In the early winter months of 1864 Confederate General Robert E Lee devised a plan to retake critical areas of eastern North Carolina then occupied by the Federal Army. If successful a new supply line would be established to Richmond, and the Southern war effort greatly bolstered as a result. Central to his plan was the use of the new rebel ironclad Albemarle then nearing completion on the Roanoke River. The CCS Albemarle was considered to be a formidable weapon by all concerned and its destruction soon became a high priority of the Lincoln administration. So successful would the Albemarle prove to be against the blockading squadron, however , that in utter desperation the Federal high command ultimately turned to a twenty one year old lieutenant who had demonstrated daring and success on the rivers of Virginia and North Carolina. The mission to destroy the Albemarle, nevertheless, was a high stakes gamble of the most desperate and heroic variety. Its remarkable success became a bitter disaster for the Confederacy, a much needed boost for Abraham Lincoln and catapulted Lt William Barker Cushing in legend. Highly entertaining, well researched and original in thought, Albermarle has the makings of a classic.
Praise for Albemarle:
"Albemarle is one of those rare gems, a work of historical fiction that keeps the reader turning the pages of this powerful, true story. The book comes as close to living history as anything I have encountered in print, and I highly recommend it for anyone in search of a deeper grasp of the torturous evolution our society has undergone. It's an exciting and rollicking good tale." — Mark Robert Waldman, Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles. Author of Words Can Change Your Brain.
"Written in conversational style, but well-documented, Albemarle is for all readers (and would make a great movie!)." -- Historical Novel Society