High Seas and Yankee Gunboats: A Blockade-Running Adventure from the Diary of James Dickson (Studies in Maritime History Series)

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"High Seas and Yankee Gunboats tells of the adventures of two men from Savannah, Georgia, who sought to breach the Federal blockade early in the Civil War. Roger S. Durham draws from James Dickson's 1862 Civil War diary to frame the story of the young sailor's travels with his friend, Thomas L. Hernandez, from New Jersey to Nova Scotia to the coast of Georgia. Using Dickson's diary and other primary source materials, Durham recounts their remarkable voyage and makes available a firsthand vantage point of the early war years in which blockade
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"High Seas and Yankee Gunboats tells of the adventures of two men from Savannah, Georgia, who sought to breach the Federal blockade early in the Civil War. Roger S. Durham draws from James Dickson's 1862 Civil War diary to frame the story of the young sailor's travels with his friend, Thomas L. Hernandez, from New Jersey to Nova Scotia to the coast of Georgia. Using Dickson's diary and other primary source materials, Durham recounts their remarkable voyage and makes available a firsthand vantage point of the early war years in which blockade runners enjoyed their greatest success." "Durham traces the journey of Dickson and Hernandez aboard the blockade runner Standard on its mission to smuggle medicines, commercial goods, and provisions. Their story illustrates the commercial connections between Halifax and the Confederacy and features many prominent Georgians." Dickson's diary ends abruptly, in mid-sentence, in the midst of action. From other primary sources Durham pieces together the fates of Dickson and Hernandez and tells of how they successfully transported their cargo to Savannah only to lose the Standard in an encounter with Union forces shortly thereafter.
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Lawrence E. Babits
"Durham’s outstanding research ties together disparate threads in this seafaring tale of Civil War blockade running. Durham artfully reconstructs the storm-plagued voyage of a Nova Scotia sailing vessel that ran the blockade into the Georgia sounds and was then trapped. While most blockade-running narratives center on major ports, Durham opens our eyes to the smaller scale importing that was also vital to the Confederacy’s survive. His exceptional knowledge of the Georgia sounds, coupled with a willingness to travel far afield, provides a personalized journey through time to experience an original account of Civil War naval history."
Director of Maritime Studies, East Carolina University, and author of A Devil of a Whipping: The Battle of Cowpens
Robert M. Browning Jr.
"Roger Durham’s High Seas and Yankee Gunboats is an informative snapshot of small-time blockade running operations during the Civil War. Despite the fact that James Dickson’s diary ended in mid-sentence, Durham’s superb historical detective work gives closure to the story. The four-month adventure related in this fascinating diary is a penetrating narrative of man against the sea which embellishes our understanding of the Civil War."
historian, U.S. Coast Guard, and author of Success Is All That Was Expected: The South Atlantic Blockading Squadron During the Civil War
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570035722
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Series: Studies in Maritime History Series
  • Pages: 185
  • Sales rank: 1,229,108
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.44 (h) x 0.72 (d)

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