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The Civil War Adventures of a Blockade Runner

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William Watson published his account of the two years he spent evading Union gunboats and dealing with the “sharpers” who fed off the misfortune of war in 1892. Using log books, personal papers, and business memoranda, he sought to write a “plain, blunt” account of “events just as they happened.” Instead, he wrote a classic adventure tale whose careful description of seafa ...more
Paperback, 348 pages
Published September 10th 2001 by Texas A University Press
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Mar 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Besides being a quite detailed account of a few years' blockade-running in the Gulf of Mexico between Texas (primarily Galveston), Mexico, and Havana, this book is a fun read as well. William Watson knew how to tell a great story, and when he went to write his memoirs in later life, he referred to his extensive notes and logs; so that, apart from some proper names that he had forgotten or intentionally concealed, his memories are quite detailed and can often be checked against independent source ...more
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A British subject, WILLIAM WATSON lived and worked in the South prior to the outbreak of war in 1861. Although he opposed secession, he served with the Confederate army until badly wounded at the battle of Corinth and discharged, whereupon he bought a small ship and took up
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