Fort Fisher

Fort Fisher
Fort Fisher, NE Bastion. Frank Vizetelly (National Geographic)

Monday, April 18, 2016

155 Years Ago: Blockade Declared

APRIL 19TH, 1861:  President Lincoln issued proclamation of Southern ports from South Carolina to Texas.

Of the blockade, Admiral David Dixon Porter was to later wrote:  "So efficiently was the blockade maintained and so greatly was it strengthened from time to time, that foreign statesmen, who at the beginning of the war, did not hesitate to pronounce the blockade of nearly three thousand miles of coast a moral impossibility, twelve months after its establishment were forced to admit that the proofs of its efficiency were so comprehensive and conclusive that no objections to it could be made."

The coasts of Virginia and North Carolina were not included at this time because the two states had not yet seceded.  When they did, it was extended.

--Old B-Runner

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