Fort Fisher

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

Friday, May 6, 2016

155 Years Ago: Scott's Anaconda Plan

MAY 2ND, 1861:  General Winfield Scott wrote to President Lincoln suggesting a cordon capable of enveloping the seceded states and noted that "the transportation of men and all supplies by water is about a fifth of land cost, besides the immense savings of time."

On the next day, Scott elaborated further to General George McClellan:  "We rely greatly on the sure operation of a complete blockade of the Atlantic and Gulf ports soon to commence.  In connection with such blockade we propose a powerful movement down the Mississippi to the ocean, with a cordon of posts at proper points ...

"..The object being to clear out and keep open this great line of communication in connection with the strict blockade of the seaboard, so as to envelop the insurgent States and bring them to terms with less bloodshed than by any other plan."

--Scott's Anaconda Plan.  --Old B-Runner

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