1861-1865 Civil War U.S. Department of Seal
Department of State
1776-1783
1784-1800
1801-1829
1830-1860
1861-1865
1866-1913
1914-1920
1921-1936
1937-1945
1946-1968
1969-1989
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Preventing Diplomatic Recognition of the Confederacy
| One of the most important victories won by the United States during the Civil War was not ever fought on a battlefield.
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The Alabama Claims
| The Alabama claims were a diplomatic dispute between the United States and Great Britain that arose out of the U.S. Civil War.
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Civil War
1861-1865

United States suffers through the Civil War, and the Department of State prevents the Confederacy from obtaining European recognition. Lincoln and Seward establish the Foreign Relations of the United States series.

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The Trent Affair
| The Trent Affair was the diplomatic crisis that potentially brought Great Britain and the United States closest to war during the first year of the American Civil War.
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Foreign Relations of the United States Series Established
| In 1861 Secretary of State William H. Seward decided to publish his important diplomatic despatches.
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1776, 1784, 1801, 1830, 1861, 1866, 1914, 1921, 1937, 1946, 1969