THE OPENING SALVOS OF
ALABAMA AND THE KEARSARGE

Opening Maneuvers
How Battles are Fought
Combat naval en vue Cherbourg
Naval Contest Off Cherbourg
Kearsarge Fires on the Alabama
Firing on each other
The Ships Exchange Gunfire
The First Hit Reels the Alabama
 

 

 



   These illustrations depict the early stages of the battle as the CSS Alabama and USS Kearsage maneuvered for the best position to fire on each other. The Alabama left Cherboug harbor on June 19, 1864 and engaged the Kearsarge. The Alabama opened the fight with a starboard broadside. Both vessels then circled each other seeking an advantage.
 
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Created and maintained by Lisle Brown, Curator Special Collections
2007, Special Collections, Marshall University
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