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 Posted: Thu Aug 9th, 2007 12:35 am
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How about this--my new (imaginary) book inpsired by Pvt Clewell and Hank C.

The Union's Coastal Blockade: How the Blockade Was the REAL Gettysburg

The thesis of the "book" is that when the Union successfully blockaded Confederate coastal areas and major ports early in the war, the Civil War effectively became a war of attrition. As soon as this blockade began to impact the South, the war's end was only a matter of time because the mostly agrarian South could not fight a long term war without a manufacturing base.  

Even with aggressive blockade running, the South suffered from rampant inflation and scarcity. While set piece battles such as Gettysburg and the fall of Atlanta, for example, definitely hastened the demise of the Confederacy, what really condemned the effort from the start was the inability to import war materiel and export cotton and other agrarian products to finance the cost of the war. Thus the blockade placed a stanglehold on the entire Confederacy.

If the Union blockade had not been imposed it is arguable, even certain, that the Civil War would have lasted much longer because of the reasons mention previously. The contibution of the Union Navy to victory has often been overshadowed by more romantic battles but without the blockade the war would have been much longer at the very least.  

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