News of the British reaction to the seizure of Confederate envoys James Mason and John Slidell reaches the U.S.
The U.S. and Great Britain awaited each other’s official reactions to the seizure of Confederate envoys James Mason and John Slidell aboard the neutral British steamer Trent.
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.
The Confederacy continues working to get support from Great Britain, even at the cost of holding the British economy hostage.
Confederate envoys try to garner foreign support as the U.S. State Department warns the foreign powers not to recognize Confederate independence.