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The London Confederates: The Officials, Clergy, Businessmen and Journalists Who Backed the American South during the Civil War.

The London Confederates: The Officials, Clergy, Businessmen and Journalists Who Backed the American South during the Civil War. John D. Bennett, McFarland & Co. [pounds sterling]37.50. v + 206 pages. ISBN 978-0-7864-3056-7. Mr Bennett is concerned not just with the diplomatic efforts of Confederate officials seeking recognition nor with the purchase and outfitting of ships for the Confederate Navy. He has a much wider remit: to show how the widespread support for the C.S.A. in their war for independence manifested itself in various aspects of British life. After looking at the diplomatic and propaganda efforts by Southerners (including US surveillance) he examines the procurement of supplies for the Confederate Army, the purchase of vessels, the role of spies, the famous Cotton Loan, artistic and literary connexions and, also, how businesses and banks actually did business with the new country. He also examines the nature and extent of pro-Confederate sympathy in Britain and includes a variety of appendices (e.g. London firms with C.S.A. links, the British Jackson Monumental Fund and so on) that will prove must useful to students of the subject. (J.S.D.)

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Date:Sep 22, 2009
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