Academic journal article Naval War College Review

High Seas Confederate: The Life and Times of John Newland Maffitt

Academic journal article Naval War College Review

High Seas Confederate: The Life and Times of John Newland Maffitt

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Shingleton, Royce. High Seas Confederate: The Life and Times of John Newland Maffitt. Columbia: Univ. of South Carolina Press, 1994. 170pp. $27.95

In the 1992 summer edition of this journal, Royce Shingleton was featured in an article entitled "Rising Naval Historian." As it was in 1992, it remains true today: "Shingleton's hallmarks are precision, deceptively easy prose, flowing narrative, and-vital for the military reader-linkage between resources, decisions, and events."

John Newland Maffitt was a sailor's sailor. He was born at sea, was a midshipman in the U.S. Navy at the age of thirteen, and remained at sea for most of the following twenty-nine years. Over half of his sea duty was with the Coast Survey, charting the waters off the southeastern Atlantic coast. The knowledge gained through this experience would serve Maffitt well when, in 1861 at the onset of the Civil War, he resigned his commission and joined the Confederate States Navy. During the next four years he commanded three warships (the gunboat Savannah, the cruiser Florida, and the ironclad Albemarle), as well as several ships of types known collectively as blockade runners. …

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