Civil War Quiz: What Do You Know About the Union Naval Blockade?
Q#1 – Which came first: the naval blockade of the South or the Anaconda Plan?
Q#2 – At the beginning of the war, President Lincoln considered issuing an executive order closing for commercial purposes all harbors and ports under Confederate control. Why did the government of England prefer that Lincoln issue a naval blockade versus the closing of ports?
Q#3 – What was the name of the US Secretary of the Navy who was placed in charge of setting up the Union blockade of the South and what nickname was given to him by President Lincoln?
Q#4 – What was the name of the Confederate Secretary of the Navy who was charged with breaking the Union blockade?
Q#5 – What two foreign ports were used extensively by blockade runners as cargo transfer points?
Q#6 – What were the names of the three Union commands that made up the blockading fleet and where were they located?
Q#7 – Initially, the Confederate government relied on issuing “Letters of Marque” to privateers to break the Union blockade. What was the name of the first Confederate approved privateer?
Q#8 – In December 1861, what action did the Union Navy take to blockade the port of Charleston, SC?
Q#9 – What famous racing yacht took an active role in the Union blockade off the Charleston, South Carolina coast?
Q#10 – The captain of a Confederate blockade runner could earn how much money for each successful voyage?
Q#11 – What English city built many of the Confederate naval vessels including the Alabama?
Q#12 – How many Union ships of any type is the Confederate warship Alabama credited with capturing?
Q#13 – As the Union fleet grew in size, speed and sophistication, more ports came under Federal control. After 1862, which three ports remained open for the blockade runners still in business?
Q#14 – On June 19, 1864, the Confederate warship CSS Alabama was sunk by the Union warship USS Kearsarge near the port of Cherbourg, France. Despite the superior gunnery displayed by Kearsarge and the deteriorated state of Alabama’s contaminated powder and fuses, what event prevented a possible battle victory for the CSS Alabama?
Q#15 – By the end of the Civil War how many Confederate blockade runners were either captured or destroyed?