In the Shadow of the Alabama: The British Foreign Office and the American Civil War (New Perspectives on Maritime History and Nautical Archaeolog)

Long, Renata Eley

Published by Naval Institute Press
ISBN 10: 1612518362 / ISBN 13: 9781612518367
Used / Hardcover / Quantity Available: 0
Available From More Booksellers
View all  copies of this book

About the Book

We're sorry; this specific copy is no longer available. AbeBooks has millions of books. We've listed similar copies below.

Description:

1612518362 Satisfaction Guaranteed. Please contact us with any inquiries. We ship daily. Bookseller Inventory #

About this title:

Book ratings provided by Goodreads:
4 avg rating
(1 ratings)

Synopsis: This book looks at an allegation of betrayal made against a young Foreign Office clerk, Victor Buckley, who, it was claimed, leaked privileged information to agents of the southern States during the American Civil War. As a consequence, the CSS Alabama narrowly escaped seizure by the British government and proceeded to wage war on American shipping. Victor Buckley's background is examined against the hitherto erroneous belief that he was an insignificant member of the foreign office staff.

The American minister Charles Francis Adams oversees a network of spies endeavoring to prove contravention of The Foreign Enlistment Act. The South's agents, Captain James D. Bulloch and Major Caleb Huse, are the prime targets, and a battle of wits ensues as Bulloch oversees construction of his ships on Merseyside.

A member of a prominent City family offers to enlist the help of a relative who, he claims, holds a confidential position in the Foreign Office. The Confederate agents are soon receiving information about the status of Anglo-American diplomacy and are able to outwit the Union spies and dispatch arms and supplies to the South. Their coup d'état is achieved with the arrival of a message that hurries the Confederate's most formidable warship out of British waters.

After the escape of the Alabama, the government moves to curtail Bulloch's operations. When the war ends in 1865, investigations begin into the circumstances surrounding the Alabama's departure. As America demands reparation, evidence apparently incriminating Victor Buckley is acquired, but before the claim reaches its hearing in Geneva, diplomatic moves (some involving Anglo-American Masonic influence) result in a treaty and ensure that no allegation is made against any individual member of foreign office staff. Queen Victoria, anxious to see the Alabama claims settled, is spared embarrassment.

A scandal erupts in the foreign office in 1878 as a freelance clerk, Charles Marvin, leaks sensitive information to the press and subsequently writes of his experiences, revealing much of the ethos of the office pertinent to Buckley's story. The writer Arthur Conan Doyle becomes fascinated by Anglo-American diplomacy and the Alabama question, and, soon after joining a London gentlemen's club where Buckley's alleged contact is a member, writes a Sherlock Holmes story involving a Foreign Office clerk's apparent betrayal.

Coincidentally, Conan Doyle has been acquainted with Buckley's associate some years earlier, and he soon makes a thinly veiled appearance in a fictional work by England's most famous crime writer.

About the Author: Renata Eley Long is a freelance writer and historian who has lived and worked on both sides of the Atlantic. Her childhood in Cornwall and Bristol fostered an early interest in maritime history that developed into a passion for research and unearthing the untold stories of the past.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Bibliographic Details

Title: In the Shadow of the Alabama: The British ...
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: New

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Renata Eley Long
Published by Naval Institute Press
ISBN 10: 1612518362 ISBN 13: 9781612518367
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
ThriftBooks - Second City
(Aurora, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Naval Institute Press. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. A copy that has been read, but remains in excellent condition. Pages are intact and are not marred by notes or highlighting, but may contain a neat previous owner name. The spine remains undamaged. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Seller Inventory # G1612518362I4N00

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 7.48
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Long, Renata Eley
Published by Naval Institute Press (2015)
ISBN 10: 1612518362 ISBN 13: 9781612518367
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Books From California
(Simi Valley, CA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Naval Institute Press, 2015. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Seller Inventory # mon0001461845

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 3.50
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Long, Renata Eley
Published by Naval Institute Press
ISBN 10: 1612518362 ISBN 13: 9781612518367
Used Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
Magers and Quinn Booksellers
(Minneapolis, MN, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Naval Institute Press. Condition: Very Good. Light to moderate shelf wear. Complete. No apparent underlining/highlighting. Seller Inventory # 1035800

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 6.29
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Renata Eley Long
Published by Naval Institute Press (2015)
ISBN 10: 1612518362 ISBN 13: 9781612518367
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
GlassFrogBooks
(Minden, NV, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Naval Institute Press, 2015. Condition: Good. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in Used-Good condition. Pages and cover are clean and intact. Used items may not include supplementary materials such as CDs or access codes. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Seller Inventory # 1612518362-2-4

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 17.68
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Long, Renata Eley
Published by Naval Institute Press
ISBN 10: 1612518362 ISBN 13: 9781612518367
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Rating
[?]

Book Description Naval Institute Press. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 1612518362 unmarked, light shelfwear-NICE. Seller Inventory # Z1612518362Z2

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 17.71
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Renata Eley Long
Published by Naval Institute Press (2015)
ISBN 10: 1612518362 ISBN 13: 9781612518367
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Naval Institute Press, 2015. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1612518362

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 29.39
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Long, Renata Eley
Published by Naval Institute Press (2015)
ISBN 10: 1612518362 ISBN 13: 9781612518367
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Naval Institute Press, 2015. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Seller Inventory # P021612518362

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 30.24
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Long, Renata Eley
Published by Naval Institute Press (2015)
ISBN 10: 1612518362 ISBN 13: 9781612518367
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Naval Institute Press, 2015. Hardcover. Condition: Like New. Almost new condition. Seller Inventory # P011612518362

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 34.22
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Madeline Eley Long
Published by Naval Institute Press
ISBN 10: 1612518362 ISBN 13: 9781612518367
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Rating
[?]

Book Description Naval Institute Press. Condition: BRAND NEW. BRAND NEW Hardcover A Brand New Quality Book from a Full-Time Bookshop in business since 1992!. Seller Inventory # 2194803

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 36.94
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Long, Renata Eley
Published by Naval Institute Press (2015)
ISBN 10: 1612518362 ISBN 13: 9781612518367
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Naval Institute Press, 2015. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111612518362

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 39.87
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are 6 more copies of this book

View all search results for this book