This day 150 years ago in Rebel Raiders’ History
-Dedicated to Civil War episodes, battles, people and ships that also appear in my game,
GMT’s Rebel Raiders on the High Seas,
November 10, 1863: CSS Raids the Sunda Straits: Burns Clipper
Historical Event: On this day in 1863 while on patrol in the
the Confederate Raider Java Sea CSS
Alabama ran down, caught and burned the merchant Clipper Ship Winged
Racer. The chase ended in the
Sunda Straits, where Captain Raphael Semmes forced the merchantman to surrender.
She was carrying a valuable cargo of jute, sugar and hides. The next day Semmes caught another Yankee merchantman,
the Contest. She was bound for New
York, and packed with unique goods from Japan.
CSS is represented in Rebel Raiders by a
counter and card (CSN Card 63) and
also appears on the box cover. Raiders
like Alabama CSS Alabama roam the oceans hunting Union merchantmen
and when successful gain Victory Points for the South.
The USS Kearsarge (USN Card 14) followed, and its captain issued a challenge to Semmes, whom the Federal government and Union newspapers derided as a “pirate.” His sense of honor as a naval officer piqued, Semmes responded to the taunts by sailing out on June 19 to do unequal battle. Semmes fought his ship for nearly an hour against the much more heavily armed Union warship whose Yankee Guns (USN Card 3)