The Bloody Decade: The Mexican-Commonwealth War: A Louisiana Sunrise
A Louisiana Sunrise The battle of Edgerly Station March 16,1843


March 15,1843 Quelqueshue, La. Major General Jubal Randolph and his Army of the Transmississippi had been forced back to where they had started their campaign had begun, the town of Quelqueshue, Louisiana. It was no fault of his men or himself they had just been outnumbered by their Mexican Counterparts, however that was had changed Major General Thomas O'Keefe and the recently renamed Commonwealth Western Army had arrived from Georgia and now the numbers were on their side for the first time since the campaign the war even had started. Their scouts had Santa Anna’s army 30 miles away crossing the Sabine River this morning General O’Keefe had assumed overall command of the campaign and had decided to march west and meet the Mexicans on the road.

30 miles to the west General Santa Anna watched from his horse as his army filed across on to the ferries that crossed the Sabine River. In doing so his army was officially leaving the old Tejas Province that had been part of New Spain before everything fell apart. In crossing this river he was taking a major risk, his army was down to 65,000 Infantry 2,500 cavalry and and 24 batteries of field guns. This was the result of the constant skirmishing with the Commonwealth Army of the Transmississippi and he need to guard his supply train from raiders. He had to give it to the General Randolph the man had done an excellent job retarding his advance, and blunting his spear head. His Supply train was starting to seriously concern him; it stretched all the way back to San Antonio. He hoped that one more battle would be enough to drive the Americans back into New Orleans so he could came and wait for General Manuel Rojo and his 110,000 men who according to the last dispatch he received had already cross the Rio Grande and should be approaching San Antonio by now.

The two Armies would run into each other near a small siding on the Louisiana State Railway known as Edgerly Station just about 8 miles north of the town of Vinton La. When the Battle began at least to Santa Anna nothing had really changed the Commonwealth line was marked by the familiar banners of the regiments of the Army of the Trans Mississippi and Randolph’s personal standard fluttered at the Station house just behind the fighting. There some new ones but reinforcements had been expected the closer to the Mississippi River they got. Things started to take an odd turn around 1500 hours Santa Anna had just sent in two of his reserve divisions on a flanking attack that should unseat the Americans line and force them to withdraw when his cavalry reported a large body of Infantry with a heavy cavalry screen coming down from the North. It didn’t take him long to figure out that his attack had ended, he sent the recall order out to his two flanking divisions and orders his last reserve division to take up positions to the north of his left flank to act as a breakwater and give him time to redeploy his army to counter this move.

General O’Keefe was thrilled; his men and engaged a Mexican Division that had been deployed to the North of their main line at 1630h the Mexicans had put up a stiff fight but they hadn’t known the sheer weight of that was coming down on their heads. They had held out for an hour and a half before finally being forced to withdraw and to their credit did so in an orderly manner. They had held out long enough for two more divisions to take up positions guarding the Mexican’s Left Flank. Looking at the Warm spring sun O’Keefe doubted that he would be able to envelope the Mexican Army at this rate they simply had too much fight in them but his men were ready for a fight and he was gonna do his best to try.

Santa Anna Looked at his golden Pocket Watch with the Mexican Eagle emblazoned on its front. It was just now 1830 still and hour till the sun was down. His men were fighting bravely as any he had ever served with or commanded but the sheer weight of the American’s Numbers was telling, the three divisions he had deployed to extend his Left flank either had been chewed to shreds or were kiin the process of being chewed to shreds. He was quietly pulling brigades form the Center and Right Flank to form a hodgepodge reserve if the Left flank finally gave way before the darkness fell; he had also issued ordered for his men to be ready to pull back to the Western bank of the Sabine once darkness fell, and had issued orders to the unlucky division in Center of the Line that would form the Rear guard (aka be sacrificed ) so the Army could escape. Once he had the River between him and the Americans he could rest his men and link up with Rojo and try again. Finally at 1915h the sun dipped below the western horizon and the fighting died down. He waited until 2100h before he began to withdraw his army from the battle, with the last units not pulling back till almost 0400h on March 17,1843.

When Dawn broke The Commonwealth would send out the cavalry to chase down the Mexicans and the rearguard led by General Juan Desantos. Despite the best efforts of Major General Hubert Knox to try and delay the Mexican retreat, Desantos would only turn a regiment or two around to stall the pursuit. Allowing the bulk of his men to reach the safety of the west bank of the Sabine River and managed to blow the ferries after he crossed. Against all odds Santa Anna had escaped to fight again another day. However he had bled to do so losing 1,500 men killed 3,000 wounded and 4000 captured.

Following the battle O'Keefe and Randolph decided to reorganize their armies. O'Keefe detached three divisions to the Army of the Trans Mississippi bringing it back up to 95,000 infantry. And devised a new plan. He and his larger command would move north to Possum Bluff to cross at the ferry there. While Randolph would wait here for the River steamboats that the navy was moving here from New Orleans. To allow his men to cross. They were gonna keep the pressure on the Mexicans as much as possible.
 
What needs to happen now is a Quebec/Canadian Nationalist revolt to balkanize British North America a bit for once.
No comment but the future of British North America has three possible roads it can go down its fate is up in the air.

I can say it's not gonna play out in the 1840's but in the 1850s or 1860s as this decade of war is gonna empower the various Nationalists movements. And spoiler none of the powers in this war are gonna be happy in the 1850s. Which will also see the rise of two nativeish African nations (well 3 but I've kinda dealt with Egypt some. )
 
The Bloody Decade: War of Spanish Succession: In the Shadow of the Alps
Spring in the Shadow of the Alps: When The Hammer Blow Falls.

As April warmed up the Piedmont in Northern Italy Marshal Sacco struck on a bold almost insane plan. Over the winter he had reinforced his Army of Northern Italy to 230,000 Infantry, 50,000 Cavalry and 40 Batteries of field guns and 20 batteries of Horse guns. He had also gain a new fire brand of a Cavalry General Cosimo Siciliano. It was Siciliano who helped Sacco plan the spring offensive. Marshall Sacco would break the Army of Northern Italy into two again He would take the Bulk of the Army and March Southeast so that it looked like they were heading to reinforce the Siege of Genoa, this would force the French to intercept Saccos before he and the Army could get to Genoa. Meanwhile Siciliano and the Bulk of the Army’s cavalry would move west then south along the foothills of the Alps. While Lonbardi’s Army would move south at a slower pace just west of Sacco’s Line of March. When the French intercepted Sacco and engaged in battle Lombardi would swing south then attack their rear. Meanwhile Sicilino and the Cavalry would attack the French forward supply base at Cuneo.

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April 18,1843 was a warm spring morning when Major General Léonard Roux was enjoying his breakfast when he started receiving reports that The Italians were marching south by south east in force. Given that the war was not nover the only reason that Sacco would march that direction was he intended to Crush the Genoa Pocket, where Major General Bava, the one Sardinian Commander worth a damn in Roux's mind, was bottled up. This was worrying as it would free up more Italian troops for him to have to deal with later. But there was also opportunity Here If He moved fast enough he might be able to catch them Crossing the Po and destroy the biggest chunk of the Italian Army. This would delight Paris who were rightly very worried about an English Army encamped at Cherbourg. So without finishing his breakfast he started drafting orders. He wanted his Army minus the Cuneo Garrison 210,000 Infantry, 7,000 Cavalry, 52 batteries of field guns and 8 batteries of horse guns. Ready to march within the hour. By 1100 hours the French were marching toward destiny. Because King Chalres Felix was insistent that he use what was left of the Army of Piedoment he assigned it commanded by Major General Giacomo Consoli the task of Screening the Left (northern) Flank of the French Advance. The Army of Piedmont consisted of 50,000 Infantry, 3,000 Cavalry and 14 batteries of field guns, after the beating it took in 1842 the men’s morale was low and faith in the officers was nonexistent.

Roux and his French army would catch up with Sacco at the town of Pollentia just east of Bra. However when his men arrived at the field they found not a moving army but an Italian army that was deployed for a battle along a one mile wide front just east of the town. Roux deployed his men, it meant little to him the Italians were out in the open and in front of his army he would crush them all the same. At 1300h on April 19,1843 the Battle of Pollentia began in earnest.

Meanwhile three hours earlier at 1000h at the old battle field of Savigliano Lombardi’s Column ran into the Sardinian Army of Piedmont out numbered over two to one the Lonbardi was able to use his numbers to overwhelm the Sardinians flanks and by 1200h he had encircled the demoralized Sardinian troops. The most dedicated and loyal parts of the Army namely the Piedmont Guards Division would hold out for almost four more hours before finally overwhelmed by the Italian’s numbers, but this was the exception most of the Sardinian Army surrendered en mass once they realized there was no escape this time. In some instances whole divisions would throw down their rifles and walk to the nearest Italian unit and surrender peacefully. When one such event started to take place with a Brigade that was in line next to the Piedmont Guards they turned their fire on the men attempting to surrender, mowing down hundreds of men from behind. The fact that the Piedmont guards and one or two other hold out divisions kepted Lombardi’s men occupied meant that they wouldn’t be able to march on the main battle till the morning. The Second battle of Savigliano while not as big or bloody as the previous one was a decisive victory for Lombardi and would prove to be a turning point.

Back at Pollentia the first day of fighting had ended in stalemate the battle field was too narrow for either side to use their numbers effectively. Not hearing from Consoli was beginning to worry Roux so that night he sent his cavalry out on a night recon and the report he got back confirmed his worst fears. The Italians had set a trap and he had walked into it not only that but the acurseid Sardinias had allowed themselves to be encircled and crushed without trying to get word out to him. He wanted to let his men sleep tonight but now the reserve would have to be woken up so they could redeploy before he lost his entire army. He would send the better part of his reserve 70,000 Infantry west to Cappellazzo to block the Itailians at Savigliano he had to extract his army but he couldn’t just pull out or it would be Lombardi infront of him and Sacco behind. And he would be no better off than he was now.

April 20, 1843 would see heavy fighting as the Battle of Cappellazzo began at 0900h when Lombardi’s army found the French Reserve deployed and waiting for them with 70,000 Infantry 6,000 Cavalry and 21 batteries of field guns commanded by General de Division Émilien Petit. Lombardi deployed his 90,000 Infantry, 2,500 Cavalry and 15 batteries of field guns and the battle commenced. Both sides were exhausted and determined. The Itailians to finish off the french and put an end to the Kingdom of Sardinia once and for all. The French not to be encircled and end up like the Sardinians. So that the battle ended up as a hard fought stalemate by the time the sun fell below the horizon.

Back at Pollentia the battle continued as a stalemate until Sacco pulled one of this trademarked sleight of hands. He dispatched two divisions on a 10 mile march around the mountain to the North of the battle; these two divisions would reappear at 1700h behind the French Left Flank. With the bulk of his reserve fighting at Cappellazzo Roux had little he could deploy to meet this and instead had to have his left flank do a series of Left Wheels so that they turned to meet the new flank this also shortened this line. However in doing so he had made his position untenable and when Sacco started a fresh assault on the Left and center trying to Drive the French army into the River the well disciplined french soldiers broke. Maybe Roux could have salvaged something from the battle at that point, however he never got the chance as an Italian sharpshooter managed to put a bullet in his left ear and out of his right. At 1805h Major General Léonard Roux fell from his horse dead. And the french army broke. Roux’s aide de camp Colonel Juste Robert was able to get most of the Artillery mustered and retreating protected by the Cavalry and as many units in good order as he could find. He also managed to along with General de Division Aimeric Durand throw together a rear guard that bought time for at least some of the Army to escape the battle however they had to sacrifice themselves to accomplish this.

When the smoke Cleared the French Army was gone over 70,000 Frenchmen had been taken prisoner another 4,500 were dead and 8,600 were wounded; the Italians had not had any men captured but had suffered 3,000 killed and 9,000 wounded. When all three battles were added up Italy had lost just over 10,000 killed and 25,000 wounded. France’s grand total for all three battles would be 75,000 captured, 13,500 killed and 22,600 wounded. The Sardinians had been wiped off the map, losing all of their last field army. General de Division Émilien Petit would reform at Cumeo which they returned to find battered but not broken, as the Garrison had been more than enough to ward off Siciliano Cavalry raid. That is not to say everything was fine, the Rail Line that had been painfully run though the mountains had been destroyed in several places and over 300 supply wagons had been burned.

April 23, 1843 Naples

When Word of the battle first reached Naples just hours after the guns had fallen silent Napoleon II had ordered the bells rung in celebration of the victory over the French however as time passed and the Full report came in from Marshall Sacco it became clear that the war against the French was not over. Sardinia was another story as King Charles Felix had been overthrown by what subjects he had left under the government of the Kingdom of Sardinia, and its new Leaders Chancellor Fonsie Arcuri and Queen Esmeralda had sent word that they would like to discuss terms to Naples. When he was informed of this in his room where he was held captive Crown Prince Ferdinand Emanuele complained that his sister had no right to the throne only for Napoleon II to remind him that first he was a captive here and second his father was not dead but in route to Paris after being overthrown and he should be glad that the Sardinian Monarch survived at all “After all that is the way Republics are born.” Napoleon instructed Sacco to offer the following terms.

  1. The Kingdom of Sardinia surrenders to the Italian Empire All Sardinian troops on the ground and Ships at sea shall cease all combat operations against the Italian Empire and its Allies.
  2. The Kingdom of Sardinia will order the French to abandon their position at Cumeo and leave all Sardinian Territory and ports.
  3. On May 1,1843 the Kingdom of Sardinia will cease to exist and integrate itself into the Italian Empire. If all the terms of the treaty are met then on that Day Queen Esmeralda would become the Duchess of Piedmont if Not another governmental structure will be created.

On April 24,1843 the Sardinian Government would sign the treaty and orders were sent to Bava to stand down in Genoa; which he would do on the next day having his men stack their arms and march out of the city to Albenga where they would encamp on April 28,1843 before being disbanded. It was the Sardinian Navy that threw a wrench in things by refusing to accept the orders or recognize the new Government they would sail to Toulon and join up with the French Royal Navy. In response Queen Esmerarlda was forced to exile the officers and men of the Fleet that kept fighting after the signing of the Treaty of Albenga. The French would be the other thorn as they refused to abandon Cumeo which they had fortified, Louis XVII decided that making the Italians fight on the Eastern side of the mountains was better than letting them descend into southern France as the Romans once had Gaul. As the deadline approached Napoleon II and Marshall Sacco would agree that Esmeralda had done her utmost to honor the treaty and grant her the title of Duchess of Piedmont when she abdicated the throne of Sardinia on May 1, 1843.
 
No comment but the future of British North America has three possible roads it can go down its fate is up in the air.

I can say it's not gonna play out in the 1840's but in the 1850s or 1860s as this decade of war is gonna empower the various Nationalists movements. And spoiler none of the powers in this war are gonna be happy in the 1850s. Which will also see the rise of two nativeish African nations (well 3 but I've kinda dealt with Egypt some. )
Russia, Italy, Britain, Prussia, and France in Europe will have some fun time I’m assuming?
African countries so more exploring of Africa, dont known if Ethiopia has been mentioned or the rush for colonies besides Northern Africa and DutchSA.
 
@Theodorecorvin
Good guesses on the african countries. Ethiopia the Soon to be Cape Kingdom (currently known as the Dutch Overseas Kingdom) Egypt and Morocco are going to be the four industrialized African Nations.

As for Europe yes the European Powers will be scrambling for Africa as will the American Republics. Currently the Commonwealth of American States members South Carolina and Georgia have sizable African holdings.

Currently Italy holds Lybia and Tunisia and France hold Algeria. But France is losing Algeria to an Italian invasion and has realize they might have more on there plate than they can handle in this war especially now that Sardinia their only ally is Kaput.
 
The Bloody Decade: The Old Dominion Colored Troops part 1
The Buffalo soldiers.
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When the Commonwealth-Colombian war erupted Virginia Military started looking for additional manpower so that it could meet its requirements to supply troops to the South American expedition, the Vermont Defense Army, and the Ozarks Defence Command, and maintain its minimal standing requirements, without out calling up the reserves. To do this the Commander General of the Virginian Army Thomas Clark asked the Virginia House of Delegates and Senate to amend the Service for Citizenship Act of 1839.

This law established paths for freed to gain citizenship one of which was military service however it didn't take effect until July 1,1855. Clark asked the state government to amend that law so that slaves could enlist effective immediately serve there 10 years and be freed upon completion of service. After a lot of back and forth in both chambers the Clark Amendment to the Service for Citizenship Act of 1839 was passed. This amendment allowed the Army of Virginia to enlist 2 divisions worth of slaves into the Old Dominion Colored Troops of the Army of Virginia. These slaves would be granted immediate freedom and citizenship after 10 years of service.

Starting in the fall of 1841 fliers were posted in the state work crews barracks calling for "20,000 Strong Intelligent Negros to enlist in the Old Dominion Colored Troops.Ten Years of service leads to immediate freedom and full citizenship." The Recruitment officers were flooded with black men eger to enlist. By October of 1841 General Clark had his 20,000 men enlisted; their training would take place at Camp William Lee(1) located just off the James River and Kanawha Railroad line(2) from Richmond to Danville at Drakes Branch in Charlotte County Va. Clark decided that it would be best if the Old Dominion Colored Troops were a separate branch of the Army of Virginia and appointed Major General Irvine McKinney of Halifax County Commandant of the ODCT. The Clark amendment specified that the ODCT have white officers. Together Clark and McKinney would hand pick the officers for the ODCT.

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Men of Company A 1st Virginia Colored Regiment muster for inspection at Camp William Lee

By the Summer of 1842 the ODCT were two of the better trained divisions of the Army of Virginia. They were offered when the muster call was given for a second Army to head to South America However Commander General Smith head of the Commonwealth Army, and Major General O'Keefe rejected the offer. The South Carolinian officers wanted little to do with Clark's mad idea of training Slaves to fight. It was looking like the ODCT would end up garrisoning Norfolk Harbor. Then it came time for Virginia to commit troops to the Ozark Territory Defense Command. After a minor debate Virginia Chose to send the Old Dominion Colored Troops to meet both its and Maryland’s requirement Maryland having agreed to take on some of the supply burden instead of sending troops.

General McKinney and the Old Dominion Colored Troops would arrive in the Ozark Territory on August 17,1842. The two divisions would be split between Fort Henry Lee (3) in the Southwest Corner and Fort Andrew Jackson 130 miles to the north. The following months the Major General McKinney and the ODCT would engage the Comanche Chief Iron Jacket in three engagements, Sadlers Farm on September 11,1842 and Lone Pine Bluff on October 1,1843 however the largest of these battles was the Battle of Swifttrout Creek on November 4,1842 in which Iron Jacket brought over 1,500 Comanche together and engaged the 3rd Virginia Colored Cavalry Regiment. Even with the Comanche having a slight advantage in numbers the Black troopers were able to not only soundly defeat the Comanche but also capture Iron Jacket, and his chief lieutenants Bison Runs and Silver Axe alive. They would be brought back to Fort Henry Lee, Tried and hanged for the killing, rape and kidnapping of Commonwealth settlers in the Ozarks Territory.
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Two soldiers of the 3rd Virginia Colored Regiment defend a homestead from Indian Attack fall of 1842

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The 2nd Virginia Colored Dragoons chase after Comanche raiders

By the Time the Meixan War broke out in February of 1843 the Comanche military activity had been suppressed at least for the time being. Their battles with the Comanche earned the ODCT their nickname the Buffalo Soldiers and the Comanche believed that they were the reincarnation of slain Bull Buffalo of the past due to their hair and the way they fought. (5)

  1. Name of Washington’s slave servant that accompanied him during his Revolutionary War Campaigns.
  2. The former Richmond and Southern Railroad bought by the JR&K RR in 1837
  3. OTL CromwellTx
  4. OTL Woodward Ok
  5. This is pretty much the myth of how the USTC got this nickname in OTL.
  6. This is my homage to the Men who served in the United States Colored Troops the buffalo soldiers have always been a favorite part of American history. The Old Dominion Colored Troops have not made their last appearance in this story.
 
Interlude: Federal Republic of America National Anthem The Battle Cry of Freedom

Our flag is proudly floating on the land and on the main,
Shout, shout the battle cry of Freedom!
Beneath it oft we've conquered, and we'll conquer oft again!
Shout, shout the battle cry of Freedom!

(Chorus)
Our Republic forever! She's never at a loss!
Tear down with those crosses and raise our egale high,
While we rally 'round the Grand Old flag, we'll rally once again,
Shout, shout the battle cry of Freedom!

Our gallant boys have marched to the rolling of the drums.
Shout, shout the battle cry of Freedom!
And the leaders in charge cry out, "Come, boys, come!"
Shout, shout the battle cry of Freedom!

(Chorus)

We fight now to reclaim the land, that was taken so very long ago,
Shout, shout the battle cry of Freedom!
Freedom is our armor, and Liberty is our sword!
Shout, shout the battle cry of Freedom!

(Chorus)

They have laid down their lives on the bloody battle field.
Shout, shout the battle cry of Freedom!
Their motto is resistance – "To the tyrants never yield!"
Shout, shout the battle cry of Freedom!

(Chorus)

Though ten thousand men may fall, we’ll send ten thousand men more.
Shout, shout the battle cry of Freedom!
To the forces of the King, our Freedoms we’ll not yield.
Shout, shout the battle cry of Freedom!

(Chorus)
 
That song took quite a while to do unlike the last two which I just changed words here and there I wrote two whole verses and rewrote the chorus. It was a challenge but I feel it captures the feelings of the FRA well. There is no chance of a reconciliation with Any of Great Britain or here dominions.

I'm not entirely happy with the second verse of the chorus but its the best I can come up with.
 
The Bloody Decade: The Mexican-Commonwealth War: Clash n the Gulf
The Ghost Fleet

February 19,1843 Admiral of the Fleet Jacob McVey had issued the orders to the fleet basically stripping the Atlantic Fleet of 98% of his ships who were now steam or sailing their way toward New Orleans where he had ordered the new expanded Gulf Fleet to muster. Admiral David Schaefer would have the largest fleet the Commonwealth could muster at the current time, it would still be smaller than the Mexican Imperial Gulf Armada if they brought everything they had to the fight but it could not be helped. Now he was walking along the banks of the James River just outside of Richmond. Here either anchored along the River banks or on stocks on shore was the James River Ghost Fleet. The James River Ghost Fleet like the other three of the Commonwealth Navy’s Ghost fleets was made up of ships that were basically done but not fitted out that had been towed here and put on stocks or older ships that had been replaced in activer service by new ships, these ships had been anchored here in the shelter of the river just incase. He was Activated both the Jame River Ghost Fleet and the Savannah River Ghost Fleet together the two fleets consisted of twenty eight Ships of the Line, twenty six frigates, twenty eight corvettes, and thirty two sloops all of which were sailing vessels. These ships would be used to fill the now vacant slots in the Atlantic Fleet.

May 25,1843 in the Gulf

Admiral David Schaefer had both squadrons of the Gulf Fleet all 42 ships of the Line(20 of which were steam powered*), 20 frigates all steam powered, 10 Corvettes all steam powered, 21 sloops all steam powered and 20 brigs and cutters that were acting as scouts and communication ships. He had another 15 brigs and cutters patrolling along the Louisiana Coast . Scheafer’s objective was to try and pull the Mexicans out of port so that he could engage part of their Gulf Armada and cut down his disadvantage some. To do this he had sent 10 raiding parties head of the fleet to attack Mexican shipping and fishing boats. Each raiding party consisted of a Sloop and two brigs and 1 cutter. Even if the Mexicans didn’t take the bait they would still take some prizes and hurt the mexican merchant fleet. To the south in Central America was the Caribbean Fleet based at Bluefields it consisted of 7 ships of the line, 10 frigates, 16 corvettes, 22 Sloops and 75 Brigs Cutters and smaller vessels, however this fleet was more geared toward anti privacy than actual fleet to fleet combat.

May 30, 1843 Veracruz Mexico

Almirante Juan Manuel Lagos commander of the Imperial Armada of the Gulf was tired of just sitting in port while the Americans were at sea he could feel it. His Fleet was divided into two squadrons the North Squadron was based at Port Isabel in the Province of Rio Grande. The most northern part of the Armada consisted of 5 ships of the line, 15 Frigates, 12 Corvettes, 9 sloops and 20 Briggs, Cutters and smaller vessels. Next was the Central Squadron which was the main punching power of the Gulf Armada with 43 ships of the line, 22 frigates, 14 corvettes, 15 Sloops and 45 Brigs, Cutters and smaller vessels. Of the ships in the Armada about half were steampowered and half were sail.
Almirante’s plan was for the Northern Squadron of the Gulf Armada and the Carribean Armada where to engage in Commerce Raiding. However the Carribean Armada was not of much use to him as it was trapped in port by the Central American Rebels who were besieging Bluefield. This meant that the Northern Squadron of the Gulf Armada was sent out alone. When the Commonwealth Navy sailed to get rid of the Northern’s squadrons raiding he would use the powerful Center Squadron and engage them.

June 7-10,1843

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In June Admiral Schaefer was tired of sitting in port while the Mexican picked Commonwealth shipping apart in the Gulf of Mexico. So On June 7,1843 The Commonwealth Gulf Fleet set sail his objective was simple he knew the Mexican Gulf Armada’s Northern Squadron was based at Port Isabel, he would sail their and blockade the Port’s entrench he had wanted to land a Brigade of Infantry to attack the port from the ground but he couldn’t convince the army to detach any troops.

Mexican picket ships stationed in the Gulf noticed and came racing back to Veracruz with word that the Commonwealth Navy was out in force. By Dawn on June 9,1843 the Mexican Armada had left port with the tide and was sailing north. The Two fleets would meet 62 miles northeast of Isla de Lobos. The battle would run northeast to southwest. The battle would begin at 1152h on June 10,1843. Each admiral would try and cross the opposite’s T. This would make the battle a twisted snake like scene in which damaged ships that couldn’t keep up with the line were left behind to be swarmed by the Brigs and Clippers that were tailing the main line of battle It would last till 2108h when both sides would depart towards their respective ports. The Commonwealth navy would lose 6 ships of the line, 9 frigates, 4 corvettes, 7 sloops and 13 smaller vessels. The Mexicans would lose 7 ships of the line 10 frigates. Both sides would claim victory over the Mexicans because they had driven back the Commonwealth Navy’s first outing into the Gulf of Mexico since the start of the war. And the Commonwealth because they had forced the Mexicans to pull back before they could lift the blockade of Port Isabel. To the Foreign observers like the RMS Swansong and the French merchantman Merchant of Lyon the battle was clearly a draw as neither side clearly gained an advantage.

*steam powered means:Steam Aulerally so has sails and steam
 
The War of Spanish Succession: Bavaria Joins the War
Central Europe

From the outside the Prussian Empire looked like the most stable and powerful German State. However, under the surface this was not the case. These statements were true for the actual Kingdom of Prussia; centrally organized with a decent parliamentary system and an army that was well equipped and well trained from the officers down to the lowest conscript.Then there were the co-kingdoms Poland and Jutland and here was where the troubles began. In Poland the Imperialist faction was the minority in terms of the population numbers; however due to the plural voting for ethinc Germans they held the majority of the Polish seats in the Imperial House of Representatives (the lower house of the Imperial Prussian Landtag). Meanwhile outside of Warsaw an underground Polish Independence movement was being fosted by the Polish Nationals and the Polish Republicans. These groups had been receiving smuggled weapons from Bavaria and Sweden for the last five years at this point, while the weapons were old they still meant that the Polish Rebellion would be armed.

Shifting to the North was the Grand Duchy of Jutland. Much like in Poland thanks to plural voting the ethinic Germans controlled the Duchy’s seats in theImperial House of Representatives. The actually danish people living in Jutland were even more uneasy about living inside the Prussian Empire than the Poles. And Like in Poland the Danes were well organized by the Scandanivan Reunion Party and armed by the Swedish Empire. In short unknown to Berlin the Prussian Empire was not a stable nation it was a powder keg waiting to go off. The War in Spain had primed the keg then on June 17, 1843 Bavarian Agents arrived with word that on June 21,1843 the summer solstice Bavaria would declare war on Prussia and in doing do set the stage for one of the most shocking events of the Bloody Decade the Collapse of the Prussian Empire.

On June 20,1843 King Karl I of Bavaria announced to the Bavarian Parliament that Bavaria could no longer sit by and watch the poor catholics of Poland be trodden upon by the Prussians Jack Boots. It was time that Bavaria rose to her place as the Dominant German state and toppled Prussia's oppressive regime. Stating that "At no time shall Bavaria seek to annex any Polish lands into our kingdom."

At Dawn on June 21,1843; 260,000 Bavarian troops divided into two armies of 130,000 men each crossed the border with Prussia. The 1st Army under General Jakob von Hartmann marched north towards Leipzig. The Prussian border units were easily brushed aside with only minor skirmishes. The German campaign had just begun.

Berlin June 21, 1843

Kaiser Frederick III was beside himself. The Bavarians were invading from the south, to the east the Polish had launched a major rebellion and to top it all off the Danes in Jutland were also joining in the rebellion. Now he hand his generals were looking at the early reports. There were 75,000 men gathering at Dresden under the command of General Albrecht Theodor Emil Graf von Roon another 90,000 at Leipzig under General Helmuth von Moltke, mostly Saxons. Reports from the border said that they were both out numbered 2 to 1. There were 175,000 men mustering in Berlin under Field Marshall,
Karl Friedrich von Steinmetz. In the north we have 59,000 men in Hamburger under the command of General Frederick von Bismark, and lastly we have 25,000 men of the Polish Army still loyal in Warsaw.

The Twin Battles of Dresden and Leipzig.

On June 22,1843 the Bavarians and Prussian met in battle at Dresden and Leipzig. For the Prussians both were a delaying action meant to slow down the Bavarian advance. Both General Roon and Motlke played their hands very well the battle of Dresden was drawn out for two days before Roon was forced to withdraw, while at Leipzig Motlke was able thanks to a slight number of reinforcements to hold out till June 26th before having to withdraw.

The Jutland Campaign

To the North Bismarck has his Army march north from Hamburg to crush the Danish rebels. His army meets the first Rebel force at Flensburg where a Rebel division is dug in just south of the town. Bismarck easily drives the rebels out of the town. By July 1st Bismarck had pushed north to Aarthus and had the main Rebel Army of 40,000 men pinned inside the city. Jutland was the most successful campaign that the Prussians had going into july.

If Jutland marked Prussia's success,to the west in Poland marked its greatest failure. On July 1,1843 the Rebels had attacked the Loyalist army at Warsaw and defeated it in detail. What was left of it had retreated to Konigsberg.

Then on July 3,1843 the European world was shocked again as The Swedish Empire declared war on Prussia citing violence toward Danish citizens in Jutland. Prussia's summer had gotten worse.
 
The Bloody Decade: Second War of Spanish Succession: Prussian Blues
The Month of July would see more woes for the Prussian Empire. On July 2, 1843 a Swedish Army of 75,000 men under Generallöjtnant Björn Nordin crossed from Odense to Fredericia on the Jutland peninsula. He would detach a division to form his rear guard and march north with the remaining 65,000 men which he divided into two columns a Western Column and an Eastern Column. He gave command of the western Column to Generalmajor Noah Marcussen; while he kept command of the Eastern Column. The plan was that when either column encountered the Prussian forces they would engage them and hold them in place till the other column could reinforce them.

Battle of Drantum

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Bismarck Leads the Charge

Bismarck meanwhile had disengaged his siege of the rebels at Aarhus and began moving his army to the South and west seeking to circle around the Swedish troops coming from the Duchy of Denmark He would make it to the town of Brande when he ran into Marcussen’s western column. The battle would take place on the rolling hills of the small village of Drantum With the Swedish Army occupying the hill line. Bismarck saw that he had the number advantage at least for the time being and quickly organized an attack. At 1300h he launched a faint at the Swedish Right flank with a division of Infantry supported by two batteries of artillery at 1345 when he was sure that the Swedes were looking right he struck left with three divisions. The attack on the left flank was an unparalleled success Marcussen had bought the feint on his right hook line and sinker. By 1600h he had completely rolled up Marcussen’s Left flank and the Swedish general was forced to withdraw to the east or risk losing his column. For Bismarck there was little time to celebrate. By 1800h he had gathered up as many wounded as possible and started his Army marching south once more. For now at least he had escaped.

Battle of Cottbus

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Roon's Defenders at Cottbus

Meanwhile to the south Things were not going so well Roon would engage the Bavarian second army under GeneralEckehard Schiele at the city of Cottbus Roon had bed the Kaiser to send him more troops but The Kaiser feared to leave Berlin undefined and refused. The battle began on July 12,1843 and would last until July 16,1843 Roon and his men put up and outstanding defensive fight but after four days of battle The Bavarian’s numbers won the day Roon and his battered army were forced to withdraw during the night of the 16th and 17th leaving a good part of their wounded behind. Roon had lost over 5,000 men killed and another 9,000 wounded or missing, the Bavarians had lost 7,500 killed and 10,000 wounded. Most importantly Roon’s stubborn defense had made Schiele pause at Cottbus and wait for three weeks before he advanced north toward Berlin.

Battle of Thiendorf

To the west Molke was not willing to be forced on to the defensive and battered back toward Berlin one strong point at a time. He chose to attack the Bavarian First Army’s rear at Thiendorf. Attacking out of the west from Schonfeld He forced. This forced the Bavarians to turn around and counter march in order to protect their supply lines. The battle of Thiendorf would last just two days starting on July 4th and ending on the 5th and while not as bloody as Cottbus it likewise made the Bavarians pause for a month to secure their supply lines before continuing to advance.

Blue July

The battles of July from Bismarck’s unlikely escape from Jutland, Roon’s tireless defense at Cottbus and lastly but not leastly Molke’s daring attack at Thiendorf had served to make Prussia’s enemy’s pause and buy Prussia some time to catch its breath and regroup. The only place were the news continued to be Grim was Poland were on July 17,1843 the Polish Rebels declared the creation of the Crown Republic of Poland with the signing of the Charter of 1843 They invited Archduke Karl Peter von Habsburg of Croatia to become King of the new Crown Republic of Poland and offered Hungary-Croatia preferred nation status and full alliance in exchange for recognition and military aid. On July 30,1843 King Joseph I and the Federal Government of Hungary-Croatia accepted the polish offer and Karl was dispatched to Warsaw at the head of an army of 65,000 Hungarians and 40,000 Croats, along with official letters recognizing the Crown Republic of Poland as a sovereign nation of Europe.

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Archduke Karl Peter von Hapsburg of Croatia Soon to be King Karol I of Poland
 
The Bloody Decade: Second War of Spanish Succession: Bloody Days
The Bloody Days

The Murica Massacre


The events of July of 1843 threw a monkey wrench into the War plans of the British. With the rebellions and the Invasion of their homelands the Prusian Army in Iberia became more and more demoralized and even saw infighting breakout between Prussian Polish and Danish troops within the Prussian Army of Iberia. This would come to a head on August 2,1843 when the Polish and Danish troops united and attacked their Prussian comrades the Murica Massacre as it became known world see almost all of the 50,000 Prussians in the Army of Iberia killed, those who escaped fled into the Spanish countryside about 8,000 of which would eventually turn up at the British Army’s encampment. The Polish and Danish troops knowing that they would receive only death if they British caught them defected to the French, who would arrange for them to be given passage to Bavaria and eventually their respective Homelands.

The Sack of Valencia

The Murica Massacre would give the Duke of Normandy the breathing space he needed to hopefully end this ever growing bloody conflict. During the early weeks of August he shifted his forces to the Siege of Valencia in preparation for what he hoped would be the climactic battle of the war.
The Assault on Valencia began on August 31,1843. The Duke of Normandy had over 200,000 men encircling the city compared to the 98,600 Italian and Spanish defenders inside the entrenchments defending the besieged capital of the Kingdom of Spain. The First wave would begin its attack at 0700h, unlike other assaults the defenses would be attacked from all sides uniformly. By doing this the Duke of Normandy hoped that the defenders would be overwhelmed and forced to surrender without too much bloodshed by either side. In this he was mistaken. As soon as the French and Aragonese troops left their trenches they started falling victim to Spanish rifle and artillery fire. The British and Italians had managed to get over 600 heavy naval guns to reinforce the defenses of the city. When the French reached the Spanish trenches and earth works the whole battle devolved into hand to hand battle. As the Spanish soldier had already determined to die before giving up their capital and their maimed king.

By 1200h The French numbers had allowed them to press on though the outer ring of earthen forts and trenches into the inner ring. The Spanish still fighting tooth and nail for every foot of ground given. This determined defense was having a negative effect on the French Infantry who had grown embittered at the Spanish refusal to accept the facts presented to them. Finally by 1500h the French had broken though the last ring of defenses and were still having to fight for every foot of ground gained. With no more defenses to fight in, the Spanish soldiers had taken to fighting house to house. This fighting would go on for two more days before finally at Noon on September 2,1843 The french entered the Royal Palace and the Spanish spent their last blood with King Marius himself killing 12 French soldiers with his McKnight Revolver before he was finally killed by no less than 28 french Mini Balls hitting his body. With the king dead What was left of the Defenders tried to flee some would make it to the harbor where one last stubborn defense would allow some 9,000 soldiers to make it on to boats heading for the Joint Italian British Fleet off of the coast. By 1900h on September 2,1843 the battle of Valencia ended. But the Bloodshed had not. The enraged french soldiers wold rape loot and pillage the city of Valencia despite the Duke of Normandy’s attempts to stop it with a french soldier even killing his horse out from under the Duke as the tried to stop the Rape of a Spanish girl. The carnage would not end until Noon on September 3rd, leaving the City of Valencia a burning broken wreck. Duke Louis would hold tribunals for the next three days and execute over 15,000 of his own officers and men in response to the Sack of Valencia. The Battle of Valencia Cost the French over 20,000 dead (not counting the men Louis executed.) and 40,000 wounded. The Spanish lost 35,000 men killed, 40,000 men wounded, and with the exception of the 9,000 men that escaped to the ships all the survivors were captured. Over 18,000 civilians were killed in the sack of the city and countless women were raped; on top of that the city was almost entirely destroyed in the fighting. The Second War of Spanish Succession still had over three years left before the it would end; six years before the Bloody Decade would finally end; however, for the Kingdom of Spain the world would never be the same.

Aftermath

Following the end of the Battle Louis would wire his brother about the battle as he closed his report he dictated a professional line. “The actions Conducted by the Army of Iberia under my command may have eliminated the chief need for this war but it has also eliminated any hope that either of my nephews residing in Paris will ever peacefully sit on the Spanish throne. For this I offer my sincerest apology and regrets brother if you would have me retire to the countryside I shall not argue with you.” In the end Louis XVII would forgive his younger brother in a way that Louis Duke of Normandy would never forgive himself. However the press around the world would be less forgiving naming him the Butcher Duke. The events of the Fall of Valencia would weigh on the Soul of Louis Duke of Normandy for the rest of his life finally leading him to end his life in the Fall of 1855.

Marius Bonaparte had never married but he had had an illegitimate son named Gilberto with an actress back in 1825. When he had become King of Spain he had asked the Pope to Legitimize Gilberto; this had taken place on June 11,1842. However for his safety Gilberto would remain in Naples until the conflict was over. However the death of his father changed that on October 1,1843 Gilberto was crowned King of Spain in the Cathedral of Seville. His claim to the throne was tenuous at best. The Spanish Royal Army was reduced to just 12,000 men and the bulk of the forces under his command came from the Christian Republic of Granada which still considered its treaty with the Kingdom of Spain valid, at least for now.

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Marius (I) Napoleon Bonaparte King of Spain

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Gilberto (I) Emanuel Facile Bonaparte .
 
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Map : Iberian Front Fall of 1843
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Violate United Portuguese Empire
Light Blue Christian Republic of Granada
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Dark Purple French Protectorate of Aragon
Purple Kingdom of France
Green Gold Italian Empire
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The Bloody Decade: Commonwealth-Mexican War: Tejas/ Louisiana Campaign
The Tejas/Louisiana Campaign


General O’Keefe had a plan to drive the Mexicans out of the State of Louisiana before the end of summer. This plan had three elements to it. Randolph would take the newly minted Army of the Gulf Due west along the Western Road that followed the Louisiana State Railway towards San Antonio, It was roughly known that Santa Anna’s battered army was encamped near the settlement of Buffle (1). Randolph was to engage him and push his army South and Southeast towards the coast keeping him away from the Mexican Army under Rojo that reports placed in San Antonio. Meanwhile O’Keefe would move his force parallel to Randolphs on a more northern Route He would attack the Forts at Bastrop and San Marco drawing Rojo North away from Santa Anna. Providing Randolph the chance to destroy Santa Anna’s Army in Detail. Lastly wanting to pull the Mexican’s attention away from Western Louisiana or Tejas as they called it. He approached Major General Orlando Tiberius Hampton, Commander of the Ozark Territory Defence Command, if he could organize a Raid on the upper Rio Grande Valley. Major General McKinney Volunteered the Old Dominion Colored Troops for this mission, and Hampton would approve the Raid on Albuquerque in the Hopes that he would never see McKinney and his men again.

The Battle of Rancho del Gato

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The Campaign in Western Louisiana took off at a snail's pace in the South Randolph had to wait for the Steamboats to be assembled to move his army and to ensure a steady flow of supplies. To the west Santa Anna was waiting for some Reinforcements to replace soldiers he had lost on the campaign to date. It would not be till mid June that Randolph was ready to march west. Santa Anna would begin moving his army east when his scouts reported that the Americans were across the Buffalo Bayou.

The two armies would meet at a large Rance on the Eastern side of the Colorado River called Rancho del Gato. (2). Santa Anna would deploy his 75,000 in a defensive formation with six divisions in the line two on the Right, two on the left and two in the center and one division in reserve. Major General Juan Desantos would command the Mexican Left Flank in the north and Major General Juan Manuel Abasto would command the Right flank in the South., While Brigadier General Miguel Ángel Pozo commanded the 5,000 man Cavalry Brigade.

On the other side Randolph would deploy seven divisions in his line, three on his Right, two in the center and two on the left. Randolph gave command of the Left wing to Major General Orlando Parrish and the Right wing to Major General Isaac Irvine, while he commanded the Center.

The battle was joined at 1300h on June 17,1843 With the Commonwealth army attacking the Mexican center and left flank. Randolph chose a dual attack hoping to keep the Mexicans from shifting troops and to hopefully shorten the battle to one day as the two armies had joined late in the day. Like most battles in the Louisiana campaigns so far would see high volumes of lead fly down field with the Mexicans armed with their version of the Springfield Sharps breech loading rifle and the Commonwealth army armed with its McKnight Revolving Rifles. However, like in South America the Commonwealth had developed new thinner battlelines to negate some of the casualties that faster firing rifles. The Mexicans haven’t had their breech loading rifles as long and were still using traditional battlelines. The Mexican lines would hold till darkness fell however, they had taken a beating at the hands of the American rapid firing revolving Rifles. Santa Anna knew that he could not afford to take a full day’s work of pounding like he had received in the afternoon today. He is thinking of falling back under the cover of darkness when his Cavalry Commander Brigadier General Pozo makes the argument that he could mount a flanking attack in the morning. However Santa Anna points out that the Americans have double the cavalry as Pozo does. He chooses to collect his wounded and withdraw. It is now that one of Pozo’s scouts comes barging in stating that the American cavalry which had only been lightly engaged in the battle was behind them at Buffle. Santa Anna orders his men two withdraw to the Southwest toward the Port town of Beauregard, Pozo in disgrace for the moment quietly goes about setting up a rear guard.

The morning finds the Mexicans gone moving toward the southwest, as this is exactly where Randolph wants them to go he instructs Major General Jonathan Archer. To use his cavalry division to keep Santa Anna from turning towards San Antonio. While he used the main army to keep the pressure on Santa Anna. So far the plan was working.

The Battles of Bastrop and of San Marco

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To the North General O’Keefe was not having such good luck. He had moved his men hard hoping to catch the mexican forts before the relief column had arrived. The Commonwealth Army of the West arrived at Bastrop on May 22, 1843 and found the fort manned by just 1500 men lead by Colonel Juan Carlos Fitzpatrick. The Garrison gave an hours worth of battle before spiking their guns and surrendering.

O’Keefe would leave a garrison at Bastrop He marched southwest to San Marco. However here he found Rojo’s Army encamped around the small settlement and the springs that fed the San Marco River.

The Battle would begin on June 1, 1843. The Mexicans held a slight advantage over the Americans despite Rojo having sent men south to reinforce Santa Anna. The battle would go back and five days not ending until June 6,1843. Once more the improved tactics of the Commonwealth men meant that they suffered less casualties. However Rojo’s men were fresh and in good spirits unlike Santa Anna’s. By the end of the second day’s battle O’Keefe’s men were on the defensive. And by the final day of battle O’Keefe was forced to fall back to Bastrop and regroup his men and figure out a new plan of attack. The Battle of San Marcos gave the Mexican Empire a much needed Victory, and would stop the Commonwealth advance on San Antonio. For the rest of summer till reinforcements arrived, in September.

  1. OTL Hallettsville.
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What are everyone's thoughts on the Bloody Decade so far and I'm curious to see how you all think its gonna play out. Also I dropped the Confederate from my User name and replaced it with my home state Virginia.
 
What are everyone's thoughts on the Bloody Decade so far and I'm curious to see how you all think its gonna play out. Also I dropped the Confederate from my User name and replaced it with my home state Virginia.
Is Russia, Persia, Egypt, Hungry, Indian states and the Byzantines going to get involved?
A future polish nation could bring trouble to Russian Empire and Hungry in the future so they could possibly intervene.
 
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Ok so my pc keyboard just decided it wanted to die joy. Trip to Walmart for me tomorrow.

Russia is gonna sit this one out unless someone gives me a good reason why they would want to. Czar Michael II is looking east at Japanese pirates raiding his gold ships from Alaska.
Remember he doubled the size of the Russian Pacific Fleet last Decade making russia the largest naval power in the Eastern Pacific. Micheal has had a forget the west attitude his whole reign.

Hungary has made a play it was poland the new Crown Republic of poland is gonna because a Hungarian puppet sooner rather than later. The Hungarians are looking at Bavaria and Italy as possible enemies in the future. So they might pick a side butt.. their main concern is the other Romanov lead nation the Byzantine Empire (2.0) with his younger brother looking east Constine is looking to make a name for his rebooted empire and wants the balkins (I was planning on this coming to blows in the 1860 or 70s as the first predreadnought war ) but if yall want them added to the Bloody Decade I can oblige yall no problems.
 
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