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Last Flag Down: The Epic Journey of the Last Confederate Warship (Large Print)

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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 worlds oceans and sink the U.S. merchant fleet. The raiders 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.

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 ships 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:
9780739327180
Subtitle:
The Epic Journey of the Last Confederate Warship
Publisher:
Random House Large Print
Author:
Powers, Ron
Author:
Baldwin, John
Author:
John Baldwin and Ron Powers
Subject:
Military - Naval
Subject:
United States - Civil War
Subject:
History
Subject:
Large type books
Subject:
Ocean travel -- History -- 19th century.
Subject:
United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
Subject:
US History-1800 to Civil War
Large Print:
Y
Publication Date:
20070515
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
9.48x6.62x1.29 in. 1.51 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Military » Civil War » General
History and Social Science » Military » Naval History
History and Social Science » US History » 1800 to Civil War

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