Settling Acounts: Return Engagement
is a novel by Harry Turtledove
published by Del Rey
in 2004. It is part of the Settling Accounts
tetrology of the Southern Victory
On the early morning of June 22, 1941, Confederate President Jake Featherston commences Operation Blackbeard, the Confederate invasion of the United States. Despite the growing signs of war approaching (such as the Confederacy's rearmament and moving troops into Kentucky and Houston after the plebiscites of 1941), the Confederacy takes the U.S. by surprise and quickly forces their way up through Ohio to the Great Lakes, cutting the United States in half. A U.S. counterattack in Virginia, led by Daniel MacArthur, is easily stopped by George Patton. Featherston had been confident that a quick blow would force U.S. President Al Smith into surrendering. However, Smith remains determined to carry on with the war up till his death in a Confederate bombing run over Philadelphia. The novel ends with former Vice President Charles La Follette becoming the new President.