Reassessment of the Union Blockade's Effectiveness in the Civil War

October 2011
North Carolina Historical Review;Oct2011, Vol. 88 Issue 4, p375
Academic Journal
The article discusses the Union Army's blockade of Confederate ports during the U.S. Civil War. It focuses on rates of ships that were captured or destroyed while trying to run the blockade in order to measure effectiveness. The authors reflect on cost and benefit analysis and address arguments about the possible psychological effects of the blockade. They also comment on the potential of the blockade to deter ships from trying to access ports. The effect on imports of industrial materials and personal goods is considered.


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