So writes an interlocutor of mine in an undisclosed neutral nation in the heart of Europe (and close to this blogger's heart, although he has never been there), reporting that "that the Tsar sent his Pacific and Baltic fleets to spend a winter, seven months, in the harbours of San Francisco and New York, with sealed orders to be opened if word came, during the Civil War," "[a]nd that he also told the British that if they entered the war, as both the British and confederacy had banked on, that he would go to war with them," linking to this piece by an author who "graduated Princeton summa cum laude
, and got a Fulbright scholarship but is slightly eccentric" — Tarpley at National Press Club for 150th Anniversary of Russian Fleets of 1863
Writes my friend:
The one thing I've never understood about the Civil War, this way the British and perhaps the French didn't intervene on behalf of the South. Until now I have put it down to the Emancipation proclamation, they always had nagging doubts about why Robert E Lee didn't get the South to preempt its strategic value by manumitting the slaves itself. Now I have my answer: it wouldn't have mattered.
Labels: America the Beautiful, Dixie, Holy Mother Russia, The Peculiar Institution, War and Rumors of War