Columbian Civil War
Political controversy over slavery boiled over when the Liberal Party, which opposed expanding slavery, came to power in 1861. Originally, seven provinces responded by seceding from Columbia and declaring the United Southron Kingdoms of America. The Kingdoms took over imperial assets within their borders. Led by the 3rd Earl Calhoun, the Kingdoms grew to control most of the Columbian South and large parts of the Carribean. Nearly seven years of warfare ensued, largely in the South.
The war's Western Theater was less static than in the east and the Empire made quick gains throughout 1861-1863. However, the Eastern Theater was inconclusive with the Army of North Carolina under James Longstreet and the Army of the James under the Earl of Arlington fighting up and down the Shenandoah Valley. Former slaves escaped from plantations and joined the war effort. They were recruited into the Imperial Colored Troops regiments.
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