British Ships in the Confederate Navy


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About the Book

During the American Civil War, British–crewed warships harassed Union merchantmen, sinking a total value of more than $15,000,000 in ships and cargo. Considered pirates by the federal government, these ships and crew were at the center of a largely unknown but fascinating struggle between Commander James Dunwoody of the Confederate Navy, U.S. Ambassador Charles Francis Adams, and Consul Thomas H. Dudley. This history of British assistance to the Confederate Navy covers that story in full and provides a close look at the British seamen who manned warships and blockade runners.

About the Author(s)

Joseph McKenna is a former senior assistant librarian in the Central Library, Birmingham, England. He has an M.A. in local history, and formerly sat on the Roman Catholic Archdiocesan Historical Commission, and Birmingham City Council’s Conservation Areas Advisory Committee.

Bibliographic Details

Joseph McKenna
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 292
Bibliographic Info: 56 photos, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2010
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4530-1
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5827-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1
Introduction      3

1. Bulloch      9
2. The Florida      20
3. Semmes      55
4. The “290”      77
5. The Alabama      90
6. The Castigation of Mr. Lancaster      145
7. The Georgia and the Rappahannock      152
8. The Alexandra and the Pampero      161
9. Laird’s Rams and French Rams      165
10. The Tallahassee and the Chickamauga      175
11. The Shenandoah      185
12. Blockade-Runners      203
13. The Men and the Ships That Ran the Blockade      217
14. Tales of Old Men      250

Appendix: The Sinking of the Alabama      257
Chapter Notes      267
Bibliography      273
Index      275

Book Reviews & Awards

“new information and insights…an excellent book”—Civil War News; “excellent”—The Lone Star;