Union in Peril: The Crisis over British Intervention in the Civil War

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6
Seedtime of British Intervention

The war has become one of Separation-- or Subjugation.

-- Lord Lyons,

June 9, 1862

In the summer of 1862 the Union underwent another period of severe trial. Despite victory at New Orleans, the talk of European intervention persisted and for the first time became the central issue in an emotion-packed meeting of Parliament. The Union's control of the mouth of the Mississippi River cheered the American legation in London for only a short time. The euphoria came to an abrupt end when Charles Francis Adams was rebuffed once more in his appeal to Russell to withdraw belligerent rights from the South. During their conversation, Russell again argued that England's policy benefited the Union by permitting it to buy arms and military stores from British firms. Adams had learned of these arms deals some months earlier and had argued to Seward that they undermined the Union's protests against

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - Problems of Recognition 10
  • 2 - British Neutrality and the Rules of Modern Civilized Warfare 38
  • 3 - Bull Run and the Threat of Foreign Intervention 57
  • 4 - The Trent Affair and Recognition 80
  • 5 - Trials of British Neutrality 100
  • 6 - Seedtime of British Intervention 122
  • 7 - Emancipation by the Sword and the British Decision to Intervene 138
  • 8 - Antietam and the Move Toward Mediation 162
  • 9 - Prelude to Intervention 181
  • 10 - Denouement: The November Decision in London 198
  • Conclusion 224
  • Notes 231
  • Bibliography 275
  • Index 289
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