Confederate Blockade of Washington

Confederate Blockade of Washington

by Mary Alice Wills, Mary A. Wills


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Confederate land batteries along the Potomac River cut off Washington, D.C., President Lincoln's seat of government, from communication by sea during the Civil War's first year. Those grey artillerymen forced his administration to rely on just one single-track branch line of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad for all its needs.

Despite the presence of a Federal naval flotilla patrolling the Potomac River, and the army's forty plus forts built for defense of the capital, the port of Washington was closed. And so Washington's population experienced severe shortages during the winter of 1861-1862. Lincoln, anxious to lift the blockade, personally took the initiative and ordered the army and navy to work together to reopen the Potomac.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781572490789
Publisher: White Mane Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/25/1997
Pages: 194
Product dimensions: 6.07(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.60(d)

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