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Abraham Lincoln|Mary Todd Lincoln
Lincoln Prepares to Issue an Important Executive Order on the Rights of Neutrals in the War A Rare Letter Relating to the War's Diplomatic History and Showing Lincoln's Personal Involvement in Military Policy .
21/07/1863. Abraham Lincoln|Mary Todd Lincoln Send copies of all your general instructions to Naval commandersThe importance of diplomacy in the Civil War cannot be overstated, as the successful side in that aspect of the struggle would likely emerge victorious. The Confederacy initially sought to gain recognition from European nations, and even to draw them into the war if possible. The Union needed to keep these nations (and particularly Great Britain) out, as it would have been untenable to fight the both British and the Confederates at the same time. The Trent Affair (regarding a U.S. naval vessel taking Confederate commissioners to Europe off a British flag ship) in 1861 brought the U.S. and Britain close to a conflict, but prudent actions by Lincoln and Secretary of State William Seward, and the intervention of Prince Albert, avoided that. But throughout the war, the Confederacy used Europe as an arsenal, shipyard and supply depot, and without all this it would have been unable to maintain the conflict.The Confederate modus operandi for getting these materials through the Union blockade was to use neutral ports like the Bahamas for a staging area, and to have papers indicating that they were headed to other neutral ports as destinations. Sometimes they would be flying a neutral flag and sometimes the colors of the Confederacy. Between March and June 1863, the U.S. consul at Nassau wrote Seward that he was personally aware of 28 vessels from that place that left to run the blockade. Some would have flown the British flag, some not, and all would have been ostensibly h … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: The Raab Collection [United States]
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