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National Archive Foundation: the story of Joannes Wyllie, blockade runner.

On Friday 12 November at 1.00pm EST 5.00pm GMT there will be an interesting webinar. Importantly, the talk will have an introduction by the Archivist of the United States!

Joannes Wyllie was one of thousands of British sailors who ran the blockade of Confederate ports during the Civil War. They crewed some of the finest steamships built in the shipyards of Glasgow and Liverpool. Britain remained neutral during the war—so why were so many British vessels used, and what was the motivation for the British sailors to head toward the conflict? ACWRTUK Member and Author John F. Messner will describe the blockade and explore the story of how one such British mariner came to command one of the most successful runners of the war. Joining him are Vann Evans, audiovisual materials archivist at the State Archives of North Carolina, and Civil War blockade historian Stephen Wise. They will discuss the role that Britain had in America’s greatest conflict and the archival sources, both in the US and UK, that were used to discover Wyllie’s story.

You need to register for the event which is free but donations may be made. Here is the link to register:

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