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Order to Blockade Southern Ports Order to Blockade the Southern Ports

Five days after the fall of Fort Sumter in April 1861, President Lincoln ordered that the United States Navy should “prevent entrance and exit of vessels from the ports” of the Southern states. This strategy followed General Winfield Scott’s “Anaconda Plan” to choke off the rebellion by depriving the South of goods and products, simultaneously constricting its export of cotton. This handwritten copy is filled out in the hand of a clerk and was likely forwarded to the printers for distribution.