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In the far north Pacific, the last Confederate raider decimates the American whaling fleet in a single day

James Iredell Waddell, detail
On the most destructive day ever of Confederate commerce raiding, almost two months after Appomattox, the C.S.S. Shenandoah captured eleven United States whaling ships near the Arctic Circle in the Pacific and burned nine of them, all in around eight hours.  The warship's captain, James Waddell, refused to believe reports from the captured crews of the collapse of the Confederacy. The single day's destruction was estimated to cost more than $400,000.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Ron Powers, John Baldwin, Last Flag Down: The Epic Journey of the Last Confederate Warship (New York: Random House, 2008), 250-253.