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COLIN J. McRAE: CONFEDERATE FINANCIAL AGENT

Blockade Running in the Trans-Mississippi as Affected by the Confederate Government’s Direct European Procurement of Goods


CHARLES S. DAVIS

With a New Introduction and Extensive Additions by

J. BARTO ARNOLD III
Institute of Nautical Archaeology and Texas A & M University
College Station, Texas

From the Introduction to the INA Edition . . .

“As the Civil War commenced, the newly formed Confederacy found itself short of cash and manufactured goods, while soon its sellable agricultural products were blockaded for the most part. So the South turned largely to Great Britain and a few other European powers as sources of weapons, clothing, tools, and medicines that could be paid for with bales of Rebel cotton. . . .

The present tome considers mainly what had to be done in Europe to finance and acquire the wanted goods. Part I reprints an excellent study of the business of blockade running: Colin J. McRae: Confederate Financial Agent by Charles S. Davis, 1961. Part II discusses the goods involved in the blockade-running trade by publishing fascinating ships invoices as well as customs records. These raw descriptions are supplemented by interesting correspondence between factors, diplomats, and government officials. . . .

[T]he . . . books of the Denbigh Project Series produced by the Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA) . . . document the career and demise of a single blockade runner. Blockade running was clearly vital to the South’s war effort, but for financiers and crew was a dangerous way to earn one’s daily bread”

Denbigh Shipwreck Project Publication 4

Published by Institute of Nautical Archaeology (College Station, Texas)

ISBN 978-0-9795874-1-2/paperback/224 pp./illus./August 2008/$32.50