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 Posted: Fri Nov 25th, 2011 06:24 pm
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There was no doubt a faction in the British government wanted to see the US split up. They viewed America as a long term threat to the Empire. But there was also a faction that resisted intervention for a number of reasons.

1-Canada was lightly defended...war breaks out and it wouldn't take much to overrun it. Lincoln's Sec of War Cameron assured him that an army of 3 million could be raised if England chose to intervene.

2-North supplied most of England's grain shipments. That would have been a big obstacle to overcome in pursuing intervention.

3- The US Navy by late 1862 was not going to be an easy opponent to defeat. Plus the US could raid the far flung Empire's shipping. By 1865 there was over 600 ships in the US Navy.

4- The British Empire had eliminated any slavery in its soveriegn in 1807ish. They had pursued the total elimination of this practice worldwide. They would probably not have gone to war to support a pro-slavery government seeking independence.

5-the British working class who did all the actual fighting were pro-Lincoln for his anti-slavery views. That was before the Proclamation.  When he did the Proclamation it ended any sympathy for the Confederacy they had left.

Anyway this is why I think the deck was stacked against the Confederacy as far as actual intervention by England. Probably the reason the Trent Affair (which was a reversal of what caused the War of 1812) didn't blow up into actual shooting. Without England leading the way France didn't have the cahonas to go do it.

Last edited on Fri Nov 25th, 2011 06:36 pm by BHR62

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