Trent Affair II

Lead: On Christmas Day 1861, Abraham Lincoln summoned his cabinet to diffuse an international crisis that threatened to bring the United States and Great Britain to war over the Trent Affair.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: In early November of that year two Confederate emissaries, James Murray Mason of Virginia and John Slidell of Louisiana, en route to England, were arrested when the British mail packet Trent was ordered seized by the captain of a Union warship USS San Jacinto. The Confederates were imprisoned in Boston, and the British government demanded their immediate release on the grounds that the Union warship had violated international maritime law.

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Trent Affair I

Lead: In early November 1861, a diplomatic incident involving the United States and Great Britain, brought the two near to the brink of war.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: The incident, known as “The Trent Affair,” began when a Union warship, U.S.S. San Jacinto, intercepted a British mail steamer, Trent, on route from Havana, Cuba to England. Aboard the Trent were two Confederate emissaries, from Virginia, James Murray Mason and from Louisiana, John Slidell. After slipping through the Union naval blockade on the Gulf coast, they made it to Cuba, where they boarded the British vessel Trent. Mason and Slidell were bound for England and France, respectively, seeking diplomatic support for the Confederacy.

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