Alabama and the Kearsarge by William Marvel
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"Alabama" and the "Kearsarge"
By William Marvel

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Alabama and the Kearsarge by William Marvel

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On June 19, 1864, the Confederate cruiser Alabama and the USS Kearsarge faced off in the English Channel outside the French port of Cherbourg. About an hour after the Alabama fired the first shot, it began to sink, and its crew was forced to wave the white flag of surrender. Working with personal papers and diaries and contemporary reports, historian William Marvel interweaves the stories of these two celebrated Civil War warships, from their construction to their climactic encounter off Cherbourg. Just as importantly, he illuminates the day-to-day experiences of their crews, from the cabin boys to the officers.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780807858158
ISBN-10: 0807858153
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 156mm x 21mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: The University of North Carolina Press
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publish Date: 15-Feb-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - William Marvel

WILLIAM MARVEL'S many books include Andersonville: The Last Depot and Lee's Last Retreat: The Flight to Appomattox (both from the University of North Carolina Press). He lives in South Conway, New Hampshire.

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