Bold Rascals: The Archaeology of Blockade Running in the Western Gulf

Author(s): Andrew Hall; J. Barto Arnold

Year: 2016



Archaeological study and historical research have combined to present a detailed picture of blockade running in the western Gulf of Mexico during the American Civil War. From the beginning of the conflict until weeks after Appomattox, the Confederate coastline west of the Mississippi was a hive of blockade-running activity, first with sailing vessels and later with steamships. The wrecks of the paddle steamers Will o’ the Wisp, Acadia, and Denbigh, all dating from the final months of the war, have yielded a detailed picture of the runners’ cargoes and technologies, while exhaustive archival research has revealed business patterns and tactics used by both blockade-running ships and the Union blockaders that set out to capture them.

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Bold Rascals: The Archaeology of Blockade Running in the Western Gulf. Andrew Hall, J. Barto Arnold. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 435065)


Temporal Keywords
American Civil War

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 783