Answers to Trivia from the Archives

November 2011

Q. In November 1861, Confederate ministers Mason and Slidell were seized from the British ship the Trent after running the blockade on their way to Europe on a diplomatic mission, initiating a tense standoff with Great Britain.  What was the name of the ship that captured them?

A. The San Jacinto

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Q. In November 1861, President Abraham Lincoln appointed this man head of all Union forces.

A. George Brinton McClellan

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