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William Seward and the Trent Affair

The Lincoln Administration strives to negotiate an end to the continuing Trent Affair, and avoid a war with Great Britain.

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Meeting of the Federal Congress and Lincoln’s State of the Union Message

In Lincoln’s first annual message to congress, he seeks to persuade foreign powers that their best interests will be met by helping defeat the Confederate rebellion rather in aiding it.

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Generals in the West, Confederate Congress Meets

The saga of Confederate diplomats John Slidell and James Mason continues, while further command changes take place among Union generals in the west, and the Provisional Confederate Congress meets in Richmond.

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Mason and Slidell Seized by Federal Navy

En route to Europe, Mason and Slidell are taken from a British ship, generating international outrage.

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