On this date in 1864, the C.S.S. Alabama, captained by Cmdr. Raphael Semmes, was sunk in battle against the U.S.S. Kearsarge off the coast of Cherbourg, France. Over 40 crew members from the Alabama were killed in the battle, and another 70 or so were taken prisoner by Union forces. Captain Semmes and around 30 other members of the crew were rescued by the Deerhound (a British yacht) and three French pilot boats, and thus escaping capture by the U.S. Navy.
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