The Procurement of Confederate Blockade Runners and Other Vessels in Great Britain During the American Civil War

By Richard I. Lester, published August 1975


The Confederates entered the American Civil War blockaded by the North and numerically inferior to it in ships and shipyards. They sought to redress the deficiency by procuring from Britain, through building and purchase, warships and fast vessels equipped to run the blockade, in order to export cotton to England and return with urgently needed war supplies. Duplicitous means were adopted to circumvent Britain’s neutrality and counter the Yankees’ legal challenges in the English courts and their diplomatic pressure on the British government.

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Filed under: Atlantic | American Civil War | Caribbean
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Logistics | Shipbuilding & Design | Strategy & Diplomacy

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