1864 Lincoln’s first choice for Vice President, General Benjamin Butler of Massachusetts, joins him on the Republican ticket as they ride to victory.

1865 Lincoln survives an assassination attempt, but is paralyzed and near death for months; Vice President Benjamin Butler and Secretary of War Edwin Stanton run the country while Lincoln recovers, and push for dramatic technological advances to protect the nation. Colorado admitted to the Union.

1868 Alive but paralyzed and disfigured, Lincoln wins a third term with U.S. Grant as running mate. First American airships deployed from the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

1872 Grant elected President and is quickly mired by corruption. Charles Babbage’s Second Difference Engine is quickly overtaken in speed by the American-made ElectroTabulator. North and South Dakota admitted to the Union.

1876 General George Armstrong Custer, equipped with lightweight Gatling guns, wins the Battle of the Little Big Horn, and overnight becomes the most popular man in the nation. Nominated for Vice President on Samuel J. Tilden’s ticket, he helps Democrats regain the Presidency and becomes a major force in American life. Electricity has largely replaced steam. Montana and Washington admitted to the Union. Silent films are all the rage.

1880 Custer elected President. The newest airships cross the Atlantic in days, while electrification has now reached the most isolated areas in rural America. Idaho and Wyoming admitted to the Union.

1886 Custer’s Comet, an underwater rail system between New York and London, makes its first transatlantic journey in under twelve hours. Utah, Midland, and New Mexico admitted to the Union. Widower Abraham Lincoln marries film producer and actress Laura Keene.

1888 Grover Cleveland elected President. Radio now commonplace in most American homes and businesses, and Brooklyn, Long Island becomes the world center of communication and entertainment with cinestudios springing up across the borough. Arizona, Alaska, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland admitted to the Union.

USA in 1901

1896 William McKinley becomes first Republican President in decades. Hawaii is admitted to the Union. Talking pictures have all but eliminated silent films. The Sixteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gives women the right to vote, overwhelmingly passes the House and Senate, which starts the clock on the five year deadline for approval by two-thirds of the state legislatures before it can become law.

1898 Vice President Garret Hobart dies in office, leaving an unfilled vacancy until the next presidential election. General Theodore Roosevelt’s dramatic victories in Cuba and Mexico propel him into the national imagination. First TeslaVision sets arrive in American homes. Suffrage amendment passes half the states it needs for ratification.

1899 Cuba becomes America’s fifty-first state. Mexico is on the path to statehood. Samuel Clemens debuts a nightly talk show on TeslaVision.

1900 With Roosevelt as his running mate, McKinley becomes the first Republican to carry southern states (Texas and Georgia) since the Civil War, and is reelected by a wide margin. The Mr. Dooley Show surpasses Clemens’ show in viewers. Suffrage ratification slows, with only a handful more states needed for approval.

1901 Queen Victoria dies under mysterious circumstances and British spy Sidney Reilly is sent to America to warn the new Vice President, Theodore Roosevelt.