William Gladstone
Historical Figure
Nationality: United Kingdom
Date of Birth: 1809
Date of Death: 1898
Religion: Anglican
Occupation: Politician
Children: Eight
Political Party: Conservative Party;
Liberal Party
Political Office(s): Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Turtledove Appearances:
The Guns of the South
POD: January 17, 1864
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Southern Victory
POD: September 10, 1862
Appearance(s): American Front
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
William Ewart Gladstone (29 December 1809 – 19 May 1898) was a British Liberal Party statesman, Chancellor of the Exchequer, and four-time Prime Minister (1868–74, 1880–85, 1886 and 1892–94). He was a champion of the Home Rule Bill which would have established self-government in Ireland.

Gladstone is also famous for his intense rivalry with the Conservative Party Leader Benjamin Disraeli, and his strained relationship with Queen Victoria for much of his career. He is still regarded as one of the greatest British prime ministers.

William Gladstone in The Guns of the SouthEdit

In October 1862, Chancellor of the Exchequer William Gladstone commented on the conflict that came to be called the Second American Revolution. Gladstone complimented Confederate President Jefferson Davis on having "made a nation." The course of the war throughout 1863 and into early 1864 left many believing that Gladstone had been premature in his pronouncement.

However, the arrival of the AK-47 in 1864 and Robert E. Lee's successful invasion and conquest of Washington City soon validated Gladstone.

Lord Lyons referenced Gladstone's speech during a meeting with Lee shortly after Washington was captured.[1]

William Gladstone in Southern VictoryEdit

In October 1862, William Gladstone, Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer, argued for recognition of the Confederate States, which had just won the Battle of Camp Hill. He stated that they had built for themselves an army, a navy, and a nation. Lord Lyons reminded US President Lincoln of this at their meeting in Washington that November.[2]


  1. The Guns of the South, pg. 196.
  2. American Front, pg. 6, mmp.

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