FINE. A RARE INCOMING BLOCKADE-RUN COVER FROM LT. JOHN M. KELL, FIRST OFFICER OF THE FAMOUS COMMERCE RAIDER C.S.S. ALABAMA, TO HIS WIFE IN MACON GA. THE ALABAMA CLAIMED 65 PRIZES DURING THE CIVIL WAR BEFORE BEING SUNK BY THE U.S.S. KEARSAGE ON JUNE 19, 1864.
Lt. Kell and most of his shipmates, including Captain Raphael Semmes, survived the sinking of the Alabama. According to Wikipedia, "During her two-year career as a commerce raider, Alabama caused disorder and devastation across the globe for Union merchant shipping. The Confederate cruiser claimed 65 prizes valued at nearly $6,000,000... in 1862 alone 28 were claimed...Ironically, a decade before the beginning of the Civil War, Captain Semmes had observed: '(Commerce raiders) are little better than licensed pirates; and it behooves all civilized nations [...] to suppress the practice altogether.'" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CSS_Alabama)