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By Dwight Hughes

"The cruise of a boat is a biography," wrote the Confederacy's most suitable sailor, Raphael Semmes. a boat should be, as a result, a vital personality in a lifestyles tale by which we view the momentous prior extra clearly.

From October 1864 to November 1865, the CSS Shenandoah carried the Civil struggle around the world to the ends of the earth via each severe of sea and hurricane. Her officials represented a move part of the Confederacy from outdated Dominion first households in the course of the Deep South aristocracy to a middle-class Missourian: a nephew of Robert E. Lee; a grandnephew of founder George Mason; a son-in-law to Raphael Semmes; grandsons of fellows who fought at George Washington's part; an uncle of Theodore Roosevelt.

They thought of themselves americans, Southerners, rebels, and warriors embarking at the voyage in their lives, protecting their state as they understood it, and pursuing a tricky, harmful undertaking during which they succeeded spectacularly after it now not mattered.

Shenandoah was an impressive send. Her commerce-raiding challenge used to be a relevant part of U.S. military history and a watery type of uneven war within the spirit of John Mosby, Bedford Forrest, and W. T. Sherman. She contributed to the diplomatic maelstrom of the Civil struggle, as evidenced via a contentious stopover at to Melbourne, Australia.

Later, on the Pacific island of Pohnpei, Southern gents loved a tropical vacation whereas their state lay demise, mingling with an unique warrior society that was once extra like them than they knew. Their observations on reflection from the main distant and alien atmosphere conceivable, besides the viewpoints of these they encountered, offer specific views of the conflict.

Finally, Shenandoah invaded the north, the deep chilly of the Bering Sea. She fired the final gun of the clash and set crystal waters aglow with flaming Yankee whalers. Seven months after Appomattox, Shenandoah limped into Liverpool. Captain Waddell reduced the final accomplice banner with out defeat or surrender.

This is, as Admiral Semmes describes, a biography of a cruise and a microcosm of the Confederate-American event. See

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