Semmes: Rebel Raider

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Potomac Books, Inc., 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 124 pages
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One man Capt. Raphael Semmes dominates the history of Confederate naval operations in the American Civil War. Although the Confederates were hopelessly outnumbered at sea, Semmes roamed the oceans first in the CSS SUMTER and then the CSS ALABAMA, capturing nearly 100 Federal merchant ships and precipitating a flight from the American flag that decimated the Federal merchant marine. Revered in the South as a hero, the North reviled and feared the Yankee-hating Semmes as a pirate. Regardless of his reputation, his wartime exploits were remarkable.Noted historian and biographer John M. Taylor illustrates how, under Semmes s command, the ALABAMA became a household name in America and overseas and struck fear into the hearts of ships crews and passengers alike. Incredibly, Semmes and the ALABAMA traveled 75,000 miles, and as far east as Singapore, without ever taking refuge in a Confederate port. In 1864, off the coast of Cherbourg, France, the Union s USS KEARSAGE finally caught up with the Confederate raider and fought the last ever ship-to-ship gun duel between wooden warships.

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“Semmes: Rebel Raider” by John M. Taylor is another episode in the mini-military profile series from Potomac Books. Once again Potomac Books through the pen of Mr. Taylor has published an ... Read full review

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Chapter 1Showdown Off Cherbourg
Chapter 2The Old Navy
Chapter 3The Cruise of the CSS Sumter
Chapter 4The Mysterious 290
Chapter 5The Trail of Fire
Chapter 6Ruling the Waves
Chapter 7The Pirate Semmes
Chapter 8Defiance
Chapter 9Remembering Raphael Semmes
Selected Bibliography
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