Admiral Charles Wilkes, US Navy. He was commander of the "San Jacinto" in the Civil War. He stopped and boarded the British Ship "Trent", (soverign British Soil) in order to capture Rebel Commisioners Mason And Slidel, who were known to be on board. He forecfully arrested the two Confederate Statemen. Britain was outraged, and prepared for all out war with the US. Sec of state Seward apologized returned the prisoners and narrowly avoided war. This was known as the "Trent Affair."
Complete with illustrations of ships and generals, this volume details the naval campaigns and battles of the American Civil War, including the "Trent Affair," attacks on Vicksburg and capture of Arkansas Post.
James Mason (left) and John Slidell. In Dec. '1861, these diplomats were sent by the South to seek British and French aid aboard the English ship, the Trent. The ship was halted by the Union navy and the men siezed. The "Trent Affair" strained relations between the North and England and nearly led to war. Lincoln relented and released the men in Jan. 1862. He was quoted as saying, "One war at a time."