- Jul 8, 2015
Quite so. I am not arguing that the seizure of New Orleans by the federals was without military value. I am merely observing that it is a gross exaggeration to say the loss of N.O. suddenly made Southern cotton "essentially useless."The greater the cost of exporting cotton is to the Confederacy the more it helps the Union.
Obviously not much cotton was rerouted because well over one hundred thousand West European cotton workers were laid off.