The Blockade: Runners and Raiders (The Civil War Series, Vol. 3)
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Beautifully bound and illustrated volume on the Civil War featuring The Blockade, Runners and Raiders.
merchant ship but the U.S. Navy brig Perry. Smith correctly identified As the Perry opened her gunports and ran out her guns, the Savannah began frantic maneuvers to escape. But Yankee shots panicked the Savannah's crew, making flight impossible and forcing Baker to strike his colors. A Union prize crew boarded the Confederate ship, whose 20 officers and men were the first privateers to be captured by the North. They were taken to New York City and, as Lincoln had threatened, were swered the
between them. During the afternoon the unnerved defenders abandoned midday, Fort Clark ran out of garrison fled to Fort Hatteras. al long, oval course. Thus, in in short their was his traveling each circuit, every ship brought her The Confederates fought back gamely, al sail in a to shells its While Gener- Butler's troops occupied the installation, the ships and abandoned focused their fire on the remaining strong point, pouring shells into the fort at the rate of as many
and shells exploded around her, the Cecile churned the , years in the United States Navy, 14 of them on duty surveying and mapping the Atlantic coast. He was perhaps the world's leading authority on the shifting sand bars, currents and tides of the Carolinas boon blockade-runner. to a than his fair good odds. All the assets Maffitt Seal of the Confederacy, engraved in silver in Great Britain, was smuggled through the blockade in 1864. The seal bears the martial figure of
neces- ready to go out." In their Captain Winslow and his officers received from the crowd and Semmes's challenge, they suspected playing "Dixie." and prepared Work on ly. for the a trick Alabama proceeded steadi- the deck was holystoned. Small arms, guns and swords were cleaned. The brasswork was polished to ship's boilers On a high gleam. The were repaired and the crew was run through gun a ship that carried a band As the Alabama rounded the breakwater it. Nonessential
offensive. Within Carolina; the South Atlantic Squadron, ex- marque, Southern entrepreneurs were form- Key West; and days of President Davis' offer of letters of the ing syndicates to underwrite the costs of Gulf Squadron, responsible for the rest of arming and manning whatever vessels could tending southward to the coast to the ships now Mexican border. Union war- patrolled the entrance to every major Southern port. It 24 was not enough. Nights were dark, the be found. erate By