Great Britain and the Confederate Navy, 1861-1865
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Great Britain and the Confederate Navy, 1861-1865

Frank J. Merli
With a Foreword by Howard Jones
Distribution: World
Publication date: 12/14/2004
Format: paper 372 pages, 19 b&w photos
6.125 x 9.25
ISBN: 978-0-253-21735-6
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“A masterful account of Confederate naval strategy and personnel . . . [and] the response of Britain to the efforts of the Confederacy to acquire a navy in Britain and thus traverse Britain’s neutral obligations.” —American Historical Review

This book, originally issued in 1970, describes the frustrated, faltering, and sometimes heroic attempts of the Confederacy to circumvent British neutrality and build a navy in Great Britain during the American Civil War. The story possesses many of the elements of good fiction: there are the sharply rendered principal actors; the suspense and narrative excitement of the adventures of the Southern raiders; and the cunning appraisals of diplomatic intrigues, maneuverings, and oversights. This is a readable and illuminating account of the diplomatic maneuverings behind the Confederacy’s failed attempt to enlist British aid for the secessionist cause.

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Table of Contents

CONTENTS
List of Illustrations 000
Foreword by Howard Jones 000
Preface 000
Acknowledgments 000

One
Problems and Plans 3
Two
Britain's Dilemma 19
Three
Cruisers: Part One 48
Four
Two Cruisers, Two Captains 74
Five
Diplomatic Interlude 100
Six
Cruisers: Part Two 117
Seven
Scottish Sea Monster 134
Eight
A Curious Case 161
Nine
Laird Rams: Part One 178
Ten
Laird Rams: Part Two 195
Eleven
Study in Contrasts 218
Twelve
Blockade Runners235
Thirteen
Conclusion 250

Bibliographical Essay 261
Notes 287
Index 335