This Week in the Civil War - #1099
At sea, the C.S.S. Shenandoah had no way of knowing that the war was over; she continued to destroy numerous Union whaling ships. In June of 1865, the Shenandoah’s captain James Bullock learned of Lee's surrender when the northern captain of the captured Susan & Abigail produced a San Francisco newspaper, reporting the flight from Richmond of the Confederate government but also containing Jefferson Davis’ promise to continue the war effort. The Shenandoah continued preying on whalers until early August; from an English ship sailing from San Francisco Bullock learned of Joseph Johnston’s surrender and the end of the war. Fearing that his crew would be tried as pirates, Bullock elected to sail westward, circumnavigating the globe and surrendering his ship to English authorities in Liverpool on November 7, 1865.