In mid-August, the Shenandoah was overtaken by a British ship. The English commanding officer convinced Captain Waddell that the Civil War had been over for almost four months. Waddell, fearing that he might be charged with piracy, headed to England.
Eventually, he was exonerated of any wrong-doing and returned as a civilian to Maryland. Captain Waddell, who was regarded as the Confederacy's last naval hero, had captured or destoryed 23 northern ships, all after the end of the Civil War.