Painting of CSS Alabama


 

 


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          4th Assistant Engineer
             William Robertson

       C.S. Navy, C.S.S. Alabama

  Englishman Robertson was in Cape Town when the CSS Alabama docked. Based on a letter of recommendation, Capt. Semmes commissioned him to replace Cummings, who had shot himself and died. He was an efficient engineer, standing by his station during the battle with the USS Kearsarge. He was seriously wounded and couldn’t escape the sinking ship, and so perished in the line of duty.

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