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Breaking the BlockadeThe Bahamas during the Civil War$
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Charles D. Ross

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496831347

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496831347.001.0001

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Yellow Jack

Yellow Jack

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Breaking the Blockade

Charles D. Ross

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter describes a mosquito-borne illness, referred to as Yellow Jack by the sailors because of the yellow flag flown by quarantined ships, that arrived in Nassau during late summer. The chapter states that the blockade runner Kate also brought yellow fever with her to Wilmington, and by mid-August, the city was going through a devastating epidemic. The disease also found its way to Key West, Florida, and Beaufort, and Port Royal in South Carolina. As the fever raged in late July, the amount of shipping arriving and leaving Nassau dwindled to pre-war levels. The chapter then shifts to discuss a hindrance to the post-epidemic resurgence of the blockading bonanza — the appearance of Charles Wilkes, the US naval officer who had pulled Mason and Slidell off their boat. It elaborates the mission of West Indies Squadron, under the command of Wilkes, to destroy Florida and the new Confederate cruiser that had emerged from England with Raphael Semmes in command, the 290 (soon-to-be known as Alabama).

Keywords:   Yellow Jack, Nassau, blockade runner, yellow fever, epidemic, Charles Wilkes, West Indies Squadron, Florida

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