The whole Mississippi River flows through this carefully documented book-- a worthy successor to Mark Twain's classic. The great steamboat race of 1870 to determine whether the Natchez or the Robert E. Lee was the fastest boat on the river took place between New Orleans and St. Louis. Captain Cannon of the Robert E. Lee had joined Union forces in the Civil War. Rival Captain Leathers had stayed with the Confederacy. The saga of the last of the Mississippi packets and their pilots and of the river itself is told with a tautness and suspense which mark this a ""must"" for students of Mississippi River lore, and a delight for all readers in search of superb storytelling.