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The US Gulf Squadron used to get a lot of its Beef from coastal Texas, Louisiana and Florida. I bet they could ignore salt works in an area if they were buying cattle there.

The big problem for the South was not so much getting salt, it was getting it to the civilians. The Confederate Army could also get Salt as they were the head of the supply chain. In Texas the Confederate Government levied Farms for a percentage of its Wheat, Corn, Potatoes and Cattle. This was done because the money was near worthless.

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Isn't salt used in making gun powder?
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You are thinking of Saltpeter (KNO3) which is not NaCl. If you live in West Africa, they have several recipes that use it. If you can get enough of it, human urine can be processed into Saltpetre. Bat Guano was typically used unstead.

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Avery Island lies atop a "salt dome." Wonder why the Rebs didn't figure that out, or did the technology simply not exist at the time?



Mother Nature's sure got a sense of humor. "Okay, okay, I can keep you from contracting a deadly disease -- but only if I can give you another one that'll off you before you're thirty." Isn't Mother Nature a real sweetie?
There were large salt deposits found near New Iberia but those were soon lost to the Feds.
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You are thinking of Saltpeter (KNO3) which is not NaCl. If you live in West Africa, they have several recipes that use it. If you can get enough of it, human urine can be processed into Saltpetre. Bat Guano was typically used unstead.

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It turns out that Florida was producing salt by distillation and its relatively large coastline with many bays and inlets made it eminently suitable for this. See the following extracts from Men, Salt, Cattle and Battle" the Civil War In Florida (November 1860 -July 1865) William J. Gladwins Jr. Coriander, USN Naval War College 1992'
There are still undiscovered remnants of salt works in the marshes of Florida.
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There were large salt deposits found near New Iberia but those were soon lost to the Feds.
Also known to the locals as Avery Island. Fascinating tidbit from the tour guide: "What do the workers in the plant do when Tobasco Sauce gets into a cut on their hands? They soak the hand in milk!" Rubber gloves are not always enough.

The Federals did a pretty good job of destroying the mine and the Slaves ran off to the Union Army. I believe the McIlhenny family still holds a Debutante Ball for the local ladies of New Iberia.

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Any naval raid against a prepared coast line is very risky for the raiders. I get the impression that you already have a particular answer in mind and aren't really interested in any contrary evidence.
Raids on salt works ranged from extremely deadly to comical in some instances. Federal fleets also often shelled the works if they could locate them.
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There are still undiscovered remnants of salt works in the marshes of Florida.
erm - if they are undiscovered how do you know?
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... says so.

“Son, not too many people know of this because of the remote and nearly inaccessible locations of them, but all around these salt marshes there are the ruins of salt making works built by the Confederates so they could supply salt to the people and armies of the Confederacy.”


1) https://wakullahistoricalsociety.fil...rts-4-9-12.pdf

2) https://wakullahistoricalsociety.fil...al-6-15-12.pdf
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Good question. I was told that. I do know that they are still discovering them. There were over 450 known salt works between St. Mark's and Sewanee Rivers alone.
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