Civil War Blockades Aiden grabenhofer

Known as the "South's Snake" the union blockade encompassed the new nation, almost entirely.

The Union Blockade during the American Civil war is one of the most infamous blockades in history, not only because of it's effectiveness against the South, but because of it proved to the world that America's Navy, was nothing to be messed with, at the time it was one of the most modern fleets in the world, and it still is.

The Ironclad, one of the first metal ships ever made, was created almost directly before the civil war, and although it was not a success, it was the basis for creating a lot more metal ships, that would re-enforce the Union Blockade, and in time, keep it a strong wall that let a very small amount of ships through.

The Union blockade was so successful because it stopped the flow of new supplies into the South, but not easily. The blockade had one major issue: Blockade runners. Blockade runners were normally English Citizens, and they used small steam boats to try and sneak through the line, some were successful, but in all, 1500 ships were destroyed by the blockade, with a mere 355 ships getting through, making the South's trade allies abandon them for the North. Giving the stronger, bigger, and better supplied North the victory over the slowly dying confederacy.

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