This book discusses the naval ships CSS Alabama and CSS Sumter and the routes, battles, and blockades each were involved in. Furnished with the little British steam packet, 'Habana,' which he refitted, armed and rechristened the 'C. S. S. Sumter,' Semmes readied for sea by mid-1861. He successfully eluded the Federal blockading cruiser, 'Brooklyn,' at Pass à L'Outre at the mouth of the Mississippi on June 30, and set out upon a voyage full of high adventure, diplomacy and thorough destruction. After a few weeks at sea, the 'Sumter' had made the name of the Confederate States a household term throughout the Carribean and Spanish Main areas. During the course of this cruise which lasted until April, 1862, Semmes captured or destroyed eighteen Federal merchantmen and did even greater damage to northern trade with South America.
Semmes took command of the war steamer 290, or 'Alabama,' in August', 1862, and continued his career of raiding Federal commerce. When the 'Alabama' was sunk by the 'Kearsarge' in the famous action off Cherbourg, France, June 19, 1864, she had captured or destroyed a total of sixty-seven Federal vessels. This edition includes additional pictures and also gives definitions of naudical terms.

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