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Thread #122144 Message #2678384
Posted By: Les from Hull
12-Jul-09 - 02:07 PM
Thread Name: BS: British support for the confederacy?
Subject: RE: BS: British support for the confederacy?
Dave - you might want to have a look at 'Lifeline of the Confederacy - Blockade Running during the Civil War' by Stephen R Wise (University of South Caroline Press) ISBN 0-87249-554-X.
This tells the story of how (often British built) fast steamers traded with the Confederacy, bringing in war materials (guns, steam engines) and bringing out cotton. The blockade imposed by the North was very effective, and blockade runners averaged only two runs before capture. The book is a scholarly production, well-illustrated and with no fewer than 22 appendices giving lists of ships and ship movements.
I'm sure that, as a Lancashire person (well nobody's perfect!) you will have access to resources on the Lancashire Cotton Famine. But I understand that, although the mill owners (spit spit) supported the Confederacy, the mill workers supported the Union on the basis of anti-slavery, even though the loss of work had caused extreme poverty in the mill towns.