Abraham Lincoln finally decides upon a course of action regarding Great Britain’s demands to release the Confederate envoys seized aboard the British steamer Trent.
News of the British reaction to the seizure of Confederate envoys James Mason and John Slidell reaches the U.S.
News of the U.S. seizure of Confederate envoys James Mason and John Slidell aboard the British steamer Trent officially reaches Great Britain, where it is met with immediate outrage.
The European powers entertain the possibility of recognizing Confederate independence, while France capitalizes on the war by invading Mexico.
Confederate envoys try to garner foreign support as the U.S. State Department warns the foreign powers not to recognize Confederate independence.
Several proposals to keep the Union intact are proposed, but none seem to be popular enough for both North and South to support.