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The Cruise of the Alabama and the Sumter   By: (1809-1877)

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The Cruise of the Alabama and the Sumter by Raphael Semmes is an enthralling firsthand account of two Confederate cruisers that wreaked havoc upon Union merchant ships during the American Civil War. Semmes, an experienced naval officer and the commander of both vessels, provides an incredibly detailed narrative that takes readers on a thrilling adventure across the high seas.

What sets this book apart is Semmes's ability to transport readers into the heart of the action. Through his vivid descriptions, the reader can almost feel the wind and sea spray, smell the gunpowder, and sense the tension as the Alabama and the Sumter engage in relentless pursuits and battles. Semmes's writing style is engaging and captures the reader's attention from beginning to end.

One of the most impressive aspects of this book is Semmes's extensive historical knowledge. He provides in-depth background information on the Confederate Navy and its attempts to break the Union blockade. Semmes explains the strategic reasoning behind the cruisers' missions, illustrating the complex nature of naval strategies during the Civil War.

Furthermore, Semmes's account offers a unique perspective on the war. While military history often focuses on land battles, this book delves into the largely overlooked naval aspect of the conflict. Semmes sheds light on the challenges faced by Confederate naval forces and the contribution they made to the war effort.

However, it is important to note that Semmes's bias towards the Confederate cause is evident throughout the book. His admiration for the South and its fight for independence occasionally taints his analysis of events. While this may not detract from the overall narrative, it is crucial for readers to be aware of this perspective.

In conclusion, The Cruise of the Alabama and the Sumter is an exceptional historical account that brings to life the daring exploits of two Confederate cruisers during the American Civil War. Raphael Semmes's writing style, attention to detail, and extensive knowledge make this book a must-read for history enthusiasts. Despite the author's Confederate bias, this book remains an invaluable source for understanding the naval aspect of the war.

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[Illustration: RAPHAEL SEMMES.]

THE CRUISE OF THE ALABAMA AND THE SUMTER.

FROM THE PRIVATE JOURNALS AND OTHER PAPERS OF COMMANDER R. SEMMES, C.S.N. AND OTHER OFFICERS.

Two Volumes in One.

NEW YORK:

MDCCCLXIV.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1864, by

GEO. W. CARLETON,

in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of New York.

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TO THE LONDON EDITION.

The following account of the cruise of the two Confederate States steamers Sumter and Alabama is taken from the private journals and other papers of Captain Semmes. It has been found necessary occasionally to adopt a narrative form, but the endeavour has been throughout to adhere as closely as possible to that officer's own words.

Information has also been most kindly afforded by other officers of the two vessels, and especially Lieutenant R.F. Armstrong, and Master's Mate G. Townley Fullam, from whose private journals and other papers much valuable assistance has been obtained.

A good deal of controversy has arisen respecting the legality of the course pursued by the Alabama, in the case of certain vessels claiming to carry a neutral cargo. In all these cases, however, great care was taken by Captain Semmes to enter in his journal full particulars of the claims, and of the grounds on which it was refused admission... Continue reading book >>




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