Beneath the Stainless Banner: John McIntosh Kell, CSN

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John McIntosh Kell was the inconspicuous hero of the famous Confederate raider, the CSS Alabama. Most students of the War Between the States are familiar with the exploits of the Southern cruiser and her celebrated captain, Raphael Semmes. By the time of her climactic battle with the USS Kearsarge off the coast of France in June 1864, the Alabama and her flamboyant commander had practically swept the seas of Northern merchant vessels, destroying more United States shipping than any other Confederate warship. But ...
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John McIntosh Kell was the inconspicuous hero of the famous Confederate raider, the CSS Alabama. Most students of the War Between the States are familiar with the exploits of the Southern cruiser and her celebrated captain, Raphael Semmes. By the time of her climactic battle with the USS Kearsarge off the coast of France in June 1864, the Alabama and her flamboyant commander had practically swept the seas of Northern merchant vessels, destroying more United States shipping than any other Confederate warship. But the individual who oversaw the day-to-day operation of the ship, the man who ran the cruise of the Alabama at the direction of his commander, was the ship's executive officer - First Lieutenant John McIntosh Kell. His recollections offer a fascinating glimpse into the activities of the Confederate Navy, and in particular the day-to-day operations of the cruisers Sumter and Alabama.
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First Lieutenant John McIntosh Kell was the inconspicuous hero of the famous Confederate raider, the CSS . His recollections offer a fascinating glimpse into the activities of the Confederate navy, and in particular the day-to-day operations of the cruisers and . Footnotes have been inserted to clarify the original text. Includes an account of Kell's early years. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781572491472
  • Publisher: White Mane Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1999
  • Edition description: SIGNED
  • Pages: 229
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 0.97 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2000

    An Excellent Account of Life on a Confederate Cruiser

    Review by James N. Vogler, Jr., Editor of Confederate Veteran. Most of us know the tale of that great Confederate raider the CSS Alabama and her illustrious Captain Raphael Semmes. The scourge of the Union merchant fleet, the Alabama sank over sixty Yankee vessels in her brief, but dramatic career. There have been countless books about the ship, including a fine account, Memoirs of Service Afloat by her captain. This volume provides an account of service on the Alabama from a slightly different angle. Beneath the Stainless Banner was written by John McIntosh Kell, the ship's executive officer, the man who ran the day to day operations of this deadly raider. The reader gets a feel for the inner workings of a sailing vessel on the high seas in search of its prey. While most of the book revolves around the Alabama and her exploits, Kell does write about his service on the CSS Sumter where he also served under Raphael Semmes. This book is actually a reproduction of the second volume of John Kell's memoir entitled Recollections of a Naval Life, Including the Cruises of the Sumter and Alabama published in 1900. R. Thomas Campbell has enhanced the work with footnotes and some photographs. This is an excellent account of life on a Confederate raider, and I recommend it to any of our readers whose interest is in the sea.

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