Union blockade

Aug 2006
48
It seems to me that the Union wasted ALOT of resources on operations against Charleston, when Wilmington was the more important port, as far as supplying the Army of Northern Virginia was concerned. If Wilmington had been taken a year earlier, what would the effect on the Southern war effort have been?
 

Lord_Cronus

Historum Emeritas
Jun 2006
1,047
Georgia
The blockade runners were going to Nassau and Bermuda to get goods from England then bringing to Wilmington for distribution. Their were also a fair number coming into Charleston supplying troops in the west. Charleston was important because as the north began to cut off the Mississippi, Charleston became more and more vital to get supplies west. Wilmington became the major supplier of Richmond.

The Anaconda plan was to start from New Orleans and work it's way around the coast line until there were no more ports left. Charleston had to fall before Wilmington could be taken. It essentially split the south again and made it harder for supplies to be distributed. Plus, Wilmington would have been much harder to take. The defences around the Cape Fear River were nearly imprenable.
 

Lord_Cronus

Historum Emeritas
Jun 2006
1,047
Georgia
Fort Fishe is a cool place. There isn't much remaining of the original fort, but to see how it actually looked is amazing. It was over a mile long on one leg, two miles on the other. It was what kep the Cape Fear River safe during the war. Fort Anderson is cool too, if you ever get to go you can see the foundations of some of the earliest houses built in NC.