Tag Archives: James Waddell

Confederates Invade San Francisco?

Shortly before his death in 1886, James I. Waddell, former captain of the CSS Shenandoah, wrote in his memoirs: “I had matured plans for entering the harbor of San Francisco and laying that city under contribution.”[i] Waddell never did pass … Continue reading

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My Favorite Historical Person: Eugene Matthew O’Brien

Eugene Matthew O’Brien is among those obscure Civil War multitudes whose collective stories inspire for their courage, dedication, and sacrifice even if we know little about them individually—although his story is a bit unusual. O’Brien was a steam engineer who … Continue reading

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Failed Ironclads: CSS Mississippi and CSS Louisiana at New Orleans

In October 1861, the skeletons of two strange iron monsters began to emerge from the Mississippi bank at Jefferson City, just north of New Orleans. They would become the CSS Mississippi and CSS Louisiana. Confederate Navy Secretary Stephen Mallory had … Continue reading

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Modern Photography: No Monuments on the Ocean

There are no monuments on the ocean, no crossroads in the great waters, no places echoing in heart and mind—Gettysburg, Shiloh, Chickamauga. But our Civil War ancestors were out there too and some of them still are. Names that resonate … Continue reading

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Having Done My Duty

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Dwight Hughes Dawn, 6 November 1865: The CSS Shenandoah steamed up the Mersey River through heavy morning haze with the Confederate flag flying at the peak and dropped anchor near Liverpool … Continue reading

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The Last Act II

150 years ago today, the last act of the Civil War played out. Here is that story. Shenandoah arrived at the Mersey Bar shortly before midnight on November 5. The next  morning she entered Liverpool Harbor and anchored near the … Continue reading

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The Last Act I

150 years ago today, the last act of the Civil War got underway off Liverpool. Here is Part I of that story. Day after day, a lonely light shone at the southern end of St. George’s Channel, running between Britain … Continue reading

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The Final Gun

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Dwight Hughes The CSS Shenandoah steamed northward through the Bering Sea in Arctic twilight. Shortly after midnight on June 22, 1865, the horizon was smudged by smoke from a whaler’s tryworks, … Continue reading

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World on Fire

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Dwight Hughes. This post is based on a forthcoming book on the CSS Shenandoah. In the cool dusk of Sunday, 2 April 1865, Abraham Lincoln sat with Rear Admiral David Porter … Continue reading

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What Did They Know?

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Dwight Hughes When considering historical events, it is too easy to wonder, given what happened, why in the world our ancestors did what they did. But we must remember that they … Continue reading

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