Chaffin is a very good writer.
An interesting historical viewpoint into the cruise of the last confederate commerce raider and her round the world journey. Detailed enough for the historian without bogging down.
A good read. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Tom Chaffin. The subterfuge was ended off the shores of Madeira, as the ship was rechristened and outfitted for war. With new gun ports cut to accommodate additional cannon, the "CSS Shenandoah" commenced the last, most quixotic sea story of the Civil War, the 58,mile, around-the-world cruise of the Confederacy's third most successful merchant raider.
Chaffin delivers a crackerjack story, well-researched but not overwhelmed by technical details. He writes with authority and a clear passion for the colorful, fated characters of this true-life bluewater saga.
A brisk and engaging read. Hoover, American Heritage. It most certainly deserves a place in the library of any serious scholar of the Civil War or of nautical history.
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