One shell from the Alabama lodged in the Kearsarge's stern post, but failed to explode. John M. McKenzie, 16-years-old at the time of the battle, wrote: "If it had exploded, the Kearsarge would have gone to the bottom instead of the Alabama. Our ammunition was old and had lost its strength.
This shot from the Alabama which embedded in the Kearsarge's stern post but failed to explode was presented to president Lincoln and is now on display at the Naval History Display Center in Washington, D.C.. A wire mesh covers it and the stern post to support the old artifacts.
Things Could Have Been Very Different. --Old B-Runner