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By James L. Nelson

Then name us Rebels if you happen to can we glory within the identify, for bending lower than unjust legislation and swearing religion to an unjust reason, we count number as better disgrace. -- Richmond day-by-day Dispatch, could 12, 1862

April 12, 1861. With one jerk of a lanyard, one shell arching into the sky, years of hysteria explode into civil struggle. And for these males who don't know within which course their loyalty calls them, it's a time for judgements. this sort of one is Lieutenant Samuel Bowater, an officer of the U.S. army and a local of Charleston, South Carolina.

Hard-pressed to desert the oath he swore to the U.S., yet not able to struggle opposed to his domestic country, Bowater accepts a fee within the nascent accomplice army, the place captains who as soon as strode the quarterdecks of the world's strongest ships at the moment are assuming command of paddle wheelers and towboats. Taking cost of the armed tugboat Cape worry, after which the ironclad Yazoo River, Bowater and his males, opposed to overwhelming odds, interact within the waterborne struggle for Southern independence.

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