Painting of CSS Alabama


   Sinclair, Two Years on the Alabama, p. 50.

              3rd Lieutenant
          Joseph David Wilson

      C.S. Navy, C.S.S. Alabama

Wilson, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in 1857, cast his lot with the Confederacy in 1861. He served first on the CSS Sumter and then joined the CSS Alabama in 1862 at Terceira and was given command of the aft-gun division. He was known as “Fighting Joe” for his militancy and fighting spirit. After the Alabama sunk, he returned to the Confederate States and commanded the gunboat, CSS Hampton. He died in 1880 near Ellaville, Florida.

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