Re: The Blockade
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, John Beatty <jdbeatty.geo@y...>
> >The barrier islands off the coast of Mississippi hadSure, but Meridian and Mobile both had rail connections. The
> deep water access, as did the Pascagoula River. The
> Pascagoula River was navigable by barge to within
> reasonable distance of Meridian and Mobile, IIRC.
> They did, yes, but without rail communications they
> had limited value as supply points.
Escatawpa River in the Pascagoula basin is easily navigable to within
15 miles of Mobile. The Chickasawhay River appears to be navigable
by barge to within 20 miles of Meridian. In addition, light draft
vessels could ferry cargo from the barrier islands to New Orleans via
Lake Ponchartrain. The occupation of the fort at Ship Island and
subsequent blockade of the area appear to have put a stop to this
sort of traffic: the system of lighthouses up the Pascagoula River
ceased to operate afterward.
- "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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