A Confederate Biography: The Cruise of the CSS Shenandoah

A Confederate Biography: The Cruise of the CSS Shenandoah

by Dwight Sturtevant Hughes


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A Confederate Biography: The Cruise of the CSS Shenandoah by Dwight Sturtevant Hughes

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612518411
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
Publication date: 12/15/2015
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 926,867
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Dwight Hughes graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1967 and served twenty years as a Navy surface warfare officer on many oceans in ships ranging from destroyer to aircraft carrier and with river forces in Vietnam (Bronze Star for Meritorious Service, Purple Heart). Building on a lifetime of study in naval history, he lives and writes in Nokesville, Virginia. Online at http://aconfederatebiography.com/

Table of Contents

Cruise of the CSS Shenandoah x

Plans of the CSS Shenandoah xii

Preface xvii

Introduction 1

1 "Otro Alabama" 6

2 "Do … the Greatest Injury" 14

3 "None but Fiends Could" 24

4 "Now Came the Trouble" 36

5 "Oh, It's a Grand Sight" 47

6 "Running Her Easting Down" 58

7 The Queen of the Delphine 69

8 End of the International Road 80

9 The War Down Under 91

10 Charley the Cook 102

11 "On the Bright Blue Sea" 113

12 "The Abomination of Isolation" 124

13 "Upon a Stone Altar" 135

14 The World on Fire 146

15 Invading the North 158

116 High Tide of the Confederacy 169

17 "The Darkest Day" 180

18 "A Feeling Approaching Panic" 191

11 "Having Done My Duty" 202

Epilogue 209

Notes 215

Selected Bibliography 225

Index 231

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