Re: The Blockade
- My thoguhts on the subject:
- Initially there were ports in Virginia that needed closing such as
Norfolk and Richmond. The capture of Norfolk and the blockade of the
James River and Chesepeake Bay closed Virginia.
- North Carolina included more ports than just Wilmington becuase of
the various ports in Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds (ie: New Berne,
Plymouth, Washington). Even with the capture of Ft Hatteras and the
Burnside expedition the navy had to cover that area.
- In addition to Charleston, the South Carolina coast features minor
ports such as Georgetown and Coosawatchie. The caputre of Hilton
Head and Beaufort controlled the later. I don't know if the former
amounted to much at the time.
- The main ports on the Georgia coast were Savannah, Darien, and
- On the Atlantic side of Florida was Jacksonville while on the Gulf
side was Cedar Keys and Pensacola, all three at railheads. I believe
the Navy also blockaded Tampa.
- Alabama had Mobile.
- The Mississippi coast includes Mississippi City and Biloxi, minor
ports at the time with no rail connections.
- New Orleans was a major port for the confederacy at the start of
the war. Brashear City was a secondary port. The capture of both
closed them. I think small draft boats could get to Lake Charles.
- In Texas there was Sabine City/Port Arthur, Galveston/Houston,
Indianola, Corpus Christi, and Brownsville.
--- In email@example.com, "hank9174" <clarkc@m...> wrote:
> The blockade is typically thought of as a ring of iron and wood
> choking the foreign commerce of the Confederacy. On further
> reflection it appears that their are relatively FEW ports in the
> that need to closed.
> None in Virginia, Wilmington in NC, Charleston SC, Savannah GA,
> Jacksonville and Pensacola FL, Mobile AL, New Orleans LA and
> Galveston TX.
> There are numerous inlets and bays along the coast for temporary
> hiding spots but not for loading and unloading and my list seems
> rather short. Are there other major points of entry that the USA
> concerned with?
- "In Armageddon's Shadow, The Civil War and Canada's Maritime Provinces", by
Greg Marquis, of St. Mary's University in Halifax, is a good source of
information on blockade running. (ISBN 0-7735-1792-8)
----- Original Message -----
From: "Dave Gorski" <bigg@...>
Sent: Saturday, February 07, 2004 10:18 AM
Subject: [civilwarwest] Re: The Blockade
> > Do you know if there is any record showing if any of the blockade
> > runners were actually owned by "Northern" principals?
> J. J. Chaffey out of New Brunswick, Canada was involved.
> The British firms "Anglo-Confederate Trading Company" and
> "Collie and Company," ran the blockade on a regular basis.
> There were also British citizens who had ships that ran the
> blockade for adventure and profit, including; Joannea Wyllie,
> Johnathan Steele, Augustus Charles Hobart Hampden, and
> an Irishman, William Ryan.
> I am not aware of any specific "Northern" (U. S,) principal
> but I would be very surprised if there were none. The money
> was just too good.
> Regards, Dave Gorski
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