Join us on Friday, September 11 at 12 p.m. for a YouTube Live event with author and historian John V. Quarstein! Quarstein will give a 30-minute presentation live from his home in Hampton, Virginia, about the first and only US Navy warship destroyed during an engagement with the Confederate commerce raider CSS Alabama. Viewers are welcome to send Quarstein any comments or questions during the presentation, and he will answer them following his talk.
About this presentation: The steamer USS Hatteras was purchased in 1861 by the US Navy to help enforce the blockade of the Confederate coastline. The paddler captured Cedar Key, Florida, and 13 blockade runners during the vessel’s service in the Gulf of Mexico. Hatteras also fought an inconclusive engagement with CSS Mobile; however, while serving as a blockader off Galveston, Texas, the steamer encountered CSS Alabama. The Union warship could not match Alabama’s firepower and was sunk in 20 minutes. Hatteras was the first and only US Navy warship destroyed by the Confederate commerce raider.
Image credit: USS Hatteras, ca. 1861-1863. A 19th-century print depicting the sinking of Hatteras by CSS Alabama. Photo courtesy of Naval History and Heritage Command # NH 53690.