Category Archives: France

March 27, 1865: France will bail us out

The Richmond Daily Dispatch advises southerners to hold on, because France will enter the war on their side any time. And besides, the fate of a conquered South is too heinous to contemplate. There is every inducement for the Confederate … Continue reading

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October 25, 1863: The French press isn’t buying talk of arming slaves in the South

We often hear claims that there were large numbers of black Confederates, with little historical evidence. During the war there were rumors that the Confederacy would arm slaves, but they were never substantiated then either. A French newspaper editorializes on … Continue reading

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February 23, 1863: The French

The New York Times reports that the French swear they’re not about to break the blockade of the South. But they might be lying. Our Relations with France. We find the following paragraph, in immense type, in a Washington newspaper, … Continue reading

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January 26, 1863: French bombard Acapulco

El Fortín Álvarez en el cerro de la Mira de Acapulco, Guerrero, México. While the attention of the powerful neighbor to the north is diverted by civil war, Mexico is vulnerable to European attack. The French noticed. New York Times … Continue reading

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