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Lt. John Wilkinson's recount of his escape upon leaving Wilmington, August 15, 1863
  • What other factors may have caused these men to contribute their efforts to the Confederacy at such a high incidence?
  • Why were blockade runners able to effectively supply the Confederacy for so long through the only open port in the south, Wilmington?
  • What did the city of Wilmington itself do to contribute to the cause of running the blockade?
  • How did the heavy involvement of foreigners in the trade contribute to the local's involvement in the effort?