ABove is a photograph of the "nearly" shell.
Fired from theAlabama during the heat of the battle with the Kearsage
This defective shell lodged in the sternpost of the Kearsage, but
failed to explode, and was undoubtedly the defining moment of the battle.
Had this shell performed as expected, the stern of the Kearsage would have been irrepairably damaged, leaving Semmes to finish her off at his leisure.
From that point on the Kearsage started to gain the upper hand, and eventually sank the Alabama
The shell, still lodged in the sternpost, was presented to Abraham Lincoln as a trophy of war.