The Blockade - Runners and Raiders (The Civil War Series)
Time Life Books
Size: 28.8 MB
This volume in the Time-Life Civil War series looks at the naval aspects of the conflict, When the war began the United States Navy was in poor shape and the Confederate States Navy nonexistent. The directions pursued by each sides' naval forces reflected their strengths: the North initiated and enforced the Blockade since the Union had more vessels, shipbuilding facilities and seamen than the South. The South in turn relied upon blockade runners to bring in vital supplies and employed privateers initially and commerce raiders later to seek out and sink Federal cargo ships, interfering with U.S. trade. Both sides used ironclads, the predecessors to modern battleships.