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CSS Albemarle (Wikipedia)

Destruction of the Rebel Ram "Albemarle"

Spies, Raiders & Partisans

Report of Lieutenant W. B. Cushing

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"Three Wisconsin Cushings" by Theron Haight

"Lincoln's Commando, the Biography of Commander W.B. Cushing" by Ralph Joseph Roske



Interesting Fact:

All crew members of the torpedo boat were either killed or captured except for Cushing who was able to swim to safety.

Study Questions:

  • What is a torpedo boat?
  • What other raids was Cushing involved in during the Civil War?
  • Explain how Cushing succeeded in destroying the Confederate ship.

    U.S. historical events that occurred on October 27:

    1787: The first of the Federalist Papers is published.
    1954: The "Disneyland" television program premiers on ABC.

  • October 27

    October 27, 1864: Lt. W.B. Cushing, Waukesha County, launched a torpedo boat raid against the Confederate ship "Albemarle" in Plymouth, N.C. His daring spirit and success brought thanks from Congress and the Navy Department.

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