A Confederate Biography: The Cruise of the CSS Shenandoah by Dwight S. Hughes
January 18, 2018 - 7:00pm

From October 1864 to November 1865, the CSS Shenandoah carried the Civil War to the ends of the earth pursuing a perilous mission in which they succeeded spectacularly after it no longer mattered. Shenandoah's commerce-raiding cruise was a watery form of asymmetric warfare in the spirit of John Mosby, Bedford Forrest, and W. T. Sherman. Shenandoah enjoyed a tropical Pacific island holiday as guns fell silent at Appomattox, and then invaded the north, the deep cold of the Bering Sea. Shenandoah fired the last gun of the conflict and set crystal waters aglow with flaming Yankee whalers. Months later, she limped into Liverpool. Captain Waddell lowered the last Confederate banner without defeat or surrender.

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The Athenaeum's Inaugural Civil War Authors Series
This event is part of three performances within the Inaugural Athenaeum Civil War Author's Series including A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time: Julia Wilbur's Struggle for Purpose by Paula Tarnapol Whitacre, A Confederate Biography: The Cruise of the CSS Shenandoah by Dwight S. Hughes, and Fortune's Fool: The Life of John Wilkes Booth by Terry Alford. 

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