The Trent Affair: A Diplomatic Crisis

By: Ferris, Norman B.

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First edition. Jacket lightly rubbed, minor chips and minor tears to jacket edges. Red spots on top page ridge, ink underlining and marginalia, ink note and ink names on front free endpaper. 1977 Hard Cover. The Trent Affair was a diplomatic incident in 1861 during the American Civil War that threatened a war between the United States and Great Britain and Ireland. The U.S. Navy unlawfully captured two Confederate diplomats from a British Royal Mail steamer; the British government protested vigorously. The United States ended the incident by releasing the diplomats. On November 8, 1861, the USS San Jacinto, commanded by Union Captain Charles Wilkes, intercepted the British mail packet RMS Trent and removed, as contraband of war, two Confederate diplomats: James Murray Mason and John Slidell. The envoys were bound for Britain and France to press the Confederacy's case for diplomatic recognition and to lobby for possible financial and military support. Public reaction in the United States was to celebrate the capture and rally against Britain, threatening war. In the Confederate States, the hope was that the incident would lead to a permanent rupture in Anglo-American relations and possibly even war or at least diplomatic recognition by Britain. Confederates realized their independence potentially depended on intervention by Britain and France. In Britain, there was widespread disapproval of this violation of neutral rights and insult to their national honor. The British government demanded an apology and the release of the prisoners and took steps to strengthen its military forces in British North America and the North Atlantic. President Abraham Lincoln and his top advisors did not want to risk war with Britain over this issue. After several tense weeks, the crisis was resolved when the Lincoln administration released the envoys and disavowed Captain Wilkes's actions, although without a formal apology. Mason and Slidell resumed their voyage to Europe but failed in their goal of achieving diplomatic recognition.--Wikipedia

Title: The Trent Affair: A Diplomatic Crisis

Author: Ferris, Norman B.

Categories: 19th Century, Modern First Editions, British, American Civil War,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Knoxville, The University of Tennesee Press: 1977

ISBN Number: 0870491695

ISBN Number 13: 9780870491696

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Good

Jacket Condition: Good

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