Anaconda Plan Law and Legal Definition

Anaconda Plan is a strategic plan designed by General Winfield Scott in the early days of the American Civil War. to give direction to the Union war effort against the South. The plan advocated a full naval blockade of the South's coastline, a military campaign to gain control of the Mississippi River, and the placement of armies at key points in the South to squeeze like the Anaconda snake the life out of the Confederacy. In various-ways, this plan helped inform overall Union strategy in militarily defeating the South.