Stephen R. Wise, Lifeline of the Confederacy (1988)
Wise, Stephen R. Lifeline of the Confederacy: Blockade Running During the Civil War. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1988.
For both vessels and supplies, the South looked to Great Britian and, once the British realized the immense profits that could be made by running cargoes through the blockade, a large and enthusiastic trade soon opened up between Bermuda, Nassau, Havana and the confederacy.
Blockade running not only brought to the South the supplies needed to sustain the nation, but also caused a revolution in shipbuilding. By the second year of the war, the goods coming into the Confederacy were carried on fast, light-drafted, steel- and iron-hulled steamers. These vessels, designed to carry an immense amount of cargo, slipped past the Union warships at night, delivering valuable supplies to the South.
The trade also grew into a sophisticated business, carried on by both the Confederacy and private companies. Its importance to the South was tremendous. Without blockade runing, the Confederacy could not have properly armed, clothed, or fed its soldiers. As long as there were ports that steamers could utilize, the Confederacy survived; but, once the seaports were captured, the nation was destined to die.
Copy the code below into your web page