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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 May 2020 3:34 p.m. PST

"In April 2005, viewers of The History Channel will be able to learn more about the famed ironclad CSS Albemarle and its eventual destruction by Lt. William B. Cushing in one of the more daring exploits of the Civil War. A film crew was in Plymouth for two weekends in August filming and recreating Cushing's raid a raid which led to the sinking of the Albemarle. The documentary will be a balanced program on the history of the "Confederate monster" from its construction to its sinking in October 1864.

It will also offer insight into the life of the young Lt. Cushing. In order to tell the whole story, crews also used locations at: CSS Neuse State Historic Site in Kinston, NC; Lake Champlain at Vergennes, VT; National Civil War Naval Museum in Columbus, GA; the USS Cairo site in Vicksburg, MS; and the USS Constellation in Baltimore, MD. The story behind the sinking of the Albemarle has gone down as one of the most daring raids of the four-year conflict and is one of the most fascinating stories of the Civil War…"
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Garde de Paris15 May 2020 4:18 a.m. PST

His brother, Alonzo, died working his last gun, at Gettysburg, July 3, 1863 commanding Cushing's battery defending against
"Pickett's charge." He was finally awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor during the Obama administration.

Allegedly, Wiliiam eventually died in an insane asylum. Makes on wonder is heroism is border-line insanity.


Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP15 May 2020 12:06 p.m. PST


In war… all of us are at the border of insanity… many pass it so easily … few of them recover … but you never recover the whole …


Pyrate Captain26 May 2020 4:35 p.m. PST

Never having been shot at, I don't know. But for me, war was putting tedious training into practice to achieve the same results.

However, to quote William F. Halsey:

"There are no extraordinary men… just extraordinary circumstances that ordinary men are forced to deal with"

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP26 May 2020 8:52 p.m. PST



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