Editors. "Trent affair: Confederate Commissioners to Europe are captured by Unionists". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 December 2011
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=18420, accessed 17 April 2014.]
In what becomes known as the Trent affair, also known as the Mason and Slidell Affair, Confederate Commissioners to Great Britain and France are seized from a British ship by Unionists, but subsequently released after Britain protests.