Lead: Raphael Semmes sailed the Alabama out of Cherbourg, France to do battle.

Intro: "A Moment in Time" with Dan Roberts.

Content: On Sunday morning June 19, 1864, the Confederate States' steamer Alabama, the pride of the Confederate navy, had just been around the world on voyage of destruction that did serious damage to the United States Merchant marine. From Galveston, Texas through the Atlantic, around the Cape of Good Hope, into the Indian Ocean, the Alabama had captured and destroyed 62 Union ships. At 900 tons and 230 feet long, she could make 13 knots between steam and sail, boasted 8 guns and cost $250,000 Confederate dollars. She was commanded by the Confederate navy's finest sailor, Raphael Semmes.


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