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The Prize Game: Lawful Looting on the High Seas in the Days of Fighting Sail

by Petrie, Donald A.
Publisher: Berkley Books
Retail Price: $13.00
Issue: Winter 2002
ISBN: 0425178293

As countries captured ships during wars, a complex system of monetary reward and ransom developed: the maritime prize. Beginning with privateers and ending with the British mavy in 1948, Donald A. Petrie looks at the evolution of the rules governing this practice and how they played out, including the blockade of Fort Sumter during the Civil War.

review of The Prize Game: Lawful Looting on the High Seas in the Days of Fighting Sail, by Petrie, Donald A., Civil War Book Review, (Winter 2002).