1862: United States in the midst of a Civil War

In 1862 the United States was in the midst of a Civil War. England was worried about the possibility of an invasion of the North American colonies (Lower Canada, Upper Canada, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia) by the US and so began to reinforce her military and naval presence there. The Illustrated London News (ILN) started off in January with the death of Prince Albert and then went on to the Exposition and finished the year with the marriage of Princess Alice. They started with the American Civil War, the Trent Affair, reinforcing Canada, depression in Manchester due to the lack of cotton and finished the year with the American Civil War. There were floods in California, volcanoes, small battles in various parts of the world and new ships a plenty being made.
http://www.theshipslist.com/1862/index.htm

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