JUNE 22ND, 1865: Secretary Welles announced to naval forces that France and Great Britain had "withdrawn from the insurgents the character of belligerents." Meaning they no longer recognized the Confederacy.
He also announced that the blockade of the coast of the United States would soon be lifted and the belligerent right of search abrogated.
--It's Official. No More CSA. --Old B-R'er