Baltimore, Md: Kelly, Piet and Company, 1869. 1st Edition. 8vo. Very Good. Item #15529
One of the most important naval memoirs to come out of the Civil War, published by the most feared Confederate Naval commander just a few years after the war ended.
Semmes, a native Marylander, made a mockery of Union shipping, capturing 83 ships as Captain of the CSS Sumter and Alabama, before his final defeat at the Battle of Cherbourg in 1864, a defeat from which he managed to escape and seek refuge in England.
Green cloth, with gilt signature to front board and gilt titling to spine. Square tight binding. Clean interior. Mild rubbing and edge wear. Previous owner inscription in pencil to verso of front end paper.
A handsome edition and arguably the most important Confederate Navy memoir published.