Historians do not talk much about naval action during the Civil War, certainly not as much as they talk about ground combat. If it’s not about a riverboat, the Monitor, the Merrimack, or damning torpedoes, it just doesn’t get the same attention.

The CSS Shenandoah did a lot of things worth talking about.

Her flag was the last Confederate flag to be lowered and she was the ship that took the Civil War to the global stage. She looted and burned Union merchant shipping from Africa to India, Russia, and back.

She took 38 prizes and more than a thousand prisoners, some of them joining the Confederate ship.