'Alabama' discharge certificate

archive certificate with confederate flag
Discharge certificate of George Freemantle, Quartermaster, 'CSS Alabama'. Archive reference DX/1841/a

The 'Alabama', built by Laird's for the Confederate Navy, was the most famous Mersey built commerce raider. Sailing from the Mersey in July 1862 despite the efforts of the United States Government, the 'Alabama' caused mayhem across the globe attacking commercial and naval ships of the Union.

The crew was finally signed off in Southampton by Captain R Semmes after the sinking of the 'Alabama' by the Union ship 'Kearsarge' on 19 June 1864 off the coast of Cherbourg, France.

See rare archive photos taken on board the 'Alabama' on this website.

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This Maritime Archives and Library display is part of National Museums Liverpool's programme to mark the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. From 2011-2015 there is a series of displays and a gallery trail highlighting Liverpool's involvement in the war; through the collections of Merseyside Maritime MuseumMaritime Archives and Library and the International Slavery Museum.

Liverpool and the American Civil War