The Alabama was the largest of several commerce raiders built in Britain for the Confederate South in the American Civil War. The Alabama collected her armament outside Britain, and in two years of high seas raiding seized 62 merchantmen. She was finally sunk in June 1864 by the Union warship Kearsage. Arbitration in Switzerland in 1871 awarded higher damages against Britain than the sums claimed by the US government.
Subjects: British History.