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Last Flag down: The Epic Journey of the Last Confederate Warship

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As the Confederacy felt itself slipping beneath the Union juggernaut in late 1864, the South launched a desperate counteroffensive to shatter the U.S. economy and force a standoff. Its secret weapon? A state-of-the-art raiding ship whose mission was to prowl the world’s oceans and sink the U.S. merchant fleet. The raider’s name was Shenandoah, and her executive officer was Conway Whittle, a twenty-four-year-old warrior who might have stepped from the pages of Arthurian legend. Whittle would share command with a dark and brooding veteran of the seas, Capt. James Waddell, and together with a crew of strays, misfits, and strangers, they would spend nearly a year sailing two-thirds of the way around the globe, destroying dozens of Union ships and taking more than a thousand prisoners, all while continually dodging the enemy.

Then, in August of 1865, a British ship revealed the shocking truth to the men of Shenandoah: The war had been over for months, and they were now being hunted as pirates.

What ensued was an incredible 15,000-mile journey to the one place the crew hoped to find sanctuary, only to discover that their fate would depend on how they answered a single question. Wondrously evocative and filled with drama and poignancy, Last Flag Down is a riveting story of courage, nobility, and rare comradeship forged in the quest to achieve the impossible.

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Describes the Civil War role of the Confederate warship Shenandoah, a state-of-the-art raiding vessel assigned to sink ships from the U.S. merchant fleet, which prowled international waters destroying dozens of Union ships, until, in August 1865, the crew discovered that the war had been over for months and they were being hunted as pirates. 100,000 first printing.

About the Author

John Baldwin, a relative of Conway Whittle, is a magazine writer, lecturer, and the author of two novels. At seventeen, Baldwin was apprenticed to the ship’s carpenter on a merchant vessel sailing the ports of Africa.

Ron Powers, a Pulitzer Prize winner, is the author or coauthor of twelve previous books, among them the number one bestseller Flags of Our Fathers and the acclaimed biography Mark Twain, a finalist for the 2005 National Book Critics Circle Award.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307394248
Subtitle:
The Epic Journey of the Last Confederate Warship
Publisher:
Crown Publishers
Author:
John Baldwin and Ron Powers
Author:
Ron Powers
Author:
Powers, Ron
Author:
Baldwin, John
Author:
John Baldwin
Subject:
History : United States - Civil War
Subject:
Military - Naval
Subject:
United States - Civil War
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
Subject:
Military-Civil War Nautical
Subject:
US History-1800 to Civil War
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20070515
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
354

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History and Social Science » Military » Civil War » General
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History and Social Science » World History » General
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"Synopsis" by , Describes the Civil War role of the Confederate warship Shenandoah, a state-of-the-art raiding vessel assigned to sink ships from the U.S. merchant fleet, which prowled international waters destroying dozens of Union ships, until, in August 1865, the crew discovered that the war had been over for months and they were being hunted as pirates. 100,000 first printing.
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