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The loss of New Orleans meant the loss of the use of the Mississippi River as an outlet for southern exports of crops and imports of war materials. The Mississippi was the great natural pathway for trade of most of the Confederate states - basically all except those few with an Atlantic coastline.

New Orleans was also one of the biggest cities in the south and one of the few with any industry to speak of. The south could ill afford to lose this scarce industrial production.

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