Lincoln's Man in Liverpool: Consul Dudley and the Legal Battle to Stop Confederate Warships

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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...

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Overview

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.

The U.S. Consul in Liverpool, Thomas Haines Dudley, suspected Bulloch was commissioning warships for an assault on Union naval or commerce ships. Despite his lack of diplomatic experience—President Lincoln had appointed Dudley as a political favor—the consul committed himself to preventing vessels destined for the Confederacy from leaving the shipyards. Dudley hired private detectives, bribed workers, bought sworn affidavits, and provided room and board for turn-coat Confederate sailors willing to furnish evidence that could be used in court.

Confronting innumerable political obstacles and even threats to his life, Dudley served his country faithfully and courageously. He achieved his greatest success years after the war’s conclusion when in 1872 an international tribunal awarded the United States $15 million in reparations for the British government’s failure to enforce its own neutrality laws. This true account of Dudley’s years of service sheds new light on a crucial diplomatic front of the American Civil War.

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“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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780875803739
  • Publisher: Northern Illinois University Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/2007
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 190
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Prologue
Chapter I: The Making of a Consul
Chapter II: The Florida: "The first foreign-built Confederate cruiser"
Chapter III: The Alabama: The World's Most Feared Commerce Raider
Chapter IV: The Alexandra: Test Case for the British Foreign Enlistment Act
Chapter V: The Unstoppable Ironclads
Chapter VI: Other Cruisers and Ironclads
Chapter VII: The Days of Reckoning
Notes
Works Cited
Index

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