Thursday, January 1, 2009

This Month in History

Jan. 1, 1863 – Alabama crewmen leave a wooden headstone on a small deserted island mocking Abraham Lincoln and the recently enacted Emancipation Proclamation.

Jan. 11, 1863 – Alabama sinks the USS Hatteras off the Texas coast, marking the first naval combat between steam ships

Jan. 13, 1861 – Semmes visits Alabama U.S. Senator Clement C. Clay and tells the Senator he has decided to leave the Union.

Jan. 14, 1861 – Confederate Government issues a plea to naval officers resigning from the U.S. Navy to take their ships with them! Not a single officer does so.

Jan. 16, 1961 – John Kell attends a meeting in Milledgeville Georgia to decide on secession. The decision is made in secret session on the 18th. Within an hour, Kell had written his letter of resignation. “I have no apologies to make. While I loved my country, I loved honor more.”

Jan. 17, 1862 – Semmes sails the CSS Sumter from Cadiz, Spain to Gibraltar

Jan. 18, 1862 – Semmes captures and burns The Neapolitan, the first ship carrying what Semmes judges to be an explicitly military cargo; sulphur, which can be used to make gunpowder.

Jan. 21, 1861 – Senators from seceding states give farewell speeches in the U.S. Capitol. Semmes is present.

Jan. 23, 1823 – John McIntosh Kell, Semmes’ second in command on the Alabama, is born.

Jan. 23, 1861 – Semmes meets with Jefferson Davis at his home on F. Street in D.C.

Jan. 26, 1863 – Alabama capture and burns The Golden Rule, using spare rigging and a mast from The Golden Rule to repair damage to the Alabama.

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