Naval History

November 2015 Document of the Month | Final Words from the CSS Shenandoah

By John Coski
American Civil War Museum Historian

In the first week of November 1865, CSS Shenandoah returned to Liverpool, England – more than a year after she had left on her voyage to destroy the U.S. whaling fleet in the north Pacific Ocean and three months after her officers learned that they had carried out their mission more than a month after the Confederacy ceased to exist. Midshipman John T. Mason recorded matter-of-factly in the ship’s duplicate log the Shenandoahs arrival at the royal yards in Liverpool. 

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