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Fire & Thunder: Exploits of the Confederate States Navy

Fire & Thunder: Exploits of the Confederate States Navy

by R. Thomas Campbell

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Completing Cambell's history of the Confederate Navy (Gray Thunder, etc.), this fourth volume continues to provide the generous helpings of original quotes that drove the other books, lending an immediacy to the actions described. Chapters on privateers, the North Carolina "Mosquito Fleet" and the commerce raiders Tallahassee and Chickamauga, ironclads built at New Orleans, the defense of Galveston harbor and blockade runners comprise much of the book. Most compelling are the remaining 80 or so pages, where Campbell adroitly tells the tale of the last Confederate commerce raider, CSS Shenandoah, which sailed north into Arctic waters to burn American whaling ships with impunity. Its skipper, James I. Waddell, did not receive concrete information that the Civil War was over until August 1865, four months after the end of hostilities. Readers share Waddell's anguish over where to go to surrenderAustralia, England, France or the U.S. Nine appendices provide lists of ships and officers; maps and illustrations show the scenes and men described in the text. Along with its predecessors, this book furnishes accurate and engaging accounts of the outmanned Southern navy's deeds of daring, victories and defeats during the Civil War. (Mar.)
This history of the Confederate States Navy quotes extensively from the correspondence, reports, and diary entries of the participants in the naval war. Topics include the privateers, the Mosquito Fleet, the ironclads and at the Battle of New Orleans, the raiders and , and the cruise of the around the world. Includes numerous maps, line drawings and engravings of ships, and b&w photos of sailors and officers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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