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The Rebel Raiders: The Astonishing History of the Confederacy's Secret Navy

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During its clandestine construction in Liverpool, it was known as “Number 290.” When it was finally unleashed as the CSS Alabama, the Confederate gunship triggered the last great military campaign of the Civil War; a maritime adventure unparalleled in our history; an infamous example of British political treachery; and the largest retribution settlement ever negotiated by ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published May 28th 2002 by Ballantine Books
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Marie Carmean
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful book! This account of the history of the Confederate Navy was a fascinating and at times exciting read. I could hardly put it down. Even though I have read pretty extensively about the War, I learned many amazing facts that I did not know concerning Britain's support of the Confederacy and about the activities of the incredible warship Alabama. Highly recommend this book to anyone who cares about learning our history and the real people who formed it, or who just enjoys an inter ...more
Mark
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: civil-war-navy
Smoothly-written and engaging; a decent introduction to an important facet of the naval Civil War. The book is curiously unbalanced, though, in that it is principally about the CSS Alabama, with very brief mentions of several other Confederate raiders; also, though structured around three individuals (James Dunwoody Bulloch, Raphael Semmes, and Charles Francis Adams), the lion's share of the pages (approx. 130) go to Semmes' time on the Alabama, with sixty-odd going to Bulloch and some forty in ...more
Brian
Nov 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The confederacy's navy during the civil war is a very impressive display of piracy on the high sees. While most of the attention always focuses on the iron ships it is often forgotten that there were several others out there raiding the north's commerce. This book puts quantifiable numbers and daring high sees escapades onto the same page. It is a very fast read and one that gives a new perspective on the civil war. The South's daring strikes and the north's eventual efforts to hunt down and put ...more
David R.
Dec 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A highly readable account rich in personalities and insights. deKay masterfully tells his story: how a state with no navy in two short years nearly destroyed the merchant marine of another. I have only one complaint: the title is misleading. deKay really tells the story of one ship (the Alabama). He ignores the other commerce raiders and speaks hardly at all of other Confederate initiatives.
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James Tertius deKay is also the author of Monitor: The Story of the Legendary Civil War Ironclad and the Man Whose Invention Changed the Course of History and Chronicles of the Frigate Macedonian. He lives in Stonington, Connecticut.
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