John Slidell and the Confederates in Paris (1862-65)

John Slidell and the Confederates in Paris (1862-65)

John Slidell and the Confederates in Paris (1862-65)

John Slidell and the Confederates in Paris (1862-65)

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It has always appeared to me a serious omission on the part of the historians of the American Confederacy to have left untouched, or touched upon so slightly, the ceaseless activities of the able agents, emissaries and champions, paid and unpaid, of the Lost Cause in Europe. In the ensuing chapters, I have sought to remedy this neglect. I have presented the salient facts of these activities in so far as they concern Slidell and France as I have gleaned them from every source made available to me.

At the outset I wish gratefully to acknowledge what a real boon the American Library in Paris and the Franco-American collection of the late H. C. Wallace, now at the American Embassy, have shown themselves to be.

Amongst my authorities, Professor Sears's excellent monograph on Slidell, although instructive about his subject's character and political career in America, contains only a few pages about the Paris Commissionership. It is unfortunate that the mass of official correspondence which accumulated at the Confederate . . .

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