JUNE 16TH, 1864: Captain Semmes of the CSS Alabama, wrote Flag Officer Barron in Paris: "The position of the Alabama here has been somewhat changed since I wrote you. The enemy's steamer, the Kearsarge, having appeared off this port, and being but very little heavier, if any in her armament than myself, I have deemed it my duty to go out and engage her.
"I have therefore withdrawn my application to go into dock, and am engaged in coaling ship."
Don't Do It Raphael!! --Old B-Runner