Lt. Commander Charles Flusser

In April 1864, Flusser, commanding the USS Miami, and accompanied by the USS Southfield, took on the CSS Albemarle on the Roanoke River. The Albemarle sank the Southfield and damaged the Miami. Flusser was killed when a shell he fired bounced off the Albemarle and exploded at his feet. Flusser's death added a personal element to Cushing’s venture.  “I shall never rest,’’  said Cushing, ``until I have avenged his death.”

In April 1864, Flusser, commanding the USS Miami, and accompanied by the USS Southfield, took on the CSS Albemarle on the Roanoke River. The Albemarle sank the Southfield and damaged the Miami. Flusser was killed when a shell he fired bounced off the Albemarle and exploded at his feet. Flusser’s death added a personal element to Cushing’s venture. “I shall never rest,’’ said Cushing, “until I have avenged his death.”

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