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The Rest I Will Kill

Nonfiction: History
Unabridged   4.25 hour(s)
Publication date: 08/16/2016

The Rest I Will Kill

William Tillman and the Unforgettable Story of How a Free Black Man Refused to Become a Slave

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681682303
Digital Download ISBN:9781681682310


A surprising work of narrative history and detection that illuminates one of the most daring―and long-forgotten―heroes of the Civil War.

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Product Description

On July 4, 1861, the schooner S.J. Waring set sail from New York on a routine voyage to South America. Seventeen days later, it limped back into New York's harbor with the ship's black cook and steward at the helm. While the story of that ill-fated voyage is one of the most harrowing tales of captivity and survival on the high seas, it has been tragically lost to history. Now reclaiming William Tillman as the American hero he deserves to be, historian Brian McGinty takes readers on a courageous journey that recounts how a free black man was able to recapture his commandeered ship from Confederate privateers, defy their efforts to make him a slave, and become an unlikely glimmer of hope for a disheartened Union army in the war-battered North. The Rest I Will Kill emerges as a thrilling yet historically significant work about race, patriotism, and personal heroism during the Civil War.


"An important contribution to the shelf of Civil War histories, this story will transfix readers." —Library Journal Starred Review

"Race, patriotism, and personal heroism come together in this eye-opening early episode in Civil War history." —Kirkus

Author Bio

Brian McGinty is an attorney and writer who specializes in American history and law. His books include Lincoln and the Court, The Body of John Merryman: Abraham Lincoln and the Suspension of Habeas Corpus, and John Brown’s Trial. He lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.