Jonathan W. White
With a very small Navy at his disposal, Confederate president Jefferson Davis authorized rebel sailors to work as privateers who would seize, pilfer and destroy Union merchant vessels. This talk will focus on the exploits of several of these ships, as well as Lincoln’s plan to execute these “pirates” for treason.
Jonathan W. White is an associate professor of American Studies and a senior fellow with the Center for American Studies at Christopher Newport University. He serves on the boards of directors of several organizations dedicated to the study of Abraham Lincoln as well as on the Ford’s Theatre Advisory Council. He is the author of several books about the Civil War. His recent book,Emancipation, the Union Army, and the Reelection of Abraham Lincoln (2014), was selected by The Civil War Monitor as one of the best books of 2014, was a finalist for the Lincoln Prize and the Jefferson Davis Prize, and won the Abraham Lincoln Institute’s 2015 Book Prize.