Blockade Runners marker at Fort Sumter - Charleston, SC
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member MountainWoods
N 32° 45.139 W 079° 52.441
17S E 605480 N 3624390
Quick Description: A marker explaining the importance of the Southern blockade runners during the War Between the States
Location: South Carolina, United States
Date Posted: 5/7/2014 3:57:19 PM
Waymark Code: WMKNQ7
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member jhuoni
Views: 16

Long Description:
This marker at Fort Sumter explains the significance and activities of the blockade runners during the American Civil War.
The Union blockaded Charleston Harbor from 1861-65, but blockade runners continued to slip in and out, carrying cargo crucial to the economic and military survival of the South. Using neutral ports like Bermuda and Nassau, blockade runners brought food, medicine, weapons, ammunition, and manufactured goods from Europe. The left primarily with cotton, but also carried diplomats, dispatches, and various products and valuables.

The rist of capture or sinking by Union warships was great, but so were the rewards. One voyage could bring a profit of $100,000. Despite the blockade, seventy-five percent of the runs were successful.

Mary Bowers (1864), a typical blockade runner, was powered by steam and sail. With a long, low profile and shallow draft, she could swiftly and quietly evade Union ships. Blockade runners were often painted grey to blend with the sea and fog. Rainy weather and dark, moonless nights were ideal for a run into port. Union monitors approach a blockade runner trapped in shallow water near Charleston, 1865. Many ships were captured or sunk. The remains of the blockade runner Minho, sunk in 1862, lie near the red channel buoy visible ahead.
Marker Name: Blockade Runners

Marker Location: Roadside

Type of Marker: Fort

County: Charleston

Marker number: Not listed

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