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[[File:Trent_Affair.jpg|thumbnail|left|300px|The USS San Jacinto and HMS Trent - Two Confederate couriers seized by the United States.]]__NOTOC__
On November 8, 1861, Charles Wilkes, a U.S. Navy Officer, captured two Confederate envoys aboard the British mail ship, the Trent. Great Britain accused the United States of violating British neutrality, and the incident created a diplomatic crisis between the United States and Great Britain during the Civil War.

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