The Cream of “Punch.” Our Offence to the Yankees.
Title:The Cream of “Punch.” Our Offence to the Yankees.
Date:December 20th 1862
This Punch poem reflects the still sour relations between Britain and the American government at this point during the American Civil War. The low point had been the Trent Affair of the year before, which nearly plunged the nations into armed conflict, but this poem suggests that effectively allowing its citizens to join American Union forces (many Britons travelled to America to fight for the Union) should at least count for something in terms of American animosity to Britain’s nominally neutral government. – SR