General George Pickett and the Pig War

George E. Pickett was a US Army captain in 1859 in Bellingham, Washington, and he played a role in an incident that almost precipitated a war between the United States and England.

The video’s description tells us, “Michael Vouri, Chief of Interpretation and Historian for San Juan Island National Historical Park, talked about George Edward Pickett and his role in the Pig War, a territorial confrontation in 1859 between the United States and the British Empire. The territory in dispute was the San Juan Islands, and the confrontation began when an American farmer shot a pig that belonged to Britain’s Hudson Bay Company. General Pickett was a career United States Army officer who became a general in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. He is best remembered for his participation at the Battle of Gettysburg that bears his name.

“C-SPAN’s Local Content Vehicles (LCVs) made a stop in their ‘2013 LCV Cities Tour’ in Bellingham, Washington, from December 9-12 to feature the history and literary life of the community. Working with the Comcast local affiliate, they visited literary and historic sites where local historians, authors, and civic leaders were interviewed.”

He does a great job in outlining the dispute and its resolution, as well as Pickett’s role.


One comment

  1. Bob Nelson · · Reply

    Cute story. Interesting it wasn’t settled until 1872. Also that it took a full year of negotiations in Geneva to come up with a solution. Guess the wheels of government do indeed turn very slowly.

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