During the Civil War Confederate blockade runners played a dangerous and exciting game of hide and seek with Union gunboats off the Florida coast. President Lincoln had proclaimed the blockade on April 19, 1861, with the intention of closing the Atlantic ports of the Confederacy to trade with other nations. The South, therefore, was faced with the problem of running the blockade in order to bring in the necessities of war.
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 36:
2, Article 3.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol36/iss2/3