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Unknown [Print of John Slidell]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05342.02 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: s.l. Type: Print Date: 30 November 1861 Pagination: 1 print : b&w ; 11.5 x 15.3 cm.

Summary of Content: Print of John Slidell, clipped from Harper's Weekly. The print was based on a photograph. The caption under the print states: "The captured rebel commissioner Slidell." Photographed by "Brady." The verso of the newspaper is part of "A Strange Story" by Edward Bulwer Lytton, which ran in Harper's Weekly.

Background Information: Slidell served as United States Representative from Louisiana 1843-1846, as Minister to Mexico 1845, as Senator 1853-1860, and as a diplomatic representative of the Confederate States to England and France. On 8 ...November 1861, while on a diplomatic mission, Slidell was taken by Federal troops from a British mail steamer and confined in Fort Warren, Boston Harbor, an incident which set off the Trent Affair.See More

People: Slidell, John, 1793-1871
Lytton, Edward Bulwer Lytton, Baron, 1803-1873

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarConfederate States of AmericaConfederate General or LeaderPrisoner of War

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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