- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 70 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: May 22, 2005
See how a Naval Academy wash-out survived a virtual suicide mission to destroy a Confederate ironclad warship.
- A feature-length look at one of the Civil War's great tales.
- Rare archives, leading scholars and dramatic reenactments bring the dramatic mission to life.
- Trace the career of the unlikely hero who engineered the attack.
While Sherman, Grant and Lee are well-known, comparatively few have heard of Lieutenant William B. Cushing, arguably the greatest naval hero of the Civil War. From Naval Academy wash-out to flamboyant warrior, this 90-minute special brings his remarkable tale to life.
The show's focus is the dramatic attack on the ironclad CSS Albemarle, which had kept Union ships from advancing into Eastern North Carolina. On a cold, rainy night in late October, 1864, Cushing and a group of volunteers used a tiny steam launch and spar torpedo in a surprise attack. While the virtual suicide mission succeeded and the warship was destroyed, Cushing was the only one to successfully escape from the rebel-held river.
Through dramatic reenactments, interviews with military historians and extensive archival information, THE MOST DARING MISSION OF THE CIVIL WAR brings the sinking of the Albemarle to life.