International Intervention In American Civil War Battles
Talking about international intervention in civil war battles of America, there were two main countries Britain and France that featured in the history of civil bar battles and international intervention.
The Confederacy, government formed by the eleven rebellion southern slave states of the U.S. that had affirmed their secession from the U.S had high hopes of international intervention in American Civil war on Britain and France. They were hoping that these two countries would used their military powers against the Union, the federal government of U.S. supported by the twenty free states and five border slave states. On the other hand, the Union tried hard to block this international intervention in civil war battles under the leadership of Abraham Lincoln and Secretary of State William H. Seward. The Union government tried to block the international intervention in American Civil war by the hands of France and Britain by threatening war if any of the nations tried to grant official recognition to the Confederate States of America, which neither of the country ever did.
Again in 1861, in order to get international intervention in civil war battles, the Southerners voluntarily restricted cotton shipments with a hope to initiate an economic recession in Europe so that Britain might be forced to enter the war in order to get cotton. However, it turned out to be a failure as cotton diplomacy did not succeed because there was enough surplus quantity of cotton in Europe. However, there was a shortage of cotton felt in Britain but it was temporary as it was managed by increasing the cultivation of cotton crop in countries like Egypt and India. In the meantime, the civil war battles had resulted in employment avenues for arms makers, iron workers, and British ships to transport weapons.
In the year of 1862, the Britain did consider some mediation despite that fact that by extending even such an offer would have risked war with the U.S. However, Britain did try to feature in the picture describing the civil bar battles and international intervention. Lord Palmerston supposedly read Uncle Tom’s Cabin three times when deciding on this. However, the win of Union government in the civil bar Battle of Antietam caused them to delay their decision of international intervention in civil war battles. The Emancipation Proclamation further reinforced the political liability of supporting the Confederacy. Despite the facts that there was a sense of sympathy for the Confederacy government, France's own capture of Mexico eventually deterred them from war with the Union. It is also important to note that Confederate offers that were made late in the war to end slavery in return for diplomatic recognition were not seriously taken by either London or Paris.