Four Years in the Confederate Navy
The Career of Captain John Low on the C.S.S. Fingal, Florida, Alabama, Tuscaloosa & Ajax

William Stanley Hoole


"The clandestive world of the 'Ghost Navy' of the Confederacy is the special province of Four Years in the Confederate Navy. Hoole, a trained researcher had the good fortune of finding in England the logbooks of Captain John Low, who served in five Confederate ships, including the famous Alabama, in years from 1861 to 1865. The author shares with his readers the interesting research problem associated with his subject and, as a result, imparts a freshness to his work."
Journal of Southern History


John Low came to America from England in 1856 at the suggestion of his uncle, Andrew Low, a prosperous Savannah-Liverpool businessman. Just as he established himself in nautical businesses in Savannah the Civil War broke out. Low was ordered to England to help in the undercover task of buying, building, and convoying warships to the South. William Stanley Hoole traces Low's adventures in the service of the Confederacy. Low aided in the acquisition and delivery of the ironclad Fingal and the Florida. He served with Admiral Semmes aboard the famed raider Alabama and was involved in the capture, commisioning, voyage, and detention of the Tuscaloosa. His final task was to deliver the Ajax in the last days of the war.

Page count: 174 pp.
26 Illustrations
Trim size: 6 x 9


List price: $22.95

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William Stanley Hoole (1903-1990) was a librarian at the University of Alabama and oversaw widespread improvements in its library system. He was a founding member of the Alabama Historical Association and editor of the Alabama Review.