Editor says, what if US President Matthew C. Perry had sent the US Navy to force open the Confederacy? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
Editor says, Wikipedia reports - when Perry returned to the United States in 1855, Congress voted to grant him a reward of $20,000 in appreciation of his work in Japan. Perry used part of this money to prepare and publish a report on the expedition in three volumes, titled Narrative of the Expedition of an American Squadron to the China Seas and Japan. He was also advanced to the grade of rear-admiral on the retired list (when his health began to fail) as a reward for his services in the Far East. Perry was known to have suffered severe arthritis that left him in frequent pain, that on occasion precluded him from his duties. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.