John Slidell harles Wilkes, Captain of the USS San Jacinto, had been taking a keen interest in two Confederate envoys to Europe who had been biding their time in Havana. James Mason and John Slidell had run the Union blockade from Charleson in mid-October and made it to Cuba a few days later. There, they were waiting for the Trent, a British mail packet, to take them to England.

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The Trent Affair - James Mason and John Slidell are brought to the U.S. sloop of war San Jacinto as prisoners.

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1861 Antique Punch Cartoon 8x10 - USA American Civil War - Britain Trent Affair in Collectables, Paper & Ephemera, Ephemera | eBay

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