There were many supporters of the North who wanted fast action against the states in rebellion. Lincoln was one of the people who were spurred by public opinion in the Civil War, because many people thought Scott's plan was slow moving. The civilians believed the War would be over in a few weeks if they just did a large invasion of the Confederacy. The South were still strong, but when given may losses they would soon give up. That's why the Anaconda Plan was an important role in the Civil War, because it took the South's supplies needed to win the War. The Plan wasn't officially adopted, but Lincoln did follow it as a rough plan through out the war. Lincoln also understood the importance of controlling the Mississippi, which was a key factor in The Anaconda Plan. The plan could have ended the War sooner if the public listened and had more patience. They were tired of waiting for the outcome, so the civilians thought that with a few decisive land battles in the east they would win. Lincoln eventually followed the publics voice and decided to try and invade the east. The battle of Bull Run changed Lincoln's course of action and resulted in Lincoln reaching out for The Anaconda Plan. That was when Scott's plan became known to use and was a key factor for the outcome of the Civil War. Without Scott's Plan, the Union would have struggled weakening the Confederacy's defenses. The Anaconda Plan impacted the Civil War greatly and gave victory to the Union.
After the battle of Bull Run was a disaster, the idea of a slow strangulation of the South came in mind. As a result, President Lincoln didn't fully abandon the idea of land campaigns, but used some elements of the Anaconda Plan. The naval blockade did become a part of the Union's strategy, but Scott's original plan was slightly changed with Lincoln's large-scale invasion idea. The Anaconda plan effected the war greatly, even though it didn't fully win the Union's victory. Scott's goal was accomplished early in the war by isolating Confederate states to the west of the river and the transportation of cotton nearly impossible. The naval blockade was hard to enforce in the beginning of the war because there were countless inlets through which blockade runners and Confederate privateers could avoid capture by the U.S Navy. Over time, the blockade was successful because the South was consistently deprived of supplies. This dictated many decisions that would be made on the battle field. The Anaconda Plan didn't bring an early end to war, but it weakened the states in rebellion to fight. It also lead to the defeat of the slave state's rebellion in addition to Lincoln's plan of a large scale invasion.
Many people disagreed with the plan because they saw it as slow to implement. Union generals, President Lincoln, and most civilians thought that raising an army in Washington, invading Virginia, and capturing the Confederate capitol would be quicker. General George McClellan argued with Scott and believed it was best to raise an army of 80,000 men and capture Richmond. The public wanted a large invasion, and President Lincoln didn't choose which plan. He ordered Scott's blockade and the large-scale invasion. Two million soldiers repeatedly tried to capture the Confederate's capitol in Richmond but failed. Scott's plan wouldn't take down the Confederacy alone, but it was a strategic way of weakening it. The Anaconda Plan was never used correctly, but in later battles the Union looked to use Scott's idea.
General Winfield Scott used the Anaconda Plan to strangle the South. It was a different strategy of defeating the opposing side because it didn't involve invading with massive troops and killing everything. The plan was more passive and it required patience because the Union blockade would slowly deprive the South from their supplies and food. The first objective was to cut off all trade by setting up a naval blockade of the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico ports of the Confederacy. The second objective was to transport Union troops down the Mississippi River where they would capture and hold forts. This wouldn't be a quick victory but could easily end up being successful with time and patience. It was named the Anaconda Plan because of the way the Union would be "strangling" the Confederacy slowly by depriving them of all their supplies. This would lead to their surrender or else the Confederacy would slowly weaken and die out. The "Anaconda" would slowly wrap itself around it's "prey," or the Confederacy, and constrict it's prey until it can no longer breath. The Confederacy is being constricted from all of its supplies needed to survive, just like an Anaconda would do with its prey.