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Semmes: Rebel Raider

Semmes: Rebel Raider

by John Taylor, Raphael Semmes
     
 

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One man—Capt. Raphael Semmes—dominates the history of Confederate naval operations in the American Civil War. Although the Confederates were hopelessly outnumbered at sea, Semmes roamed the oceans first in the CSS SUMTER and then the CSS ALABAMA, capturing nearly 100 Federal merchant ships and precipitating a flight from the American flag that

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One man—Capt. Raphael Semmes—dominates the history of Confederate naval operations in the American Civil War. Although the Confederates were hopelessly outnumbered at sea, Semmes roamed the oceans first in the CSS SUMTER and then the CSS ALABAMA, capturing nearly 100 Federal merchant ships and precipitating a flight from the American flag that decimated the Federal merchant marine. Revered in the South as a hero, the North reviled and feared the Yankee-hating Semmes as a pirate. Regardless of his reputation, his wartime exploits were remarkable.

Noted historian and biographer John M. Taylor illustrates how, under Semmes’s command, the ALABAMA became a household name in America and overseas and struck fear into the hearts of ships’ crews and passengers alike. Incredibly, Semmes and the ALABAMA traveled 75,000 miles, and as far east as Singapore, without ever taking refuge in a Confederate port. In 1864, off the coast of Cherbourg, France, the Union’s USS KEARSAGE finally caught up with the Confederate raider and fought the last ever ship-to-ship gun duel between wooden warships.

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"Engagingly written . . . an excellent short study of one of the most colorful and controversial figures of the U.S. Civil War."

"Mr. Taylor is absolutely right: Raphael Semmes is a far more important figure in the Civil War than writers have stressed. This book is an excellent concise treatment of his well-regarded full-length biography of Semmes."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781574885439
Publisher:
Potomac Books
Publication date:
05/30/2005
Series:
Military Profiles
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
4.80(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

John M. Taylor is the author a number of history books, including Duty Faithfully Performed: Robert E. Lee and His Critics (Brassey's, Inc., 1999). He is also a contributor to many popular history magazines including American Heritage, Military History Quarterly, and Civil War Times. He lives in McLean, Virginia.

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