Well, I’m sure the curiousity of the title of this post is intriguing you. And it very much ought to. It’s hard to believe sometimes that history repeats itself. Yet it is the nature of time and the continuum of eternity within this realm in which we are present that the tendency of events seem to come full circle. Scripture says, “Nothing is new under the sun..” and certainly we can all agree that though technology may be vastly different, and infrastructure may be in modern contemporaneous style, all the functions of such things are to make life convenient for society at large. Yet the spirit and principalities encompassing, know the frailty of man and also that flesh as it stands inherited an expiration date. Therefore, they do not change their tactics when manipulating the “air of the world,” that which influences the current events.
The time is 1860, it was the campaign season and emotions were running high. There were four men from various walks of life campaigning for the Office for Presidency. The issue taking center stage was especially slavery and State’s rights under the Federal system and the acquisition of Cuba. There were four candidates; Northern Democrat – Stephen A. Douglass, Southern Democrat – John C. Breckenridge,Constitutional Union party – John Bell, and last and namely, Republican –Abraham Lincoln. Every single party platform had a “Pro-State” position and inserted the dogma of allowing the institution of Slavery to be allowed within any state or territory that would be added to the Union. They believed despite the Founding documents deeming every man equal, the parties of the time- with the exception of the Republican party – deemed slavery a necessary evil to ensure commerce and production. The reality though was that slavery just kept the rich people rich. It was always about money and less about morals. Needless to say, Lincoln echoed the will of the people, who wanted slavery to end and won the election by a landslide!
Around the same time that the Presidential campaign was occurring in the USA for President, Europe was literally upside down with political upheaval and outstanding debt because of wars. France had entered into many wars in an attempt to unite Europe and also support nationalistic uprisings within Europe, and it had acquired much debt. Napoleon III, who was the ruler at the time of France, was very ambitious and famously his namesake had the renowned desire to dominate the entire world. He, among other oligarchs persuaded by their greed, saw an opportunity to acquire spoils of the USA should the country break out in civil war. It was well known at the time that the European aristocrats hated Abraham Lincoln, and should he have been elected, they believed the opportunity to redraw borders would be presented.
Fully aware of the Southern States position regarding the right to own slaves and their opposition to legislation which was “hostile” to the enactment of The Fugitive Slave Act. Napoleon III took upon himself the challenge of lobbying the other leaders in Europe. British Elite seemed tickled at the notion. According to the US Ambassador to Russia, Cassius Clay, he is quoted as saying “I saw at a glance where feeling of England was they hoped for our ruin. They are jealous of our power. They care for neither North or South. They hate both!” Keep in mind, both the British and French were still high off their victories in the ‘Crimean War,’ which they boasted the defeat of their collective rival, Nicholas I, the Russian Tsar. This solidified the enmity between Russia and the British and French. Nicholas I eventually died, and his sucessor was Alexander II, he would maintain such enmity with austere fervor.
The beginning of a useful friendship
Russia, under Catherine The Great, believed the British to be too powerful, and during the US Revolution, refused to aid the British military any support and insisted on remaining neutral. This began the amicable relations between Russia and the United States. The decisions made by Catherine during the Revolution to insist on peace talks that linked a resolution of the American Revolution with the settlement of separate European conflicts indirectly helped the Americans win the Revolution and gain their freedom. Catherine The Great, viewed The British to be disloyal and immoral due to the manner in which The British had discreetly tried to exit the ‘Seven Years’ War  which had left the British’s Prussian allies vulnerable to defeat. In her eyes, Britain was a very unreliable and undesirable ally.
Several decades into the future, Russia was still having much trouble with its European neighbors. There were constant battles and skirmishes, and during this time they were able to maintain trade relationships with the United States, much to the disdain of Britain and France. Russia still strongly believed that a strong United States was an excellent counter-balance to the power hungry and treacherous British,and French. Later, during the Crimean War, the US maintained very friendly relationships with the court in St. Petersburg. Russia believed the British would jump to seize Russian America (Alaska) and offered to sell Alaska to the Americans much to Britain’s chagrin (the Alaska Purchase was completed in 1867).
Civil War Rumblings
By the time Lincoln was elected, the Russian Tsar of the time, Alexander II, was well versed in geo-politics and also had his own pursuits to help the common man. In 1861, he emancipated the serfs of Russia. This was the same year in which the Tsar alerted President Elect Lincoln, that France under Napoleon was scheming to invade.. It was not much later that Abraham Lincoln had his infamous “Emancipation Declaration” issued in the Union. This inevitably underlined the nature of the Russia- US convergence/alliance for human freedom further angering the Elites within Britain, and the Aristocrats who accused President Lincoln in “Lurid and racist terms, accused him of provoking slave rebellion and a race war.”
It had become common place among the press to criticize and disrespect President Lincoln who was often portrayed as a “simple minded” fool. Even Frederick Douglass, a staunch Abolitionist of his time criticized President Lincoln, calling him a “miserable tool of traitors and rebels,” who had also shown himself to be “a genuine representative of American prejudice and negro hatred.” His sentiment was due to the fact that in Lincoln’s inaugural speech, Lincoln was willing to allow slavery to persist in order to preserve The Union. As a means of appeasement, which fell on deaf ears. The south was ready, and as we have seen from the information provided, they were sure of their victory as all prideful foes who participate in wars often are.
Four months after Abraham Lincoln was elected on April 12, 1861 civil war breaks out with the attack in Fort Sumter where Confederate soldiers opened fired at Union soldiers. The South had sent lobbyist to Britain to intervene in the war come November. This was known as “the Trent Affair” in 1861, after the ship the two Confederate lobbyist, Mason and Sliddell, rode on was a British Merchant ship named ‘TRENT.’ England then deployed 10,000 troops to the US – Canadian border, but it was noted that the U.S Warships intimidated the British fleet. It was reported that Britain had planned on taking back New England by force or by fomenting dissent within the area.
Russia then had deployed it’s far East fleet ships to the coast of San Francisco and it’s Baltic fleet to the port of New York at the same time though it took some time for them to arrive (which was by September 1863). Some argue it was their attempt at intervention, others say it was simply a matter of commercial convenience. At this point, Abraham Lincoln knew very well who was assisting the south financially, as the British were buying cotton bonds and tobacco bonds, essentially helping them fund the war.
The arrival of the Russian fleet in late 1863 was a huge dose of encouragement and a boost to morale for the Union and the Lincoln administration. President Lincoln sent his wife, among other dignitaries to greet the Russians at New York. Many New Yorkers cheered as the visiting Russians rode by in carriages. The Academy of Music in New York even held a Ball for the Russians,which was featured in Haaper’s Bizzare. The very idea of the Russian fleets being present within the Union in support of The Union was viewed as a demonstration of friendship, and the possibility of an alliance. Obviously, one can deduce that there was in fact an alliance if we keep account of all these things.
Back in Britain, the British Leaders were utilizing “Jingoism” to rile up the common people. It was no surprise that the rivalry of Russians and British fueled the central antagonism but the attitude of Russia was also what prevented the British from acting on their desire to overtake the United States. Russia made it clear, that an act of intervention by either the British or the French would be considered an act of war against Russia.
As the election of 1864 approached, and the Civil War still happening with no resolution in sight, The London Evening Standard , called Abraham Lincoln a “foul-tongued and ribald punster” who was also “the most despicable tyrant of modern days.” (Sound familiar? Think Donald Trump) Another magazine in circulation at the time, used their platform to denounce President Lincoln as “that concentrated quintessence [sic]of evil, that Nero in the most shrunken … form of idolatry, that flatulent and indecent jester.”
The London Times , was a bit more subdued. Condemning the Emancipation Proclamation as an effort to incite slave uprisings, classed Lincoln “among that catalogue of monsters, the wholesale assassins and butchers of their kind.” When Lincoln was re-elected in 1864, the London Times dubbed President Lincoln and his election as “an avowed step towards the foundation of military despotism” what “entered on that transition stage, so well know to the students of history,through which Republics pass on their way from democracy to tyranny.” These were the sentiments of the press at that time in London when Lincoln was alive. Of course, as soon as it was reported that he was assassinated, they changed their tune.
History and the media have since been very kind to Abraham Lincoln. He is often seemed as a martyr, a man with great integrity and solid belief in the idea of equality of all. Yet during the time of his presidency the air and people around him were not so kind. The South felt they had allies in the British and the French, but didn’t anticipate the “Friendship” or as some may call it these days “collusion” with Russians and Abraham Lincoln.
Those same nations are now viewed as our allies and too celebrate the victory of freedom over slavery yet at the time of war for slavery to be over, instead put the name of the one championing freedom, through the mud! Why? There are many reasons one may say, but ultimately I believe they wanted to take back the land and acquire all it’s riches. If it hadn’t been for Tsar Alexander II, the Union may have very well failed in it’s mission, and we know that the world at large was hoping for it. The Press, the phony allies all trying to manipulate the people and the narrative to create a level of insurrection within the Lincoln administration, it is a pure miracle that President Abraham Lincoln, succeeded. It can be said, that he wouldn’t have succeeded without his “friends” from Russia.
 Bolkhovitinov, Russia and the American Revolution, 50–52.
 The Anti-Lincoln Tradition – Don E. Fehrenbacher