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Commander John McIntosh Kell: the right-hand man of captain Semmes As first-lieutenant, ell was Captain Semmes' executive officer on the Alabama. The captain gave him “great credit for the fine condition in which the ship went into action” and further stated that he rendered him “great assistance by his coolness and judgment as the fight proceeded.” Kell, like his superior, was rescued by the Deerhound and taken to Southampton, where this photograph was made. On his return to the Confederate States, he was appointed commander and given the ironclad Richmond, in the James River Squadron. The fine features and resolute bearing of these naval officers go far to explain the daring and effective handling of the famous Alabama. With such sailors, an extensive Confederate Navy would have added even more dramatic chapters to history.

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