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By Dwight Hughes

"The cruise of a boat is a biography," wrote the Confederacy's leading sailor, Raphael Semmes. a boat might be, consequently, a significant personality in a existence tale during which we view the momentous earlier extra clearly.

From October 1864 to November 1865, the CSS Shenandoah carried the Civil warfare around the world to the ends of the earth via each severe of sea and hurricane. Her officials represented a pass component to the Confederacy from previous Dominion first households during 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 aspect; 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, risky undertaking during which they succeeded spectacularly after it now not mattered.

Shenandoah was an impressive send. Her commerce-raiding venture was once a significant section of U.S. military history and a watery kind of uneven struggle 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 nation lay loss of life, mingling with an unique warrior society that used to be extra like them than they knew. Their observations on reflection from the main distant and alien atmosphere possible, besides the viewpoints of these they encountered, offer targeted 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 decreased the final accomplice banner with no defeat or surrender.

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

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