This is a PowerPoint presentation of the saga of the only major battle between ocean-going vessels in the Civil War. John A. Winslow and Raphael Semmes had become good friends while serving together during the Mexican War. However, during the Civil War Semmes captained the C.S.S. Sumter and the C.S.S. Alabama and became the scourge of Federal commercial shipping, sinking or capturing eighty-five merchant ships and one Union warship. As captain of the U.S.S. Kearsarge, Winslow pursued Semmes for almost two years before cornering him off the coast of Cherbourg, France, where the two ships fought to the death. The story is not only history; it is supreme literature.
John Fazio holds a B.A. and J.D. from Case Western Reserve University. Retired, after practicing law for forty-five years, he is a student of history, with a great emphasis on the Civil War. He has been president of the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable and frequently speaks on the war and other subjects. He has also published numerous articles on the war and presently is writing a book on the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.