Trent Affair


Trent Affair
   Took place in November, 1861, when Captain C. Wilkes of the United States navy intercepted the British mail steamer Trentsailing from Havana, and arrested two commissioners from the Confederate States who were passengers, and who were accredited to France. They were conveyed to the United States and imprisoned in Boston. The affair caused great excitement; war between Great Britain and the United States seemed imminent, and was averted only by the release of the two commissioners on the demand of Great Britain in January, 1862.
   Index: C Canada's connection with, leads to reorganization of militia, 87. T Helped along Intercolonial Railway project, 55. Md Storm aroused by seizure of the Trent, 97-98.
   Bib.: Dent, Last Forty Years; Harris, The Trent Affair; King, Turning on the Light; Roberts, History of Canada.

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