“The Fight of the Hatteras and Alabama”
The other day we heard the South African folk song, “Daar Kom die Alibama,” a tune reportedly inspired by the visit of that ship to Cape Town in 1863. In fact, as one of the most famous ships of the war — or infamous, according to one’s predilections — C.S.S. Alabama has been the subject of many tunes over the years. Here’s one describing her fight with U.S.S. Hatteras, about thirty miles over that-away from where I sit typing, 153 years ago today. Enjoy.