James D. Bulloch

Secret Agent and Mastermind of the Confederate Navy


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About the Book

American naval hero and Confederate secret agent James Dunwoody Bulloch was widely considered the Confederacy’s most dangerous man in Europe. As head of the South’s covert shipbuilding and logistics program overseas during the American Civil War, Bulloch acquired a staggering 49 warships, blockade runners, and tenders; built “invulnerable” ocean-going ironclads; sustained Confederate logistics; financed covert operations; and acted as the mastermind behind the destruction of 130 Union ships. Ironically, this man who conspired to destroy the Union and kidnap its president later stood as the favorite uncle and mentor to Theodore Roosevelt. Bulloch’s astonishing life unfolds in this first-ever biography.

About the Author(s)

Walter E. Wilson, a retired Navy Captain and former head of U.S. Naval Intelligence operations in Europe, has authored numerous articles and reviews.
Gary L. McKay is an associate professor at Georgia Southern University and is the director of research and development for AIG London.

Bibliographic Details

Walter E. Wilson and Gary L. McKay
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 368
Bibliographic Info: 44 photos, 2 maps, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2012
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6659-7
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8888-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1

1. In Connection with Great and Irresistible Events      3
2. Esteemed and Worthy      7
3. A Man of Amiable Character      18
4. Against Strong Northerly Winds and Head Seas—Prelude to War      31
5. Brains and Dash—Liverpool, 1861      44
6. Anglo- Rebel Pirates and Confederate Navy Cruisers—1862      62
7. Of Incalculable Value—1862      94
8. Grim Aspect and Formidable Equipment—1863      111
9. Harassing Perplexity—1863      135
10. Act Upon Your Own Judgment—1864      155
11. I Know Not What Your Circumstances May Be—1865      187
12. Under a New Flag      210
13. Once More      225
14. A President’s Oracle      247
15. From Splendid Isolation      275

Appendix 1: Bulloch’s Family, Friends, and Foes      287
Appendix 2: Bulloch’s Fleet of Ships      295
Chapter Notes      301
Bibliography      339
Index      351

Book Reviews & Awards

“well researched and well done…definitive…highly recommended”—Civil War News; “valuable”—Blue & Gray Magazine; “the authors have spent many hours meticulously researching this book and have completed a wonderful job. The book is a must have for anyone interested in the American Civil War”—American Civil War Round Table Magazine; “Wilson and Gary McKay have a produced a fine biography that will leave little room for any further work on this important Confederate naval agent…extensively researched and well-written”—The Nautical Research Guild.