Tag Archives: CSS Albemarle

Book Review: “The Fight for the Old North State: The Civil War in North Carolina, January—May 1864”

The Confederacy faced a series of ever-increasing problems by the winter of 1863-1864. Logistically, they were running out of supplies. Politically, the war that seemed to have no end to its bloody lists was wearing down the morale of the … Continue reading

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On Victory

Douglas MacArthur famously said, “In war, there is no substitute for victory.” Yet as one looks at the Civil War, many battles seem not to offer a clear winner, or at the least, they offer a complicated definition of who … Continue reading

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Cushing’s Daring Exploit

On this, the 150th Anniversary of the sinking of the CSS Albemarle, it is worth quoting Lieutenant William B. Cushing’s report in full: I have the honor to report that the rebel ironclad Albemarle is at the bottom of the … Continue reading

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Strategy Afloat: Fleets in Being

As Sam Smith wraps up his excellent series on the Albemarle’s short and violent career, we should take a moment to reflect on what the ironclad actually spent much of her time (from May to October 1864) as: a “fleet in being.” … Continue reading

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