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Thomas C. DeLeon, Four years in Rebel capitals: an inside view of life in the southern confederacy, from birth to death., Chapter 31: the Chinese-Wall blockade, abroad and at home. (search)
e-Wall blockade, abroad and at home. Foundation errors lost opportunity the Treaty of Paris view first southern commissioners doubts the Mason Slidell incident Mr. Benjamin's foreign policy Deleon's captured despatches murmurs loud and deep England's attitude other great Powers Mr. Davis' view if interest of the Powers the Optimist view production and speculation blockade companies sumptuary laws growth of evil power Charleston and Savannah running the fleet at Wilmington demoralization and disgust the Mississippi closed Vicksburg running the Bloc. on the border the spy system female agents. Potent factor in sapping the foundations of Confederate hope and of Confederate credit, was the blockade. First held in contempt; later fruitful mother of errors, as to the movements and intentions of European powers; ever the growing constrictor-whose coil was slowly, but surely, to crush out life-it became each year harder to bear :--at last unbearable!