Monday, December 5, 2011

Outrage On the British Flag-- Part 1

From the Dec. 1st Rappahannock News "150 Years Ago This Week" 'Outrage on the British Flag' Nov. 1861"

Union forces landed on Tybee Island, Georgia, on the Savannah River, in Sunday, Nov. 24th. They now controlled the entrance to the harbor and they now had a foothold for an attack on Fort Pulaski.

The USS San Jacinto arrived in Boston carrying captured Confederate Commissioners James Mason and John Slidell forcibly taken from the British ship Trent. They were imprisoned in Fort Warren in Boston Harbor.

Lincoln and his cabinet met about what was becoming known as "The Trent Affair."

News of the capture of Slidell and Mason reached Great Britain on Wednesday, Nov. 27th and word spread rapidly setting off a wave if indignation and infuriation. Newspapers headlines screamed "Outrage to the British Flag!"

More to Come. --Old B-R'er

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