Thursday, June 30, 2011

CSS Sumter runs blockade, begins career

Painting of CSS AlabamaImage via Wikipedia
CSS Sumter
  • Raphael Semmes, commanding the CSS Sumter the first Confederate raider, runs the blockade at the mouth of the Mississippi River while being chased by the larger, more powerful, and reputedly faster USS Brooklyn. Semmes out sails the "faster" vessel. He would have a successful career on the Sumter, later even more successful with the CSS Alabama./1861

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