Editor says, what if Lincoln's advisers had convinced him to stand strong against the British Empire in November, 1861?
On November 8, 1861, the USS San Jacinto intercepted and boarded the British packet Trent in international waters. On board were two Confederate diplomats, James Mason and John Slidell. The two were on their way to Europe in an attempt to gain diplomatic recognition for the Confederate States of America. Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his advisers believed that official recognition by Great Britain and France would lend credibility to their cause and possibly lead to direct military aid.
The boarding of the Trent created an uproar in England. The Union public immediately took an aggressive stance, but President Abraham Lincoln knew that he could not both hold his nation together and give battle to the most powerful military in the world. Within a few weeks, Mason and Slidell were released and Lincoln disavowed the actions of the USS San Jacinto's captain. None of the great European powers ever officially recognized the Confederacy and by the fall of 1863, the outcome of the American Civil War was all but assured.
Matt Dattilo the Editor of Matt's Today in History wonders what if Lincoln's advisers had convinced him to stand strong against the British Empire.. 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 Matt Dattilo Blog thread.
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