From the October 10, 2015, Hudson Times "Thompson to Speak on Confederate Raider Florida on October 14"
John Thompson will speak at the Peninsular Public Library on October 14 at 7:30, in a free talk sponsored by the Cayahoga Valley Civil War Round Table. This takes place in Ohio.
Confederate commerce raiders devastated northern maritime interests during the war. Not only was there the loss of cargoes and ships but also those losses sent insurance rates skyrocketing so much so that much commerce was transferred over to foreign flags.
By far, the best known raider was the CSS Alabama, but the CSS Florida did her fair share of damage. It was commanded by John Newland Maffitt. This ship seized 22 Union ships and made two of them into raiders who between them seized another 22 Northern ships.
Thompson is an active member of the Kent Civil War Society for 12 years, newsletter editor of the Gen. A.C. Voris Camp, SUV and a member of the Sons of the American Revolution.
So, If You Live Out Ohio Way. --Old B-Runner