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The Confederacy's most successful commerce raider meets its end off the French coast

Sinking of the CSS Alabama, June 19, 1864
06/19/1864
The Confederacy's most successful commerce raider, the C.S.S. Alabama, had sailed 75,000 miles across the world in the previous months, capturing and burned more than seventy Union merchant ships.  Returning to Europe for repairs at Cherbourg, in France, she encountered the U.S.S. Kearsarge, under Captain John Winslow, and after a heated one hour of battle was sunk. Her captain, Raphael Semmes, escaped when picked up by a British private steam yacht.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Spencer C. Tucker (ed.), A Global Chronology of Conflict: From the Ancient World to the Modern Middle East (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2010), 1413-1414.
William Marvel, The Alabama & the Kearsarge: The Sailor's Civil War (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1996), 250-255. 
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