DECEMBER 31ST, 1864: As the year 1964 ended at sea, far from the Confederacy, Lt. Waddell, commander of the CSS Shenandoah, wrote in his journal: "Thirty-first of December closed the year, the third since the war began.
"And how many of my boon companions are gone to that bourne from whence no traveler returns. They were full of hope, but not without fears, when we last parted."
Even the tireless Waddell could by this time sense the impeding defeat of the South, despite great gallantry, overwhelmed by Union advantages especially the ceaseless, crushing power of the sea.
--Almost Over Now. --Old B-Runner