Blockade Running and the Bahamas during the Civil War

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Posted : May 6, 2022

FORT SUMTER CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE

May 9, 2022

Blockade Running and the Bahamas during the Civil War
Blockade Running and the Bahamas during the Civil War

 Program: Blockade Running and the Bahamas during the Civil War

On April 16, 1861, President Abraham Lincoln issued a blockade of the Confederate coastline. The largely agrarian South did not have the industrial base to succeed in a protracted conflict, but what it did have was cotton and tobacco. As the blockade expanded, the blockade runners became quite ingenious in finding ways around the barriers.  Nassau, Bahamas became a focal point for the blockade running action. Boats worked their way back and forth from the Confederacy to Nassau and England, and everyone in the Bahamas wanted a piece of the action. Poor men became rich in a single transaction, and dances and drinking—from the posh Royal Victoria hotel to the boarding houses lining the harbor—were the order of the day. For four years, British, U.S., and C.S. sailors intermingled in the streets, eyeing each other warily as boats snuck in and out of Nassau’s harbor. 

Presenter: Prof. Chuck Ross

 

Chuck Ross is Professor of Physics and former Dean of the Cook-Cole College of Arts and Sciences at Longwood University in Farmville.  His study of science and technology in the Civil War has led to appearances on The History Channel, PBS, the National Geographic Channel and National Public Radio and his work has been featured in US News and World Report, Science, Discover and many other media outlets.  He has written three books on that subject:  Trial by Fire: Science, Technology and the Civil War; Civil War Acoustic Shadows; and Breaking the Blockade: The Bahamas During the Civil War; and is co-author of Never for Want of Powder: The Confederate Powder Works

        BOND HALL Rm 165– The Citadel

   Meeting: 6:00 pm                           Program: 6:30

 

 Sponsored by The Citadel’s Department of History

      (Citadel students may attend free of charge)

 

 

Meeting Schedule

 

June 13, 2022

 

Program: Taking of the USS Isaac Smith

Presenter: Gary Dyson                                               Location: Bond Hall Rm 165-The Citadel

 

                                                 September 12, 2022

 

Program: TBA

Presenter: Prof. Steven E. Woodworth                      Location: Bond Hall Rm 165-The Citadel

 

                                                               October 10, 2022

 

Program: TBA

Presenter: TBA                                                           Location: Bond Hall Rm 165-The Citadel

 

                                                            November 14, 2022

 

Program: TBA

Presenter: TBA                                                           Location: Bond Hall Rm 165-The Citadel

 

                                                             December 12, 2022

 

Program: TBA                                                            Location: Bond Hall Rm 165-The Citadel

Presenter: Rich Condon, Ranger Reconstruction Era National Historical Park

 

 

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