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Last Flag Down
Category: History: Military: U.S. Civil War
Authors: John Baldwin, Ron Powers
Copyright/published Year: 2007 by Three Rivers Press
As the Confederacy felt itself slipping beneath the Union
juggernaut in late 1864, the South launched a desperate
counteroffensive to shatter the U.S. economy and force a
standoff. Its secret weapon? A state-of-the-art raiding ship
whose mission was to prowl the world's oceans and sink the U.S.
merchant fleet. The raider's name was Shenandoah, and her
executive officer was Conway Whittle, a twenty-four-year-old
warrior who might have stepped from the pages of Arthurian
legend. Whittle would share command with a dark and brooding
veteran of the seas, Capt. James Waddell, and together with a
crew of strays, misfits, and strangers, they would spend nearly a
year sailing two-thirds of the way around the globe, destroying
dozens of Union ships and taking more than a thousand prisoners,
all while continually dodging the enemy.
Then, in August of 1865, a British ship revealed the shocking
truth to the men of Shenandoah: The war had been over for months,
and they were now being hunted as pirates.
What ensued was an incredible 15,000-mile journey to the one
place the crew hoped to find sanctuary, only to discover that
their fate would depend on how they answered a single question.
Wondrously evocative and filled with drama and poignancy, Last
Flag Down is a riveting story of courage, nobility, and rare
comradeship forged in the quest to achieve the impossible.
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