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The Alabama and the Kearsarge: The Sailor's Civil War (Civil War America)by William Marvel
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"William Marvel knows how to tell a good story."
— KLIATT A fascinating introduction to the common sailor worthy of comparison with the best works on the war's common soldiers.
J. Tracy Power, Society for Civil War Historians Newsletter Marvel's well-written account of life aboard the two ships should interest both the specialist and the general reader.
Journal of Southern History [Marvel] has richly tapped new sources by locating the journals, diaries, and letters written by eyewitnesses.
Journal of American History Highly recommended to those interested in the Civil War at sea.
Blue & Gray Well written and persuasively argued, Marvel's study will make quite a splash.
Working with personal papers and diaries and contemporary reports, historian William Marvel interweaves the stories of these two celebrated Civil War battleships, from their construction to their climactic encounter off Cherbourg. Just as importantly, he illuminates the day-to-day experiences of their crews, from cabin boys to officers.
On June 19, 1864, the Confederate cruiser Alabama and the USS Kearsarge faced off in the English Channel outside the French port of Cherbourg. About an hour after the Alabama fired the first shot, it began to sink, and its crew was fo
About the Author
William Marvel is a freelance writer who lives in South Conway, New Hampshire. Among his previous books are the award-winning Andersonville: The Last Depot and Burnside.
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