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In Parliament, the British foreign secretary declares the Confederacy at war with the Union

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05/06/1861
Answering a question in Parliament, the British foreign secretary, Lord John Russell stated that the British government had decedied Southern Confederacy "must be treated as a belligerent" and that the United Kingdom will therefore honor the Union blockade on Southern ports.  A week later, a royal proclamation re-asserted that fact, declared Britain's neutrality, and barred all British subjects from involving themselves in any way in the conflict.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Chronicle, The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1861 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1862), 115.
 

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