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Elihu Washburne’s brother blockades the bayous

The Civil War term “blockade duty” invokes stirring imagery of Navy warships prowling off Southern ports as lookouts strain to detect well-camouflaged Southern blockade runners sneaking past at night or during murky weather. Place names like Charleston, Mobile, and Wilmington come to mind. But Brashear City? Where the heck was that? Over in Louisiana, on […]