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Lincoln's Man in Liverpool
Consul Dudley and the Legal Battle to Stop Confederate Warships
Coy F. Cross II
“Engrossing, enjoyable and highly recommended.”—Civil War News
“A compelling portrait of Dudley.... Drawing heavily on State Department records, Cross illuminates both the diplomatic intrigue and Dudley’s role in achieving the Alabama Claims settlement of 1872.”—Joseph P. Reidy, Howard University
"[A] thorough investigation of the work of Thomas Haines Dudley.... Cross makes good use of primary source material."—America's Civil War
Refusing to side with either the Union or the Confederacy, Great Britain officially declared neutrality in the U.S. Civil War, thereby putting into effect the Foreign Enlistment Act, which forbade all belligerents to arm ships in her ports. Unofficially, many British citizens sympathized with the Confederacy because the Union’s naval blockade stopped the flow of cotton from Southern fields to English textile mills. For this reason, the Confederate representative James Bulloch found British shipbuilders willing to fill his orders for battle-ready vessels without inquiring too closely into his intentions.
(2007) 190 pp., 15 illus. $28.95
Coy F. Cross II is a historian for the U.S. Air Force and holds a Ph.D. in American Diplomatic History.
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