Political Prisoners

Political Prisoners (HM16IJ)

Location: Hull, MA 02045 Suffolk County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 19.224', W 70° 55.614'

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Fort Warren-Georges Island

— Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area —

Among the notable political prisoners confined in these rooms were James Murray Mason and John Slidell, two Confederate envoys to Great Britain. Their arrest on board the British steamer Trent provoked an international incident and nearly brought Great Britain into the Civil War. The envoys were released after two months imprisonment on order from President Lincoln in January, 1862. Alexander H. Stephens, Vice-President of the Confederacy, was imprisoned for six months after the end of the War. He was at first held in solitary confinement, but later enjoyed more comfortable quarters, special meals and access to the fort library.

(Inscription below the photo) The arrest of Mason and Slidell at sea.

HM NumberHM16IJ
Placed ByBoston Harbor Islands State Park
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Date Added Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at 7:22pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 341218 N 4687148
Decimal Degrees42.32040000, -70.92690000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 19.224', W 70° 55.614'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 19' 13.44" N, 70° 55' 36.84" W
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Area Code(s)781
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Unnamed Road, Hull MA 02045, US
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