Rebel Raiders on the High Seas is a strategic game of the Civil War which focuses on the role of the navies on the rivers, along the coasts and on the oceans. While most ships are represented by generic counters for Ironclads, Blockade Runners, Gunboats, Screw Sloops and, of course Raiders, there are cards and corresponding counters for many individual vessels. This series presents those cards and offers a glimpse into the history of these storied ships.
Part II – The Gunboats: USS Hatteras, The gunboat that took on the CSS Alabama
USS Hatteras (USN Card 16) was a civilian steamer outfitted as a gunboat and sent to blockade
and later Galveston. There she was surprised and sunk by Raphael
Semmes and his storied raider, CSS
Alabama (CSN Card 63). Prior to that fatal engagement, however, USS Hatteras captured seven blockade
runners (hence her speed advantage as noted on the card).
USS Hatteras died well that day in January 1863. She was chasing down a vessel that had identified itself as HBMS Petrel – but when Commander Blake brought his ship in close, Semmes showed his true colors and declared by signal “We are the
CSS Alabama.” The duel was fought at under 200 yards, with
the USS Hatteras at first giving as
good as she got with her 32-pounders…but after being holed and set afire, the
Union warship was forced to strike.
Battle on the board: USS Hatteras vs CSS
Rebel Raiders Alabama
USS Hatteras is a Gunboat. In a battle in Rebel Raiders she fires one die. As her target is a Raider, she needs a 5 or 6 to hit and sink
CSS Alabama. (Her card does not give her any advantage in
combat, only in searching for Raiders and Blockade Runners.)