How would the Russian fleet in San Francisco fare against Confederate privateers?

SeaTurtle

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Have you checked out the NavSource? It would be a far more productive use of your time than scolding me.

Woah, easy man. I wasn't scolding anybody. I just thought maybe you'd replied to the wrong person, because I didn't ask a question here... 😕
 

Mark F. Jenkins

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Russia was widely considered about the only nation the US viewed as a "friend", historically speaking.

I'm not familiar with this. From my understanding, the antebellum U.S. was basically non-aligned and spent most of its time coming closer to and drifting apart from France and Britain alternately. About the most that can be said for the U.S.-Russia relationship is that their national interests collided less than with other powers. (The importance that Lincoln's administration placed on the relationship with Russia might be gauged by Lincoln's sending Simon Cameron there as ambassador after his decidedly lackluster showing as Secretary of War...)
 

Saphroneth

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I'm not familiar with this. From my understanding, the antebellum U.S. was basically non-aligned and spent most of its time coming closer to and drifting apart from France and Britain alternately. About the most that can be said for the U.S.-Russia relationship is that their national interests collided less than with other powers.
Yes, that pretty much qualified.


"The interference which the case requires is an expression of opinion, or a course of action, on the part of such combination of the Powers as may virtually and constructively convey the prevailing judgement of the civilised world. The union of England and France would not sufficiently answer to this definition, for France, by her Mexican policy, has in some degree compromised her impartial, above all her unsuspected, position in American affairs. The union of England, France, and Russia would probably fulfil the definition... Russia supplies in the largest measure the one vital element, otherwise deficient, of traditional and unquestioned friendliness to America" (Gladstone memorandum on mediation, 25 October 1862)
 
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