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Topics in Chronicling America - Blockade Runners in the Civil War

Stealth, speed, a new moon and luck were all the steamers could hope for as they snuck along the southern coast in the dead of night. Smuggling vital supplies to the Confederacy, blockade runners knew their lives were on the line as soon as they left the port. Read more about it!

The information and sample article links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in the Chronicling America: American Historic Newspapers digital collection ( Use the Suggested Search Terms and Dates to explore this topic further in Chronicling America.

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Important Dates:

  • January 18, 1862: A timeline of the early days of the blockade.
  • December 16, 1863: Angry Northern perspective on punishment of caught blockade runners.
  • January 09, 1864: U.S. Secretary of the Navy’s official report on blockade effectiveness.
  • August 24, 1864: The business aspect of the blockade.
  • July 21, 1864: The blockade is defied.
  • December 21, 1864: The North Carolinian Rebel Navy.
  • April 20, 1865: Statistics on Ships and Successes.
  • June 1, 1869: A veteran recounts his blockade running days.
  • February 4, 1886: The captures of the Connecticut.
  • December 18, 1895: Tales of stirring adventure on South Carolina’s coast.
  • February 25, 1903: Escapades and escapes of one daring steamer.
  • November 22, 1903 Fictional story on Civil War soldiers.
  • July 29, 1904 The capture of the Banshee.

Suggested Search Strategies:

  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] Blockades, Civil War.
  • Be prepared to distinguish between the many articles that discuss boats, ships steamers and other vessels involved in other wars and blockades.

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