| John McIntosh Kell
was the inconspicuous hero of the famous Confederate raider, the
CSS Alabama. Most students of the War Between the States
are familiar with the exploits of the Southern cruiser and her celebrated
captain, Raphael Semmes. By the time of her climactic battle with
the USS Kearsarge off the coast of France in June 1864, the
Alabama and her flamboyant commander had practically swept
the seas of Northern merchant vessels, destroying more United States
shipping than any other Confederate warship. But the individual
who oversaw the day-to-day operation of the ship, the man who ran
the cruise of the Alabama at the direction of his commander,
was the ship's executive officer, First Lieutenant John McIntosh
Kell. His recollections offer a fascinating glimpse into the activities
of the Confederate Navy, and in particular the day-to-day operations
of the cruisers Sumter and Alabama.
Praise for the award winning author,
R. Thomas Campbell
"One thing Campbell knows how to do
is tell a story. He deftly weaves first person accounts into just
the right amount of background, mixes in a few exciting moments,
and creates memorable vignettes about well-known-as well as relatively
unknown-ships and skippers in the Confederate Navy."
David Page, The Civil
"Campbell's books are highly recommended."
Beneath the Stainless Banner,
John McIntosh Kell, CSN
R. Thomas Campbell,
White Mane Publishing Co., Inc., May, 1999
List Price: $24.95
Discount Price: $18.95
Part One: The Formative Years
Part Two: From Recollections of a Naval Life.