WNC Civil War Round Table meeting

H.F. Robinson Building, Western Carolina University
1 University Way, Cullowhee
Marcia Woosley
Mar 13, 2017
7:00 PM

Jeff Bockert Presents "Blockade-Running – A Purposeful Economic Necessity"


The Western North Carolina Civil War Round Table will open its 2017 season on March 13 at the Western Carolina University’s H.F.Robinson building auditorium.  The evening will begin with an optional dinner at Bogart’s in Sylva for the meet-n-greet with the speaker at 5:00 pm.  We will then move to the auditorium at 6:30 pm for a light-refreshment social mixer prior to Jeff Bockert’s presentation, “The Life Line of The Confederacy: Blockade Runners"

Foremost and essential to this strategy would be the blockade, General Winfield Scott’s Anaconda Plan, which would constrict access to and trade from those states in rebellion. To execute this policy, it would involve massive and extensive maritime and riverine operations, and as ill-prepared for the task as the Federal government may have been, the South was more so.

More importantly the proximity of North Carolina generally, and Wilmington (also the southern terminus of the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad) specifically, would provide excellent logistics for any European manufactured goods arriving via Bermuda.  Therefore, blockade runners with a North Carolina destination would provide imported materiel to the military departments of both North and South Carolina as well as Virginia and its Army of Northern Virginia.

Slow in developing, a blockade-runner fleet would eventually number 60 plus and would be a hodge-podge of  Confederate and privateer owned vessels. They would take trade goods, primarily cotton, out and return with military, manufactured and consumer goods sorely needed in the South without legitimate access to Northern markets. The cost, hyper-inflation and black markets would add to Southern future economic turmoil, and over half of the fleet would be captured, sunk, or run aground before war’s end. When Fort Fisher fell in the winter of 1864-65, closing the last major port of the Confederacy, there would be no further help from abroad.

Bockert began his 20 plus year career in public history and currently serves as the Associate Curator of Education for the North Carolina Division of Historic Sites based in Kinston, N.C.

Come join us on Monday, March 13 at 5 pm at Bogart’s, Sylva to meet Jeff Bockert, our presenter.  At 6:30 pm we move to the Robinson building for a social mixer, then to the auditorium for Jeff to tell us about the Blockade of the Confederacy.  See you there.

For further info please call Richard Smith at 828-293-5924 or Paul Turner at 828-648-2488