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Why did the Union want to blockade the South during the Civil War?


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Answered 2009-04-25 19:00:46

{| |- | It was an effective method of crippling the Southern War efforts. The South had few manufacturing resources. In order to successfully wage war, they needed weapons and military supplies and lots of money. By preventing them from selling their agricultural goods (cotton) and buying other things, the Union was able to prevent the Southern states from building strength. |}


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caused inflation and shortages in the South, especially for manufactured goods.

The blockade ruined the South's trade. It was one of the main reasons for the defeat of the South.

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The Union Blockade of the southern states during the U.S. Civil War was an important event that led to the surrender of the Confederacy. The blockade worked to restrict both imports and exports from the southern ports. Experts still debate how effective the Union blockade was in the US Civil War. The reason for that was two fold. One was that cotton from the South, with Federal permission was sold to Northern merchants. They required a permit to do so. Also, the blockade impeded trade but as with any operation of the magnitude of blocking ports, the number of ships eluding the blockade is said to have been sizable.

Because most of the fighting happened in the South, and the Union naval blockade ruined the Southern economy.

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The Union naval blockade, which prevented the Confederacy from exporting its plentiful cotton in exchange for war-supplies. This crippled the Southern economy.

During the US Civil War, the South had virtually no navy. This prevented them from actively battling with Union ships that were sent to blockade important Southern ports. Instead, they used mines, artillery fortifications and small scale raiding vessels to impede the Northern blockade.

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