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Blockade Runner

The term blockade runner refers to the captains and their sleek ships that carried contraband and cargo through the Union naval blockade of Southern port cities during the Civil War. Blockade runners carried on clandestine foreign trade and fueled a black market economy in the South. These ships were light and swift, often able to outrun ships of the Union Navy when entering and exiting Southern harbors.



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