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I changed the map here and elsewhere. Blue and gray are more appropriate colors for Civil War maps--using blue and red would unneccessarily link the Civil War to the culture war and detract from WIkipedia's neutrality.----Ampersand

Ampersand, while I'm not particularly concerned about the color change itself and am not even sure what map you are referring to, battlemaps of the ACW (at least as in the Official Military Atlas) use red for the CSA and blue for the Union. (It is probably only accidental that the current political alignments roughly correspond to this as well.) My concern is that depending on context this could result in the "tail wagging the dog" in the pursuit of neutrality. Red Harvest 20:37, 4 December 2007 (UTC)

Legal Implications[edit]

Should something be included regarding the controversiality or that this was the first time a President had ordered a blockade? Worldthoughts 23:16, 24 May 2007 (UTC)

Neutral point of view?[edit]

"Never had a major seacoast been so completely shut down; never before had a navy solved the challenge of numbers, vigilance, discipline and replenishment."

What about the War of 1812 and the British blockade there? All major US ports were cut off. The British blockade of French and allied ports in the Napeolonic wars also needs to be considered as well. These were all carried out without benefit of steam power as well which made such blockades much easier. The Union blockade was a great achievement but was not unique.

The yankees faced a much longer coastline and did a better job than the Brits had done. The steam technology helped the blockaded party: it allowed very fast blockade runners to be built--that was a new challenge, but they were captured at the 50% rate by 1864. Rjensen 18:24, 9 September 2006 (UTC)

"The blockade runners carried only a small fraction of the usual cargo. Thus, Confederate cotton exports were reduced 95% from 10 million bales in the three years prior to the war to just 500,000 bales during the blockade period.[2]"

This makes it sound like the blockade was entirely responsible for this decline in trade, but didn't the South burn the cotton in attempt to bring Britain into the war? I know nothing about this but I am reading this out of a textbook so just thought I would make a note here. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:11, 14 January 2009 (UTC)

New details[edit]

I added new historical details and a bibliography, and shifted the lists of ships to the end Rjensen 06:03, 29 January 2006 (UTC)

Cleanup I changed some of the heading hierarchy for more consistency and moved some topics around for a more logical flow.

Also deleted this sentence as it contradicted the entire preceeding paragraph. The Confederate States of America did not generally undertake major action to break the Union blockade systematically, leading some historians to question the effectiveness of the Union measure.

Thatcher131 23:54, 10 February 2006 (UTC)


Since when is a 62' tug considered a ship? (Listed under Northern Atlantic Blockading Squadron Ships) The other listed was a store and receiving ship. Yet could the 141' USS Commodore Hull be listed since she was a gunboat? And wouldn't the USS Monitor have been part of that Squadron? You'd think she would be worth mentioning. I'm not sure what that section was trying to accomplish, so I'm putting this here instead of editing.--J Clear 00:35, 28 June 2006 (UTC)

Cape Henry or Cape Fear?[edit]

Cape Henry is in Virginia, not North Carolina. Since the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron's area of coverage was Virginia and North Carolina, I suspect its southern limit of coverage was actually Cape Fear, the southernmost point in North Carolina. Frankwomble 14:38, 19 December 2006 (UTC)

Use of "perhaps"[edit]

In the section "End of the blockade and its impact," the word "perhaps" is used ("In the final accounting, perhaps half the investors took a profit, and half a loss."). I don't want to remove the word, because that might make the sentence even more inaccurate, but it certainly shouldn't be there. I'm thinking remove the sentence entirely. --zenazn 16:00, 13 January 2008 (UTC)

Some sections unreferenced[edit]

The article itself looks good but entire sections are missing citations. If anyone that made extensive edits here can go back and tag some refs it would be much appreciated. Kelvinc (talk) 04:36, 28 February 2008 (UTC)

Someone had actually vandalized portions of the article to reverse the result of major engagements. Two of the sections listed as having no references actually had some, so I've removed those tags. There are of course other sections that should have references added. Upon inspection the underlying material in them appears to be generally correct, just uncited. Red Harvest (talk) 15:03, 14 March 2008 (UTC)

Where exactly...[edit] the direct quotations and amounts come from? I'm thinking of removing them if they can't be easily discovered to be accurate or not... (talk) 01:55, 25 June 2009 (UTC)


'After 1862, only three ports—Wilmington, North Carolina; Charleston, South Carolina; and Mobile, Alabama—remained open...'

I read a story about a blockade-runner entering Savannah after Sherman had occupied it, and trying to hand in his contraband, not noticing the Union flag flying over the harbourmaster's office. Valetude (talk) 09:33, 5 October 2013 (UTC)

Infobox. First National Flag for CSA[edit]

Once again an attempt to rewrite history in the Infobox with the "Blood-stained Banner", without any sources. Confederates served under one banner, so history articles at WP should picture the flag of its time, the "First national flag with 13 stars", 1861-1865.

David Sansing, professor emeritus of history at the University of Mississippi at “Mississippi History Now”, online Mississippi Historical Society observes in his Brief history of Confederate flags, that the “Bood stained banner” was “unlikely” to have flown over “any Confederate troops or civilian agencies”. He quoted the author of “Confederate Military History”, Confederate General Bradley T. Johnson, “I never saw this flag, nor have I seen a man who did see it.” -- the BSB.

In contrast, Ellis Merton Coulter in his The Confederate States of America, 1861-1865, published in LSU’s History of the South series, on page 118 notes that beginning in March 1861, the First National Flag was used “all over the Confederacy”. TheVirginiaHistorian (talk) 13:28, 18 June 2014 (UTC)