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Editor says, what if the Battle of Culloden had never happened? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Generals thread.
In 1745,on this day the five thousand man Jacobite army invaded England. But it took a woman to save the forty-five rebellion from abject failure. This article is a reversal of the Jackie Rose story Hard Man which focuses on Captain Francis O'Neill
Hard Woman saves the Forty-Five RebellionSince they had stepped ashore at Modart in the Outer Hebrides, hopes had built up rather quickly. Most recently at the Battle of Prestonpans they had soundly defeated the only government army in Scotland.
But their hapless commander General John Cope would soon be replaced by the murderous Duke of Cumberland and the mood in the camp would drastically change.
In despair the Young Pretender had left the still undefeated Jacobite Army in the hands of his trusted companion, Captain Francis O'Neill. Planning to flee Scotland forever, the Prince sought the incomparable Highland rebel Flora MacDonald for her assistance only to discover that the MacDonalds were secretly sympathetic with the Jacobite cause. She convinced the Prince to rejoin the Jacobite Army by promising to organize reinforcements from her own Clan. With fresh resolve, he inspired the "forty-five" rebels with a fiery new leadership that turned the tables on the Hanoverians. The full novel is available for download at the Extasy Books web site.
Editor says, in this article we repurpose content from Scotland.com, Wikipedia and Jacqueline Riding's article "Charlie will come again" published in the April 2011 Edition of History Today Magazine. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.