The answer to one of the October Round table quiz questions referred to the CSS Alabama (in the 23 October post). It said the the Confederate raider never lost a crew member or took another life. Well that is not exactly true. The crew of the Alabama did lose one member in South Africa. I discovered this trivia fact when seaching some information for a friend. Here is another question that may appear in a future quiz. Enjoy!
Who is the only Confederate who died on duty and was buried abroad?
Third-Assistant Engineer Lt. Simeon W. Cummings, of the Crew of the CSS Alabama, died from an accidental gunshot wound from his own weapon on 4 August 1863. He was buried in Kliprug Farm, Saldanha Bay, South Africa and returned to the United States for re-burial in Elm Springs, Columbia, Tennessee in 1994. Apparently Cummings and some compatriots were taking some personal time and doinh some recreational shooting when Cummings accidently shot himself. He was buried in South Africa and now rests in his home state of Tennessee.