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The record of casualties in the Confederate Navy is not a startling one. Nevertheless, the Confederate seamen, in every action, fought their slips to the last extremity, and made a record which, for heroism, skill, and enterprise, will challenge tie attention of the historical student as long as the story of the war is told.

With crippled resources, and under discouraging circumstances, vessels were constructed which revolutionized the entire system of naval warfare, and although the flag of the Confederate Navy went down in ultimate ruin and defeat, it will survive in the history of the world's navies as the flag which waved over the first iron-clad.

Losses in the Confederate Navy.--1861-65.

Date. Vessel. Commander. Battle. Killed. Wounded. Missing. Total.
Mch. 2-19 Virginia1 Buchanan Hampton Roads 2 19   21
April 24 Gov. Moore Kennon New Orleans 57 17   274
May 10 General Price Hawthorne Plum Point, Miss. 2 1   3
May 15 Marine Corps Farrand Drewry's Bluff 7 9   16
July 15 Arkansas Brown Yazoo 10 15   25
July 22 Arkansas Brown Vicksburg 7 6   313
Jan. 1 Bayou City Lubbock Galveston 12 70   82
Jan. 1 Neptune Bayley Galveston
Jan. 11 Alabama Semmes Hatteras   1   1
Feb. 24 Queen of the West McCloskey Indianola 2 4   6
Feb. 24 C. S. Webb Pierce Indianola   1   1
June 17 Atlanta Webb Warsaw Sound   16   16
Feb. 1 Boat Crews, C. S. N. Wood Underwriter 6 22 1 29
May 31 Boat Crews, C. S. N. Pelot Water Witch 6 12   18
June 19 Alabama Semmes Kearsarge 9 21 410 40
Aug. 6 Tennessee Buchanan Mobile Bay 2 10   12
Aug. 6 Selma   Mobile Bay 5 10   15

But any recital of casualties or battles would fail to convey a proper idea of the extent and activity of the Confederate Navy. Important and successful operations were carried on by privateers and swift cruisers flying the Confederate flag. These cruisers inflicted an immense damage on the commerce of the United States. The Confederate steamer Alabama captured or destroyed 69 vessels;5 the Florida, 37; the Tallahassee, 29; the Shenandoah, 36; the Sumter, 18; the Olustee, 6; the Tacony, 15; the Georgia, 9; the Clarence, 8; the Jeff. Davis, 8; the Chickamauga, 4; and the Nashville, 2. There were other privateers which also made some captures.

1 The “Merrimac.”

2 Out of 93 on board, as stated by Commander Beverly Kennon, in the Century Magazine.

3 Out of a crew of 41.

4 Drowned.

5 Hist. Confederate Navy: Scharf.

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