Maps of Southern Ports and Harbors


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Civil War Harper's Weekly, October 26, 1861

We have one of the most extensive collections of Civil War Harper's Weekly newspapers in the country. We have posted our collection on-line for your perusal and study. These original newspapers are a valuable source of original material on the war. Of particular interest is the incredible wood cut illustrations created by eye-witnesses to the events depicted.

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Chickamacomico Battle

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Artic Expedition

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Southern Ports and Harbors

Proffesor Lowe Balloon

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Review of Cavalry

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The "Monticello"

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Jeff Davis as the Grim Reaper










[OCTOBER 26, 1861.



CHARLESTON, South Carolina, SAVANNAH and BRUNSWICK, Georgia, FERNANDINA, Florida, MOBILE, Alabama, and NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana. Of the only remaining harbor of any consequence in the Gulf States—Pensacola—we have published several charts during the past few months. The harbor of Beaufort, South Carolina, is shown on the chart of the harbor


 of Charleston.

Speculation is rife as to which of these harbors will be first attacked, but nothing positive is known on the subject. BEAUFORT, S. C., BRUNSWICK, Georgia, and PENSACOLA, Florida, are the only three harbors which large ships can enter. Beaufort was for a long time the rival of Charleston, and was only superseded by its more northern rival because before railroads existed

and New Orleans, it is unnecessary to say any thing. There is not water at any of these ports to float a ship like the Vanderbilt or the Great Republic. In fine weather, perhaps, these vessels might discharge their cargo of men, horses, cannon, and munitions of war, by the aid of small steamers and lighters, but in stormy weather, such as usually prevails at this season, the operation would be one of great hazard. It has been suggested that an expedition

the confluence of the Ashley and Cooper rivers gave Charleston a paramount advantage in regard to communication with the interior. Brunswick, Georgia, has an excellent harbor. Some years since it was proposed to establish a naval depot there, and by constructing a railroad to build up a new cotton port. A landing there would develop the Union sentiment of Georgia. Of the advantages and the difficulties of landings at Savannah, Charleston, Mobile,



As it is well known that the United States Government is fitting out expeditions for the attack of one or more Southern ports, we publish herewith Charts of the harbors of WILMINGTON, N. Carolina,


might be lauded on the island which closes the mouth of Mobile Bay, or on the points now occupied by our troops at the delta of the Mississippi. These conjectures, however, are entitled to but little weight. But one thing is certain. The United States Government is going to cease to act exclusively on the defensive against the rebels who have attempted to destroy the freest and best government on earth. They are now going to feel the weight of its heavy hand in punishment where they are least prepared to resist it, and an example is going to be made which will be a warning to traitors forever hereafter.


Charleston Harbor
Map of New Orleans Harbor
Mobile Alabama
Brunswick, Georgia
Savannah, Georgia
Map of Wilington North Carolina
Fernandina, Florida



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