06/15/2016 12:00:00 pm
When: June 15, 2016 Noon
The United States Navy Memorial’s “Authors on Deck” book lecture series proudly welcomes Dwight Sturtevant Hughes to discuss his new book A CONFEDERATE BIOGRAPHY The Cruise of the CSS Shenandoah (Naval Institute Press, 2015)
Following the presentation, the author will be available for a Q&A session and book signing.
Books are available in the Navy Memorial Ship’s Store.
From October 1864 to November 1865, the officers of the CSS Shenandoah carried the Confederacy and the conflict of the Civil War around the globe through extreme weather, alien surroundings, and the people they encountered. Her officers were the descendants of Deep South plantation aristocracy and Old Dominion first families: a nephew of Robert E. Lee, a grandnephew of founder George Mason, and descendants of one of George Washington’s generals and of an aid to Washington. One was even an uncle of a young Theodore Roosevelt and another was son-in-law to Raphael Semmes.
Shenandoah’s mission—commerce raiding (guerre de course)—was a central component of U.S. naval and maritime heritage, a profitable business, and a watery form of guerrilla warfare. These Americans stood in defense of their country as they understood it, pursuing a difficult and dangerous mission in which they succeeded spectacularly after it no longer mattered. This is a biography of a ship and a cruise, and a microcosm of the Confederate-American experience.
Dwight Sturtevant Hughes graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1967 and served twenty years as a surface warfare officer on many oceans in ships ranging from destroyer to aircraft carrier and with river forces in Vietnam, earning the Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals. Building on a lifetime of study in naval history, he lives and writes in Nokesville, Virginia.