I love to read history.Memoirs of Service Afloat during the War Between the States
by Admiral Raphael Semmes, Captain of the CSS Alabama, CSN
originally published in 1868.
The Blue & Grey Press, ©1987 (and others since)
The CSS Alabama
was the first steam-powered warship in the world that was set loose on the oceans of the world against the commerce of another nation. This is the story of the career, seamanship, and political views of the founder of the Confederate States Navy; it's history and development, battles and cruises.
If you want a story of the War Between the States, from a different perspective, this is the book to read. A light read; 832 pages.