Campaign for the Confederate Coast

Gil Hahn

 In this highly informative book, readers will learn the story of blockade running from a nuanced, all-points-of-view perspective. Without recounting hundreds of encounters between pro-Confederate blockade runners and Federal blockading forces, it traces the ebb and flow of events as the U.S. Navy, blockade runners, and foreign governments (primarily the British) all pressed for advantage.
   The single best survey of the conflict for the Confederacy’s coastlines on offer, and its conclusions will surprise both the skeptics and the advocates of the blockade’s effectiveness.
   —Allen C. Guelzo, Princeton University, author of Gettysburg: The Last Invasion
   Gil Hahn presents a strong argument for the centrality of this blockade war in
   determining the fate of the Confederacy, and the nation. —William C. Davis, author of The Greatest Fury: The Battle of New Orleans and the Rebirth of America
   This important new study of the Civil War demonstrates that while blockade running was indeed the “lifeline of the Confederacy,” the Union blockade and the capture of Confederate ports choked that lifeline to a small fragment of the South’s needed seaborne commerce and played a key role in eventual Northern victory. —James M. McPherson, author of War on the Waters: The Union and Confederate Navies, 1861-1865
   I highly recommend Gil Hahn’s book to anyone looking to understand the big picture of American Civil War naval operations. —Lucas Clawson, Hagley Historian
   This succinct yet comprehensive volume deserves a place on the bookshelf of every
   Civil War enthusiast. —William W. Bergen, Independent Civil War scholar