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Off the Indonesian coast, the Alabama captures and burns an American merchant ship

C.S.S. Alabama destroying an American merchant ship near Singapore, December 24, 1863, British artist's impression
12/23/1863
The Confederate raider Alabama had left Singapore Harbor early in the day and in the afternoon encountered the merchantman Texan Star in the Malacca Straights, bound for Singapore with a cargo of rice, between present-day Malaysia and Sumatra.  Despite the freighter captain's attempts to claim British ownership, the crew were taken off, and the vessel burned to the waterline.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"The Alabama destroying the barque Texan Star,"  The Illustrated London News, April 2, 1864, p. 319. 

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