Civil War History Books Narrative of a Blockade Runner by John Wilkinson Civil War Collectors Library History Lovers Gift Books Rare Books

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This is a near fine (almost like new) leather-bound hardcover. It is from the 1986 Time Life Books series, Collectors Library of the Civil War. This edition has been reproduced photographically from the original edition, thus preserving the authenticity of the original, including typographical errors and printing irregularities. This copy is crisp and clean inside and out. Gold lettering front cover and spine. Leather bound in black with embossed frontispiece. Page edges tipped in gold with attached red ribbon bookmark. Standard octavo book size or 6" x 9" with 252 pages.

The Narrative of a Blockade Runner by John Wilkinson is one of the titles from the Civil War Collectors Library published by Time Life Books. One of the riskiest, most exciting operations of the Civil War - and certainly one of the most profitable - was blockade running. On a typical voyage, the runner would shove off the Southern coast and wait for darkness. They then would creep silently through the blockade fleet and once the white line of surf was spotted they would put on full steam. With shells whistling, the ship that was lucky would sweep over the bar into a Confederate harbor.
John Wilkinson was the epitome of blockade runners. Bold and wily, his tactics would be used by other skippers. He was also one of the few motivated by patriotism, not greed. His first command was on the R.E. Lee and he carried cotton worth 2 million to Nassau in the Bahamas and returned with guns, ammunition and more. His memoirs serve to illuminate the blockade runners role in the war and beyond.

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