At first I was sort of confused, because I was thinking of the American Civil War, which would actually be a pretty interesting AU for this, mainly because of what that would mean for Brandon and the others, but then I realized what you meant. The funny thing is, since it's a TV show in my head, I wanted to have dream sequence AU episodes, and one of the things I really wanted to do was a Victorian one, specifically set in the Chicago World's Fair in 1893, which would have a very strong focus on the homosexual/bisexual characters.
Spencer Montgomery (not "IV" in this case, as Spencer was this Spencer's mother's maiden name) is a distant cousin of John Hancock and a young law student at the outbreak of the war. He is considered extremely handsome, and many young ladies in Boston (with the exception of the Loyalists, since he is a very open supporter of independence) are desperate to catch his eye, but he has never expressed interest in any of them. In a fit of idealism, he uses his connections to enlist as an officer soon after the fighting starts, when he has only been a lawyer for a few months.
Roman Malinowicz is a young Polish man whose family immigrated to the colonies. He was known as a talented musician, but enlisted in the Continental Army along with his older brother, both because he believed in the cause and because he thought it would be best financially. He expects to marry a woman who also came from Poland when he returns, as he has been in love with her for years. He eventually finds himself serving alongside a young Major Montgomery, although he is not under his direct command. They quickly become friends despite their differing personalities, backgrounds, and ranks. Roman is horrified by the things he soon feels for Spencer, as they are the sort of things he felt for his presumed fiancée, but stronger than what he felt for her.
Spencer, however, is not as surprised when he starts getting similar feelings for Roman. He's realized that, try as he might to be attracted to women, he's only ever felt this way for other men. Naturally, he keeps this a secret, but as he spends more and more time with Roman (including a great deal of time where they are alone together), the feelings become harder for both of them to contain. They eventually start a secret affair that lasts for the rest of the war (and Roman keeps enlisting again and again so that he can stay with Spencer), but when the fighting ends, Roman does marry that woman and Spencer goes back to being a lawyer and never marries. They exchange hundreds of letters and even see each other a few more times, and their expressions of affection for one another never seem to suggest anything other than close friendship. It is not until descendants of Spencer's sister, named Hannah in this world (incidentally, Hanna is the name of one of Roman's sisters), find his diary that anyone knows otherwise, although there have been quiet suspicions before then. Naturally, this is hushed up, and none of Roman's descendants ever hear about it until perhaps the late twentieth century or even the early twenty-first, when one of Hannah's descendants rediscovers the diary and tracks down Roman's descendants.
Also in this world, Maya Solomon never meets Spencer. She lives in Rhode Island with her family, who are among the small Jewish community in the colonies. She meets a young soldier named Caleb Hayes, a farmer's son (obviously, it would break suspension of disbelief for him to be Hayashi in this world; actually, Maya might even have a different first name). Despite their different personalities and religious backgrounds, they fall in love and eventually get married. Nothing too different for them, other than Caleb's background.
Brandon McCall is from a moderately well-off family in the South. He, too, joins the Continental Army, and eventually meets and falls in love with Veronica, the sister of a young officer in the Spanish Army when they form an allegiance with the Continentals. Veronica always keeps a diary recounting everything that has happened to her since she had to join her brother, and is surprised and quite pleased that Brandon is attracted to her intelligence. They, too, are married despite some objections (mainly from Brandon's family, who expected him to marry a woman of English descent).
Jonas Harper is the son of a wealthy Boston loyalist. He and Spencer were in school together as children, and hated one another. He marries Katherine Abernathy, another young loyalist with a somewhat scandalous reputation (although he certainly has one of his own), and when the British evacuate Boston, they join them, and eventually settle in Canada.
Martin Weiman is from a German community in Pennsylvania. He moves to Philadelphia and becomes a lawyer, and eventually ends up working as a clerk for the Continental Congress (I say this because Martin's father works in the government in canon). While he's in Philadelphia, he ends up rooming with a young Jewish schoolteacher named Asher Cohen (who is actually from Philadelphia in canon). Since they are already living together, it is easy enough for them to keep their relationship hidden when they realize they've fallen in love with one another. It becomes somewhat suspicious when neither of them marries, but their neighbors don't really dare to question it, as both of them are regarded as "married to their work".
I could probably go on and on forever with this AU, and make them meet my characters from the other story, but I think I'll stop here.
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