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British Blockade Runners in the American Civil War

Perhaps more than all the campaigns of the Union armies, the Union naval blockade--covering all major Southern ports along 3,500 miles of coastline for the duration of the war--brought down the Confederacy.

Author : Joseph McKenna

Release : 2019-04-16

Publisher : McFarland

ISBN : 1476636435

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Perhaps more than all the campaigns of the Union armies, the Union naval blockade—covering all major Southern ports along 3,500 miles of coastline for the duration of the war—brought down the Confederacy. The daring exploits of Confederate blockade runners are well known—but many of them were British citizens operating out of neutral ports such as Nassau, Havana and Bermuda. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'; color: #2c2c2c} Focusing on British involvement in the war, this history names the overseas bankers and manufacturers who, in critical need of cotton and other Confederate exports, financed and equipped the fast little ships that ran the blockade. The author attempts to disentangle the names and aliases of the captains—many of whom were Royal Navy officers on temporary leave—and tells their stories in their own words. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'; color: #2c2c2c}

Clyde Built

Using contemporary accounts and individual case studies, 'Clydebuilt' presents an account of Scotland's involvement in the American Civil War Blockade, an involvement which almost certainly prolonged the conflict by several years.

Author : Eric J. Graham

Release : 2006

Publisher : Birlinn Publishers

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Using contemporary accounts and individual case studies, 'Clydebuilt' presents an account of Scotland's involvement in the American Civil War Blockade, an involvement which almost certainly prolonged the conflict by several years.

The Civil War Adventures of a Blockade Runner

For the reader who wants to ply the Gulf of Mexico under sail, play the lottery in Havana, and visit Texas when it was "a new country," Watson is the perfect guide to run the blockade that time imposes on posterity.

Author : William Watson

Release : 2001

Publisher : Texas A&M University Press

ISBN : 9781585441525

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William Watson spent two years evading Union gunboats and dealing with the "sharpers" who fed off the misfortune of the Civil War. In 1892, using log books, personal papers, and business memoranda, he sought to write a "plain, blunt" account of "events just as they happened." Instead, he wrote a classic adventure tale whose careful description of seafaring in the 1860s gives us a glimpse into a world now closed to us. Watson shares his story with his ship, the Rob Roy, and peoples his account with the good, the bad, and the unlucky. He takes his reader from Havana to Galveston, braving gales and a hurricane, and surviving plots against his ship and his life. Through it all, he maintains his honor and guards his profits. For the reader who wants to ply the Gulf of Mexico under sail, play the lottery in Havana, and visit Texas when it was "a new country," Watson is the perfect guide to run the blockade that time imposes on posterity.

British Blockade Runners in the American Civil War

Perhaps more than all the campaigns of the Union armies, the Union naval blockade--covering all major Southern ports along 3,500 miles of coastline for the duration of the war--brought down the Confederacy.

Author : Joseph McKenna

Release : 2019-04-16

Publisher : McFarland

ISBN : 1476676798

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Perhaps more than all the campaigns of the Union armies, the Union naval blockade--covering all major Southern ports along 3,500 miles of coastline for the duration of the war--brought down the Confederacy. The daring exploits of Confederate blockade runners are well known--but many of them were British citizens operating out of neutral ports such as Nassau, Havana and Bermuda. Focusing on British involvement in the war, this history names the overseas bankers and manufacturers who, in critical need of cotton and other Confederate exports, financed and equipped the fast little ships that ran the blockade. The author attempts to disentangle the names and aliases of the captains--many of whom were Royal Navy officers on temporary leave--and tells their stories in their own words.

Blockade Runners of the Confederacy

Generations of historians and Civil War buffs have considered it invaluable; this paperback edition makes the work available once again to a new generation of enthusiasts and scholars.

Author : Hamilton Cochran

Release : 2005-02-06

Publisher : University of Alabama Press

ISBN : 0817351698

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A readable, exciting chronicle of the men and ships that ran federal naval blockades during the Civil War. Within four weeks of the fall of Fort Sumter, President Abraham Lincoln had declared a blockade of over four thousand miles of Confederate coastline, from Cape Henry in Virginia to the Mexican border. In response, professional runners, lured by both profits and patriotism, built faster, sleeker, low-profile ships and piloted them through the ever-thickening Northern cordon. The tonnage they imported, including items ranging from straight pins to marine engines, sustained the South throughout the conflict. Blockade Runners of the Confederacy, first published in 1958, offered the first in-depth look at the dashing figures, spies, and fast ships that ran the blockade, as well as an overall assessment of the blockades conception, effectiveness, and impact on the Southern populace. Generations of historians and Civil War buffs have considered it invaluable; this paperback edition makes the work available once again to a new generation of enthusiasts and scholars.

British Ships in the Confederate Navy

During the American Civil War, British-crewed warships harassed Union merchantmen, sinking a total value of more than $15,000,000 in ships and cargo.

Author : Joseph McKenna

Release : 2010-03-08

Publisher : McFarland

ISBN : 0786458275

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During the American Civil War, British–crewed warships harassed Union merchantmen, sinking a total value of more than $15,000,000 in ships and cargo. Considered pirates by the federal government, these ships and crew were at the center of a largely unknown but fascinating struggle between Commander James Dunwoody of the Confederate Navy, U.S. Ambassador Charles Francis Adams, and Consul Thomas H. Dudley. This history of British assistance to the Confederate Navy covers that story in full and provides a close look at the British seamen who manned warships and blockade runners.

In Search of the Acadia

Built in Sorel, Quebec, Canada in 1864.

Author : Eileen M Benitz Wagner

Release : 2019-05-25

Publisher : NorTex Press

ISBN : 9781681791494

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Built in Sorel, Quebec, Canada in 1864. The "Acadia" an aground while trying to reach Confederate forts near San Luis Pass and Velasco, Texas. Be prepared for fascinating historical information from the time when and where she was built to her final resting place near San Luis Pass, Texas, located on the Texas coast near Galveston.

The American Civil War and the British Press

The shipbuilding ports of Great Britain furnished the largest proportion of the
blockade-runners which kept the South supplied for four years. One yard on the
Mersey launched 5 blockade runners in a single day; Lairds built 7 or 8 such
vessels.

Author : Alfred Grant

Release : 2000

Publisher : McFarland

ISBN : 9780786406302

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Those writing for the British press of the mid-Victorian era were masters of the English language, given to tirades of grand oratory. They liked to cover the former colonies, arousing rhetorical fears among Britons over the increasing power of the United States. With the advent of the American Civil War, the British press had the perfect opportunity to practice their peculiar brand of journalism. The South was the home of virtuous aristocrats, and Lincoln had bad taste, bad grammar and the respect of no one. Selections from all of Britain's major Civil War-era newspapers and magazines (along with numerous pamphlets) are presented, with the author's historical and editorial comments. A revealing assessment of British journalistic treatment of the War Between the States is the result. Sections of the book are devoted to the British press' handling of contentious issues between the North and South, specific battles or persons, a detailed profile of The Times of London (including personal correspondence) with examples of the bias in favor of the Confederacy in The Times' reportage, and the portrayal by the press of Lincoln's presidency upon his assassination (suddenly The Times found wisdom and goodness).

The American Civil War Through British Eyes Dispatches from British Diplomats: April 1862-February 1863

blockade - runners were British merchants , the American Secretary of State ,
William H . Seward , complained to Lord Lyons , who countered that Great Britain
was neutral and therefore was entitled to ship goods to either belligerent .

Author : James J. Barnes

Release : 2003

Publisher : Kent State University Press

ISBN : 9780873388306

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Provides source materials that describe British opinions from diplomats on the American Civil War.

In Armageddon's Shadow

In Armageddon's Shadow highlights Maritime support for the beleaguered Confederacy and the grave implications this had on race relations in Canada.

Author : Greg Marquis

Release : 2000

Publisher : McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN : 9780773520790

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The United States had important ties with Canada's Maritime Provinces that were profoundly shaken by the American Civil War. Drawing extensively on newspaper reports, personal papers, and local histories, Greg Marquis captures the drama of the times, effectively putting the reader into the thick of the action. In Armageddon's Shadow highlights Maritime support for the beleaguered Confederacy and the grave implications this had on race relations in Canada. Marquis details the involvement of maritimers in running blockades and recounts the experiences of some of the thousands of men from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island who served in America's bloodiest conflict. Book jacket.

American Civil War: The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection [6 volumes]

Dalzell, George W. The Flightfrom the Flag: The ContinuingEffect ofthe Civil War
upon the American Carrying Trade. ... was a major business, and British citizens
were very much involved in financing and manning the blockade-runners.

Author : Spencer C. Tucker

Release : 2013-09-30

Publisher : ABC-CLIO

ISBN : 1851096825

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This expansive, multivolume reference work provides a broad, multidisciplinary examination of the Civil War period ranging from pre-Civil War developments and catalysts such as the Mexican-American War to the rebuilding of the war-torn nation during Reconstruction.

The Narrative of a Blockade-runner

It will be seen, however, by any reader who has the patience to peruse the work, that it embraces a wider scope than its title would imply.

Author : J. Wilkinson

Release : 1877

Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN :

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In deference to the judgment of two or three literary friends, I have entitled this, my first attempt at authorship, "The Narrative of a Blockade-runner." They do not agree with Shakspeare that "a rose by any other name would smell as sweet," to the reading public; nor that it is always advisable to call a thing by its proper name. It will be seen, however, by any reader who has the patience to peruse the work, that it embraces a wider scope than its title would imply. I have endeavored to give a full account of the passage by the U. S. fleet of the forts below New Orleans; and to contribute some facts that will probably settle the controversy, in the judgment of the reader, as to the real captors of that city. "Honor to whom honor is due." It will be seen that I have been favored with access to Commodore Mitchell's official report of that conflict, a document never published. The information derived from it, added to facts and circumstances coming under my personal observation, furnishes the means of laying before the public an account of that action from a new point of view. In bearing testimony to the kind and humane treatment of the prisoners of war at Fort Warren, I perform a most grateful duty. It was my good fortune to be captured and held a prisoner, before the "retaliatory" measures were adopted by the United States Government.

Rogues & Runners

Author : Catherine Lynch Deichmann

Release : 2003

Publisher :

ISBN :

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The American Civil War

Fourth, the British economy did not suffer during the war; in fact, what they lost in
cotton imports was nearly balanced by ... For example, Savannah was closed to
blockade runners in April 1862, although the city itself was not taken by land ...

Author : Christopher J. Olsen

Release : 2007-04-15

Publisher : Hill and Wang

ISBN : 9780374707316

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Succinct, with a brace of original documents following each chapter, Christopher J. Olsen's The American Civil War is the ideal introduction to American history's most famous, and infamous, chapter. Covering events from 1850 and the mounting political pressures to split the Union into opposing sections, through the four years of bloodshed and waning Confederate fortunes, to Lincoln's assassination and the advent of Reconstruction, The American Civil War covers the entire sectional conflict and at every juncture emphasizes the decisions and circumstances, large and small, that determined the course of events.

Confederate States Navy Research Guide

J . Snow . London . 1863 . Published in the December 1954 issue of the
Steamboat Bill of Facts . ( Great Britain ) ( Blockade Runners ] [ British Built )
Wardle , Arthur C . Merscy - Built Blockade Runners Of The American Civil War .
179 - 188pp .

Author : Thomas Truxtun Moebs

Release : 1991

Publisher :

ISBN :

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"This research guide has two purposes. First, it provides the user with the most comprehensive, single-volume body of information on the Confederate States Navy. Second, it directs the user to a huge number of sources from which he or she can flesh out information in the guide.".

Captain James Carlin

The use of fresh sources from British Foreign Office and U.S. Prize Court documents and surviving business papers make this volume distinctive.

Author : Colin Carlin

Release : 2016-12-31

Publisher : Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN : 1611177146

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Captain James Carlin is a biography of a shadowy nineteenth-century British Confederate, James Carlin (1833–1921), who was among the most successful captains running the U.S. Navy’s blockade of Southern ports during the Civil War. Written by his descendent Colin Carlin, Captain James Carlin ventures behind the scenes of this perilous trade that transported vital supplies to the Confederate forces. An Englishman trained in the British merchant marine, Carlin was recruited into the U.S. Coastal and Geodetic Survey Department in 1856, spending four years charting the U.S. Atlantic seaboard. Married and settled in Charleston, South Carolina, he resigned from the survey in 1860 to resume his maritime career. His blockade-running started with early runs into Charleston under sail. These came to a lively conclusion under gunfire off the Stono River mouth. More blockade-running followed until his capture on the SS Memphis. Documents in London reveal the politics of securing Carlin’s release from Fort Lafayette. On his return to Charleston, General P. G. T. Beauregard gave him command of the spar torpedo launch Torch for an attack on the USS New Ironsides. After more successful trips though the blockade, he was appointed superintending captain of the South Carolina Importing and Exporting Company and moved to Scotland to commission six new steam runners. After the war Carlin returned to the southern states to secure his assets before embarking on a gun-running expedition to the northern coast of Cuba for the Cuban Liberation Junta fighting to free the island from Spanish control and plantation slavery. In researching his forebear, the author gathered a wealth of private and public records from England, Scotland, Ireland, Greenland, the Bahamas, and the United States. The use of fresh sources from British Foreign Office and U.S. Prize Court documents and surviving business papers make this volume distinctive.

A World on Fire

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Author : Amanda Foreman

Release : 2011-06-28

Publisher : Random House

ISBN : 0679603972

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 10 BEST BOOKS • THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW • 2011 NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • The New Yorker • Chicago Tribune • The Economist • Nancy Pearl, NPR • Bloomberg.com • Library Journal • Publishers Weekly In this brilliant narrative, Amanda Foreman tells the fascinating story of the American Civil War—and the major role played by Britain and its citizens in that epic struggle. Between 1861 and 1865, thousands of British citizens volunteered for service on both sides of the Civil War. From the first cannon blasts on Fort Sumter to Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, they served as officers and infantrymen, sailors and nurses, blockade runners and spies. Through personal letters, diaries, and journals, Foreman introduces characters both humble and grand, while crafting a panoramic yet intimate view of the war on the front lines, in the prison camps, and in the great cities of both the Union and the Confederacy. In the drawing rooms of London and the offices of Washington, on muddy fields and aboard packed ships, Foreman reveals the decisions made, the beliefs held and contested, and the personal triumphs and sacrifices that ultimately led to the reunification of America. “Engrossing . . . a sprawling drama.”—The Washington Post “Eye-opening . . . immensely ambitious and immensely accomplished.”—The New Yorker WINNER OF THE FLETCHER PRATT AWARD FOR CIVIL WAR HISTORY From the Trade Paperback edition.

Spain and the American Civil War

The Caribbean Sea was an area of great concern for the United States during the
American Civil War. Confederate blockade runners and surface raiders carried
the war through coastal waters and into the Atlantic. ... While the British colonies
of Bermuda and the Bahamas were key intermediate links in the tenuous
Confederate supply chains, Confederate agents pursued their major purchasing
efforts in ...

Author : Wayne H. Bowen

Release : 2011-11-01

Publisher : University of Missouri Press

ISBN : 0826272584

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In the mid-1800s, Spain experienced economic growth, political stabilization, and military revival, and the country began to sense that it again could be a great global power. In addition to its desire for international glory, Spain also was the only European country that continued to use slaves on plantations in Spanish-controlled Cuba and Puerto Rico. Historically, Spain never had close ties to Washington, D.C., and Spain’s hard feelings increased as it lost Latin America to the United States in independence movements. Clearly, Spain shared many of the same feelings as the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War, and it found itself in a unique position to aid the Confederacy since its territories lay so close to the South. Diplomats on both sides, in fact, declared them “natural allies.” Yet, paradoxically, a close relationship between Spain and the Confederacy was never forged. In Spain and the American Civil War, Wayne H. Bowen presents the first comprehensive look at relations between Spain and the two antagonists of the American Civil War. Using Spanish, United States and Confederate sources, Bowen provides multiple perspectives of critical events during the Civil War, including Confederate attempts to bring Spain and other European nations, particularly France and Great Britain, into the war; reactions to those attempts; and Spain’s revived imperial fortunes in Africa and the Caribbean as it tried to regain its status as a global power. Likewise, he documents Spain’s relationship with Great Britain and France; Spanish thoughts of intervention, either with the help of Great Britain and France or alone; and Spanish receptiveness to the Confederate cause, including the support of Prime Minister Leopoldo O’Donnell. Bowen’s in-depth study reveals how the situations, personalities, and histories of both Spain and the Confederacy kept both parties from establishing a closer relationship, which might have provided critical international diplomatic support for the Confederate States of America and a means through which Spain could exact revenge on the United States of America.

The Civil War at Sea

Presents a history of both the Union and Confederate navies with information on such topics as key events, the impact of new technology, the Union's blockade, and principal personalities.

Author : Craig L. Symonds

Release : 2009

Publisher : ABC-CLIO

ISBN : 0275990842

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Presents a history of both the Union and Confederate navies with information on such topics as key events, the impact of new technology, the Union's blockade, and principal personalities.

The British Admirals of the Fleet, 1734–1995

During the American Civil War (April 1861-May 1865) relations between the
United States and the United Kingdom came ... of the United States Navy, despite
the provocation offered by British blockade runners carrying contraband to and
from ...

Author : T. A. Heathcote

Release : 2002-01-22

Publisher : Pen and Sword

ISBN : 1473812704

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A companion volume to the same author's "The British Field Marshals 1736–1997", this book outlines the lives of the 115 officers who held the rank of Admiral of the Fleet in the Royal Navy from 1734, when it took its modern form, to 1995, when the last one was appointed. Each entry gives details of the dates of the birth and death of its subjects, their careers ashore and afloat, their family backgrounds, and the ships, campaigns and combats in which they served. Each is placed clearly in its domestic or international political context. The actions recorded include major fleet battles under sail or steam, single-ship duels, encounters with pirates on the Spanish Main and up the rivers of Borneo, the suppression of the Slave Trade (for which the Navy receives little gratitude), landing parties to deal with local dictators and revolutionaries, and the services of naval brigades in China, Egypt and South Africa.