Destruction of the Albermarle

To Lieutenant William B Cushing was due the destruction of the famous Confederate ram called the Albemarle. This powerful ironclad had become a formidable obstruction to the occupation of the North Carolina sounds by the Union forces.
During the summer of 1864, Lieutenant Cushing, commanding the Monticello, one of the sixteen vessels engaged in watching the ram, conceived the plan of destroying their antagonist by means of a torpedo.

Moving cautiously, with muffled oars, up the narrow Roanoke, he skilfully eluded the observation of the numerous forts and pickets with which that river was lined, and passing within twenty yards of a picket vessel, without detection, he soon found himself abreast of the town of Plymouth.


Stories of the Civil War
By Albert F Blaisdell
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Published 1894

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