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A Confederate Biography: The Cruise of the CSS Shenandoah

Dwight Sturtevant Hughes
Format
Book
Published
Annapolis, Maryland : Naval Institute Press, [2015]
Language
English
Variant Title
Cruise of the CSS Shenandoah
ISBN
9781612518411, 1612518419, 9781612518428
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Summary
"From October 1864 to November 1865, the officers of the CSS Shenandoah carried the Confederacy and the conflict of the Civil War around the globe through extreme weather, alien surroundings, and the people they encountered. Her officers were the descendants of Deep South plantation aristocracy and Old Dominion first families: a nephew of Robert E. Lee, a grandnephew of founder George Mason, and descendants of one of George Washington's generals and of an aid to Washington. One was even an uncle of a young Theodore Roosevelt and another was son-in-law to Raphael Semmes. Shenandoah's mission -- commerce raiding (guerre de course) -- was a central component of U.S. naval and maritime heritage, a profitable business, and a watery form of guerrilla warfare. These Americans stood in defense of their country as they understood it, pursuing a difficult and dangerous mission in which they succeeded spectacularly after it no longer mattered. This is a biography of a ship and a cruise, and a microcosm of the Confederate-American experience"--
Contents
  • Cruise of the CSS Shenandoah
  • Plans of the CSS Shenandoah
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • "Otro Alabama"
  • "Do ... the greatest injury"
  • "None but fiends could"
  • "Now came the trouble"
  • "Oh, it's a grand sight"
  • "Running her easting down"
  • The queen of the Delphine
  • End of the international road
  • The war down under
  • Charley the cook
  • "On the bright blue sea"
  • "The abomination of isolation"
  • "Upon a stone altar"
  • The world on fire
  • Invading the north
  • High tide of the Confederacy
  • "The darkest day"
  • "A feeling approaching panic"
  • "Having done my duty"
  • Epilogue.
Description
xvii, 240 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps, plans ; 25 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-230) and index.
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