Last Flag Down
The Epic Journey of the Last Confederate Warship
Publication Date: May 6, 2008
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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.
About the AuthorRon Powers, a Pulitzer Prize-winning and Emmy Award-winning writer and critic, has studied and written about Mark Twain for many years. He is the author of ten books, including "Dangerous Water: A Biography of the Boy Who Became Mark Twain, " and the coauthor of two, including the #1 "New York Times" bestseller "Flags of Our Fathers." He lives in Middlebury, Vermont.
John Baldwin, a Vancouver mountaineer and nature photographer with over 250 first ascents to his credit, has pioneered more than a dozen long ski traverses in remote areas of the Coast Mountains, having literally skied from Bella Coola to Vancouver. He is the author of "Exploring the Coast Mountains on Skis" and "Backcountry Whistler", and his award-winning photographs have appeared in numerous publications, including "Beautiful British Columbia, Climbing, Powder", and "Sierra". When not climbing mountains he works as a researcher in civil engineering at the University of British Columbia. He lives in Vancouver with his wife Eda Kadar and his two children, Stephen and Rachel.