrogant and foolish that gets people killed.
The proverbial arrogance and stupidity. Good thing they're only pissing off the Yanks and not the Minbari Federation, like the guys who ignored that warning.
 
The proverbial arrogance and stupidity. Good thing they're only pissing off the Yanks and not the Minbari Federation, like the guys who ignored that warning.
There's nothing worse than a guy (and it is almost always a guy) who is too arrogant to realize that he's a Goddamned moron.
 
I will give them credit if they have a Plan B. If it is Mid-October or thereabouts and the USA hasn't surrendered and Scott/Cotton Ed/Tillman are just sitting around going "uhhh, now what?" and the CSA loses all the strategic initative then they deserve all that happens to them and more. The job of an ASO is to have plans on top of plans on tops of plans and if the CSA ASO doesn't have a "great, we took DC and Baltimore...now what??" plan then they are that terrifying combination of arrogant and foolish that gets people killed.
It's rather simple. Exsanguination. The Confederacy is good for it. Hugh Scott can be remembered in military annals as "the Blood-Miller of Taneytown".
 
A Time of Atrocity: An Accounting of Crimes Committed in the Great American War
"...though of course, as the Federal District was governed directly by Congress, the Black community of Washington did not enjoy voting rights. Nonetheless, it was the most affluent and politically connected Black area of the United States save perhaps Philadelphia, Cincinnati or Indianapolis; Georgetown was overwhelmingly Black and home to an entrepreneurial, thriving populace until September 9th, 1913, when the Confederacy attacked the United States and began shelling Washington from across the Potomac.

Those who could fled; as their fellow Black citizens of Baltimore discovered shortly thereafter, though, their ability to find room on the trains scrambling to get people out was highly limited, and hundreds if not thousands of Black families were left standing on train platforms across Maryland as conductors turned them away, even if ticketed, in favor of their white neighbors. The majority who remained or were stranded, however, understood the stakes clearly. A disproportionate number of the District's Black residents were first-generation descendants of slaves, and a good number of them had fled north themselves and settled down upon crossing the Potomac. Many had served in the Army (the Maryland National Guard was the last in the Union to segregate its forces), and were good with pistols and rifles, particularly those pilfered from the abandoned homes of neighbors. A small militia had formed in Georgetown by the early morning of the 10th, ready to scrap with the Confederate Army as it marched into Washington from the west; many white residents of Washington joined them to defend their home, residents who would have turned them away from their own barbershops and general stores and agitated to deny them jobs at the Navy Yard just a week before.

The Sack of Washington by the 1st Army's II Corps under General Mason Mathews Patrick is regarded as one of the chief atrocities of the Great American War and also its first. Confederate soldiers, upon meeting a surprising amount of urban resistance, set houses on fire, often with people hiding inside; few if any prisoners were taken in Georgetown as the fighting went from street-to-street to room-to-room, and after the Washington Garrison of the US Army was driven from the exposed National Mall, bodies were displayed on its trees as macabre warnings. Officers looted the Smithsonian Institution's galleries and collections; their men went unpunished for torturing and murdering men they encountered and raping women with abandon, including girls as young as twelve. By the 12th, the Confederacy had secured most of the city and driven defenders south of the Anacostia River to the more sparsely settled, hilly townships beyond where a defense was easier, though they remained under the line of fire of the guns in Arlington; they would not be dislodged for another five days, when the defenders in Anacostia surrendered and were kept in a makeshift prison south of the mall, in the swampy grounds adjacent to the Tidal Basin where two hundred of them grew sick and died of neglect, particularly during the harsh winter of 1913.

It was Georgetown that was the worst hit, though, and not just due to the initial fighting punching through the beating heart of Black Washington - its mere existence was an ideological insult to the worldview of the Confederacy. Much of the adult male population was killed, often summarily, and the neighborhood was razed to the ground both with accidental and intentional fires to "blaze a path" for marching soldiers into Washington from the bridgeheads further west along the Potomac. Black families that were captured were, beginning on the 14th, catalogued and then moved across the Potomac into Virginia to be sold into slavery further south, most of them in the Confederate War Department's needs. The fate of Georgetown, rather than striking fear into Blacks north of the Ohio, galvanized them, and as enlistment opened up across the United States to "strike back," Black Americans volunteered at a rate far disproportionate to their share of the population..."

- A Time of Atrocity: An Accounting of Crimes Committed in the Great American War [1]

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