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Destruction of the Rebel Ram "Albemarle"

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Report of Lieutenant W. B. Cushing


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"Three Wisconsin Cushings" by Theron Haight

"Lincoln's Commando, the Biography of Commander W.B. Cushing" by Ralph Joseph Roske


Vocabulary:

raid
Confederate
daring


Interesting Fact:

All crew members of the torpedo boat were either killed or captured except for Cushing who was able to swim to safety.


Study Questions:

  • What is a torpedo boat?
  • What other raids was Cushing involved in during the Civil War?
  • Explain how Cushing succeeded in destroying the Confederate ship.


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about Lt. W.B. Cushing:

  • Newspapers on BadgerLink
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on October 27:

    1787: The first of the Federalist Papers is published.
    1954: The "Disneyland" television program premiers on ABC.



  • October 27

    October 27, 1864: Lt. W.B. Cushing, Waukesha County, launched a torpedo boat raid against the Confederate ship "Albemarle" in Plymouth, N.C. His daring spirit and success brought thanks from Congress and the Navy Department.


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