North Carolina Voices

Running the Blockade

"The staid old town of Wilmington was turned 'topsy-turvy' during the war. Here resorted speculators from all parts of the South to attend the weekly auctions of imported cargoes; and the town was infested with rogues and desperadoes, who made a livelihood by robbery and murder. It was unsafe to venture into the suburbs at night, and even in daylight there were frequent conflicts in the public streets between the crews of the steamers in port and the soldiers stationed in the town, in which knives and pistols would be freely used; and not infrequently a dead body with marks of violence upon it would rise to the surface of the water in one of the docks. The civil authorities were powerless to prevent crime."
  Capt. John Wilkinson, Former midshipman in the U.S. Navy, Confederate blockade-runner.

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