Fort Fisher

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

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

155 Years Ago: About the Blockade

JUNE 1ST, 1861:  The USS Union, Commander J.R. Goldsborough, captured Confederate schooner F.W. Johnson with cargo of railroad iron off the coast of North Carolina.

**  Captain Du Pont wrote:  "I do not like the tone of things in England ... Lord Derby and Granville, etc., talk of two thousand miles of coast to blockade!  They seem to forget so far as their rights and international interests are concerned we have only to blockade the ports of entry -- from the Chesapeake to Galveston-- any ... venture into any other harbors or inlets of any kind is liable to capture as a smuggler.

"It is the intention of the Government, I presume, to connect the shore between blockaded ports by light draft cruisers to prevent the ingress of arms and contraband, and the egress of privateers-- but that is our business as a war measure -- an effective blockade means the covering of the ports of entry -- and this will be easily done in my judgement...."

--Old B-Runner

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