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John Slidell, James Murray Mason, George Eustis, J. E. McFarland to Charles Wilkes, USN, Protest at Seizure, November 9, 1861

John Slidell, detail
Held aboard the U.S.S. San Jacinto, the two Confederate Commissioners and their private secretaries were documenting their seizure from the British mail steamer Trent off Cuba the day before in a letter of protest to Captain Charles Wilkes, the vessel's commander. They give a full description of the event from their perspective and requested that their letter be transmitted through Wilkes to the United States government. Wilkes replied later and noted that he disputed some of the facts included but included the letter in his report to the Secretary of the Navy, Gideon Welles. (By John Osborne)