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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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“It is rather sickly here”

“It is rather sickly here”

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Breaking the Blockade

Charles D. Ross

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter reviews Thomas Kirkpatrick's arrival from New York to Nassau to fill the new position in state of the consulate. It states that Kirkpatrick entered the consulate and found the office in a chaotic state. In preparation for the move, Kirkpatrick was able to sit down with George Harris and discuss resolution of the back-rent issue and other debts incurred by the office dating back to the repair of the windows Sam Whiting had broken out. The chapter also elaborates John Howell's idea that would help the Union: to establish a coal depot for US merchant ships on Hog Island near the dry dock. US Marshal for New York City Robert Murray introduced Howell as a true friend of the Union cause, who had provided much information on blockade runners. The chapter then narrates the downturn in activity in Nassau two days after Kirkpatrick's arrival: the return of yellow fever in 1864. Ultimately, the chapter discusses Kirkpatrick's recruitment of a couple of spies within the blockade-running companies and the surge of shipping in and out of Nassau. It further analyses Kirkpatrick's call for a new flying squadron to come to the Bahamas and reactivate Charles Wilkes's idea of nipping blockade runners off at the source.

Keywords:   Thomas Kirkpatrick, George Harris, John Howell, yellow fever, blockade runners, Charles Wilkes

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