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Breaking the BlockadeThe Bahamas during the Civil War$
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Charles D. Ross

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496831347

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496831347.001.0001

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A New Consul

A New Consul

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Breaking the Blockade

Charles D. Ross

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter highlights Abraham Lincoln's issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation that promised freedom to millions of slaves in the South. It also explicates how the proclamation coincided with an important change in Nassau: Sam Whiting's tenure in the Bahamas came to an end. After dealing with the August accusations against him by William Butler, Whiting had been busy in September dealing with Dacotah and other issues. The chapter then explains how he caused a “disgraceful scene” in the presence of a large number of ladies and gentlemen on the British Queen. After Whiting wrote to Secretary of State Seward acknowledging the acceptance of his resignation and asserting that he would continue in his duties, the chapter demonstrates Seward's task on finding a replacement. The chapter introduces New York Police Department Chief Clerk Seth Hawley, and discusses his awareness of the trade between New York and Nassau.

Keywords:   Abraham Lincoln, Emancipation Proclamation, Sam Whiting, William Butler, British Queen, Seward, Seth Hawley

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