Trent Affair Cartoon

In 1861 Rear Admiral Charles Wilkes arrested Mason and Slidell, two Confederate commissioners, on a British steamer, the "Trent," and they were held in Boston for several months. As a result, Wilkes became a national hero, but England was outraged. Secretary of State Seward sent Britain a note disavowing Wilkes’s act. The two prisoners were released in Jan., 1862, and war with Great Britain was averted. In this cartoon, British MP John Bright (left) holds a document marked "Right of Search"; Slidell and Mason stand on the ship; Seward points to the ship; and Lord Lyons is on the far right.

1862 circa 5 years
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