1864. Oil on canvas. The John G. Johnson Art Collection, Philadelphia, PA, USA. Read Note.
The Battle of the Kearsarge and the Alabama. In 1864, the American Confederate cruiser Alabama took refuge in Cherbourg harbor to avoid the Union corvette, the Kearsarge. The captain of the Alabama, Captain Sammes, eventually determined to run the blockade and on 19 June 1864 the battle took place. Crowds had gathered in Cherbourg to watch the confrontation, and a number of boats stationed themselves near the combatants to see the fight at close quarters