Story of the Sinking of the Alabama
The Famous Confederate States Cruiser
Excerpt from an Interview With Captain John McIntosh Kell
Executive officer of the Alabama,
Given to Alfred Iverson Branham,
Forty-Six Years Ago,
June, 1883. The Interview was Published in The Eatonton, Georgia, Messenger, and The Atlanta Constitution, and in a London, England, Periodical, over the Nom de Plume, “Wood Holt.” The Sinking of the Alabama. After a bountiful and elegant dinner, such a one as used to grace the boards of Southern homes before the war, I cornered Captain Kell on the front porch of his house and said to him:
“Now, Captain, tell me about the Alabama’s last fight.” “After a cruise of two years,” the captain said, “during which the Alabama had driven the commerce of the United States from the seas, our ship was sadly in need of repairs.
Between December 1862 and October 1863, several skirmishes took place in Barton as part of the American Civil War. Confederate forces sought to prevent the Union Army from invading the Tennessee Valley from their stronghold in Corinth, Mississippi.
On January 26, 1864, Confederate Lieutenant Colonel Moses W. Hannon’s 600-man cavalry brigade attacked the city of Athens. In a two-hour battle, Union Captain Emil Adams’s 100-man force, although outnumbered and without fortifications, repulsed the invaders. After a two-hour battle, the Confederates retreated. Principal Commanders: Capt. Emil Adams [US]; Lt. Col. Moses W. Hannon [CS]
This story is not fiction. It is an amazing account of an episode in connection with the naval battle in Mobile bay, on August 5 1864, when the monitor Tecumseh was sunk in action. The names in the story, as told by Rear Admiral Goodrich, are real, and with the historic facts set forth are in the records of the great Civil war.
Early Privations and Struggles – Unparalleled Difficulties – Scarcity of Shoes – Undaunted Heroism – Meagreness of Blacksmith Facilities – Joshua Betts – A Barefooted Population – Scarcity of Grist Mills – Georgia Currency, & etc.