The Confederacy could not win a prolonged war with the United States without help. They could not get help without major concessions on its identity. Pro-Slavery versus States Rights Congressmen fought in the Confederate Congress to come up with a solution, but when the envoys sent to Great Britain returned there was only one option left.
April 15, 1864 the Confederate Congress passed the Freedmen Act. Abolishing slavery and offering citizenship to any freed man or woman who took up employment in the agricultural, industrial, or military fields. Just a few weeks later Britain recognizes the Confederacy's sovereignty and in 1866 the British Empire declares war on the United States, invading from Canada.