Tag Archives: A Confederate Biography: The Cruise of the CSS Shenandoah

Ending The War: The Darkest Day

“The darkest day of my life,” wrote Lieutenant William Whittle in his journal entry for August 2, 1865. “The past is gone for naught—the future is dark as the blackest night. Oh! God protect and comfort us I pray.” The … Continue reading

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Primary Sources: Through a Telescope Backwards

Perhaps no experience is more fulfilling for a historian than becoming immersed in contemporary first-person chronicles, viewing dramatic happenings through the eyes of those who lived them. Thankfully, our Civil War ancestors were avid and literate recorders of that fascinating … Continue reading

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A Confederate New Year Far, Far Away

December 31, 1864: The CSS Shenandoah—the remotest and loneliest outpost of the beleaguered Confederacy—stretched her wings with all sails set as she surged across the Indian Ocean. Her officers were a cross section of the South from Maryland, Virginia, North … Continue reading

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Book Review: “A Confederate Biography: The Cruise of the CSS Shenandoah”

         On October 19, 1864 as Confederate hopes in the Shenandoah Valley were dashed to pieces at Cedar Creek, across the Atlantic Ocean a quite different set of circumstances for the Confederacy were also taking place. These circumstances also involved … Continue reading

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