Further Reading on Denbigh and Her Times
In conducting historical research on Denbigh and
blockade running in general, a number of published works have proved to be of particular
value in providing the historical, technological and cultural context of the times. The
following list is offered for those who might want to pursue their own studies of the
subject. Note that manuscripts and other archival sources are generally not listed; those
included are all materials that should be easily purchased or acquired through
Seamanship in the Age of Paddle Wheel, Sail and Screw
Peter Allington and Basil Greenhill
London: Conway Maritime Press, 1997
book focuses on the period 1830-1860, Allington and Greenhill provide a detailed
description of the development of the maritime technologies used in blockade-running,
including the construction of boilers, engines and paddlewheels.
||Battle on the
The Civil War Struggle for Galveston
Edward T. Cotham, Jr.
Austin: University of Texas, 1998
of the conflict over Galveston during the Civil War underscores its importance as a port
on the western Gulf of Mexico. Cotham uses both published and archival sources to paint a
vivid and compelling picture of a blockaded Southern seaport.
||The Civil War
A Day-by-Day Chronicle
Robert E. Denney
New York: Grammercy, 1992
This valuable reference
presents a daily summary of important events during the civil war, both on land and sea.
||Steam at Sea:
Two Centuries of Steam-Powered Ships
London: Conway Maritime Press, 1997
a former seagoing marine engineer, is a Professor of Marine Engineering at John Moores
University in Liverpool. In Steam at Sea, Griffiths chronicles the development of
marine steam engines of all types, from the earliest reciprocating types to the high-speed
turbines of the great Atlantic liners.
A History of the Island and the City
Charles W. Hayes
Austin: Jenkins-Garrett Press, 1974
bizarre series of misfortunes, this two-volume, thousand-page history written in 1879 was
not published for nearly a century. It is a remarkable work, particularly in the detail
with which it chronicles events in Galveston during the Civil War, which at the time of
writing was still a recent and vivid memory.
The Civil War Years
Chester G. Hearn
Annapolis: U. S. Naval Institute, 1998
a detailed and highly readable account of David Farragut's rise to prominence during the
American Civil War. Remarkably, Farragut's loyalty to the Union was considered suspect by
some in the U.S. Navy during the first months of the war. Farragut overcame these and
other obstacles to command the West Gulf Blockading Squadron during the critical period of
the war, 1862-64, and in so doing became one of the principal architects of the final
||Battle Cry of
The Civil War Era
James M. McPherson
New York: Oxford University Press, 1988
comprehensive overview of the American Civil War won the Pulitzer Prize for History in
1989. Although the international disputes and intrigues of blockade running necessarily
make up only a small part of this work, McPherson effectively puts the practice in context
of the larger conflict. The author gives special attention to the efforts of the U.S.
consul at Liverpool, Thomas Dudley, whom he refers to as the "combative Quaker."
||Lamson of the
The Civil War Letters of Lieutenant Roswell H. Lamson, U.S. Navy
James M. McPherson and Patricia R. McPherson
New York: Oxford, 1997
Lamson served with the U.S.
Navy on the South Atlantic coast, watching the entrances to the blockade-running ports of
Charleston, Savannah and Wilmington. Lamson's detailed letters provide a useful look at
life on the blockade, and the experiences of one of the Navy's most promising junior
A Personal Narrative of Adventures, Risks, and Escapes During the American Civil War
Thomas E. Taylor
Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute, 1995
Taylor's autobiography is an essential account of the blockade.
||Lifeline of the
Blockade Running During the Civil War
Stephen R. Wise.
Columbia: University of South Carolina, 1991
modern classic on blockade running, Stephen Wise's Lifeline of the Confederacy is an
essential work. Its extensive appendices include capsule histories of steam blockade
runners and listings of blockade runners' transits in and out of individual Southern