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    The Trent Affair.  In the final months of 1862 a bold Union naval captain intercepted the HMS Trent, a British cargo ship, and seized two Confederate diplomats.  The British were furious and talked threateningly of military retribution.  Many Northerners were angry, too, and would have welcomed war with their traditional enemy for the offense of colluding with the Confederacy.  After a tense standoff that demonstrated the Union's unwillingness to be toyed with, Lincoln released the envoys. 

  • Sorry, that's incorrect
    Answer:

    The Trent Affair.  In the final months of 1862 a bold Union naval captain intercepted the HMS Trent, a British cargo ship, and seized two Confederate diplomats.  The British were furious and talked threateningly of military retribution.  Many Northerners were angry, too, and would have welcomed war with their traditional enemy for the offense of colluding with the Confederacy.  After a tense standoff that demonstrated the Union's unwillingness to be toyed with, Lincoln released the envoys. 

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