Book Review:- ‘A Scottish Blockade Runner in the American Civil War: Joannes Wyllie of the steamer ‘Ad-Vance’’ by J. F. Messner

By Jonathan W. White, published February 2024

Abstract

On 31 January 1864 Catherine Edmondston of North Carolina wrote in her diary, ‘The Advance is again in safely with a valuable cargo, run in in the teeth of the Blockaders. This is our N C vessel & Capt Crossan deserves well of the State for his boldness & skill in so often bearding the Yankee Lion successfully.’

Eight months later, Edmondston lamented, ‘The enemy claims to have captured our N C steamer the Advance with a load of Cotton & 28,000 in specie off Hatteras. We fear it is true, but she has made a vast sum for the state besides enabling her to provide well for her troops in the way of clothing and shoes and I hope her loss will soon be replaced.’…

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Filed under: Atlantic | American Civil War
Subjects include: Biography | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

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