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Still fighting, the C.S.S. Shenandoah begins its campaign to destroy the American whaling fleet

James Iredell Waddell, detail
06/22/1865
Captain James Waddell of the C.S.S. Shenandoah rejected all news of the Confederacy's collapse and embarked on his campaign to devastate the American waling trade in the northern Pacific.  He began his quest with the capture and burning of the Jirah Swift of New Bedford, Massachusetts.  Before the month was out, the whaling fleet had lost twenty of the fifty odd ships operating near the Pacific Arctic Circle.  (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), 240-245. 

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