Courtesy of the
Alabama Department of Archives and History
Commissioned on August 24, 1862, the CSS Alabama was the Confederacy's most effective weapon on the seas in the Civil War. It captured 65 Union vessels and sank one warship,
the USS Hatteras, on January 11, 1863. The Alabama was sunk by the USS Kearsarge in the English Channel on June 19, 1864.