In Armageddon's Shadow chronicles events as they unfolded and highlights the very real threat of conflict between Britain and the United States. Major crises such as the highjacking of the Chesapeake by Confederate partisans and the destructive cruise of the CSS Tallahassee - the only Confederate warship to reach a mainland British North American port - in addition to Halifax's growing importance as a communications link for the South and the Maritimes' involvement in blockade running are recounted in detail. In Armageddon's Shadow also explores the impact of the Civil War at a more personal level. Marquis highlights Maritimers' growing support for the beleaguered Confederacy, despite the colonies' official neutrality, and the grave implications this had for local race relations. He describes the impact of refugees, crimping, and recruiting on Maritimers' attitudes and recounts the experiences of some of the thousands of men born in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island who served in the Civil War. Drawing extensively on newspaper reports, personal papers, and local histories, Marquis captures the drama of events as they unfolded, effectively putting the reader into the thick of the action and into the minds of the individuals involved. In Armageddon's Shadow is a must read for anyone with an interest in the American Civil War or the history of the Maritime provinces.
"An important building block for fans of Maritime history." Atlantic Books Today "Marquis's research is comprehensive and it is particularly good in its canvas of newspapers ... a lively tale, well told." CHOICE "A genuine romance, best enjoyed with a glass of rum in one hand and a pipe in the other." Books in Canada "A poignant reminder that every major American occurrence has Canadian implications." The Beaver "In Armageddon's Shadow is a rich and fully informed account of all the aspects of Maritime participation in the American Civil War. The book is well documented and Marquis tells the dramatic stories of the Chesapeake and the Tallahassee in a lively fashion." Robin Winks, Department of History, Yale University