The Institute of Nautical Archaeology is pleased to announce the second publication of the Denbigh Shipwreck Project report series. The famous blockade runner wrecked at Galveston in May 1865 was one of the Civil War's most successful. The stealthy British paddle steamer made 13 round trips from Havana, first to Mobile and then to Galveston. The Denbigh was the last runner out when Admiral Farragut's Union fleet captured the Confederate forts at the Mobile Bay entrance in August 1864. She then began her runs to Galveston, continuing the lucrative business of exporting Southern cotton in return for manufactured army supplies and goods for civilian consumption.
The new Denbigh report is entitled The Confederate Quartermaster in the Trans-Mississippi: the Blockade Runner’s Texas Connection. Eliot Werner Publications has reprinted this classic—but long out of print—history of the Confederate Army’s supply service for which the ships running the Union Navy’s cordoned brought in the sinews of war. Recent archival research after five campaigns of underwater archaeology has concentrated on exactly what supplies both military and civilian came into Galveston plus how and why the trade was conducted as it was. Some of these details are introduced (for later expansion in a separate volume) by the new introduction to the book and in an extensive new appendix. The additions highlight the blockade runner’s place in the Confederacy's complex and ultimately insoluble problem of obtaining all kinds of manufactured items from abroad.
The first book in the Denbigh Project series is the Civil War Adventures of a Blockade Runner by Watson (2001 reprint by University of Texas Press). This memoir, originally published in 1892 and also long out of print, is also introduced by Barto Arnold and fills a gap in the Denbigh story. We have no first-hand accounts of the Denbigh's adventures, but Watson was captain of Galveston runners under both sail and steam. He wrote most informatively and interestingly about navigating the same waters. In fact, he once grounded and subsequently extracted his ship from a sand bar within a stone's throw of the spot in the bay entrance, where the Denbigh later grounded and was destroyed.
These two books are part of a series of books coming out of the underwater archaeological excavation of the Denbigh shipwreck. For a limited time in January 2006, the Nichols book may be ordered at the SHA Conference discount.
(See order form attached or go to http://www.eliotwerner.com/arch.html)
Thank you, Barto Arnold email@example.com
New in paperback from Percheron Press . . .
THE CONFEDERATE QUARTERMASTER IN THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI
The Blockade Runner’s Texas Connection
Denbigh Shipwreck Project Publication 2
JAMES L. NICHOLS
With a New Introduction by
J. BARTO ARNOLD
Institute of Nautical Archaeology and Texas A & M University
College Station, Texas
From the reviews . . .
“[A]n important contribution to the historian’s knowledge of a significant aspect of the military operations of the Civil War.”
George L. Anderson in Civil War History
“[O]ffers much light in a hitherto little regarded area of Confederate studies. Professor Nichols deserves great credit for this fine contribution to Civil War knowledge.”
Allan C. Ashcraft in Southern Historical Quarterly
“[A] pioneering work in the field of Trans-Mississippi logistics.”
William T. Windham in Journal of Southern History
ISBN 0-9752738-5-X/paperback/178 pp./illus./April 2006/$32.50
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PO Box 268
Clinton Corners, NY 12514 USA
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