Date/Time: Thursday, August 2, 2007 at 12:00 P.M.

Place: Alabama Power Auditorium, Alabama Department of Archives and History

Topic: “Wolf of the Deep: Raphael Semmes and the Notorious Confederate Raider CSS Alabama

Speaker: Stephen Fox

In July 1862, the Confederate captain Raphael Semmes received orders to take command of a secret new British-built steam warship. At the helm of the Alabama, he would become the most hated and feared man in ports up and down the Union coast - as well as a Confederate legend. Join us on Thursday , August 2nd, at noon for a ‘Special’ ArchiTreats presentation and book signing by Stephen Fox, author of Wolf of the Deep: Raphael Semmes and the Notorious Confederate Raider CSS Alabama.

Raphael Semmes

Raphael Semmes

Fox will speak about the extraordinary adventures of Raphael Semmes as he burns one Union ship after another and eludes capture time and again, ravaging Union commerce and chilling Anglo-American relations. When the tide turns in favor of the Union, foreign ports become less willing to take in the Alabama, forcing Semmes to wander the oceans with a restless crew. Finally, in June 1864, a Union gunship traps the Alabama at Cherbourg, France, sinking her -- though not her captain -- in a battle that is reported around the world.

Stephen Fox is the author of six previous books, including Transatlantic, a history of the Atlantic steamship industry. He lives in Massachusetts. Wolf of the Deep will be available for purchase and a book signing will follow the presentation.

This is a ‘Special’ ArchiTreats presentation in addition to the series of monthly third-Thursday free lectures presented by the Alabama Department of Archives and History. The public is invited to bring a sack lunch and enjoy a bit of Alabama history. Coffee and tea will be provided by the Friends of the Alabama Archives. For more information call (334) 353-4712.

Updated: July 26, 2007
Alabama Department of Archives & History
624 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-0100
Phone: (334) 242-4435