Event Summary

Captain Charles Wilkes removes two Confederate envoys from the British packet Trent

Date

November 1861

Description

Captain Charles Wilkes, aboard the USS San Jacinto, stops British steamer Trent and removes Confederate diplomats en route to England; British protest seizure and diplomats are released; nearly brings Britain into the war on Confederate side

Timeline 1

Early Maritime Republic, 1815-1865

Timeline 2

American Navy and Naval Warfare, 1775-1865

Record ID

Record ID: 870