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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 6: the Army of the Potomac.--the Trent affair.--capture of Roanoke Island. (search)
n great Britain, 152. departure of Mason and Slidell for Europe as Embassadors of the Confederate livered just after the surrender of Mason and Slidell to the British Government; and Mr. Gladstone,Murray Mason See page 384, volume I. and John Slidell See page 231, volume I. were appointed. good offices of confiding English statesmen. Slidell (whose wife was an accomplished French Creolempanied by his secretary (Mr. McFarland), and Slidell by his wife and four children, and his secrett, with a warrant for the arrest of Mason and Slidell, and their secretaries, produced great excitee him in the face three times. I wish that Miss Slidell's little knuckles had struck me in the face in capturing the rebel emissaries, Mason and Slidell, who, the Secretary said, have been conspicuo, soldiers, dispatches, et cetera. Mason and Slidell were civil officers of the Confederacy, and w assumed characters and purposes of Mason and Slidell were well known to the officers of the Trent,[14 more...]
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 12: operations on the coasts of the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico. (search)
f the Gulf Coast. Thither some of his troops were sent, in the fine steamship Constitution, under General J. W. Phelps, whom Butler well knew, and honored as a commander at Fortress Monroe and vicinity. The Constitution returned, and two thousand more of the six thousand men embarked, when an electrograph said to Butler, in Boston, Don't sail. Disembark. The Government was then trembling because of the seeming imminence of war with Great Britain, on account of the seizure of Mason and Slidell. They were in Fort Warren, and the British Government had demanded their surrender. This made the authorities at Washington pause in their aggressive policy, to wait for the development of events in that connection. But the tremor was only spasmodic, and soon ceased. The work against treason was renewed with increased vigor. Edwin M. Stanton, who was in Mr. Buchanan's Cabinet during the closing days of his administration See page 146, volume I.--a man possessed of great physical and
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 13: the capture of New Orleans. (search)
for the insurgents, and remembering how savages in red coats had been wont to. conduct themselves in captured cities on the Peninsula, and naturally supposed that patriots in blue coats would follow their example, made himself appear exceedingly absurd before the world by mentioning the matter in Parliament, and saying, An Englishman must blush to think that such an act has been committed by one belonging to the Anglo-Saxon race. Beauregard, whose wife and mother, living in the house of John Slidell, in New Orleans, were there treated in the most tender and respectful manner by the commanding general, first applied to that officer, it is said, the vulgar epithet of Butler the beast, and it was freely used by every enemy of the Government, South and North, until the end of the strife. This letter was answered by the deposition and arrest of the Mayor, The terrified official hastened to explain his letter, when Butler agreed to release him from the penalty of imprisonment on conditi