This is a PowerPoint presentation of the saga of the only major battle between ocean-going vessels in the Civil War. John A. Winslow and Raphael Semmes had become good friends while serving together during the Mexican War. However, during the Civil War Semmes captained the C.S.S. Sumter and the C.S.S. Alabamaand became the scourge of Federal commercial shipping, sinking or capturing eighty-five merchant ships and one Union warship. As captain of the U.S.S. Kearsarge, Winslow pursued Semmes for almost two years before cornering him off the coast of Cherbourg, France, where the two ships fought to the death. The story is not only history; it is supreme literature.