Shenandoah--the bane of the Northern whaling fleet--left his memoirs, CSS Shenandoah: The Memoirs of Lieutenant Commanding James Waddell ( 1960). Another rare Shenandoah title, Cornelius E. Hunt The Shenandoah; or, The Last Confederate Cruiser ( 1867) is a valuable memoir by one of that ship's officers. A popular and colorful memoir, Recollections of a Rebel Reefer ( 1971) by James M. Morgan, provides excellent information on several topics and good sketches of a variety of officers, and it includes an observant description of the Confederate naval school. A modern treatment that discusses many of the officers mentioned heretofore, as well as others, may be found in William M. Robinson's The Confederate Privateers ( 1994), an important contribution to naval literature.
Another account of a Confederate officer, not widely read but meriting examination, is Daniel B. Lucas Memoir of John Yates Beall: His Life, Trial, Correspondence ( 1865), a sympathetic account of the Confederate privateer-spy who was eventually hung for his nefarious activities.
The Confederate submarine service, which launched several underwater and torpedo boats, deserves to be studied more closely. The only successful submarine operated by the Confederates was the CSS Hunley, lost off Charleston, South Carolina, in 1864. The best account of the service of these boats and the men who manned them is William A. Alexander "In the History of the Confederate States Navy: Work of Submarine Boats" ( 1902).
Reference works that all serious students should consult include the messages, reports, and letters in War of the Rebellion: Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies ( 1894- 1921), the Register of Officers of the Confederate States Navy, 1861-1865 ( 1931), and Thomas T. Moebs privately printed Confederate Navy Research Guide ( 1991).
Alexander William A. "In the history of the Confederate States Navy: Work of Submarine Boats." Southern Historical Society Papers ( 1902).
Anderson Bern. By Sea and by River: The Naval History of the Civil War. New York: Knopf, 1962.
Branham Alfred Iverson. "The Story of the Sinking of Alabama: Interview with Captain John McIntosh Kell, Executive Officer of the Alabama." Atlanta: Cornell Press, 1930.
Boykin Edward C. Sea Devil of the Confederacy: The Story of the Florida and Her Captain, John Newland Maffitt. New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1959.
-----. Ghost Ship of the Confederacy: The story of the Alabama and Her Captain, Raphael Semmes. New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1957.
Bradlee Francis B. C. A Forgotten Chapter in Our Naval History: A Sketch of the Career of Duncan Nathaniel Ingraham. Salem: The Essex Institute, 1923.
Castlen Harriet G. Hope Bids Me Onward. Savannah: Chatham Printing Co., 1945.
Clayton W. F. A Narrative of the Confederates States Navy. Bulletin Pee Dee Historical Association, 1910.
Coker P. C. Charleston's Maritime Heritage, 1670-1865. Charleston, 1987.