On 7 December 1863, during the American Civil War, 16 Confederates seized American coastal steamer Chesapeake off Cape Cod and diverted it to Saint John, NB. After refueling, it moved into Nova Scotian waters, where local residents co-operated with the hijackers. An American naval vessel then seized the ship within British waters, capturing with her 2 Nova Scotians. USS Dacotah towed the recaptured steamer into Halifax harbour, where in a melee one of the Nova Scotians escaped. The American vice-consul charged the Haligonians with violation of the Ashburton-Webster Treaty. The incident, though ultimately harmless, vividly illustrated the hostility Maritimers felt towards the Northern States.
- MLA 8TH EDITION
- Winks, Robin W.. "Chesapeake Affair 1863". The Canadian Encyclopedia, 16 December 2013, Historica Canada. www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/chesapeake-affair-1863. Accessed 02 December 2023.
- APA 6TH EDITION
- Winks, R. (2013). Chesapeake Affair 1863. In The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/chesapeake-affair-1863
- CHICAGO 17TH EDITION
- Winks, Robin W.. "Chesapeake Affair 1863." The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica Canada. Article published February 07, 2006; Last Edited December 16, 2013.
- TURABIAN 8TH EDITION
- The Canadian Encyclopedia, s.v. "Chesapeake Affair 1863," by Robin W. Winks, Accessed December 02, 2023, https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/chesapeake-affair-1863
Chesapeake Affair 1863
Article by Robin W. Winks
Published Online February 7, 2006
Last Edited December 16, 2013