The Resource Our man in Charleston : Britain's secret agent in the Civil War South, Christopher Dickey

Our man in Charleston : Britain's secret agent in the Civil War South, Christopher Dickey

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Our man in Charleston : Britain's secret agent in the Civil War South
Title
Our man in Charleston
Title remainder
Britain's secret agent in the Civil War South
Statement of responsibility
Christopher Dickey
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Between the Confederacy and recognition by Great Britain stood one unlikely Englishman who hated the slave trade. His actions helped determine the fate of a nation. When Robert Bunch arrived in Charleston to take up the post of British consul in 1853, he was young and full of ambition, but even he couldn't have imagined the incredible role he would play in the history-making events to unfold. In an age when diplomats often were spies, Bunch's job included sending intelligence back to the British government in London. Yet as the United States threatened to erupt into Civil War, Bunch found himself plunged into a double life, settling into an amiable routine with his slavery-loving neighbors on the one hand, while working furiously to thwart their plans to achieve a new Confederacy. As secession and war approached, the Southern states found themselves in an impossible position. They knew that recognition from Great Britain would be essential to the survival of the Confederacy, and also that such recognition was likely to be withheld if the South reopened the Atlantic slave trade. But as Bunch meticulously noted from his perch in Charleston, secession's red-hot epicenter, that trade was growing. And as Southern leaders continued to dissemble publicly about their intentions, Bunch sent dispatch after secret dispatch back to the Foreign Office warning of the truth--that economic survival would force the South to import slaves from Africa in massive numbers. When the gears of war finally began to turn, and Bunch was pressed into service on an actual spy mission to make contact with the Confederate government, he found himself in the middle of a fight between the Union and Britain that threatened, in the boast of Secretary of State William Seward, to 'wrap the world in flames.' In this masterfully told story, Christopher Dickey introduces Consul Bunch as a key figure in the pitched battle between those who wished to reopen the floodgates of bondage and misery, and those who wished to dam the tide forever. Featuring a remarkable cast of diplomats, journalists, senators, and spies, Our Man in Charleston captures the intricate, intense relationship between great powers on the brink of war"--
  • "The little-known story of a British diplomat who serves as a spy in South Carolina at the dawn of the Civil War, posing as a friend to slave-owning aristocrats when he was actually telling Britain not to support the Confederacy"--
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Biography type
individual biography
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DLC
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Dickey, Christopher
Dewey number
  • 973.7/86092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
E469
LC item number
.D53 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Bunch, Robert
  • Diplomats
  • Spies
  • Espionage
  • Diplomatic and consular service, British
  • Diplomatic and consular service, British
  • United States
  • Great Britain
  • Confederate States of America
  • Great Britain
Label
Our man in Charleston : Britain's secret agent in the Civil War South, Christopher Dickey
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 329-375) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue -- An Englishman of the Americas -- Observations on the price of Negroes -- Quasi-war -- First shots -- Wicked designs -- Epilogue: the reign of error
Control code
ocn909538415
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
388 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780307887276
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2015016637
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)909538415
Label
Our man in Charleston : Britain's secret agent in the Civil War South, Christopher Dickey
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 329-375) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue -- An Englishman of the Americas -- Observations on the price of Negroes -- Quasi-war -- First shots -- Wicked designs -- Epilogue: the reign of error
Control code
ocn909538415
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
388 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780307887276
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2015016637
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)909538415

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