HM Government's decision not to recognize the Confederacy as a nation entitled to status as a belligerent, etc., after Antietam/Sharpsburg has been touted by historians as the turning point in the war. So what if the government, as in majority in Parliament had extended recognition? How does that play out as far as the war AND as far as British domestic politics? What would be the advantage to the British? Yes, the source of cotton would be freed up, but would it? I suppose that cotton in British bottoms would be safe from interdiction, but would this cash have really helped? What the Confederacy needed was men.