Cotton exported from the Confederacy, 1862-63

19thGeorgia

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Richmond Whig, June 22, 1864 (reprinted from the New York Herald)-

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ucvrelics

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Very Interesting numbers as I knew the Bahamas was one of the primary place to reship to England due it it being so close, but that number is staggering.
 

NedBaldwin

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The Mexico number emphasizes to me why Lincoln wanted to invade and control Texas, not to mention shaking a big stick at France. Unfortunately Banks bungled that effort.
Banks occupied Brownsville Texas in November 1863, deterring the French and substantially disrupting trade from Texas to Mexico. Seems like he succeeded in the effort Lincoln wanted
 

29thWisCoG

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Banks occupied Brownsville Texas in November 1863, deterring the French and substantially disrupting trade from Texas to Mexico. Seems like he succeeded in the effort Lincoln wanted
Short lived gains, cotton exports south continued through alternate routes and in less than 6 months Banks was repulsed from TX/LA never to return, and Brownsville was reoccupied by the CSA. The French were never intimidated by Banks, they valued Federal exports over southern cotton and were more interested in keeping good relations with DC than with the CSA.
 

wausaubob

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Measured in pounds not bales. Remember that the 1860-61 crops were about 5M bales, totaling about 2B lbs. The US took about 1/5 of the production for the NE cotton goods sector.
 

wausaubob

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Rebforever

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Hopefully Mr. Calhoun received his Ph.D. based on this research paper. Here is his table:
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https://krex.k-state.edu/dspace/bitstream/handle/2097/14956/RickyDaleCalhoun2012.pdf?sequence=1 see p.62.
Very little Confederate cotton reached Britain starting in 1862. Cotton from India partially made up for the deficiency in terms of quantity, and Egyptian cotton was competitive in terms of quality. But Calhoun tells the story much better than I can.
That ain’t even counting what the Yankees stole!
 

Borderruffian

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Cotton went to Mexico by land routes to English and French vessels first thro Brownsville, after the fall of Fort Brown the land route moved further west. Much of the Cotton was payment for war supplies, which is why the Lincoln Administration bandy about the idea of blockading Mexican ports and boarding foreign flagged vessels. An abortive attempt at this was tried until England threatened to put merchant vessels under Royal Navy Escort and treat any stopping or boarding as an act of war.
 
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